By Janice Llanes Fabry

The Rye Neck School District feasted its eyes on the K-5 Fine Arts Show at the F.E. Bellows Auditorium May 9-11. Art teachers and curators Trisha Appel and Dara Goodman assembled a gallery that reflected the students’ understanding and usage of the elements and principles of art.

“Every year, we push ourselves to do bigger and better things,” said Goodman. “We reinvent the wheel, while also adhering to the classics.”

The exhibit showcased a variety of media and technique, two- and three- dimensional forms, master artists, and cultural studies. Pop art highlighted the works of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Max, and Jim Dine.

New this year was an interactive mindfulness station, testament to the District’s commitment to giving students the tools to focus on the present.

“We give students goals and guidelines techniques and concepts, but there’s a lot of freedom to express themselves and go in their own direction,” noted Appel. “They’re very excited about their own work and each other’s.”


Art teachers Dara Goodman, at left, and Trisha Appel, at right, with third-grade students

F.E. Bellows third graders