Talent, talent everywhere at display of student artwork

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A recent exhibit at Bloomfield High School had much for which a viewer could commend the instructors of fine arts and their students.

On display in two third-floor galleries were works that effectively used practically all media while providing a glimpse into how teachers go about creating a foundation in art for their students.

And while touring the exhibit it was worthwhile to keep in mind that most of the students in the show were probably not planning to pursue a career in art, but still, they took their work seriously for it to have been so laudable.

In an email, Jennifer Khoury, the fine arts supervisor for the district, said her department was appreciative for the support the administration, the Bloomfield Board of Education, and the community provides to the fine arts program.

“We have been able to give our students great and varying opportunities to broaden their horizons and help them think critically and creatively,” she said. “The arts are not only a wonderful outlet, but they help students become well rounded, civic-minded community members. We are really proud of the work that the teachers and students have done and are excited for what’s to come.”

In addition to Khoury, the fine arts department at BHS consists of Michelle Piano, sculpture and ceramics; Anastasia Panagakos-Monda, drawing, painting and portfolio; Nicole Finnerty, drawing painting and computer art; Julie Cortese, computer art, photography; and May Tejada, drawing and painting.

As an example of building the foundation of art, one instructor, Panagakos-Monda, who teaches artistic anatomy, said during the first marking period her students learn the difficult subject of drawing hands.

During the second marking period, her classes study, paint and draw portraits. A representation of the full figure occupies the third marking period of her classes. This study continues into the fourth marking period.