Valentina Timal Montes, Crescent Elementary School, Teacher: Dianne Giuliano "I want people who look at my artwork to see how hard I worked to make this picture. I want them to feel that I tried my best. I want people to like my artwork and I want them to enjoy looking at it. I think my work is good because I took my time to make it. First, I practiced drawing a realistic still life. Then, I made an abstract still life. I put lots of colors and shapes. I really like the colors I used to make this picture. I like to make art because it makes me happy. When I do artwork it makes me feel better when I am lonely or sad."
Jaelyn Falu, Crescent Elementary School, 5th grade, Teacher: Dianne Giuliano Marker "When people see my artwork I want them to feel as if they are in the picture. I want people to feel the air flowing around them. I want people to think they can be where this picture is. What were some choices you made to change or revise the piece? I think my work is good because I take my time to finish my artwork. I put a lot of effort into my work. This picture has a lot of color and I worked hard to make it look like it has dimension. I like to do art because it is relaxing. Art helps me to keep focused and it keeps my attention. I am never bored when I do art."
Yulianna Gallardo, School for Environmental Citizenship, 2nd grade, Teacher: Brenda Rivera Velez Markers "I want people to feel good when they look at my work. What were some choices you made to change or revise the piece? I think my work is good because I used different colors. I colored using dots. I like to make art because it is creative."
African Art Personal Tryptych
Abdul Mussa, P.S. 3 Raul Julia Micro Society, 3/4 grade, Teacher: Melina Sassalos Markers, pencils, colored pencils, tempera paint - on paper "I want them to feel happy – I wanted to show my culture from Ghana in Africa. This art is a combination of Minnie Evans and African Masks. I think this work is good because it shows the work of African Artists of the past reflected in my own style. I worked on the drawing, erased and repaired lines, and changed some colors. I like to make art because it makes me feel calm and peaceful and happy – I also learn about the world and people through Art. Being able to create art makes me feel proud of myself. When I show other people my art, they are learning about a part of me."
Harmony Davis, P.S. 226X, 5th grade, Teacher: Geraldine DeHaugoubart Cardboard, oil pastel, and pencil "When people look at my, work I feel like my artwork is complete because it took a long time to make it. When I finished it I felt like I accomplished something. Also, people who look at my work make me feel like I achieved something in art. I think my work is good because I worked hard in this mask and I got inspired by our artist of the month Kimmy Cantrell and by learning about masks from Africa. The choice I made is to add details on the sides of my mask and I added all types of colors to make my mask interesting. And I added layers of cardboard to make it look more 3D and then I glued it. I like to make art because its relaxing to me and because I like coming up with different designs to create lots of different things in art that I think people will like and enjoy."
Lisie Morzan, P.S. 226X, Teacher: Geraldine DeHaugoubart, 3d grade. Cardboard oil pastel and pencil "When people see my work, I want them to think I’m talented and I want them to feel surprised about it. I think my work is good because I tried to be very creative. For my designs I work hard to make good shapes, good layering, and good coloring with oil pastels. And I did good gluing too. I want to be in the Bronx Art Festival. When I finished my mask I decided to add the long pieces of cardboard around top to make my mask look more decorated. I like it like that. Why do you like to make art? I like art because I can create the designs I want to make. And I can do whatever I want on my mask like make it asymmetrical or symmetrical."
Zienab Sakho, P.S. 226X, 5th grade, Teacher: Geraldine DeHaugoubart Cardboard oil pastel and pencil "When people look at my artwork I want them to think about the variety of colors and shapes that blend and go well together. I also want people to think about asymmetrical pieces in my artwork. I also would like people to think about where I got this inspiration from. Why I think my work is good is because of the colors that I blended into my artwork. I think this because I included some of the cultural colors people use in Africa, like red, green, yellow, and white. Some changes I made to my artwork was add more layers to the pieces to revise the artworks. I like to make art because I get inspiration from different artists. I also like to make art because I like to create my own art that people can get inspiration from one day. I’ve gotten great inspiration from African art."
Arlenis Paulino, P.S. 226X, 5th grade, Teacher: Geraldine DeHaugoubart Cardboard oil pastel and pencil "When people look at my work, I would like them to see that I worked hard on my mask and used different materials. I like working with the oil pastels because it makes the artwork really colorful and makes people want to look at it. I made my mask using the modern colors of grey, white and black so that my mask would have a theme. I think my work is good because I used different shapes on the mask, and used the different oil pastel colors to blend my colors. I used the artist Kimmy Cantrell to help me model my artwork, especially the nose on the mask, because it made the artwork look very unique. I love art because it makes me feel really creative and calm. I like to use what I learn in school, at home when I draw and paint. I also love coming up with my own ideas, but I try to use the different artists we learned about to help. I also like using the oil pastels because it makes my artwork stand out and be unique."
Amirah Wyatte, PS 396 The Burnside Avenue School, Teacher: Linda Kourkoulis, 3d grade. Ceramic. "I want people to think that my work is good and that I worked hard to make it. I think my sculpture is good because it is my dog that I care so much about and I did a lot of work to make it. Some choices I made were to make a mat, a bowl, and a bone. I like to make art because you can make art with different materials and your work doesn't have to be about just one thing."
Animals that Fly
Muhammad Hamzah, The Bennington School, 1st grade, Teacher: Lawrence Dobens Pencil and crayon on Paper "I want people to know that the bird is beside the nest, and that the mommy bird is taking care of the baby. And that the daddy bird is flying off the find food. She's watching because the eggs are almost hatching.The daddy bird is working hard. I wanted to make every bird a different color and to make every bird different. I made the daddy bird dark blue and he is flying off to find food. Ke knows the eggs are hatching. I like to make art because its fun and I like to paint my feelings on the paper."
Heaven Symphanie Seven Jones, The Bennington School, 5th grade, Lawrence Dobens pencil and crayons on paper "I want them to think that a good artist made this work. I want them to feel that the animals are really standing there. I thinks this art is good because it has a lot of details, and I really worked hard on it, and it came out really good. I put the wate buffalo near the front of my picture, and then I put another one in and I made sure that it wasn't too close to the first one. I also wanted to make the background dark, but I added the flamingo to make the color "pop". Making art always inspires me. I know that all the kids like making art, but I find it inspirational!"
Aisha Camara, PS 23, Teacher: Brian MacRaye, Kindergarden. Watercolors "I want people to feel happy and enjoy how the colors mix on the paper. I think the work is good because of the colors and a black leaf it made. I kept adding more and more colors and they mixed together on my paper. I like to make art because I can move the paint and colors by myself. I like to give the pictures to my Mom."
Litzy Rojas Uraga, PS 36, 2nd grade, Teacher: Jason Holt Watercolor, marker, & colored pencil "I learned how to paint and draw different details. I used a lot of different colors, like on their clothes. I put lots of details so the people had somewhere to live and buy stuff. I like to make art because you can learn to make different things, like cities."
Amber Ortiz, P.S.340, 2nd grade, Teacher: Kathleen Greanley Collage- cardboard, paper, oil pastel Click link below for Artist's commentary.
Gabriella Pinero, P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt, 5th grade, Teacher: Amanda Mendez-Ortega Marker and color pencil on paper "I want them to feel like my art is something that can pop out the paper and look nice. My work is good because I filled in the sky well. A choice that I changed in my work is not adding the bricks on my building. I like to make art because it's relaxing and fun to create or re-create our own ideas."
Enough Already, Go Away!
Cecil Gerard, PS160 The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School, 1st grade, Teacher: Veronica Doherty Oil Pastel "I want people to feel good when they look at my work because nobody has seen it yet and it's a picture of my cousin. Mikael is screaming. He is looking in the sky and screaming because he saw a big monster who was scaring him. This work is good because it's my cousin Mikael. I changed his teeth because they were yellow and dirty. His teeth look better cause I made them white. He be cleaning his teeth and he takes showers so he is clean. I like drawing, I like to look at things and draw them. I'm a good artist."
Everyone is Beautiful
Darianny Paulino, PS 396 The Burnside Avenue School, Teacher: Linda Kourkoulis, 5th grade. Mixed media "When people look at my work I want them to think and feel that everyone is beautiful. I think this self-portrait is good because it shows different sides of me and my personality. Some choices I made was to make the self-portrait show what I want to be when I grow up. And I also decided to use the ribbon to help tie the image. together. I like making art because I can express myself and when I am creating I feel freedom that makes me happy."
Eyes of New York
Chloe Wilson, P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt, 5th grade, Teacher: Amanda Menezes-Ortega Color pencil and marker on paper "I want them to think about New York City because that was what I drew about and to compare it to New York City in real life. My work is good because I used up my space, used lots of colors, and outlined so the buildings can pop. I like to make art because its calming and I want to be better at it."
Iyana Johnson, AmPark Neighborhood School, 1st grade, Teacher: Ina Gallon Marker and Pencil "I want them to feel happy. I made it with love and I put trees, clouds, birds and a friend in the trees Because it is fun to make things people enjoy looking at."
Girl Squad Power Art
Allison Garcia-Perez, P.S. 3 Raul Julia Micro Society, 3/4 grade, Teacher: Melina Sassalos Markers, pencils, colored pencils - on paper "I want them to feel excited and think that it’s great. I would like the art that I create to make people feel something. Whether happy or sad, I like to get people interested in what I make. I think this work is good because I did a lot of details, but I want to change and grow like a great artist. I added bright colors to reflect a feeling and mood. I always love adding more and more to my work to make my art more interesting. I also think I’m good at drawing people, and I have my own style. I like to make art because art is amazing and fun. It takes away all of your trouble and makes life better. Every time I am in art class, I always make many artworks and I feel that I never want art class to end. Making art helps me feel good about myself because I like sharing my work with others. Art is great!"
Naliyah Correa, PS160 The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School, 2nd grade, Teacher: Veronica Doherty Crayon and permanent marker I want people to feel like they are in New York. Elementary Artist Reflection Question #2 Why do you think this work is good? What were some choices you made to change or revise the piece? I think it is good because I added the sea and waves to my picture and I drew my house in Co Op City. Elementary Artist Reflection Question #3 Why do you like to make art? I like to make art because it helps me feel good. When I'm mad or happy I can put it into my art too and feel good.
I Love Myself
Amir Igbinovia, The Claremont School, 1st grade, Teacher: Julia Zaremba Paper Collage "When people look at my work, I want them to feel happy and special. I think this work is good because I did my very best. I like to make art because it is so cool! It helps me to relax and feel calm."
Kesler Santos, PS 396 The Burnside Avenue School, 1st grade, Teacher: Linda Kourkoulis Mixed media "I want people to think that it is me and to feel good. I think this work is good because I added the game “Among Us” to the base. I chose to put the blue felt strips on to help him hold on and I added the blue strip around his waist like a belt. I like to make art because it is good and it makes me feel good. Somebody might know my sculpture is me but they also might not. This is what makes art fun."
Julian is Scared
Julian Peterson, PS160 The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School, 1st grade, Teacher: Veronica Doherty crayons and black oil pastel "I want people to think It's a picture of me. I drew a face; eyes, ears, nose, neck and mouth and colored it. I am scared because the sky is red and I think it's the end of the world. My picture is a great job because I colored it so good and made it look real. I traced around it and colored brown, red and yellow. I like art, I like everyone to see my work, they will think I'm an artist. I love to draw Spiderman."
Jacob Jimenez, PS 19 The Judith K. Weiss Woodlawn School, 4th grade, Teacher: Michelle Quinn Watercolor "When people look at my artwork I want them to feel joyful. I want my artwork to make their day. I think my artwork is good because it is unique and has a lot of vibrant colors. I also put a lot of time and effort into it. I did make some mistakes while drawing, but I just went back and erased them and redrew them. I love making art. The reason is it inspires other people and makes me feel happy. What makes it fun is that when you put a lot of time and effort into the art, the art looks nice, and it makes me feel proud."