Museum Provides Creative Challenge for AP Artists


Representatives from Huntington’s Heckscher Museum of Art visited the high school’s Advanced Placement art classes on Dec. 14 to provide a digital presentation of the museum’s exhibitions as well as introduce the students to the “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum” program. Students in the 2D design and drawing classes explored works digitally, discussed professional works and the multiple interpretations of a variety of works.

This unique arts-in-education program, which culminates in a juried art exhibition, offers high school students the opportunity to create work inspired by items on display at the museum and to exhibit their art in a museum setting.

“The in-school field trip was beneficial because it gave me time to think about my concentration for my AP exam,” said senior Destiny Nalls, an AP 2D design student. It also gave me a good opportunity to enter the Long Island’s Best competition and express my creativity.”

“Our AP students are extremely hard working and dedicated,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “They are talented and creative, and participating in programs like this will offer them valuable opportunities that will enhance their college applications as well as provide them with creative challenges where they can express themselves visually through their art. I was impressed by their critiquing abilities – they were professional and insightful. It was also really fantastic that the program provided everyone with free passes to visit the Heckscher Museum in person to view the artwork on exhibit.”

“The Heckscher’s visit to our school was enriching and beneficial for our AP art students, introducing them to a variety of artworks currently on exhibit at the museum,” said teacher Dan Figliozzi. “I am excited to see what original works our students create in response to the works exhibited. This really is a great opportunity for all students to share and exhibit their work to a larger public audience.”