South High student artwork to be showcased in museum

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South High students create original designs using charcoal on tracing paper, which were later transferred to canvas. (Photo courtesy of Great Neck Public Schools)

Students enrolled in Studio I and Foundation art courses at South High participated in an in-class workshop focusing on the life, art and inspiration of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning. The students’ original artwork, using de Kooning’s technique, will appear in an upcoming exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum, or LICM, in Garden City.

The workshop, titled “Willem de Kooning: Reimagining the Figure,” was conducted by Lauren Plate, LICM art director, and Stacey Lee, LICM outreach manager, on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10.

Ninth and tenth-grade students created an abstract design of the human figure and manipulated their compositions to develop unique representations of people. Students created their initial drawings with charcoal on tracing paper, and then learned how to transfer the images onto canvas. The canvas artwork was enhanced with colorful paint and charcoal in the de Kooning style.

The finished products from this workshop will be included in a month-long exhibit on Willem de Kooning at LICM this spring. After the conclusion of the exhibit, the artwork will return to South High for display.

More than 30 schools and libraries are participating in this community outreach activity through LICM. This workshop was provided free of charge, thanks to funding by the Willem de Kooning Foundation.

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