Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Students are Inspired by Abstract Artist

Patterns featuring geometric and organic shapes and bold colors, such as sky-blue, yellow and black…ninth graders in art class at Briarcliff High School have been creating abstract art and using their imagination.

After first creating designs and painting them in water colors, students drew their designs again with a pencil, this time painting them with acrylics. They selected several bold colors for their palettes and began coloring in their designs.

According to art teacher Roxanne Ritacco, students learned about Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes in the September issue of Scholastic Art. Milhazes paints colorful collages that include geometric shapes and flower-like images, which are inspired by the botanic gardens near her home in Rio de Janeiro.

“We are all inspired by her, but students can get their inspiration from anywhere, just like she does.” she said.