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The Ichabod Crane District-wide Art Department is committed to enriching our students’ lives through the study and experience of art-making. We offer students a diverse program based on the history of art, individual personal expression, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students are exposed to a wide range of media, including tempera, charcoal, ceramics, and computer graphics as they learn skills such as contour drawing, linear perspective, ceramic slab construction, and mixed media collage.

Art education challenges students to use multiple criteria while creating artwork and promotes cultural understanding and global awareness when students respond to art history. In creating art, students build confidence through self-expression, visual communication, and self-knowledge. The art classroom environment encourages interpersonal skills and collaboration as students integrate ideas, materials, and resources into their work.

Ichabod Crane graduates have attended top art schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, New York School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, FIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Center for Art and Design at the College of St. Rose, and Massachusetts College of Arts to name a few. Graduates of ICC are now working in the fields of fine arts, art history, architecture, industrial design, fashion, textile design, graphic arts, film, children’s book illustration, art education, and art therapy.


Art Department News and Student Art Work in the Community

(June 16, 2020) The Ichabod Crane Art Department created a cool Virtual Art Show featuring some of the amazing student art created during the last few months of school closures. This features artwork from students across the district in various grade levels. Enjoy below!

Click here if you’re having any trouble viewing the embedded video below.

(April 27, 2020) It’s with great pleasure that the Art Department announces the Virtual Media Arts 2020 Exhibition – celebrating the work of student artists around the Capital Region – featured work from fifteen (15) Ichabod Crane High School students.

2020 Media Arts Festival Poster

We’re thrilled to share that Darby Siver (Grade 11) was awarded First Place in Photography: Still Life/Objects/Interior Space for her image Colors Abstracted.

Sarah Holmstrom (Grade 12) was awarded Second Place in the category of Photography: Abstraction for her image Captured Jewel.

Markliam Sappington (Grade 12) was awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Photography: Still Life/Objects/Interior Space for his image Plugged In.

Click to see the show for yourself and check out the Awards page!


(February 13, 2020)  – Two Ichabod Crane High School Juniors – Sophia Dunn and Emma Stigi – have their artwork exhibited as part of the annual Art in Three Dimensions show at Mohonasen High School District Art Gallery from February 3-27. Congratulations to both these student artists, stop by to see their pieces and the rest of the show if you’re in the area!

Emma’s elegant ceramic pitcher with a floral design and Sophia’s hand-cut paper relief sculpture based on the landscape of Zacapa, Guatemala are among the 82 works currently on display. Jurors Dawn Dishaw, a ceramic artist who lives and works in Mechanicville, NY, and Abe Ferraro, a sculptor, installation, and performance artist, who is currently the shop supervisor at RPI School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences juried the show out of a total of 200 submissions from schools all over the Capital Region.


(December 7, 2019) – Jack Shainman was so generous to send our high school art students on a recent trip to Jack Shainman Gallery: The School in Kinderhook! While there they saw the new exhibit of Meleko Mokgosi’s work. A fantastic and enlightening experience for them! A big thank you to Mr. Shainman for the opportunity.



(September 3, 2019) We’re happy to announce that the Ichabod Crane District Art Showcase for Grades 6-12 was awarded Second Place in the Chatham Fair!  The showcase represented 122 students across the district.

(August 27, 2019) We are excited to continue exhibiting student work throughout the region entering the new school year! From August 28 – September 2, participating Ichabod Crane students are displaying work at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, NY.

Congratulations to all our K-12 students with work displayed at Fair’s Art Exhibit. Stop by anytime during the course of the Fair and see some fantastic work made by these talented students!!

Here’s just two examples of Ichabod Crane student artwork in the show:



Art Department Activities Throughout the School Year

  • Chatham Fair School Art Exhibit
  • Portfolio Reviews at Sage College of Albany
  • Winter Walk Student Art Exhibit at Hudson Opera House
  • Columbia-Greene Community College Juried HS Art Exhibit
  • Art Club Empty Bowls Supper at ICHS
  • Art in 3 Dimensions Exhibit at Mohonasen HS
  • Empire State Plaza Art Exhibit (K-8)
  • Media Arts Exhibit at Bethlehem HS
  • Regional High School Juried Art Exhibit at the College of St. Rose
  • Juried High School Art Exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
  • Olde Kinderhook Fair ICCSD Art Exhibit