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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


HS Teacher’s Artwork Chosen for Global #Vaccinated Campaign (April 7, 2021)

Reconnect by Gayle AbramsCongratulations to Ichabod Crane High School Art Teacher, Gayle Abrams, for creating one of the pieces of winning artwork for Amplifier Art’s #Vaccinated campaign. Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that uses art and media to amplify current causes and #Vaccinated is their grassroots global COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign.

Ms. Abrams and other artists responded to Amplifier’s Global Open Call for Art to “create symbols that build trust in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, advocate for vaccine equity, and help combat vaccine disinformation.”

Titled Reconnect, Ms. Abrams had this to say to Amplifier about themes of her piece: “Looking forward to a time after we are all vaccinated when we can reconnect with our loved ones. The vaccine is the key to bringing us all together again.”

You can download Ms. Abrams’ artwork and see some of the other winning artwork on the #Vaccinated campaign homepage here.

5 High School Artists Selected for Regional Juried Art Exhibition (March 10, 2021)

We proudly announce 5 Ichabod Crane High School Student Artists had their work selected for the 22nd Annual High School Regional at the Albany Center Gallery. The Albany Center’s High School Regional is a juried exhibition and also the most competitive art show that Ichabod students participate in during the school year. Each year the Ichabod Art Department submits approximately 20 pieces for consideration, with about 3 usually chosen for the final exhibition. It was a pleasant surprise to have five students selected this year!

Congratulations to these five Ichabod Crane High School Student Artists selected for the 22nd Annual High School Regional:

  • Greyson VanVorst, Grade 12 | Untitled
  • Pauly Maloney, Grade 12 | Work Together by Staying Apart
  • Emma Brusie, Grade 12 | Something About Wildflowers
  • Hannah Meredith, Grade 12 | Lost on Mars
  • Olivia DuMont, Grade 11 | Eternity

The exhibition will be open to the public at the Albany Center Gallery but will have a Virtual Reception on March 25 at 6:30 PM. A link to attend the Virtual Reception will be available in the near future. Members of the public can visit the exhibition Tuesday – Saturday (noon – 5 PM) from March 26 – April 16.

Student Artwork Featured in Empire State Plaza Art Collection Student Art Exhibit (March 3, 2021)

Congratulations to our Grade 6-8 Middle School students Quinn Rapport, Amya Nazario, William Kosnick, Payge Cook, Nora Clickman and Ella Herwick-Poutre! These 6 students have artwork featured in the 2021 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Student Art Exhibit!

Each of their pieces is inspired by artwork in the Empire State Plaza’s Modern Art Collection. This virtual exhibit is live online through March and you can click here to see our students’ work and those from neighboring school districts.


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