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
(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:
UPDATED (May 17, 2019) Greyson will visit Washington DC in late June for the Congressional Art Competition Reception! Such an exciting opportunity for one of our students – we’ll be sure and try to share some pictures from the event.
UPDATED (May 13, 2019) Congressman Antonio Delgado’s Office released an article announcing Greyson’s victory in the Congressional Art Competition. Read the article on Congressman Delgado’s website.
UPDATED (May 7, 11 AM) Greyson won first place in NY-19 Congressional Art Competition! Thanks to all of you who voted for Shelter, Greyson’s work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year! A truly amazing honor for this talented ICC artist. Many thanks to everyone who took time to vote. We’ll have further updates as we receive them.
Original Post (May 6, 9:40 AM): ICHS student Greyson VanVorst (Grade 10) is a finalist in the NY-19 Congressional Art Competition! Please vote for Greyson’s artwork titled Shelter on the US Congressman Antonio Delgado’s website by using the link below:
(April 19, 2019) Three ICHS students will have artwork exhibited in the Questar III 30th Annual HS Invitational Art Exhibit from April 17 – May 17, 2019, at the Marvin Library Learning Commons of Hudson Valley Community College. A reception and awards ceremony for students, family, and friends will take place on Thursday, May 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm The exhibit includes artwork from high school students in Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene Counties.
Congratulations to the following students whose artwork was selected for the display:
- Owen Farley (12) Oh John, I’m Only Doodling Digital Painting
- Anthony Malanowski (12) Splintered Light Digital Photography
- Jenna Rothwein (12) Breaking Away Ceramic Sculpture
(April 11, 2019) Our High School students currently have artwork on display through April 2019 at the 2019 Capital Regional Media Arts Festival Exhibition at the Nisk-Art Gallery at Niskayuna High School. Fifteen school districts submitted media artwork including photography, digital art, graphic design, film, video, 3-D printed designs and electronic music.
Artwork from twelve ICC High School students were selected for this exhibit and five won awards in the photography and digital art categories. The work was judged by a local graphic designer and art professionals from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of the Arts (iEAR – Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer). Congratulations to all our students who have artwork in this exhibit!
- Nicholas Gould (10th Grade) Intervention – Awarded First Place in Photography: Abstraction
- Jack DiGrigoli (10th Grade) Reminiscence – Awarded Second Place in Design: Digital Illustration
- Adam Lambert (12th Grade) YES – Awarded Honorable Mention in Design: Digital Illustration
- Avery Bates (9th Grade) Anxiety – Awarded Second Place in Design: Digital Fine Art
- Ama Boham (12the Grade) Read – Awarded Honorable Mention in Design: Digital Fine Art
Students who also have artwork displayed at the exhibit are:
- Taylor Burnell (10th Grade)
- Luke Herrington (11th Grade)
- Caitlin Matthies (11th Grade)
- Jacy Nearywood (10th Grade)
- Jenna Rothwein (12th Grade)
- Caroline White (10the Grade)
- Trina Yates (12th Grade)
(March 27, 2019) Four ICHS students have artwork selected to be on display in the 20th Annual High School Juried Regional Exhibition at Albany Center Gallery from April 4 – May 3, 2019. This year 24 school districts submitted 508 pieces and 100 pieces were selected overall. The panel consisted of art educators and artists; Tony Iadicicco, Takeyce Walter and Peg Foley who reviewed and selected the work for the show. The judges were impressed by a large number of very strong artworks in a range of media produced by area high school students in their art classes.
Due to the size limitations of the gallery, there will be two openings. The reception specifically for the artists, along with their family and friends will take place at Albany Center Gallery on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. There will be a presentation including certificates and awards at 6:30 p.m. The Albany Center Gallery will also open the exhibit for the public as part of Albany’s First Friday on April 5th and the exhibit will be on display on May 19th.
Congratulations to the students from ICHS whose artwork was selected for this show!
- Ama Boham (12) Grandma, Digital Painting
- Adam Lambert (12) YES, Digital Painting
- Caitlin Matthies (11) Purity, Digital Photography
- Maris Seabury (11) Ancestral Homeland, Cut paper relief sculpture
Twelve students from Ichabod Crane CSD have artwork included in the K-8 Empire State Plaza Exhibit on display through March 18 on the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.
This event is one of a kind, as it is the only Capital Region exhibition for K-8 students. It is an opportunity for students to showcase how their art was inspired by artwork from the Empire State Plaza Collection. The collection consists of 92 works of Abstract Expressionist art displayed both in and around the Plaza. It was established under the direction of former Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller during construction of the Empire State Plaza (1966–1978).
This year’s exhibition is representative of over 1,400 works from 17 surrounding Capital Region school districts. The K-8 exhibit is being held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month and is sponsored by the NYS Office of General Services, the Capital Area Art Supervisors (CAAS) group and the New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA).
Ichabod Crane students whose artwork is on display at the K-8 Empire State Plaza Exhibit are:
Sophia Barman, Leonel Bravo Ramirez, Nora Clickman, Torri Cutler, Kathryn Flint, Thomas Joseph, Healen Knudson, Tanner Latorre, Ewan McComb, Brooklyn Nabozny, Sadie Stead, and Vanessa Vick.
Featured above is Thomas Joseph’s piece, which he modeled after La Seine by Joan Mitchell.
For more information on the exhibit, click here.
(February 4, 2019) Seven Ichabod Crane High School (ICHS) students have artwork selected to be on display in the Art in Three Dimensions Juried Exhibition at Mohonasen High School from February 4 – 28, 2019. Jurors for the exhibit were Brandon Siscoe, Sculptor and Professor at The College of St. Rose and Sarah Haze, Ceramic artist, owner of Round Designs in Troy, NY and a graduate of ICHS. Artwork from 18 high schools will be on display and a reception for students and their families on Wednesday, February 6 from 6:30 – 8 pm with a presentation at 7 pm.
(January 18, 2019) Two Ichabod Crane HS students will have artwork on display at Columbia-Greene Community College’s 23rd Annual Juried Art Show for high school students. On exhibit will be senior Ama Boham’s digital artwork Grandma and junior Luke Herrington’s photograph L’eye’ght Bulb. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 4 – 5:30pm in the Foundation Gallery at the Arts Center and will continue through February 22.
The competition attracts a wide-range of public and private schools in the area, including Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, Darrow School, Germantown, Greenville, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, New Lebanon, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Taconic Hills, and Windham-Ashland-Jewett high schools.
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