By Susanna Cheung ’16 and Imrat Pasha ’16
With every stroke of creativity, Ada Jiang ’18 and Korina Kelmelmakher ’18 earned themselves an opportunity to showcase their work at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, May 27. Although prizes weren’t involved, students from all over Brooklyn were able to celebrate their creations.
“I love art because it allows me to express myself and use my imagination,” said Kelmelmakher. “It’s a form of escape and I definitely want to continue pursuing art in the future.”
The art contest is a competition in which students fill out a form online along with their work. They go through two rounds of judging and get their paintings voted on. Different students were sent to different contests, and those who won ended up gaining tremendous job opportunities, recognition, and even money.
“I was pretty nervous going to the Brooklyn Museum since it was my first time, but once I got there I was over it,” said Jiang. “I loved seeing other people’s amazing art work because it let me see their perspective of things.”
Kelmelmakher sent her work of a rabbit into the PS art competition and received an email from Joy Pace, the Brooklyn arts director, a few days later. Pace claimed that Kelmelmakher’s work was spectacular, and she wanted it in her show at the Brooklyn Museum. Kelmelmakher also received an award from a member of Congress and presented it in class.
“When I went to the museum and saw my work, I felt proud of myself and thankful for such a great opportunity,” said Kelmelmakher. “The art contest shows the skills that each student developed in class through their paintings.”
When a student shows responsibility, hard work, and dedication in Mr. Pincus’ class, they get offered many different things such as internships or competitions that look good on their college applications. Often in class, students are able to do their own creative work and discover their individuality.
“I think art is developing nicely and growing a lot,” said Mr. Jonathon Pincus. “It used to be taken for regents credits but now students are able to take these classes for themselves.”
Besides art competitions, students are given many other opportunities where they can express themselves while painting. Studio in School is a program that offers students paid internships. Although it isn’t a Midwood program, Midwood hosts it and Mr. Pincus helps students apply for this as long as they’re at least 16. They meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm in Midwood or other locations across Manhattan. They provide students with new techniques while letting them do their own thing too.
“I’m currently in this program and like it because the people there are nice and not strict,” said Daniaris Ryan ’18. “It’s a great way to bring people together.”
Students usually don’t know about these chances since their parents aren’t artists, but as the famous saying goes: A picture is worth a thousand words. If you want a chance to participate in something like this, feel free to see Mr. Pincus anytime.