The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s P.S. Art 2015 show that “celebrates the creative spirit of New York City kids” ran from June 9–October 18, 2015. Once again talent from Brooklyn Arbor School (325 S 3rd St, Brooklyn) had a place in this show. Self-Portrait in Silver, a collograph print from 8-year-old Gabriela Diaz was selected for this year’s show by the museum.
“It took me a long time to do this. Notice how I made the necklace with little circles cut out of metal paper and glued on. I used paper with lumps to make the eyelashes. It was sort of hard to make the mouth—I wanted to make it even. It was a surprise when I took off the black paper,” Gabriela stated in the notes next to her piece in the exhibit.
Gabriela’s teacher, Laurie Marcus said, “The PS Art exhibit is highly selective. Every public school can submit up to 4 works digitally. If the work makes the first cut it is brought to a site for judging. All work that makes the first cut (but not the final cut) is displayed on the DOE Arts and Special projects website. We had 3(!) pieces make the first cut. Two are displayed on the website, the 3rd made the final cut and was shown at the Met. One of the two was also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum.”
Brooklyn Arbor School also had a piece selected in 2014’s show. When asked about this consistency Ms. Marcus said, “Our art program at Brooklyn Arbor is rigorous and materials based. After experiencing units focused on different materials and processes we shift to TAB methodology, which is choice based art. TAB stands for teaching for artistic behaviors. Each table is set up with different materials and students can investigate their own themes in any material they choose. Students love it, and make great strides in skill, confidence, and self-expression.”