About Our Program
Led by Ms. Passik, our art program touches on many aspects of the visual arts, including:
- Creating art and exploring various media (painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, etc.), and expressing personal visions through art;
- Developing literacy in the arts (including developing a visual arts vocabulary and learning to interpret artwork by finding evidence to support assertions);
- Making social, cultural and historical connections to visual art;
- Noticing connections between visual arts and other academic areas, including math, science, and social studies;
- Becoming aware of community and cultural resources to extend the learning experience beyond the bounds of the classroom;
- Building awareness of careers in the arts and the importance of lifelong learning;
- Learning about the value of research, planning and problem solving in the art room.
Ideally, the art program will help develop in all students an appreciation of the visual arts, self-confidence in creating art, and enthusiasm for exploring new ideas and possibilities.
We undertake a series of special projects, including:
- Morgan Library & Museum Bookmaking Project (special award program
- Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Saluting Greatness” annual exhibition of artwork to be displayed in Albany
- NYC DOT Vision Zero “Get Walking” program
- P.S. Art competition
- Queens DOE annual borough art competition
- Citymeals-on-Wheels handmade cards for homebound elderly
- Annual P.S. 173 Student Art Exhibition
June, 2020 - Congratulations Kathy!
Kathy Su (5-301) is a finalist in the visual arts category of the 2020 Queens Borough Arts Festival. Her painting "Rainforest Entrance" was to be exhibited at the Queens Museum during May. However, because the museum is temporarily closed, her work will be displayed online sometime in June. Be sure to check back often when it goes live!
May, 2020 - Congratulations Morgan and Mingyu!
Morgan Ma (5-301) and Mingyu Zhang (3-323) were selected as semi-finalists in the P.S. Art 2020 Citywide Art Competition. Their work will be featured along with other semi-finalists and finalists in an on-line exhibition. Artwork by thousands of NYC students, from kindergarten to grade 12, is considered for this great honor.
Remote Learning Art Gallery
See the wonderful artwork that our students have been working on.