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Local High School Seniors Display Artwork In Second Annual Show

A visitor enjoys some of the more than 100 pieces of art on display Monday during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show.
A visitor enjoys some of the more than 100 pieces of art on display Monday during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A self-portrait on display Monday at Port Chester High School, part of a senior's IB Visual Arts portfolio.
A self-portrait on display Monday at Port Chester High School, part of a senior's IB Visual Arts portfolio. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Seniors from April Dessereau's IB Visual Arts class at Port Chester High School during Monday's art show.
Seniors from April Dessereau's IB Visual Arts class at Port Chester High School during Monday's art show. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Some of the sculptures on display Monday during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show.
Some of the sculptures on display Monday during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A parent checks out some artwork during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show.
A parent checks out some artwork during Port Chester High School's second annual IB Visual Arts show. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

This story has been updated.

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - International Baccalaureate visual arts students, all seniors, held their second annual art show at Port Chester High School on Monday.

Each of the 19 Port Chester students taking IB Visual Arts 2 exhibited four to seven pieces in the show, done both in and out of class over the past two school years.

IB Visual Arts, taught by April Dessereau, is a two-year course that includes assessments by the students’ teacher as well as external assessments of the students’ portfolios.

Every year, some of the subjects vary and some of them stay the same.

"The assessment has changed a great deal this year from last year," Dessereau told Daily Voice. "This years work has O'Keeffe inspired cropped acrylics of animal skulls, drypoint prints based from photomontages of a topical issue from The New York Times, studio portraits, independent projects, monoprints, illustrated envelopes, Dada sculptures, and numerous other projects."

How the artwork was presented and vocabulary words used to describe Monday's displays were among new IB requirements. The "curatorial rationale" makes up 40 percent of their final grade, according to Dessereau.

The IB art class continues to grow in popularity -- and size. Next year, Dessereau said she'll have 31 seniors.

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