Rye Neck Middle School students created their own winter scene masterpieces during Paint Night, which was held on Dec. 1 at the high school’s art room. Using a white canvas, acrylic paint and brushes, the students followed step-by-step instructions from art teacher Dara Goodman to paint the winter scene, which included trees, snow and the northern lights.

“The students were able to be as creative as they wanted to,” said art teacher Trisha Appel, who, along with fellow teacher Karen Fontecchio, answered with students’ questions about different art techniques. “Each student got to take their work home at the end of the night.”

Meanwhile, Rye Neck High School junior class officers and their adviser, Linette Milo, helped the students with their supplies and the overall organization of the event, and art teacher Jen Dallow provided the students with aprons she had designed. At the end of the night, event organizers raffled off prizes, which included a small canvas and paints for students to continue to paint at home. 

The art department’s Paint Night raised money for the high school junior class. The fundraiser is held twice a year to benefit students as they raise money for their respective classes.