Fifth Graders Raise Money for Freshman Class on Paint Night


F.E. Bellows Elementary School fifth graders created their own spring landscape masterpieces during Paint Night, which was held on May 31 at Rye Neck Middle 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 spring landscape scene, which included trees, mountains, fields and red flowers. Meanwhile, fellow art teachers Trisha Appel, Jennifer Dallow and Karen Fontecchio provided the fifth graders with personalized attention and positive feedback and helped them stay on task. 

“Students started with the sky and learned how to blend with the paint from dark blue to light by adding white and overlapping different layers of paint,” Appel said. “They used their finger to paint in clouds with white paint. They used green paint to create the land and added accents of yellow to create hills within their landscape. Students thought about highlights and shadows while working to create more realistic effects.” 

In addition, Rye Neck High School freshmen Alicia Greco Correa, Maya Julian, Dylan Kujawski, Asher Rabinowitz and Olivia Taylor and their adviser, Mark Lauren, guided the students throughout the evening and helped with the setup, cleanup and the overall organization of the event. 

The event, a fundraiser for the Rye Neck High School freshman class, raised $400. Held twice a year, it benefits students as they raise money for their respective classes.