Welcome to Ms. Galioto's

K-8 Art Studio!

My main goal as an art educator is to foster an environment

that promotes creativity, self-exploration, and critical thinking.

 Research shows that offering students a well-rounded arts education can lead to academic success in other subjects!

At PS/IS 163, students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive rigorous art instruction

that adheres to the NYCDOE arts standards in The Visual Arts Blueprint of Teaching and Learning.

   

Kids Art Websites 

NGA Kids  NGAkids offers an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Explore & Learn  Includes art games like "What is it?", activities, interviews, stories, art in the classroom, a FAQ about the museum, and more.

    

High School Visual Art Portfolio Preparation

CLICK HERE for ideas and inspiration for your art portfolio

In order to prepare students who are interested in applying to arts focused high school, PS/IS 163 suggests that students prepare their portfolios far in advance of application.  It is imperative that they develop a well-rounded portfolio to fully display their talents, interests, and focus in art.  

PURCHASE A SKETCHBOOK WITH THICK DRAWING PAPER AND SEVERAL SUPPLIES LIKE WATERCOLOR PAINT, OIL PASTELS, SKETCHING PENCILS, ERASERS, MARKERES, AND COLORED PENCILS.

Below are some ideas and examples of what is typically included in each student's portfolio:

  • Watercolor Landscape: Tips: First begin by LIGHTLY sketching a nature setting. When you begin painting, start applying the paint very lightly at first (use a lot of water). Let the area dry, and then go back and add darker shades of paint by using less water on your brush.  Remember: You can always add more paint….but you can’t take it off the paper!  So start lightly!
  • Black and White Self Portrait with Shading:   Start by sketching. Again, begin lightly!!!  You can always get darker later! Interior of a room in perspective: Begin by sketching a room and all of the objects/furniture inside of it.  Go back in and darken it with some stronger pencil lines.  Add shading next.  
  • City Scene with buildings in perspective. Try to make the buildings and objects “go back into space”.    
  • Color pencil Still Life: Choose objects such as fruits, books, vases, glasses, a mirror with the reflection, or any type of “setup” that could be on a tabletop. Begin by using a regular pencil to sketch the objects that you are drawing. Instead of darkening with your pencil….begin to add in color pencil showing the light and dark by shading with your color pencils.       
  • Photography: Take some pictures of random things: beach scenes, parks, still life setups….etc.  Try to make the composition interesting by not centering the main subject and also by experimenting with lighting.  Make it a little off center and crop your pictures in a unique way.  You don’t have to print them we can do that at school. Just make sure to save the images so we can get them on paper eventually. 
  • Close-up drawing of textured object (strawberry, sponge, flower): In this drawing, I want you to show your skills with drawing close-up details and adding shading.  You can use just regular pencils or colored pencils.
  • Figure Drawing: Draw people in different poses, doing different activities.  Sketch first until you get the proportions correct and darken to give it a more finished look. Add shading or color.
  • Draw your hand holding an object: Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try. Hands are one of the most difficult things to draw. 

 

TO PRESENT A PROFESSIONAL LOOKING PORTFOLIO DURING YOUR AUDITIONS ,

YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A 9X 12 INCH OR  11X 14INCH PORTFOLIO CASE SIMILAR TO THIS ONE.