Susan Entin

        A giant Lunar New Year Scroll, art inspired by the circus diplayed in the hallway, oil pastel flower drawings, are just a few of the many projects the art students at P.S. 203 create.  Art class is a great opportunity for studnets to use their creative imaginations and problem solving schools.  How do you get your best idea? How do you make that idea come to life?  By studying such artists as Picasso, Wang Yani, Van Gogh, and matisse, students learn how artists work.  Students also learn about colors, line, texture, and composition.  Practicing different media such as pencil drawing, oil pastels, collage, water coors, tempera, and printmaking enables students to have the technique to execuse their ideas.  

                                         Computer Graphics


        Students used computers throughout the school year to create all types of reports and projects.  The focus of computer graphis is for students to learn how to design and create art with technology.  Students learned how to organize visual elements on a page to catch a viewer's eye.  They focused on what types of fonts are best to use and how to best show color on a computer screen.  Some of the major projects were word designs, a giant bojagi (Koren Wrap Cloth), spring letters, and self-portraits illustrating their favorite things.  

                              Band and Accordion Club
    Joe Seifers

        The instrumental music department at P.S. 203 hit a high note this year. This year’s winter concert started with a P.S. 203 tradition; The Accordion Club greeted guests as they came into the lobby with festive arrangements of ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘Yee Merry Gentlemen.’ 
        In February the fifth grade band opened the show for our Lunar New Year Celebration. “Happy New Year” was played as performers entered the Auditorium in Chinese and Korean regalia. This year’s piece was especially challenging and band students practiced long hours for the privilege of playing the Lunar New Year Celebration. 
        Sixty P.S. 203 students participated in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival this year on violin, piano, voice and various other musical instruments. The experience of playing a piece in front of professional adjudicators and receiving constructive feedback is really helpful for young musicians. The band was also excited to host flautist Patrick Dillery again. His clinics are inspiring and informative, especially for the flute section. 
        We had a special music assembly this year which featured some of our own p.s. 203 violin, cello and woodwind players. The Interschool Orchestras at Queens East came and performed with special guests the Saint Francis Preparatory Chamber Orchestra. I had the pleasure of conducting this highly skilled ensemble and was very proud of our P.S. 203 musicians who are members of the Queens East ISO. I was also impressed with our special guest musicians from the audience who came up and performed the last piece with us. 
        We finished the year on a high note with the spring concert. After a year of hard work and practice, the fourth and fifth grade bands and the Accordion club wowed the crowd with excellent performances. The theme for the concert was “Let’s go to the movies” and the 5th grade band impressed the audience with John William’s theme from ‘Star Wars’. Fourth grade band also performed on a high level with songs that featured soloists and different sections of the band. We’re looking forward to another music filled season next year!

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