Mayor Decorates Office with Artwork from Ramapo HS Students

Lauren Gibson with Mayor Charlie Kahwaty

Last year, Mayor Charlie Kahwaty had an idea to give more color and life to the blank walls in the Mayor’s office. He wanted to display artwork from local students on each of the walls of his office. Working with Lauren Gibson, Head Teacher in the Arts Department at Ramapo High School, Mayor Kahwaty was able to borrow pictures, representing several of the arts disciplines at Ramapo High School. He displayed these pictures and has now received new pictures to hang so that he can showcase local talented artists and give his office much more character.

This year, Digital Photography students were learning about depth of field and how adjusting the camera’s aperture will create a shallow or deep depth of field. Students were challenged to create beautiful photos with a shallow depth of field, or Bokeh background, using mini lights. Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji, the "blur quality." Bokeh is pronounced BOH-Kə or BOH-kay. Students create a series of creative images with beautiful colorful soft backgrounds. 

Digital Photography students were learning about Light Painting. Light painting is the technique of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space or to shine light at the camera to draw. Students experimented with flashlights, string lights, and phone lights to create exciting compositions.  

Honors Studio Art developed a figure drawing composition from life by taking multiple observation drawings of their classmates and layering them using different colored pencils. 

Painting students learned new painting techniques such as pallet knives and fan brushings, along with atmospheric perspective using their previous knowledge of creating value ranges in their pieces. Their landscapes were inspired by Bob Ross who painted, typically mountains, lakes, snow, and log cabin scenes, which were inspired by his years in Alaska, where he was stationed for the majority of his Air Force career.

We would like to also give credit to the wonderful teachers who inspire the Art students at Ramapo High School:

Rich Burton - Subject Supervisor

Lauren Gibson - District Head Teacher, 2D and 3D Teacher

Sean Quirk - AP Art/Honors Art Teacher

Lisa Higbie - Digital Photo Teacher

Casey Holms - 2D Teacher

Traci Maturo - 2D and 3D Teacher

John Mungiello - Digital Teacher 

The Ramapo High School students that are currently displaying their work in the Mayor’s office are as follows:

Bridget Cannon & Kyra Magerko – “Landscape Studies”

Jaya John & Mackenzie Giampietro – “Layered Values”

Caroline Hartgers & Sandra Vitolo – “Color Theory Mandala”

Jane Hourihan – “Figures”

George Zahka – “Bokeh”

Connor Signore & Kaila Romero – “Vector Animal”

Leia Corbisiero – “Light Painting”