New art wing at Queensbury High School inspires students

April 18, 2019 07:14 PM

Jackson Povie's latest work of art is acrylic on canvas.

"I work relatively quick," said Povie. "I've probably been working on this for six or seven hours combined right now."


At Queensbury High School, Povie has claimed one corner of one of the art rooms as his own personal space. His latest painting was commissioned by the school's principal and is a portrait of his two sons.

The fact that the principal chose Povie to paint them is a testament to the high school senior's talent.

"Every day, I realize that this is something that I was meant to do and that I can do -- like I know that I can do it," said Povie.

Now, Povie gets to work in a space that is the best of the best. Part of a nearly $40 million renovation project, the studio like space is turning out some pretty impressive pieces.

Jennifer Brewer has been teaching at the school for 11 years and says the new and improved open concept is encouraging more kids to create.

"You see large scale works, you see kids throwing in the wheel. They can jump in the computer, they can collaborate with me or their peers," said Brewer.

The artistic energy even spills out into the hallways, which expands the useable space even more. At any given time during the school day, students can be found out there painting on easels.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley says the main goal of the school renovations was to encourage teachers and students to collaborate and socialize in their educational environment. The art wing was the first to be completed.

Brewer calls it an organic approach to teaching and learning and says Jackson has emerged as a leader.

"I think a lot of the students look to him as motivation. He works larger than even this space can handle," said Brewer.

Povie has just a couple of more months left at Queensbury High. He says he averages two to three hours a day in the art wing. Next year, he will attend the College of St. Rose, where he plans to major in Fine Art.

After that, perhaps you will find one of his works on a museum wall.

For the next two months, you can find him here -- for about three hours each day.

"I'm determined to make things for a living. I'm open to anything. I have this talent. I know I want to use it," said Povie. "It's something I love to do."


Jacquie Slater

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