AP Art Students Create Portraits of Refugees

AP Studio Art Students Create Portraits of Refugees for The Memory Project

Mrs. Stephanie DiGiacopo, Art Teacher at Pascack Valley High School, recently partnered with The Memory Project to have her AP Studio Art students paint original portraits based on photos of Syrian refugees provided by the organization. Mrs. DiGiacopo taught elements of portraiture and shading to her students as part of the project, but its objective was to serve a higher purpose - providing images to refugees without access to mirrors to be able to see a rendering of themselves. The portraits are said to boost the self-esteem of refugee children and provide a sense of hope and connection to youth in America.


Photo: Students with their portraits 

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.

Photo: Portraits of multiple refugees drawn by students
Photo: Justin Martin and his portrait

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