2013-05-23 / Other News

Bildersee Students Know How To Paint A Good Time


Jordyn Batemon (seated) Doomang St. Jacques, Keturah Rodrigues, Marcia Moore, Elise Rodrigues, Atiba Coerbell, Tobiah Coerbell (front), Tracey Toussaint, Nyah Lewis and Tiffany Tucker. 
Photos and text by Sam Akhtar Jordyn Batemon (seated) Doomang St. Jacques, Keturah Rodrigues, Marcia Moore, Elise Rodrigues, Atiba Coerbell, Tobiah Coerbell (front), Tracey Toussaint, Nyah Lewis and Tiffany Tucker. Photos and text by Sam Akhtar Look out Picasso, Monet and Rembrandt. These famous painters are known throughout the world for their masterful abilities. But these geniuses have nothing on the budding artistic students at Isaac Bildersee.

Located at 956 East 82nd Street, the middle school children of I.S. 68 proudly exhibited their artwork on Monday, May 20th for parents, students and the Canarsie community.

Organized by math teacher Marcia Moore, art teacher Atiba Coerbell and Parent Coordinator Tiffany Tucker, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students put on their own show rivaling the Natural History, Metropolitan and Brooklyn museums.

With so much emphasis on other areas of academics, Moore said, “It’s good to see the students have a talent outside core subjects.”


Do not disturb! Creativity in progress! Do not disturb! Creativity in progress! Coerbell, who teaches 14 classes with about 375 students, says kids already seem to have a hierarchy when it comes to placing importance on subjects like math and science.

The laid back teacher encourages his students to not be afraid to explore their artistic side, regardless of abilities. “Mistakes are blessings. What teaches you really?” he asked rhetorically. “You have to lose a couple before you learn,” he said in a soft-spoken manner.

The showcase included about 40 pieces of collages and drawings. With a wide array of color and styles, Tucker, a Bildersee graduate, said, “I’m happy they took some of the students’ artwork to display. It’s very cool.”



Future masterpieces hanging in a museum near you. Future masterpieces hanging in a museum near you.

Some of the students’ artwork. Some of the students’ artwork.

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