On April 27, students from Broadalbin-Perth’s Patriot Academy participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts in Saratoga Springs. It was Broadalbin-Perth’s first time participating in the event, and B-P students took home first place in the architecture category and third place in industrial design. B-P students also competed in painting and photography, as well as an on-demand competition that teams prepared responses to during the event.
The Olympics of the Visual Arts is run by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) and is currently in its 41st year. According to the organization’s website, “the Olympics of the Visual Arts is a creative problem-solving event in which student teams of one or more enter a long-term design solution in one of eight categories and participate in an on-demand design prompt. Teams present a portfolio along with their entry to showcase the research, planning, and iterations that led to the final design.”
During this year’s event, school districts from across New York competed in eight categories: painting, illustration, sculpture, fashion, design, drawing, photography, and architecture. Students from Broadalbin-Perth displayed their completed works throughout the day-long competition that included more than 800 students from 25 school districts.