Alaysia Cobb-Rountree, an eighth grader at William Paca Middle School, is the William Floyd School District artist of the month for March. Although Alaysia is not enrolled in an art class this year, she continues to work with art teachers, Jillian Berner and Marco Antenucci, in her spare time. A talented artist who loves to draw people and nature, especially in pencil and black and white, as well as painting using water color, she has recently begun to try her hand at different mediums such as oil painting. Alaysia, who was born in December, enjoys creating art focusing on winter scenes, especially trees, as the shape, pattern and how they intertwine really come to life for her.
Alaysia earned a “Distinguished” rating as a seventh grader at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Portfolio Day and will be submitting her work again this year for adjudication. She believes that it is helpful to have her art critiqued by others as it can offer her a different perspective and ultimately improve her work. She also enjoys visiting various art shows to see how other talented artists create, which helps give her ideas of what to incorporate into her work. She also had a piece included in the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association (SCALA) art show held earlier this year at Old Town Hall in Babylon. Alaysia’s goal right now for the future is to become an artist, author and music professor. With her talent and under the guidance of her William Floyd teachers, she will no doubt be able to accomplish all that she sets her mind to.