Domenic Iorio, a fifth-grade student at William Floyd Elementary School, is the William Floyd School District artist of the month for October.
Since his first days in kindergarten, Domenic has been working to hone his tremendous artistic abilities. Linda Francis, William Floyd Elementary School art teacher, took notice of Domenic’s special talent. “I saw his talent right away even at a young age,” said Ms. Francis, who has been Domenic’s art teacher throughout his time at William Floyd Elementary School tenure.
“I like to draw and add a lot of color to my art,” said Domenic. He also mentioned some famous artists that have inspired him and his artwork, including the world-renowned Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Klee, a Swiss-German artist who was influenced by expressionism, cubism and surrealism. The famous repoussé style of art, a two-dimensional metalworking art technique, also appeals to Domenic.
As a fourth grader last year, Domenic’s talent earned him a near perfect score and a “Distinguished” rating at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Portfolio Day. Distinguished is the highest rating a student-artist can achieve. Additionally, fourth grade is the youngest grade level open to adjudication at a NYSATA competition. Congratulations, Domenic!
This is the first of a monthly feature highlighting student artists from across the district!