Art & Music Department

  •  Robert J. Wottawa II, Ed.D.

    Robert J. Wottawa II, Ed.D.


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    HS Artists Create with Canvas

    The first project of the year for the high school’s electronic illustration class was to use Google Chrome’s Canvas platform to explore mark-making, a simple program that allows for a wide range of results. After mark-making, each student created a work of art using the tools.

    Getting Creative with Cropping at EIHS


    Exploring Toy Photography!



    Morning Music Rehearsals Return to Elementaries

    After extensive and cautious planning by the district’s team of teachers and administrators, morning music rehearsals at JFK and RCK elementary schools successfully resumed in November. Band and orchestra students previously met with their teachers in smaller groups to maintain social distancing.

    “I am so proud of how our team strategically planned for this transition, and it is a blessing for our students to share music together again,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music, and world languages.

    “It’s wonderful to hear the beautiful sounds of our musicians attending in-person lessons again,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “I may move the rehearsals to these locations from now on so I can hear the children from my office.”

    Letterform Project at EIHS


    Three HS Student-Musicians Earn All-State Recognition

    Three outstanding seniors recently earned All-State recognition by the New York State School Music Association. Viol player Michelle Mirabelli was named to the All-State String Orchestra, tenor Andrew Timmins was named to the All-State Mixed Chorus and clarinetist Shannon Wodicka was named to the All-State Symphonic Band.

    This year’s NYMSSA All-State Music Conference will be held in a virtual format. Students will rehearse, perform and record a virtual 2020 All-State Concert in December.

    Message on Elementary Music Rehearsals

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    Getting Creative with Cropping at EIHS

    HS Orchestra Tackles “Clapping” Composition

    The East Islip High School Honors Symphony Orchestra recently worked on a socially distant arrangement of "Clapping Music," the 1972 minimalist piece by composer Steve Reich that is performed entirely by clapping.


    National Art Honor Society 2020 Induction