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Our Visual Arts Department Welcomes You!

Please check back here for updates about upcoming Art shows, Videos from our displays
and to visit teacher websites, highlited below. 


Current Events: 

Congratulations to all Scholastic Art Award winners!

The gold and silver winners were honored at an awards ceremony at SUNY New Paltz on Feb 2nd

The work can be seen in the Fine Arts Rotunda until February 22nd!



Meet the Art Team!

Allison Schmid - Kindergarten - 7th Grade Visual Arts

        Allison Schmid has been teaching art in the Millbrook Central School District since 2008.  She teaches Kindergarten through seventh grade, traveling between Elm Drive Elementary, Alden Place Elementary and Millbrook Middle School.  It’s impossible to not run into her!

Mrs. Schmid grew up in the Town of Poughkeepsie and is a local graduate of the Spackenkill School District.  She received both her Bachelors of Science in Art Education and Masters of Art in Art Studio from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  Previous to teaching at Millbrook, she taught art in the Rhinebeck, Garrison, and Wappingers School Districts.  

Elementary level art is her favorite to teach, and she loves watching her students grow in their skills and appreciation of the visual arts.  When she isn’t teaching, you can find Mrs. Schmid traveling to explore new and exciting places both far away and local with her husband, or simply enjoying a campfire at home. Mrs. Schmid recently got married in July of 2016, so most of her students remember her as Miss Holmberg.  

Elm Drive Site  // Alden Place/MMS Google Page

Jillian Barnes - Computer Applications 6, Visual Arts 8, Enriched Art 8th, Graphic Design I,II & Independent Study, IB Film
       Mrs. Barnes is a 2009 graduate of SUNY New Paltz where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Art Education with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. In 2014 she earned a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. She holds two certifications, one for K-12 Visual Arts and another as an Educational Technology Specialist.
       She is a member of New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) and US Lacrosse. She was named a PBS Digital Innovator in 2015 and received Girl’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year from the Poughkeepsie Journal in both 2013 and 2016.
       Mrs. Barnes has been at Millbrook since the fall of 2010 and loves being a Blazer! She teaches Computer Applications 6, Art 7, Art 8, Enriched Art 8, High School Graphic Design I, II and Independent Study in Graphic Design. She is the Middle School Art Club advisor and the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Mrs. Barnes also serves as the Art Department Shows Director at Millbrook. In 2015 she married fellow Millbrook teacher Mr Barnes, who teaches PLTW Technology & Engineering and is a coach of the Varsity Football team. 


Michelle Cring - Studio Arts, Advanced Arts I & II, Contemporary Arts & Sculpture I & II and Independent Study in Art

       Mrs. Cring is the art teacher in Millbrook High School. Born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley, she has a strong connection with the local community and is very enthusiastic about her new position at Millbrook. Promoting and cultivating the arts is both her passion and full time job. In fact, Mrs. Cring thinks she might just have the best job ever! 

        As a 2014 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education with a concentration in ceramics. Mrs. Cring previously completed leave replacements in Red Hook Central School District and Hyde Park Central School District. As an International Baccalaureate graduate of Red Hook High School, Mrs. Cring is very excited about leading students through their IB journey. When not planning or teaching new quirky art projects, you can find Mrs. Cring throwing clay on her pottery wheel or roaming cool local towns. 

        Mrs. Cring teaches Studio Arts, Advanced Arts I & II, Contemporary Arts & Sculpture I & II and Independent Study in Art. She is also the High School Art Club advisor.

Mrs. Cring's Website 



Student Art Exhibitions from grades K-12 are frequent in late winter and the spring. Please view our 'Calendar of events' in the links section to the left to find out when and where our student work will be on display.


Art Show Videos