Saugerties photography students benefit from Jimmy Fallon grant

Photograph by Mercy Danner

Thanks to a generous grant from Jimmy Fallon – Saugerties High School graduate and current host of NBC’s The Tonight Show – the high school’s art department was able to bring back a photography course for students in grades 10 through 12. For a second year now, all students have access to Nikon D3400 digital cameras, a color laser printer and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

The class offers students the opportunity to gain professional skills that will make them competitive in the workplace and trains their eye to spot captivating images. Art teacher Amy Frohlich teaches students how cameras, composition and lighting work, and how to use photo-editing software. Students learn digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop to creatively alter digital images as well as how to analyze and critique a photograph. The course covers various genres and concepts, including portraits, still life, self-portraits, rule of thirds, surrealism and multiple exposure techniques. The goal of the course is to help students become well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.

The Saugerties High School art department participated in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year, submitting a total of 30 photographs taken by 14 digital photography students. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.


When she is not in the classroom, instructor Amy Frohlich is a Boiceville artist who works in pastel, pencil and watercolor.

Photograph by Rachel Hofstatter