Welcome to Art Room 161

This blog was created as an extension of the dialogue that began in our classroom and the purpose is to share creative ideas, images, and critiscm. All posts should be appropriate for the high school classroom and critiscm should be helpful and positive.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Field Trip Week

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The National Art Honor Society Field Trip is next week and we'll be visiting the Parrish Museum in Water Mill, NY as well as some art spots in Southampton, NY. Make sure you have your permission slip filled out with payment and you've signed in with you cell phone contact number if you're going to attend!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Digital Media: Poster House Winners

The Poster House contest we entered earlier in the year announces the winners of their animation contest this week and opens next month on June 20.  We had a number of film and digital media students enter so keep an eye on your email and let me know the status of your entry!
Ltl Poster House Exterior View

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

AP History Conference

Today is the AP History Conference so most classes will be missing students, we will continue working on our projects and catching up on any work.

Monday, May 20, 2019

15 Days left of Class

There are only 15 working day's left of class so make sure all your projects are handed in on time and any past due work is submitted as soon as possible because the end is near!  No late work will be accepted in June so be sure to make up any missing assignments if you have any!!

Studio Art: Contemporary Artist Digital Drawing

Our next Studio Art project is to take the Contemporary Artist that we just researched and to create a Digital Drawing of them in Adobe Photoshop using the trace method we learned in class. Then we will add a quote from the artist, add a border, and submit it.  Make sure to hand in the final work as a flattened jpeg file in full color like the example above by Bridget or the example below by Makenna.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Remembering Architect I.M. Pei

Architect I.M. Pei,  creator of iconic museum buildings such as the Louvre glass pyramid and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as well as famed buildings such as the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the John Hancock Tower and John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong passed away this week at the age of 102.  His building were creative designs that attracted as much attention as the artwork inside them without detracting from the work so he's a terrific STEAM icon to study.  You can learn more about his work and career in the short obituary below.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Digital Media: STEAM Innovator Card Design

To conclude our STEAM research project in Digital Media we will draw the people we researched in Photoshop and put together the facts to create a STEAM Innovator Card Design.  Above is an example that is Abby's work in progress and it gives you an idea of what we are doing.  Each student should include a few basics points of information which can be found on the Google Classroom.  The card should measure 2.5" x 3.5" and be an original design.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

AP Art: The Memory Project

Inspiration for Portraits - Pakistan from The Memory Project on Vimeo.
In AP Art we are going to being working on a special test project with young people from Pakistan called The Memory Project.  Each student will be given a photograph of a young person from Pakistan and have an opportunity to create a portrait.  the video above gives some insight into their background but there will be some information about them in addition to their image which can be incorporated into the art.  We will then send these children the portraits as a gesture.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Birthday Salvador Dalí

This weekend would’ve been Salvador Dalí’s 115th Birthday so artists & programmers brought him back to like with Artificial Intelligence Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida! 

Friday, May 10, 2019

AP Art: AP Test Today

The AP Art test today, we are finally here so best of luck today!  All work should already be uploaded so today we will be editing, mounting, and finalizing our exams.  Below is the requisite information for the test in case you forgot.

The link to the digital section is: AP Studio Art Digital Submission.  All 12 breadth works should be posted on the online website like the example from a former student's photography concentration above.  Make sure all the work is sized and the media is stated and the sizes are set before clicking forward to teacher.  

School Code: 335001
Teacher Key: xwt0100

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Studio Art- Contemporary Artist Research Project

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This week we are going to work on our last artist research project of the year based on contemporary artists. Each student was assigned an artist and will need to create and present a slideshow based on the artist and their work which should be school appropriate.

Create a Slide Presentation in Google Slide with the following format:
  • Cover page with artist, image of artist, name/class/year.
  • Birth/death date with 10 bulleted facts about the artist & footnotes link of where the information comes from.
  • 10 full size, full page images of the artist's work.

1.     Takashi Murakami- Keirsten
2.     George Condo- Lindsey
3.     John Currin- Emma
4.     Jeff Koons- Bridget
5.     Zhang Xiaogang- Aaron
6.     Cindy Sherman- Bianca
7.     Damien Hirst- Hilary
8.     David Hockney- Tyler
9.     Zeng Fanzhi- Kathleen
10. Rudolf Stingel- Derek
11. Christopher Wool- Gary
12. Peter Doig- Ciara
13. Ai Weiwei- Paige
14. JR- Makenna
15. Barbara Kruger- Megan
16. Pope L.- Gabriella
17. Yayoi Kusama- Jillian
18. Laura Owens- Matthew D
19. Yoshitomo Nara- Thomas
20. Cecily Brown- Angelo
21. Miquel Barcelo- Troy
22. Anselm Kiefer- Dean
23. Adrian Ghenie- Gianna
24. Günther Förg- Amanda
25. Njideka Akunyili Crosby
26. Sean Scully- Anthony
27. Thomas Schütte- Matthew C
28. Kehinde Wiley- Matthew M
29. Amy Sherald- Samantha

National Art and Media Art Honor Society: Spring Filed Trip

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The annual spring field trip will head out to the Hampton's this year to check out the new exhibition at the Parrish Museum on May 31.  We will also have a chance to stop in Southampton and check out some local galleries and eat lunch.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Computer Art: Art Video Project

We are creating video art works for the Farmington Museum Gateway to Imagination 2019 Competition this week and we are starting with the sound.  Create a 1-3 minute original soundtrack for you video so that we can later cut to the beat when editing.  There are a number of free apps and websites that you can use to create original music such as IncrediboxGaragebandFigureAudacity, and Finale which is on our computers already.  The soundtrack is due on Monday but if you finish early you shoud start part 2 which is creating an animation to pair with the music.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Digital Media: STEAM innovations- Drones

In digital media class we have been learning about different STEAM innovations in 3D printing and virtual reality and here's a great example of an new innovation in drone technology.  The story from NPR above shows how an international group of roboticists developed a drone with claws which can act like a bird to pause and watch without wasting battery power.  It's a fairly simple solution to the problem of battery power usage which can limit the real viability of drones, very smart and maybe just a beginning?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

National Art Honor Society- Sketchbook Project at the Other Art Fair

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As announced in our National Art Honor Society meeting yesterday our collaborative sketchbook project is currently on display at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn's Expo Center.  Because we are in the fair we can receive free tickets through the Sketchbook Project so if anyone is interested in checking it out, enjoy!
Celebrated for its unique and immersive visitor experience, The Other Art Fair Brooklyn is a delight and inspiration to art lovers with past features including hand poke tattoo experiences, immersive dining experiences, interactive art installations, 3D printing, virtual reality, restaurant and bar pop ups, and much more!
I had a chance to meet a number of interesting artists and check out some innovative art installations including a really cool VR art experience from Erin Ko which you can see in the trailer below.

There was also a project from Secret Project Robot shown below.

Below are a few more of the show highlights, I'll share more images and video this Thursday during National Art Honor Society!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Free Comic Book Day

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Saturday is Free Comic Book Day so in addition to getting a few free comics there are opportunities to meet comic book artists and writers locally at shops like Fourth World, Newbury Comics, and Red Shirt Comics all of which participate.  Below is a few of the artists and writers appearing in Smithtown at Fourth World, check their website for more information.  It's a great opportunity to ask professionals some of those questions about design, drawing, and the real-world comic (and subsequent film) industry!  Here's a preview of some of the free comics available from NPR.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Studio Art: Street Art Mural Competition

We are going to explore the world of Street Art next in studio art and design a mural for a competition in East Tosa neighborhood of Milwaukee.  

We will begin by learning about a few prominent street artists such as SWOON (pictured above), OBEY, 
and Banksy (pictured below) then explore different themes by looking at work from Miami's Wynwood Walls
as well as local street artists and their creative process. 

Begin by using learn and match to familiarize yourself with the artists on our Quizlet- Studio Art: Street Art.  Then we will see some of their process and history to see how we can design our own mural.  The final designs will have some specific elements that should be included from the Google Classroom and it will be due on Friday May 10.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Senior AP Art Shows

Next week we begin the AP Senior Art Shows so we will discuss the timetable and gallery design in class and start preparing on Thursday in National Art Honor Society.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

AP Art: AP Studio Art Digital Submission

This week in AP art class we will begin the AP Studio Art Digital Submission process for the AP test.  All 12 breadth works should be photographed and posted on the online website (like the example above) by next Friday May 3. Make sure all the work is sized and the media is stated and the sizes are set before submitting.  

All 12 concentration pieces should be added along with the 2 AP statements by next Wednesday May 8. Below are the codes to enter:

School Code: 335001
Teacher Key: xwt0100

Monday, April 29, 2019

Spring Break Surrealism

I hope everyone enjoyed the spring break holiday, we are going to get back into making art with a dive into surrealism based on my visit to The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. today we'll learn a bit about the art movement and the two main figures- Salvatore Dali and Rene Magritte and explore how they used images and psychology together. We will look at Dali's famous painting The Persistence of Memory and Magritte's The Empire of Light,in particular.

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For our project we will be using a random image generator to supply us with a theme which we will then work with additional creative elements.  In addition you'll each have one psychological element you need to incorporate along with at least 5 image pieces you can choose yourself.
You're final image is due Friday and should be combined flawlessly like the example below.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Studio Art: Illustration Friday: Imaginary Friend

In Studio Art our last assignment before spring break is another Illustration Friday assignment.  In your sketchbook create a full color illustration for the theme- Imaginary Friend.  Be creative and make sure to hand them in by today for full credit!
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Spring Break

Today is the last class before Spring Break, all outstanding assignments are due.  Enjoy the break!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


This years AP ART test is on May 10 which is just 24 Days away so make sure to stay focused on your concentrations to have all 12 ready, complete, photographed, and uploaded in time!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Digital Media: Creating and producing a T-shirt design

This week in Digital Media we will be creating and producing an original T-shirt design using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator together.  Step one is to create an original design in Photoshop, then we bring it into Illustrator and vectorize it by using select all the Live Trace, the third step is to use our t-shirt template and arrange it, finally we'll export.

Monday, April 15, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Zen Garden

Thanks to all the National Art Honor Society members who helped build the first stage of our zen garden!  The next stage will be done after spring break and consist of the painting and design elements on the walls and the sculptural aspects.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Digital Media: Adobe Illustrator Quiz

Digital Media will take the Adobe Illustrator Vocabulary Quiz today and hand in the first AI assignment.  Make sure to study the class quizlet first!  Next up in using Photoshop and Illustrator together to create t-shirt designs!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Created Our Zen Garden

Today in National Art Honor Society we will begin creating our Zen Garden in the art courtyard.  Above and below are examples of zen gardens created in schools that give an example of what it will look like when it's complete.  Today we will start the foundation and try to have the first garden completed by the end of the month.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

AP Art: 17 Days till the AP Exam

In AP Art we have 17 class days till the AP Exam so it's a good time to check in on our concentration portfolios and make sure everything is looking good before the spring break next week.  Each student should have their first 8 pieces completed and turned in as well as the 9th almost ready at this point as it is due on Friday.  We will go over the next steps in digitizing the art work and uploading them because we will also review and fill out the paperwork this Friday.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Digital Media: Adobe Illustrator

To start quarter 4 we are going to learn a new program, Adobe Illustrator.  We will be using it to create 3 assignments this quarter including our t-shirt designs.  It's similar to Photoshop but has some key differences so we'll begin by learning some of the terms with a quizlet.  There will be a short quiz on the terms on Thursday so the learn, test, and match should be done by Wednesday.
We will begin using Adobe Illustrator today in class with a Easy Beginner Tutorial (above).  We will use the anchor point guide to assist drawing the character using the shapes and the shape builder tool. We will go nice and slow for brand new users of Adobe Illustrator can follow along in the classroom.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Studio Art: 30 Paper Beads

In Studio Art class we are going to create paper beaded jewelry.  Each student should start by creating 30 colorful paper beads that we will turn into Paper Bead Jewelry.  Above are a few examples of what is possible and you will have some freedom to be creative.  Each student should create 1 paper bead bracelet and 1 additional piece (it can be an additional bracelet, a necklace, or earrings- any time of wearable art works).
Above is an example of the Paper Beads we created in class previously and below is a short tutorial video on how the process works, it's pretty simple.  First you will measure and draw out your beads then color them then cut and assemble them.  30 Paper beads will be due by the end of class on Wednesday.


Friday, April 5, 2019

End of Quarter 3

Today is the end of Quarter 3!  Please make sure all classwork and assignments are handed in.  We have a little under 40 class days left of the school year and it flies by!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Sketchbook Project Volume 14

This weekend I delivered our National Art Honor Society Sketchbook Project (Volume 14) "Songs We Love" and it is currently cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library and Gallery.  There will soon be a digital version online but congratulations to all the artists who took part this year, the final book looks terrific!  In addition to the art I put together a online playlist of all the songs we illustrated in order on my YouTube page here: Sketchbook Playlist, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AP Art: AP Art update

Here's an update for students taking AP Art in the 2019-2020 year and beyond: beginning in 2019-20, the AP Art and Design portfolios will be altered and updated and each consist of two sections:
  1. Sustained Investigation (60% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:
    • 15 digital images that include works of art and design and process documentation.
    • Typed responses to prompts, providing information about the questions that guided their investigation and how they practiced, experimented, and revised, guided by their questions.
  2. Selected Works (40% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:
    • For AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing: 5 physical works or high-quality reproductions of physical works with written responses on paper describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.
    • For AP 3-D Art and Design: Digital images of 5 works (2 views of each) with typed responses describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.
With the elimination of the Range of Approaches (Breadth) section of the current portfolios, your students can focus on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making; on skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas; and on articulating information about their work.
These updates will better support inquiry-based learning, encouraging students to document their sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas through practice, experimentation, and revision. The updated portfolios will be open to diverse approaches to thinking and making, aligning with college, university, and contemporary disciplinary practices.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Studio Art: Japanese Paper Box Origami

This week in Studio Art we will learn how to create Paper Box Origami.  We will again begin by designing paper like the swatches of Japanese paper below with repeating patterns that are colorful and creative.
After the paper is created we will learn how to fold the paper into a box with 2 sheets.  Below is a box I created as an example and the video above shows you the process of folding.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Last Week of Quarter 3

It is the Last Week of Quarter 3 so make sure all assignments are up to date and handed in.  Friday is the end of the marking period and no work can be handed in afterwards.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Studio Art: Folding Origami Cranes

Now that we designed origami paper we will learn hoe to fold the Paper Origami Crane in Studio Art class like the demo I created above. Below is the step by step tutorial video showing how to create them that can be paused and repeated in case you have any issues.

The paper crane is an important symbol in Japan strengthened by the story of Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes from after World War II. In our continued relationship with japan we have created a 100 paper cranes each year in class and gifted them to Japan each year since my first visit in 2009.

I have even given Sadako's brother himself cranes that are housed at the Hiroshima war memorial in Japan (pictured above) as well as the school district of Fukushima where the terrible 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown occured and our cranes are housed in city hall.  Below is the story of Sadako is you are unfamiliar with it.

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