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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, April 27, 2017

Studio Art: Origami Recycled Paper Vase

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In Studio Art we are beginning work o creating our Origami Recycled Paper Vases in class.  We will be recycling magazines to create the vases so we'll start by folding 25-35 pages into thin strips and gluing them.  The rest of the process can be seen in the tutorial below:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Art Honor Society: Vans Custom Culture Contest

Today in Art Honor Society we will find out the results of the first round of judging in the Vans Custom Culture Contest.  Above is our four shoe designs that were entered earlier this month and created by Anna, Luke, Ilysa, Emily, Jillian, Adelaide, and Sarah.  We also entered the poster design below which was created by Jon.  The work looks terrific so best of luck!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Film Class: Aardman Studio


In film class we are working on our animations while also learning about some of the great animation studios and this week we are looking at Aardman Studio in the UK.  Above is a video tour around the studio and today we will finish looking at their history and where they are headed next with new tech and 3D printing!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Digital media: Digital haiku

In Digital media we will continue our Poetry month project by writing and filming a haiku poem.  A haiku is a poem with 3 lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables).  The Digital haiku can be created with pictures, drawings, or video but the video should include the haiku with written or spoken and be at least 7 seconds long with original imagery.  We will begin by writing 3-5 haiku's in class then we will work on creating the video.  Above and below are example digital haiku I created this month.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

AP Art: Spring Gallery Exhibits


We started our AP Art Spring Gallery Exhibits this month with Luke and Stephanie's show on April 5th which had a great response from the students and staff.

Yesterday we opened the show for Ilysa, Danielle, and Lauren which looks fantastic as well!  Congratulations on the terrific work you've created this year, it's great being able to share it with the school!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Studio Art: Paper Origami Cranes

Now that we have all mastered the origami box we will move on to the Paper Origami Crane in Studio Art class today.  Above is the demo crane I created in class this morning and below is the step by step tutorial video showing how to create them.



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 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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Digital Media: Digital Drawing


In Digital Media we will begin working on digital drawing using Photoshop in class and get our first look at the new computer lab.  Each student has chosen a poet for National Poetry Month (listed below) and we'll begin by finding a good source photo to work from, creating layers in Photoshop, and creating a drawing.  We'll then change our mindset to design and work on adding a short poem and designing the finished product later in the week.
  1. Daniel- W. B. Yeats
  2. Ethan- Shel Silverstein
  3. Hanna- Walt Whitman
  4. Christian- Robert Bly
  5. Stephen- Oscar Wilde
  6. Hunter- Allen Ginsberg
  7. Jack- Thich Nhat Hahn
  8. Michael- Robert Frost
  9. Erin- Francis Scott Key
  10. Joshua- Sylvia Plath
  11. Derek- Edgar Allen Poe
  12. Amber- Maya Angelou
  13. Jonathan- Robert Burns
  14. Kelsey- William Shakespeare
  15. Aline- Dylan Thomas
  16. Alexa- Pablo Neruda
  17. Benjamin- Emily Dickinson
  18. William- Alfred Tennyson
  19. Nicholas- Leonard Cohen (Tim Needles)
  20. Needles-  Billy Collins

Monday, April 17, 2017

Studio Art: Paper Crafts


We're back from spring break in class working on creating paper crafts & jewelry to raise funds for community arts! .

Today we are going to begin by creating an origami box to keep our beads in.  Below is the tutorial for creating the box and above is an example of what one looks like.

Digital Media: 4 frame video poem


April is National Poetry Month and we will celebrate by merging art, media, and poetry together to create an original 4 frame video poem this week.  Today we will work on writng and we will learn different approaches and formats.  Tomorrow we will concentrate on and editing and creating images to support the work and Thursday we will assemble our animated creations.  Above is an example that I created and wrote to give you a better idea of what to expect but feel free to be creative and interpret the assignment openly!

Below are a few favorite video poems from Billy Collins, Reverend Pedro Pietri, Matt Cook, and the great Leonard Cohen who we happened to meet a few years back in NYC on our Art Honor Society field trip!







Friday, April 7, 2017

Studio Art: Typography


In Studio Art we are completing our Typography unit today and finalizing all the grades for the third quarter.  Make sure you font designs are complete and that you have a digital image of them for class.  Today is the last day of classes before spring break so enjoy your vacation!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Art Honor Society: Vans Custom Culture Contest


Today in Art Honor Society we will complete our  Vans Custom Culture Contest entries together.  Here's an image of our finished ART shoe design entry- just 3 more left along with the poster.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Studio Art: Typography

In Studio Art we are learning about the basics of Typography and creating our own unique font set.  First we will design out own alphabet A-Z and number 0-9 fonts then add color and effects before digitizing them to complete the process.  Check out the example below which shows the first step of the process.
And here is an example that I created showing what a complete letter might look like- it's from a project called 36 days of type in which people are inspired to create and share a font design each day.


Monday, April 3, 2017

AP Art: Preparing The AP Test


Today in AP art class we will begin uploading the AP Studio Art Submissions for the AP test, on May 5. Below is the information you need to know to "forward your portfolio to teacher":

School Code: 335001
School: SMITHTOWN HIGH SCH E CAMPUS
Teacher Key: xwt0100

Make sure all the work is sized and the media is stated and the concentration statements are set before submitting your work to me.  Additionally you need to have your 5 quality pieces prepared to send in the AP portfolio case.  Good luck, we're almost there!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Art Honor Society: Vans Custom Culture Contest


There is just one week left in the Vans Custom Culture Contest so we are finishing our shoe before the end of the quarter Friday.  Here's some images showing the process of creating our shoe designs.  Next week we need to work on our poster designs for the last design component explained below:

THE ADDITIONAL DESIGN COMPONENT: STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED TO CREATE A DESIGN OR PRINT THAT BEST EXEMPLIFIES TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN ON A SUPPLIED 11X14 SHEET OF PAPER.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Art honor Society: Sketchbook Project


This week we are finishing up our Sketchbook Project for 2017 in Art honor Society and it is due on March 31, Friday.  We'll put the final touches on it and it'll be sent out to the The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library and the Brooklyn Art Library where it can be checked out and viewed by others.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Digital Media: Re-designing a new flag for the town of Smithtown



this week we are working on re-designing a new flag for the town of Smithtown and we are going to take a note from Roman Mars, host of the 99% Invisible (one of my favorite design podcasts), and work to create a better flag for our town, Smithtown.  We are going to watch his TED talk and learn about vexillology, the study of flags, and then critique our town flag based on the basic design rules that he shares written below.


1. Keep it simple. (The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.)
2. Use meaningful symbolism.
3. Use two to three basic colors.
4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
5. Be distinctive


Our flag is definitely what we learned Vexillologists would call a "SOB" (a seal on a bedsheet) so we are going to help our town out by creating a new flag design that represents the 21st Century.  We are also going to use the Quiver app to create a virtual augmented reality video show off how great our new flag designs would look flying over the school and in town.  Be creative, be original- this project is due on Wednesday 3/29!

Here's a few of my favorite flag redesigns from last year for inspiration!



We will create 6 thumbnail drawings in color, then one full color design then take that design and bring it into Augmented Reality using a template.  The last step of the project is to record your flag design with augmented reality and share it, below is an example from Jak last year.

Film: Cinematography Basics


In film class we are learning some cinematography basics before we begin creating our animation storyboards so that we can consider the different angles and perspective's we might want to use. Here's a link to some of the examples we studied in class: Film Studies 101: The 30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Needs To Know.  We will have a quiz on the shots we learned next week and today we'll begin out treatment and storyboard for our animation.  Below is a classic example of a storyboard from Star Wars that contains the establishing shot as well as many of the basic shots we learned in class.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Digital media- 3D Printing

In digital media class we are almost complete with our March: Youth Art Month 3D Printing Project. This is the final week of the month so we will finish up our last prints and share them with the world. To close out our 3D printing project we will research and design a print from an artist and finish printing each of our own personal designs so make sure everything is prepared!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Studio Art: I Voted sticker Design Contest

In Studio Art we are celebrating Youth Art Month and democracy by creating designs for the I Voted sticker Design Contest this week.  We began by sketching out ideas in colored pencil in our sketchbooks but we need to digitize the best designs and edit them in Photoshop.  

The final sticker design should have the NYC Votes logo as well as the text "I Voted" and it should be 2"x2".  The design should be finished and uploaded by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.  Above is a great example by Kelsey in our 1st period class and below is a terrific design from Adelaide.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Film: Animation Quiz


Tomorrow is our first quiz on the animation basics so be sure to study our CLASS QUIZLET to study the terms for the quiz.  After the quiz we will work on writing the 250 word review of Zootopia in class which will be due typed at the end of the day.

Art Honor Society: Looking Back on our Field Trip to NYC Art museums


We put together our yearbook page in Art Honor Society this week using some of the photographs from our Field Trip to NYC where we visited the Met and The Cooper Hewitt Museums last week.  Here's a few images from the trip!





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Film: Animation Process



In Film class we watched the Oscar winning animated film Zootopia and looked at the process that went into making the film.  We will now start working on our own animations using the same process we learned about at Disney and Pixar on a smaller scale.  We will begin the Animation Process by focusing on characters and concept so you will create a story pitch along with character designs which will be due on Monday.  We will also wrap the film by writing a short critique that is 250 words for Friday.  the film review shouldn't tell basic information, instead get right into the details and talk about what you liked and didn't like and why as well as what you learned from the experience in class.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Studio Art: 3D Chess Set Design


Today in Studio Art we will be finalizing and grading the 3D Chess Set Design we have been working on using Morphi on the iPad.  Arrange the 6 Chess pieces in a row like the example above from Brandon in the Period 1 class and they will be uploaded to Thingverse so that they can be printed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Digital Media: 3D modeling


This week in Digital Media class we will begin experimenting with 3D modeling using some of the best, free 3D capture tools available.  Above is the example of my scan from our class demo and below is a short Trnio video tutorial showing how the app works best that is useful regardless of which capture app your using.  We are going to begin by scanning people so choose a friend, teacher, or relative to scan and then have them scan you.  We'll bring those 3D models into class next week and begin working on them.

Trnio Tutorial from Trnio on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Art Honor Society: NYC Art Museum Field Trip

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This Friday the National Art Honor Society will hold it's annual NYC Art Museum Field Trip and we'll be visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and if time and weather allows the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Neue Galerie.  It may be a cold day so dress appropriately because we'll walk from one museum to the other, about 8 blocks.  We'll also be eating at the Met cafeteria so you can bring lunch or buy it there.  It's also St.Patricks Day so lets get our green on.

Studio Art: Drawing in 3D with Morphi


In Studio Art we will experiment with drawing in 3D with Morphi.  We will use the designs we created in class last week and try to created 3D version of them in class using the various inputs in Morphi App.  Below is the example I created on Monday from my sketchbook.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Digital Media: 3D Augmented Reality with Morphi


In Digital Media we will experiment with 3D Augmented Reality in class using the Morphi App and it's ability to create stop motion-animation.  Above is an example of the process to visualize a t-shirt design but we will play with the technology and see what other extension and possibilities it has then we will create a video game incorporating it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Studio Art: Designers who Impact NY



In Studio Art we are learning about 2 more great designers today in class who have each made a big impact on NY: Milton Glaser and Massimo Vignelli.  We'll learn about their history and designs as well as some of their impact on what we see each day.  They will be included with the previous designers we learned about on our test next week.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photographers Forum Contest 2017


Congratulations to Jillian Davis from AP Art and National Art Honor Society who's photograph shown above was chosen as a Finalist in Photographers Forum 37th Annual 2017 High School and College competition.  Her image will be featured in Photographer’s Forum’s limited edition hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2017.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Studio Art: Book Jacket re-design


In Studio Art we learned about our first 2 designers: Chip Kidd and David Carson.  Now we will create designs using the information we learned about the process beginning with a book jacket.  We will each re-design a jacket for our favorite book using the design principals we learned and the advice each of the designers gave on respecting the audience's intellect and legibility's interaction with communication.


The Harry Potter dust jacket book cover above by Kathie Bayne is a good example of what basics should be included and what a finished design looks like.  You can choose any book you like to redesign as long as it's in the school library.  Below is an additional TED talk by Chip Kidd in which he discusses designing books for authors like Charles Schultz, David Sedarisand David Rakoff.


Monday, March 6, 2017

AP Studio Art: 31 Nights Extra Credit



The March Extra Credit assignment for AP and Studio Art is Michael Bell's 31 Nights #k12artchallenge you can view some samples of the work above in different media.  I learned about 31 nights this weekend at the NAEA convention and it seems like an interesting series of prompts that can be varied and allow for great art.

Above are the first 7 self-portrait themes- interpret them in a personal and original way and be creative!  Feel free to share them on social media with the #k12artchallenge and #31nights hashtags. The extra credit is due by the end of the month, March 31.


Studio Art: Chess Set Design


In Studio Art we are each creating our own unique Chess Set Design.  We will start by sketching out designs and coloring them in our sketchbooks and then move to Tinkercad to create 3D models.

A standard game of chess, each of the two players begins a game with the following 16 chess pieces:

  • 1 king.
  • 1 queen.
  • 2 rooks.
  • 2 bishops.
  • 2 knights.
  • 8 pawns.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Digital Media: 3D printing


In Digital Media we are beginning to 3D print our designs in class so they must all be saved as a STL file and be sized appropriately to print on the Makerbot.

While the printing is occurring we will also be working on re-designs for our new classroom including seating, desks, layout, color, and concept.  We want to create a better space for learning and one that encourages creativity.  so we will create a blueprint and a digital perspective model.  Below are basic examples of what that might look like for a traditional classroom but remember this is an art room so keep it colorful and creative!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Film: Drawn Animation



In film class our next challenge is to create a short 6-10 second drawn animation which will due on Friday.  The basic rules is that the animation needs to loop so the end must match the beginning.  An easy way to create a drawing animation is to morph like the student example above.

We are also working on the beginning of our spec script, the first 15 formatted pages are due on Wednesday.  You can use the free template on Microsoft Word or this one for Google Docs: Google screenplay formatter

Our first extra credit assignment is also due on Wednesday and a good example is the winning short animation from Sunday's Oscar ceremony, Piper from Disney.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Welcome Back From Winter Break


Welcome Back From Winter Break!  I was in Spain and France and had a great time explore Barcelona, Figueres, Bilbao, and Paris over the break.  It was great to visit creative locations such as Antoni Gaudí's famous Park Güell in Barcelona seen above.  The food and culture is tremendous, one of my favorite Spanish foods is churros y chocolate seen below.

I also visited Salvador Dalí's house and museum in Figueres which was like visiting the mind of the artist himself with surrealistic room designs where the artist lived and worked later in his life and were he was buried.
It also houses one of his coolest pieces, a room seen below which is a portrait of actress Mae West when viewed from the right perspective.


I also had the chance to visit the amazing Guggenheim Bilbao Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry which also houses Jeff Koons iconic 'Puppy' sculpture.



Friday, February 17, 2017

AP Art: Heckscher Museum's Long Island Best Show

Today is the final day before winter break and it's also the last day to enter your work into the Heckscher Museum's Long Island Best Show.  Above is an example of a piece that Anna created based on the drawing by Roz Dimon from the Long Island Biennial 2016 shown below.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Film: The Pixilation



In Film class we learned about the first basic form of animation: The Pixilation.  Above are a few of the best examples of the form including PEZAardman Animations, and the Brothers Quay.  We will begin by using the free app VINE camera to create a short pixilation animation between 6-10 seconds by this Friday February 17.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art Honor Society: Our Upcoming Field Trip To NYC Museums


In Art Honor Society we will be participating in a field trip to NYC to visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Museum Mile on St. Patrick's Day in March.  Above is a great example of some of designer James Victore's work, an artist we study in class, that is featured in one of the exhibits.

The Cooper Hewitt has some really great, new design features such as digital touchscreen tables where you can research, play, and create using the digital pen you receive on entry.  You can also use the backside of your pen to store your favorite items- here's some of my favorites from my visit this weekend: Tim Needles Cooper Hewitt Visit.

One of the highlights of the museum is the immersion room in which you can draw and design on a digital table and have it projected onto the digital walls like wallpaper.  Here's the basic of how to use the digital pen below:

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