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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Studio Art: Illustration Friday- Jazz

In Studio Art well work on this week's Illustration Friday, the theme is Jazz and it will be due on Monday.  I'll also be collecting and grading your final Zentangle name page from you sketchbook. Above is my example, Stan Getz, have a great holiday!

Extra Credit: September

This month's Extra Credit is to create and register a work into the Celebrate St.James contest. The basic information can be found on the poster above and you can click the link to register.  The contest is open for all of September and will left your lowest grade of the quarter up a letter grade.  The book Images of America: St. James by Geoffrey K. Fleming might be a great resource to use, it's available at the library and the local bookstores.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

AP Art: Art From Poetry

Our first in class assignment of the year will focus on taking a note of inspiration from poetry and translating it visually to art.  There are famous examples such as The Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens which was inspired from Pablo Picasso's blue period painting shown above, the poem was then used as an inspiration for David Hockney's series of work on the Blue Guitar some of which is depicted below created a Beta loop.
You're challenge is to choose a poem and use it as an inspiration point for a piece.  It can be a line, a feeling, or the whole poem whatever works for you and it does not need to be a literal illustration, use your creativity and inventiveness to create the piece in any media.  I suggest beginning your search with one of these poetry websites but if you are unsure of a direction speak to me and I'll give you some personal suggestions that I think you might like:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Painting: David Hockney Portraits

In Painting class we are finish our self portraits today and we are going to learn about artist David Hockney and look at his recent Portraits.  Hockney created a series of portraits using the same chair and background with a series of friends and acquaintances, well look at some of Hockney's ideas about painting and how his work evolved over the years.
We'll learn about some of the concerns of painting a full body portrait and look at the basics of anatomy.  Then we will create a full body portrait painting that will be due Friday next week.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Digital Media: Dot Day and Augmented Reality

We will start Digital Media class today learning about the basics of Augmented Reality and how it works along with it's enormous potential.  Most students have experienced it while playing Pokemon Go so well touch on that interaction.
I'll also talk a little about Beta Testing and how I'll be part of Pokemon's beta test for the first Mewtwo invitation only raid later on this afternoon.  After we understand a bit about what it is we will create an augmented reality dot using the Quiver app to celebrate Dot Day.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Parent Teacher Night 2017

Welcome to art room 161 this classroom blog is used for all our assignments and is a great reference for due dates, study guides, extra credit, and keeping track of what's going on in class.  Here's some of our ongoing projects that we'll be working on in all Mr. Needles classes:

  • Our "Going Global" project with the Japan Society & student exchange
  • SKYPE in the classroom and Google Hangouts with professionals and alumni
  • PBS Digital Innovators program
  • College and alumni visits 

  • Studio in Art:
    Google Art Project- http://www.googleartproject.com/
    Illustration Friday- http://illustrationfriday.com/

    Digital Media:
    IMDB- http://www.imdb.com/
    You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/TimNeedles
    Short & Sweet NYC-http://www.shortandsweetnyc.com/author/tim-needles/

    Illustration Friday- http://illustrationfriday.com/
    You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/TimNeedles

    AP Studio Art:
    College Board-http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_studioart.html
    Artnet- http://www.artnet.com/?gclid=CKW4_bj4m7ICFYFo4Aod61UAag
    Drawn- http://blog.drawn.ca/

    #Needlesclass Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/needlesclass/?hl=en
    JJ Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/jjcommunity/?hl=en
    College Board-http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_studioart.html

    National Art Honor Society & National Media Art Honor Society:

  • Meets every Wednesday in Room 161
  • Volunteering at the Hampton's Film Festival on October 6-7
  • Building our Safe Halloween program
  • Our fall field trip to New York City and our spring trip to the Hampton's
  • Guest speakers & alumni visits

  • Contests:
    Young Arts- http://www.youngarts.org/
    LI Best- http://www.heckscher.org/
    Scholastic- http://www.artandwriting.org/

    Shanti- http://www.shantifund.org/

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Digital Media: Coding

    This week we will begin learning the basics of coding using Code.org.  Were beginning with the basics but the concept can lead to really cool technology such as the sand table featured below.  Follow the step by step instructions to complete the 20 levels and make sure your computer coding is completed by Friday at the start of class. You can click the class link below to begin:

    Period 2- YMLQHC   

    Period 4- BMDFNX

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    Studio Art: Zentangle Basics

    In Studio Art this week we will be learning about the Zentangle drawing technique.  We'll start with the basics and learn a few step by step together then you'll get a chance to choose others freely or create your own.

    A full page of zentangle drawing will be due at the end of the class on Wednesday and should include the two styles we learned in class (shown above) and any others you want to draw.  Below is an demonstration I made for students last year which shows the next step in the process, we'll draw our name and zentangle around it on the first page of our sketchbooks!

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Digital Media: Creating A Self Portrait in Photoshop

    In Digital Media class we are learning the basic of Photoshop by creating a creative self portrait with green screen using various Photoshop tools.  Below you can see the original image and above is an example of what we are going to do in class by replacing the chroma key green with another image. The final self portrait that will also feature your first name and any other edits or creative techiniques you want to add will be due at the end of class on Wednesday.  The final image should have the following (this is also how it will be graded via the rubric):

    • Basic photo adjustments
    • Your first name (large enough to read from a distance)
    • Creative background (you can use the green screen swap or add over it)
    • 8"x8" square saved as a JPEG
    • titled DM2 or DM4 + your last name (depending on your Digital Media class period)

    To submit the final image you will need to drag it into your google drive and share it with me using my email: tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    Painting: Illustration Friday

    In Painting class well spend each Friday in our first month stretching our creativity by interpreting the theme for Illustration Friday.  This week's theme is recipe so think of an interesting and unique way to illustrate it.  This week you will be free to use any media you wish but in future weeks we'll use specific media.  Above is a quick example I created in class today.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    First Day of School 2017

    Welcome to the First Day of School 2017! I'm Mr. Needles and this is our class blog, this year I'm teaching:

    • Digital Media
    • Painting AP Studio Art
    • Film and Video
    • Studio Art
    Today and tomorrow we'll be going over some of the basic and the class projects and expectations but we are going to begin each class today but creating!

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Last Day of Class!

    Last Day of Class, congratulations!  Here's one of our last projects, the Dunny designs from AP Art.

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    One Day Left of Class!

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    We are down to just 1 day left of class! All project are due today as well as the portfolios in Studio Art.

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Film: TV Pitch treatments

    In Film class we are looking at the process of pitching tv shows and films and using producer/writers like Brian Koppelman as an example.  Above are some of his best pieces of advise from his yearlong Vine series on screenwriting to use as inspiration as you write you treatments.  The final treatments are due on Wednesday.

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Digital Media: Little Bits Doodle Wizards

    Our last week of Digital Media will be focused on creating Doodle Wizards Robots with Little Bits and creating a portfolio of work from the year.  Each group should design and create their own Doodle Wizard that can draw then we will film them with time lapse photography to see and share what they create.
    After we have worked with the Doodle Wizards we will design our own custom 3D printed elements for them like this 3 marker arm.  Once you have customized and pimped out your Doodle Wizard we'll draw and film them once again.

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Art Honor Society: 2017 Collaborative Sketchbook Project

    Our 2017 collaborative Sketchbook Project we created in Art Honor Society earlier this year is now digitized and available to view online here: The Telephone Game. The sketchbook is now on view at Brooklyn Art Library and will go on tour across the United States this summer!
    The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library from Art House Co-op on Vimeo.

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Film: Understanding the Hero's Journey and Applying it to Film

    In Film class we learned about Joseph Campbell's concept of the Hero's Journey and we are now using that structure to build a short tv treatment.

    We'll continue to reference loglines and Save the Cat and learn about the Story Beats that you can see in the video below then we'll start our first draft.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    2017-2018 AP Art Summer Assignments

    Summer Assignments:
    All assignments can be done in any medium, technique and style you desire but should be entirely original (do not use other people’s pictures, characters, or content in any way) and fit the AP Test you are planning on taking (Drawing, 2D, or 3D).  Part I and II should be shared before August 1 if you want feedback and Part III can be shared when school begins.

    Part I: Breadth Assignments:
    (these assignments should be shared with me via social media (twitter/instagram to @timneedles with #NeedlesClass) or email tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us by August 1 at the latest for feedback. These works will also  be critiqued during the first weeks of classes.)
    1. A mixed-media portrait – Create a portrait using various media in monochrome or in color. Feel free to use any medium you desire (ink, collage, newspaper, paint, & other mixed media) and as many media as you like. The style may be handled in any way you wish: realistic, abstract, expressive, impressionistic or cubistic, etc. This portrait should reveal something significant about the model. Hands, torso and face are important features and should be included in the work. Try an unusual surface. The portrait may be done on any flat smooth unbreakable surface such as cardboard, mural paper, plywood, masonite, plexiglass, homasote board, etc.
    2Antediluvian- Read the definition below and create a work that has a theme of Antediluvian in some way. 
    adjective “of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood.” meaning: outdated, outmoded, old-fashioned, antiquated, behind the times, passé, ex: Humorous ridiculously old-fashioned."they maintain antediluvian sex-role stereotypes"
    3. Man vs. Self- Create a work showing the contrast between man vs self. This too can be personal or social (environmentally, philosophically, ect) and literal or figurative. Try to stay away from the cliché imagery and find a unique take on a very ancient theme.

    4. Inspiration- Take a look at this catalog of art from the 2016 Armory Show in NYC from Art.sy and choose any artist that interests you then create a piece responding to (not copying or in their style) their work.  The list includes everyone from artist who use traditional media such as: Andy Warhol, Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp to contemporary artists like: Douglas CouplandMarina Abramović, Francisco Vidal, William KentridgeJim Campbelland Claire Tabouret .

    5. “INVISIBLE CITIES” - A Strange Relationship With Memory
    In the book entitled, Invisible Cities,the author, Italo Calvino, beautifully spins a tale of an imaginary encounter between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, in which Polo describes all the cities of his long travels.  "Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer."
    So begins Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, a compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about the marvelous places he has seen or visited, it may be that he is actually creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms that a city might take.
    In truth, the book is a magnificent study or examination of our strange relationship with memory. As Polo tells Khan, "It is not the voice that tells the story, but the ear." The author of the book notes that the best way to really maintain and preserve our memories is to leave them be. Only in this way can we avoid the temptation of returning to them and likely distorting and warping them from their original state. As Italo Calvino skillfully reveals the slow and hidden crumbling of our memories. Create a piece of art in any media based on this without using words.

    Part II: Choice Assignments:
    Create a series of 65 works (about 1 piece a day during the summer).  Feel free to experiment creatively and use different media, the subject matter is also your choice but I'd suggest that you both work from life and you imagination.  If you get stuck and are at a loss for what to do I suggest using creative promts such as my own #TERPart or some of my favorites like JJCommunity for photography and Illustration Friday for drawing or #31nights which can work for anything!

    If you use a sketchbook that would mean 65 pages or if it's photography that would mean 65 images.  This work shows process so not every piece would be totally completed but rather a resource to pull from for ideas and creative experiments in the future.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Studio art: Final Portfolio and Assessment

    There are just 8 days left of class so this week we will finish the cardboard project and focus on the Studio Art Final Portfolio and Assessment.  The quizlet is an easy way to review and the link is here is this post.  There will be a short writing segment on Wednesday, a short answer segment on Thursday, and the portfolio segment on Friday.  Below are some links to what we cover:

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Studio Art: Cardboard Project

    In Studio Art we are finishing up our Cardboard Project which is due on Wednesday May 31.  All painting and gluing should be finished by Tuesday so we have time to work on the last details before photographing them!
    We use these mask to march in local parades like the St. Patrick's Day parade with Mr. Needles shown above walking with the Mr. Needles cardboard mask.  We'll post some of the most creative and interesting cardboard masks on the blog here as well.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Art Honor Society: NAHS News

    Our Smithtown HS East Chapter of the National Art Honor Society was featured in the recent national edition of NAHS News.
    There was a story on our mural collaboration with artist Jon Burgerman and the student art from members Luke and Kayla.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Wednesday Work

    I am in school Wednesday but not in class so below is work for each class so have a great day and remember to clean up all of your supplies!

    Studio Art: Continue working on your cardboard masks

    Digital Media: Continue working on your augmented reality works

    AP Art: Continue working on your Dunny designs

    Film: Write you final film pitch and share it on Google docs

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Digital Media: Augmented Reality Gallery with Aurasma

    In Digital Media we are progressing with our use of Augmented Reality to create a Gallery of images that come alive with Aurasma.  Today we will create our first triggers in class and later this week each student will create 3 Augmented Reality images featuring the themes below:

    • National Poetry Month- Digital Poet Drawing/Digital Haiku
    • Nature- Digital Photograph/Serene Digital Video
    • Timelapse- Digital Photograph or Drawing/ Hyperlapse Digital Video
    All 3 trigger images should be printed and presented for the gallery by the end of class of Friday.  Above is a short demonstration of how to effectively use the Aurasma app.  Here's a link to the AR art of Stu Campbell who does some amazing work with AR as you can see below!

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    2017 AP Art Spring Exhibits

     We have had some terrific AP Art Spring Exhibits so far this year with Ariel, Nicole, and Kayla's show this week and Anthony and Erin's show last week.  There are just 3 shows lwft this year so let's make them great!

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Digital Media: Art Trivia App Design

    Today in Digital Media class we are completing our Art Trivia App Design and Coding.  Every student should have created and coded their artist questions and forwarded them both to me to grade and Billy to combine into our collaborative app.  The example above by Erin is the proper format and layout for the questions.  Today we will finish all the coding and beta test it with students in other classes next week.

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Studio Art: Dunny Package Design

    In Studio Art we will move on to the 2nd phase of our Dunny project and create the Package Design for the Dunny we created like the professional example above.  the packaging should fit with the Dunny you created and be creative itself, below is a great example from Kelsey.

    The package design above is a good fit for her Dunny which is pictured below and it's also fully rendered and has the title on it.

    The Andy Warhol dunny above is a good example because it references some of the packaging that he worked with in his art and also clearly shows what the Dunnys look like and the Sriracha dunny below adds another dimension with a logo.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Digital Media: Art Trivia Code Game

    In Digital Media class we are collaborating on creating and coding an Art Trivia Game that will aid Mr. needles Studio Art classes in studying artists. Below is a breakdown of the different art periods (levels) we'll cover and the artists each student will be responsible for.
    Every student will create a question for each artist and include a school-appropriate image of their work. Billy will be doing all the structural coding and Amber will design the cover page. The final app is due for Beta testing beginning of next week in class on Monday morning May 22.

    Aline- Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, JMW Turner
    Alexa- William Blake, John Constable, Sir Thomas Lawrence
    Dan- Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Berthe Morisot
    Hanna- Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet
    Post Impressionism
    Abstract Expressionism
    Christian- Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning
    Pop Art
    Stephen- David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Claes Oldenburg
    Street Art
    Michael- Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Swoon
    Kelsey- Obey, Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Mr. Brainwash

    Nicholas- BLU, Cope2, Faile

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