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, March 4, 2015

Art Honor Society: A Note from Jon Burgerman

The Art Honor Society will meet today and begin preparing for our annual induction.  We will be 
creating a large mural to use at the event in the style of one of my favorite artists, Jon Burgerman.
He gives some really great advice in the clip above and it's great to see his actual working process.
The film also features the painting that I bought of his at Tara McPherson's Cotton Candy Machine 
gallery summer small works show in the introduction.

Studio Art: Mosaic Design Installation

In Studio Art class we are creating a collaborative Mosaic Design Installation this week with each student creating a design which will piece together into a larger work.  Today the designs are due and we'll begin creating a thumbnail mock up before we begin the final work.

The examples above show how different colors and designs work together, we'll be doing something similar but within some specialized shapes to create a mural.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Monday we celebrated the birthday of children's author and artist Dr. Seuss!  The video above shows off some of the work students in Studio Art classes created using some of Dr. Seuss's most loved quotes after we learned a little bit about his life and career.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Teach Like A Pirate EdChat Tonight

March is Young Artists Month and to celebrate I'll be hosting the Teach Like A Pirate (or #TLAP for short) educational Twitter chat tonight at 9pm EST to talk arts and creativity in the classroom!  If you haven't participated before it's a fun, fast-paced nationwide EdChat and I included the questions I'll be posting below:

If you haven't heard of Teach Like A Pirate it's a terrific book on education by educator and author Dave Burgess which was followed up recently by P is for Pirate by Dave and his wife Shelley Burgess.  Both books are great reads and resources!

Since it's a chart about using the arts and creativity I'll be using Vine videos that were created around the school to ask each question such as the example below.

Friday, February 27, 2015

AP Art: Out on the Town

Tonight is the Art series Night at the New York City ballet with artwork from Dustin Yellin and a number of us will be attending.  The show is terrific as is the ballet and there's even a free art book as a gift so what more can one ask!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AP Art: James Victore design challenge

Here are some of the results from the James Victore AP Art Class design challenge.  Each student was given 40 minutes, a word, and a design handicap that pushed them out of their comfort zone and the results were as diverse as they were interesting.  These examples from Samantha, Christian, Mackenzie, and Andrew were all particularly interesting because they were so unexpected and outside of the style of each student.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Media Arts: Animation Basics

In media arts we are reviewing the basics of animation quizlet and looking at some of the process used to create animated films and television.  We'll have a short quiz on the terms Friday which is also when our first short animation challenge is due!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Advanced Media: Sound Editing

As a prequel to learning how to create short film documentaries we will focus just on audio and audio editing and work together to create some 30 second sonic IDs for the COWBIRD audio library. Today we will do some brainstorming around the themes of school, free time, and ambition and begin sharing our ideas and tomorrow we will begin recording and editing some of the ideas into short radio ids.  We'll be referencing Transom which is a great resource for audio techniques and storytelling tips and we'll go over the basics of editing sound with Audacity.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Studio Art: James Victore Day

Today we are looking at the work of designer James Victore in studio art and AP studio art class.  He has created some unique and impactful design work  which has been shown in some of the biggest museums from MoMA to the Louvre and his spirit and style is terrific.

Studio art- we are going to use his recent collaboration with Holstee as inspiration to create our own individual daily affirmation or reminder.  I will have media such as ink, tape, paper, paint, and pens available but as James himself states there ain't no rules and it's a reminder for you so make it personal and create it in a way that reflects you.

Remember this design is not about being neat and pretty or sloppy and loose for that matter, it's about you- what do you want and how do you communicate it best to yourself?

AP Studio art- we are going to use his recent Creative Live online class as a jump off point.  I watched the majority of the sessions and in it he challenged students to create a design after being given a word and a handicap.  We'll look at some of his work and words and then I'll give each of you a word paired with a media handicap!

Advanced Media: Talking Oscar Night

In Advanced Media we will begin by recapping the Oscars from last night and discuss the winners, moments, and films.  Below is one of my favorite moments from the night as Graham Moore won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Imitation Game.

We'll also talk about the animated feature and short films that were nominated as we will soon be working on an animation ourselves- here's a great talk from the Academy about the films.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Media Arts: Pixilations

In Media Arts class we will be working on our first pixilation challenge this week.  Pixilations are animations created in real-life without drawing such as the animation we created with everyone's name on the first week of class.

Each student should create their own pixilation that is under 30 seconds using anything they'd like (people, toys, kittens, whatever) and if possible try to loop it so the end is the beginning is the end.

We'll take a look at some amazing profession pixilations from Norman McLarenPESMichel Gondry OK Go and talk about some tricks and techniques that aid in the process but the final pixilation is due Friday 2/27.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Advanced Media: The Short Doc Challenge

Our second challenge is to create a short documentary film in 2 weeks with the theme of: MUSIC. The theme can be used creatively but the film should touch on music in some way.  The example above is a great short doc with the theme of music which was created by a student and was nominated for a student Academy Award.  It is clever in it's technique of simple cinematography and a surprising personal turn that happens midway through the film which holds the attention of the audience and makes the subject very personal.  Be creative, have fun, and film- that's the best advice for short docs because you never know what you have until you begin editing!  The film is due February 27, 2015

Extra Credit: Looking into Smithtown’s Past

Share your creative skills and celebrate your community’s 350th Anniversary! Submit an original work of visual art or photography that responds to, reflects, or is inspired by the theme of Smithtown's Sesquarcentennial Celebration Looking into Smithtown’s Past.

Entry Deadline: April 24, 2015.
Exhibition Dates May 23 – June 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery.

Cash prizes will be awarded:  $500 for 1stPlace, $350 for 2nd Place, and $150 for 3rd Place. Winning entries will be featured in Smithtown News.

For more information see STAC's website here: Looking into Smithtown’s Past

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Media Art: How we use media in class

Here's a short video created entirely on the iPhone using Vine, Relay, & Instagram with students from media art and the art honor society in school yesterday showing how Mr. Needles classes uses media in innovative ways to engage students in the classroom and community.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Extra Credit: Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Arts Competition

HMTC's Arts Competition theme for this year is to reflect on any of the items in the Objects of Witness exhibit, or other artifacts you have seen or studied, and create a piece in one of the categories below that addresses these questions.
  • What story does this item tell?
  • How does it help you understand the history of the Holocaust?
VISUAL ART: All works on paper must be matted and ready for hanging with a hook on the back. All framed works must have wires for hanging. Sculpture and ceramics must have sturdy bases. We will accept art submissions MARCH 9-13, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 AM AND 5 PM. No submissions will be accepted after March 13. All art work may be picked up from the Center after the Awards Ceremony on April 19—any art left after June 1, 2015 will become the property of HMTC.  

MUSIC & MULTI-MEDIA: All entries must be submitted electronically either in audio or video, compatible with PC. You may send by flash drive or online storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive. They must be post-marked by March 13. Please provide a brief written document (see format below in literature guidelines) explaining the inspiration and creative process behind the musical composition or multi-media creation.

Deadlines: Entries must be submitted by March 13, 2015For questions or more information, please contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at 516-571-8040 x 106 ortracygarrisonfeinberg@holocaust-nassau.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Studio Art: T-shirt Design

In Studio Art class we are designing T-shirts this week which we can actually produce.  We;ll begin by sketching out ideas on paper and drawing a design which we'll then translate to the computer and digitize.  Here are some examples of shirts created by Mr. Needles to give you and idea of what to expect.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Advanced Media: Michel Gondry

In Advanced Media we'll be looking at the films and music videos of writer and director Michel Gondry.  Above is a short film showing him in the process of animating a film, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?which is a collaboration with philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky (available currently on Netflix).  We'll look at his creative music videos with the White Stripes, Daft Punk, Bjork, and the Rolling Stones in preparing for our music video.  We'll also look at some of his movies such as  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which was shot on Long Island and landed him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2004 and Be Kind Rewind. We'll also watch a few of his experiments and short films at michelgondry.comWe'll start today with the video for Daft Punk's "Around The World" below.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Columbus Museum of Art's Mobile Photo Now Exhibition

Tim Needles Photograph of Smithtown East's Patriots Day in the Columbus Museum of Art's #MobilePhotoNow Exhibition
I am honored to have two of my mobile photographs included in the Columbus Museum of Art's #MobilePhotoNow Exhibition which opens to the public today in Columbus, Ohio and runs throuh March 22, 2015.  More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries (from 6 continents) submitted nearly 45,000 images via Instagram and 300 images were selected making it largest museum mobile photography exhibition to date.  The museum partnered with the Josh Johnson and the #JJ online photography community (which we work with in class occasionally) to create the show and examine the world of photographs created exclusively on mobile devices.

I'm especially proud to have an photograph that I created with students from my media art class modeling here on Smithtown East's Patriots Day included in the show- the image was chosen to represent the spirit of community seems very appropriate.  If you take a look at Josh Johnson's video below you can see the Patriots Day photograph showcase with some text about the spirit week event at the museum's opening in the background.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Smithtown East Scholastic Art Award Winners

This year Smithtown East won 10 awards in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards which is unprecedented.  Congratulations to: Andrew Chang, Luke Gelfman, Troy Hallahan, Rose Kong, Kristin Scomillio, and Jamie Werner on winning awards in the nationwide competition.  Special congratulations also goes to Rose Kong and Andrew Chang who both won 3 award each.  Senior Rose Kong and freshman Luke Gelfman both won a prestigious gold key awards and their art work is now being moved forward onto judging on the the national level which offers $40,000 award, an art show in Manhattan, and presentation of awards at Carnegie Hall.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Advanced Media: Critiques and our short music video

Today in class we'll watch Paperman, a great 7 minute short romantic comedy film and we'll discuss how to critique the film for class using our template.  We'll watch some behind the scenes clips with the director, John Kahrs, that will give you some insight into how the film was made and styled.  The critique for the film will be due at the end of Monday's class.

Our first month's film assignment in advanced media will be to create a short music video in which all the sound editing takes place via video editing.  I've included examples from Jimmy Fallon and a look at a great duo Eclectic Method who DJs with edited video.  I'll collect you film pitches today and we'll discuss them tomorrow

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Studio Art: Peace Poster Zentangle Design

In Studio Art we will begin 3rd quarter with a Peace Poster Zentangle Design. Choose a design which somehow incorporates peace (a mandala, a portrait of a figure known for peace, a quote, ect.) and use a monochromatic zentangle type design to add depth to the work somehow.  The finished piece will be due on Monday.  Below are some student examples including a zentangle designs that were chosen as a finalists.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome to Semester 2!

Welcome to Semester 2- new students, old students, and random students who show up in my class on off periods to make art but I'm not sure who they are!  We are covered in ice and snow and heading into another frigid February so let's start out with a message from Kid President about how we can learn to use media and #makeithappy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Last Day of the Semester!

Today is the last day of class in my Media Arts and Drawing classes so all work must be submitted, most importantly the final projects.  Yesterday I blogged about the final project in drawing so today we will look at the final project in Media Art.  The class has been working on the Speak Truth to Power contest.  The great example above is from Alix and it shows how the final film should appear with proper credits and documentation.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Drawing: Charcoal Self-Portraits and Final Portfolio

In Drawing class we are coming to an end this week and completing our Charcoal Self-Portrait project. The piece should include some finishing work and be cut down to size eliminating excess paper such as the terrific example above from Natalie.  After the grid drawing is completed in pencil (see the image below for reference) the tones will be completed using condensed charcoal, charcoal pencils, and blending tools (tortillions, meaded erasers, and in my experience the best blending tool, your fingers).  The completed drawing should be handed in on Friday but if you are not finished speak to me and we should be able to set up a time to work over the testing week.

Your final project is simply to choose you six strongest works that were created in class and assemble them into an exit portfolio which we will review on Friday.  I'll sit with each student and review the work and we'll grade the final portfolio together using a rubric.

If you finish early and want to work on a short extra credit drawing you can create a piece for the Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest which might be treated in the same vain as an Illustration Friday drawing.  Below is their prompt:
Submit a work of art, a poem, a written work, or a film about plastic pollution in the ocean. Look for connections between science, creativity, environmental advocacy, and your personal interpretation of theme Our Oceans, Our Plastic. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to advocate, but give your piece a unique and powerful voice.
The contest is for a good cause and you can use your imagination and photo references to create your image.  If you want to you can speak to the Marine Biology teachers for reference and concepts that might work.  There are also some excellent pieces on the website that are previous winners.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Media Art: Improv Sketch Comedy

In Media Art we are ending our class with Improv Sketch Comedy.  Here's an example from an improv show with the Muppets I did as an example above.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Last Week of the Semester!

This is the Last Week of the Semester, which in some classes such as Media and Drawing means the end of class so lets review what's due before it's all over!

Today any student that is applying for 2015-2016 AP STUDIO ART class must submit their portfolio of 12 works and their application!

Media Art: The final project Speak Truth To Power student video competition is due Thursday

Studio Art: The final Photoshop project is due Thursday & midterm Thursday/Friday

AP Art: The Japanese Hell piece is due Wednesday and the final Breadth section is due Friday

Studio Art: The final Photoshop project is due Thursday & midterm is Thursday/Friday

Drawing: The final charcoal project is due Thursday and the exit portfolio is due Friday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AP Art: Japanese Handscrolls- Jigoku-zoshi

In AP Art our final Breadth assignment for the quarter is based on the Japanese Handscrolls of Jigoku-zoshi depicting the 8 great hells and the 16 lesser hells in text and painting.  The scrolls feature some really interesting illustrations which have become popular in modern tattoo and illustration culture.  The final piece is due on Wednesday 1/21/2015 after which we will assemble the best 12 Breadth pieces.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Drawing: Large Scale Charcoal Self Portrait

In Drawing class our last big project is creating a charcoal self portrait on large scale paper.  The time lapse video above shows some of the technique we'll be using.  We have photographs to work from and we're using the grid method to transfer the proportions of the image but the tone will be done using a variety of charcoal tools.  The final project is due Wednesday 1/21/2015 and will be the last grade of the class.  Below is an example of a charcoal portrait I created of MLB Baseball Hall of Fame player Hank Aaron (which he was nice enough to sign!)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I wanted to share a cool, creative, and cost effective program that I've been attending every year- the New York City Ballet ART SERIES.  Each year they choose an artist to create a work for the space in the lobby and they present a ballet for the affordable price of $29 which includes a small piece from the artist.  Last year the photographer JR did an amazing photo of the performers on the floor and the year before Faile created a great totem of street art silk screened woodblock prints.

This year the artist is DUSTIN YELLIN who creates terrific 3d paintings and collages or bodies using sheets of glass and resin pressed together.  Take a look at the video above, its great.  Extra credit to any students that go and bring in the free artwork!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Studio Art: Design- Poster ReDesign

In Studio Art we are starting our 2nd Design project today which is a Film or Television Poster ReDesign such as the amazing examples above of Stars Wars series by artist Olly Moss.  Each student will choose a film or show and sketch a redesign for the poster then complete the work on Photoshop.  The final design is due Friday as a JPEG saved in the public drive.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Studio Art: Design and Photoshop

In Studio Art we began our Design unit and started learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop.  Our first assignment is to create a simple logo for yourself using your initials on Photoshops such as the example I created in class as a demo above.  The list of vocabulary terms is in the quizlet link above and the test on the is Friday which is also when the completed logo is due in the public drive.

Media Art: Speak Truth To Power student video competition

In Media Arts class our last major assignment is creating films for the The Speak Truth To Power student video competition.  The contest encourages high school students to become engaged in human rights and is sponsored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and is based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power.

Contest participants must choose one of the RFK Center Human Rights Defenders identified on the website and create a 3-5 minute video short  film. We are looking for student films that utilize creative storytelling to teach others about a human rights issue. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations that involve filmmaking components.

We are looking for films to creatively answer the following questions:
  • What is the human rights issue and who is the activist who has attempted to improve the situation?
  • ​How did the activist attempt to improve the situation?
  • How is their work connected with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • ​How is this work connected to the student's local community (neighborhood/school)?
  • When relevant, what is the activist's organization, or how is their work being continued in the world?
  • What can the activist's life teach us?
The example above from Harborfields was the winner of last years contest and it gives a great sense of the expectation.  The final film is due Wednesday January 21, it must be submitted online, and will be the final film of the semester.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Studio Art: Drawing Self Portraits

In Studio Art class we recently completed drawing self portraits in pencil using the grid method and above are some great examples from: Marissa, Luke, Nicole, and Shannon from the period 3 and 7 studio art classes.  We will be hanging these and other great portraits in the gallery space later this month.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

AP Art: Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2015

In AP Art class we will be working on pieces for the Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2015 show.  Log-in and read the rules and review the art shown in the museum this year and choose a piece to work from such as the example above 'Eclipse of the Sun' by George Grosz.  Each student should create a reaction piece to one that has shown in the museum this year and write a short synopsis about it.  More information and examples are available on the website but the pieces will be due on Monday 1/12/2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Media Arts: The Stephen Fry collaborative animation project

In Media Arts class we will begin the new year by watching the final cut of the collaborative animation our class participated in last month along with UK actor Stephen Fry for the Your Fry project.  The completed film is show above and includes each students animation along with my own.  We will critique the piece and watch some of the other entries from around the world and reflect on what we learned and what we would like to do with the film in creating a Public Service Announcement.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays

Today is the final class of 2014 so have a terrific Holiday break!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Media Arts: Oscar Season films- Nebraska

In Media Arts this week we will be watching and reviewing the 2013 Best Picture Academy Awards nominee Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern,Will ForteJune Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where Bruce Dern won the Best Actor Award. It was also nominated for six Academy AwardsBest PictureBest DirectorBest ActorBest Supporting ActressBest Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Extra Credit: The Long Island Connected Educators' Summit Logo

The Long Island Connected Educators' Summit is an innovative free conference for teacher that
connects teachers who use social media technology for education such as Twitter, Blogging, and
Instagram. The are looking for a new logo and the contest is the final extra credit assignment for the 
quarter. The due date for the contest is 1/15 so the extra credit will be due 1/14.

The Long Island Connected Educators' Summit: a FREE learning event that allows passionate 
educators to spread innovative ideas through conversation and collaboration

Who: All Students, Teachers, Designers.

When: December 15th through January 15th

Awards: The new logo will be used as the official logo for the event. The winner  
will be awarded a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Scholastic ART Awards deadline

This week is the deadline for the Scholastic ART Awards and students from each class entered work but I wanted to share a really impressive graphic novel piece above by Luke from our 4th period Studio Art class.  This was a short make-up assignment and he managed to complete 3 full drawn & inked graphic novel pages with original characters in 3 days, really impressive work on a short timeline!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AP Art: Alumni Visit from Sabrina Shankar

Today in AP Art and Drawing we will have an alumni visit from Sabrina Shankar who was in AP Art last year and is presently attending SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.  She'll discuss the first semester of college, expectations, the workload, her work, and the college itself.

Monday, December 15, 2014

AP Art: Advanced Layering Technique

In AP Art we are currently working on Advanced Layering Technique using mixed media.  The vine above is a time-lapse video of my demonstration from last week so you want to build a complex surface using different media and personal elements.  The final piece will be due on Thursday but remember to submit you art work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by the due date on Wednesday as well!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Media Arts: Animation

In Media Arts class we are finishing our hand drawn pencil animation film and today at the end of class each student should have the minimum 50 frames finished (but not necessarily the film which can be longer).  Next week we will work on some basic editing, sound, digitization, and completing the film!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Art Honor Society: Holiday Cards

This month in Art Honor Society we are working on our winter community service project making holiday cards for the local Nursing Homes and 6 year old Addie Fausett of Utah who wished for a "lifetime of holiday cards" for what is likely her last Christmas due to a Brain atrophy.  Above are an example of some of the cards Doug, Jamie, & Jackie made this week in club- we'll finish them up and mail them next week during our holiday party.

Next week we will also feature a guest speaker, alumni Sabrina Shankar, who was in the AP Art class last year and is currently attending Savannah College of Art and Design.  She'll be discussing the first year of college, expectations, SCAD, and show us some of her first semester work!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Art Honor Society: Holiday Cards

Today in Art Honor Society we will begin making Holiday Cards for our winter community service project and review some of the details of recent contests and the upcoming induction ceremony.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Studio Art: Pencil Drawing grid self-portrait

Today in Studio Art we are beginning our grid self-portrait pencil drawing by drawing a 1/2" grid over our source image and a corresponding 1" grid on our paper.  The video above demonstrates how this is done but be sure to make your grid accurate or it will alter your portrait and potentially ruin your piece.

Use a diagonal line to quickly check if your grid is drawn properly if the diagonals match then the grid is correct as seen in the image below.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Drawing: Artists and Ink

In drawing class we are currently working with ink so we'll look at two of my favorite artists who work with ink and use it in interesting ways. The first is the "Gonzo" artist Ralph Steadman who has a great loose style and is known for illustrating writer Hunter S Thompson's work and Flying Dog beer.  Take a look at some of his work, it's not totally consistent but it is consistently good!

The second artist is another great, Peter Beard who is known for mix photographs, drawings, and sketchbook collages together.  Peter lives out near Montauk when he's not in NYC or Africa and since much of his work contains nudity I included a few pieces below which are "school appropriate".

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

This week we have been creating paper for origami cranes and today we'll look into the story of how the crane became a symbol of peace through the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Here's a pretty amazing tribute to Sadako using paper cranes to create an image of Sadako herself and below is a show Japanese anime showing how the story of Sadako is taught in Japan along with the history of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the memorial museum.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AP Art: Duck Tape Drawing

In AP Art we are currently working on Scholastic Art & Writing challenges such as the Duck Tape award so I thought I'd share my favorite tape artist Aakash Nihalani.  Take a look a some of his simple but amazing geometric tape street art work and his website.

Here are the 3 options to choose from, take a look at each and create a piece to enter along with your other work:

The Gedenk Award for Tolerance: Consider what we can all do to learn from humanity's mistakes

The Duck Tape Brand AwardIncorporate Duck Tape into your art work

Creativity and CitizenshipExamine opinions and ideas on the topic of Technology and Privacy

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Art Honor Society: Induction Planning

In this afternoons' Art Honor Society meeting we will be planning this years Induction ceremony and events.  We would like to have a concurrent art show and alumni talk so we'll discuss the details and plan the February event.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Studio Art: Japanese Origami Cranes

In Studio Art class we are going to be talking with students in Japan via social media and creating a collection of Japanese Origami Cranes.  Students will create unique textile designs (there's an example of traditional textiles below but you can feel free to be creative) on paper then fold them into paper cranes for our Japanese counterparts.  I took the photo above at the Hiroshima memorial in Japan and it shows how origami cranes are traditionally grouped, we'll create a similar grouping of 1000 cranes as well.

We will also talk with students in Japan via the Going Global network

Media Art: Animation

In Media Art we are beginning to work on our big animation project and we are currently in preproduction writing and storyboarding the film.  The final animation will be due the in 3 weeks right before our December break so make sure the foundation is strong so you don't end up lost in the process later!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Media Arts: Stephen Fry Animation

Today in Media Arts we will complete and submit our stop-motion Stephen Fry Animation after tweeking the transitions and digitizing the drawings.  We will try our best to sync the sound and then submit the final animation.  Above is a short intro I made this weekend that we'll add to our animation from Vine.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Gratitude

As we head into Thanksgiving I'll share some gratitude! Yesterday I was featured on the school district website with some photos from taken in our drawing class thanks to a recent interview I did for the podcast Talks With Teachers and I'd like to thank the school district administration and Brian from Talks With Teachers for supporting my work and the arts.  I'd also like to thank all my students and their supportive parents for making teaching worthwhile!  Have a safe and happy thanksgiving!

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