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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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

End of Quarter 2

Today is the Semester so it's the final day of class in Painting and it is also the End of Quarter 2 in all the full year classes.  Any outstanding or late assignments should be handed in at the beginning of class.  We will go over each students grade individually today.  Good luck during testing week!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

National Art Honor Society: Field Trip Reflection

Last week the National Art Honor Society took our Winter field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the great Michelangelo and David Hockney exhibitions.  Below are some of my thoughts on the exhibit, today we will all write short reflections about what we learned and liked about the museum and share photographs we took.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Painting: Last Week of Class

In Painting we are finishing the class the same way we began it with a self-portrait painting.  This painting will be used to access what skills you learned and how much you developed and grew in class so do you best, they are due on Thursday!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Studio Art: Illustration Friday- The Letter A

In Studio Art today we will complete our final Illustration Friday for the quarter and the theme is the letter A.  Above is an example, be sure to be creative and not too simplistic with the theme!
Also be sure to study for our upcoming midterm which is Thursday next week: MIDTERM QUIZLET

Thursday, January 11, 2018

National Art Honor Society: Field Trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

Tomorrow is our National Art Honor Society Winter Field Trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  We will  be leaving at 8am via coach bus and we will begin our visit by viewing the Michelangelo exhibit: Divine Draftsman and Designer and David Hockney followed by lunch at The Cafeteria and a visit to the permanent collection then we'll begin our trip home at 1pm.

Digital Media: Flextangles


In Digital Media we will be working with the STEAM projects Flextangles and taking them to the next level with digital media.  The Flextangle template is in the assignment drive or here online and we will use digital media such as digital drawing and photography to create our Flextangles in Adobe Photoshop.  The completed Flextangle should have 4 separate lines of images that correspond like a kaleidoscope.  We will design them then print and construct them as 3D objects.  The final product will be due on Thursday April 7.  Above is an example of what they look like and below is a video showing how they work from Babble Dabble Do.


Here is a demonstration that I created in class using street art I photographed in Brooklyn.  As you can see below the sections need to correspond to work properly as a 3D object.
Each student should use ORIGINAL images (your photographs) or drawings to create a creative flextangle in Photoshop one layer at a time.  When you are finished be sure to use the text tool and add your name in as well the we will print them out and assemble them in class later in the week. The last step is to follow the steps on the template and make it a 3D object which will be graded on Wednesday 1/17

The demonstration I made in class using photographs of street art that I took at 5 Pointz in Queens can be seen above, think of a fun and interesting way that you can design a flextangle that reflects your interests!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AP Art: Last Breadth

This week in AP Art we will work on creating our Last Breadth piece for the AP Art portfolio.  Each student was given a individualized assignment based on their work so far and what might help bolster their Breadth section of the AP test.  We will also look over the AP bulletin and AP checks will be due next week made out to Smithtown Central School District in the amount of $94.00 with the name of the exam in the memo portion of the check.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Japan Society Junior Fellows Hosts



We will be once again hosting Japanese students from the Japan Society's Junior Fellows Program this March so if anyone is interested in hosting a student at their home from Sunday March 11th  – Saturday March 24th see Mr. Needles for more information.  It's a really amazing learning experience and a chance to learn about Japanese culture as well as our own as students join you in classes for a week.  
 The home stay includes a stipend for food and transportation and as you can see in the video above a number of Smithtown students who hosted people later visited Japan through the same program.  As a teacher I attended the program myself and it was terrific as you can see from my travel journal. Anyone interested should have their paperwork in by next weekend.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Studio Art: Vans Custom Culture Contest


Welcome back from our snowcation! Today in Studio Art class we will continue working on creating designs for the 2018 Vans Custom Culture Contest.  The two themes are: OFF THE WALL & LOCAL FLAVOR and each should be created on a different type of show in color.  You can add any elements to the shoe you wish (they don't need to be wearable) but can't include any copyrighted materials like logos. Above is a closer look at last year's winners.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Painting: Vans Custom Culture Contest

Today in Painting class we will be working on creating designs for the 2018 Vans Custom Culture Contest.  Above is our four shoe designs that were entered last year that were created by Anna, Luke, Ilysa, Emily, Jillian, Adelaide, and Sarah.  We also entered the poster design below which was created by Jon.
The contest this year has new rules and themes so each student should create a design on a template for the two themes: OFF THE WALL & LOCAL FLAVOR in color.  You can add any elements to the shoe you wish (they don't need to be wearable) but can't include any copyrighted materials like logos.
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The 2 designs will be due on Monday when we will vote for our favorites to submit to the first round.  If we are one of the 500 schools chosen as finalists we will once again get the free shoes that we must paint and create the final designs.  There are a number of great prizes, see the link above for more information.  Above is the winning designs from last year and below is a look at previous finalists creating their designs:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Digital Media: Digital Zentangle

In Digital Media class we've been working on creating Digital Zentangle Drawing using Photoshop and the Wacom tablet and the final designs which should contain at least 10 different design patters and fill the 8.5x11 page are due today.  Above is an example from our period 4 class.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Art Honor Society: Wyland Foundation Contest Results

Congrats to Nethmi from Art Honor Society who won the best in her grade in this year's  Wyland Art Competition!  You can check out her awesome design below.

The Art Honor Society also handed out permission slips this week for our upcoming field trip on Jan 12 to NYC so make sure to stop by and pick one up if you didin't get one!

Happy Holidays

Today is the last day of the year in class and our final day before the holiday break so make sure all of your assignments are submitted and have a terrific holiday break!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Digital Media: Digital Zentangle

In Digital Media class this week we will be drawing and designing Digital Zentangles in Adobe Photoshop.  The file size should be US Paper and students can create any kind of ORIGINAL design (don't copy and paste other people's work) to fill the page.  They work best with a central design element (shape or word) but feel free to be creative!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Painting: Gelli Paint Printing


In Painting class we are spending the last week before the holiday break experimenting with Gelli Printing with Paint.  Their are a number of different techniques and methods but each student should create 2 prints for Friday.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Digital Media:The Ugly Holiday Sweater Challenge


This week we'll design new 3D designs in Digital Media using Tinkercad to enter their #uglychristmassweater community challenge. These will be purely digital designs that we will not be printing but we will share for the challenge.  You are welcome to design an ugly sweater for any winter holiday. Make sure the sweater looks correct and the decoration is up to you.

Monday, December 18, 2017

AP Art: Trace Monotype Printmaking Using the Pastel Resist Method


This week in AP Art we will learn to create a Trace Monotype Print using the Pastel Resist Method.  this is a relativly easy method of printmaking used by artists such as Gauguin and Degas (see below).  Today I will show the basics and tomorrow we will begin the demo and prints.
After we learn about the process start sketching out ideas for what kind of subject matter your print will have and what colors you will use.  Portraits or detailed images work best with this method as you can see in the example below.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Digital Media: Youth Art Month Flag Design

This week we created 3' x 5' flag designs for Youth Art Month in March addressing the theme of Art Builds Community which are due Today. Before you submit your final design be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Is the theme “Building Community Through Art” clear in the work?
  • Did you include the name of our state (New York) in the design?
  • Did you include the current Youth Art Month YAM logo?
  • Did you make sure that any Lettering or logo is ¼” from the border?
The examples included are works in progress that show the process and variety of the designs. The digital drawing above is from Kelly in the P4 class, the hand-drawn sketch is from Krishna from the P9 class and the drawing below is by Nethmi from Art Honor Society.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

National Art Honor Society: The Met

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Today we'll discuss a potential field trip to the Met Museum in NYC to see this amazing Michelangelo exhibit.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Japan Society Junior Fellows Program 2018

We will once again take part in the Japan Society Program in 2018 so any students interested in hosting Junior Fellows at Smithtown High School East in March can look at the schedule below and let me know if you're interested.

March 10th  Junior Fellows – Arrival in NY
March 11th  Host families meet Fellows @ Japan Society (afternoon)
March 11th – March 24th   Homestay


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Studio Art: Art History Research Quiz Today

Today in Studio Art we will take our Art History Research Quiz so be sure to study your notes and the Midterm Quizlet to prepare.  After the quiz we will continue work on our YAM Flag designs.

Monday, December 11, 2017

AP Art: Gel Transfer Prints


In AP Art we are beginning the printmaking unit by creating Gel Transfer Prints this week.  Every student should choose or create an image to print (it can be a drawing or a photograph) and prepare the surface in a creative way then create a print for Monday.  Below is a mixed media piece I created using the gel medium transfer technique as an example.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Studio Art: YAM Flag Design Contest


This week we are working on designing a 3' x 5' flag for Youth Art Month in March with the theme of Art Builds Community.  It can be vertical or horizontal and represent our state as well as the theme.  The flag should also contain the words New York and include the words Youth Art Month (or logo shown above).  Below is an examples of previous winner from Northport HS to give you a better idea of the expectations.  The winning flag will be displayed at the NAEA convention in Seattle and the prizes are listed below.

Winning NYS Flag Designer:
            For one STUDENT: A cash prize of $1,500!*
            For her/his TEACHER: $2,000 worth of classroom art supplies!

Category Prize:
            One per Category - Elementary, Middle and High
            Student's Prize: $100 Worth of Art Supplies
            Teacher's Prize: $300 Worth of Art Supplies

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Art Honor Society: Wyland Mural

In Art Honor Society today we will hang the completed Wyland Water Conservation Mural and continue working on our handmade holiday cards for the senior center as well as update our field trip date and complete out artist trading card project.

Congrats to everyone who worked on the collaborative mural, the finished product looks terrific and we'll keep our fingers crossed to see who the winners are on December 15.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AP Art: Local Stony Brook University Art Exhibits

Stony Brook University has a few really interesting art exhibits up that relate to projects we do, check them out below:

Zen Rock Garden poster
Zen Rock Garden
Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Outdoor Garden
Located on the first floor, in between the meeting rooms 101 and 102 at the Charles B. Wang Center, this Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) was created by Gerard Senese and his wife Hiroko Uraga-Senese as a tribute to the appreciation of Japanese culture. Japanese gardens are rich with symbolism, and they are usually created with certain meanings and wishes in mind. The Wang Center's new Zen garden features symbols of Buddhist paradises with a tortoise islet (kame-jima) and a crane islet (tsuru-jima). Made with rocks, the tortoise symbolizes prosperity and the crane symbolizes health and good luck.

sun k kwak poster
Space Drawing
by Sun K. Kwak

Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery
New York-based Korean American artist Sun K. Kwak's canvas is architectural space and her primary medium is black masking tape. Kwak achieves the effect painterly strokes by tearing away tape from the surfaces of architectural spaces. Her sprawling freehand strokes weave designs over surfaces to dramatic effect. Kwak creates a site-specific installation at the Charles B. Wang Center by creating lines that liberate the space, and in doing so, transforms the space into a new pictorial reality.

OM Lab poster
OM Lab
September 7 through December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery
"OM" is a sacred syllable, central to many Asian religious traditions for more than three thousand years. The sound has been called "elemental" and "universal," often serving as a preface to prayers and chants. OM Lab is a participatory space where visitors can step into a recording booth and offer up their own chant of this ancient Sanskrit mantra. Visitors will learn about the enduring significance of this sacred syllable and become a part of its storied history by adding their voices to a collective chant. Hear 10,000 previously collected recordings in the Rubin Museum of Art's exhibition The World Is Sound (June 16, 2017 - January 8, 2018). Receive 50% off admission when you mention "Stony Brook" at the Rubin Museum.

Simplicity Over Complexity poster
Simplicity Over Complexity
Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Outdoor Garden
Brooklyn-based Korean American artist Jongil Ma revives the Charles B. Wang Center's outdoor garden with architecturally woven sculptures, using varying lengths and types of thin wooden strips, both in their raw state and dyed in color. Three large, site-specific installations balance the positive with the negative, tranquility with tension, and stillness with movement. The installations interact with the Wang Center's architecture and spatial dynamics, transforming the garden through a multiplicity of viewing possibilities.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Painting: Research Test


We finished the Painting Research project and now you should prepare for the visual test tomorrow using our class Quizlet.  remember to study both the painters and the famous paintings that we studied in class.  I attached 2 of the videos that we reviewed in class as a reminder.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Digital Media: Rotoscoping

In Digital Media class we will learn the basics of Rotoscoping this week using both digital and traditional tools.  We'll begin today by collaboratively stroboscoping Edweard Muybridge's serial photographs that led the way to the creation of film in the 1800's.
Each student in class will trace a different frame and we'll unite the frames into one larger animation. Above is the example from my classroom demonstration.  Below is a short explanation of what rotoscoping is and how the process developed.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Digital Media: Piskel Gif Animations

Today in Digital Media the Piskel Gif Animations are due at the end of class.  Make sure the animations are full size like the examples above by Kelly and below by Phil from Period 4 class.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Art Honor Society: Wyland Art Competition

Today in Art Honor Society we will finish our Wyland Art Competition mural and individual works. We completed the background elements and will finish the large sea animals then paint in smaller fish and coral along with the text.  We will also go over information about our rescheduled field trip to NYC and our final projects for 2017.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Digital Media: 5 Basic Animation Techniques

This week in Digital Media class we will be learning a variety of different basic animation techniques from traditional drawn animation to rotoscoping to digital animation. For each technique we learn you will have 2 days to create a simple 6 second animation and these animations will be graded at the beginning of next week. Today we will begin by using a 8bit pixel animation program called PISKEL in which you will each create your own unique character and animate them.  Below is an example of an animation for the White Stripes that was done with this method as well as using tradition animation using Legos.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Studio Art: Artist Research Presentations

In Studio Art we will continue to present our Artist Research Presentations in class. Be sure to take good notes and pay close attention visually because we will have a test on all the artists after the presentations.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Digital Media: STEAMroom Quiz

In Digital Media class we will review the important figures of STEAM that we learned about in preparation for the Quiz tomorrow. We will be using these figures to begin our animation unit so we will break into groups to create a collaborative animation about them later in the week.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Art Honor Society: Happy Thanksgiving!

Art Honor Society & Media Art Honor Society will not meet this week because of the Thanksgiving vacation but here's a look at our new hallway poster designed in AP Art class this week.  We will be meeting next week to finihs up our Wyland mural, work on more artist trading cards, plan a Storycorps interview with a local artist, and reschedule our NYC field trip.


Foto Foto Gallery's Open Call


Foto Foto Gallery in Huntington announced their 2017 Open Call for photography.  Students who submit can earn extra credit.  The prospectus is below, last year I was in the exhibit along with a student and it was a terrific show!  Here is a link to the information: fotofoto gallery 13th National Photography Competition

Remembering Ms.Conde

With the sudden passing of Ms. Conde this week we are going to forgo our quiz this week and spend a day remembering her.  We will be continuing to create in class but nothing will be due this week. The little theater and guidance is open for any students who are grieving and our class will be open format so students are free to draw, paint, and create freely.

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