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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AP Art: Wyland Mural Painting

We will begin painting the Wyland mural today and continue this week in AP Art and Art Honor Society.  We'll be recording video for the National Geographic capstone project and working on the local storm drain murals as well.  We are also scheduled to have a special collaboration with Art Honor Society and the Makerspace club Friday for a creative Cyanotype project.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Last Day of Quarter 1


Today is the Last Day of Quarter 1 so we are 1/4 way through the school year! Make sure all assignments are in and enjoy the 3 day week, be sure to get some sleep and be ready for quarter 2!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

AP Art: Artist Quiz


This is the last week of the quarter so we will have a quiz on Friday on the artists we learned about in class. Today we'll begin by covering David Carson Andrew Wyeth, and Swoon and tomorrow we will review the artist we looked at to prepare.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Art Honor Society: Anti-cyberbullying art contest


In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, the Town of Smithtown's Youth Bureau held an anti-cyberbullying art contest. Smithtown High School East junior AP student-artist Nethmi Withanage was declared the winner.
The poster showed how she perceives cyberbullying and its impact. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 14, and her poster will be featured in the lobby of the Suffolk County executive's building in Hauppauge.
https://patch.com/new-york/smithtown/smithtown-east-artist-recognized-anti-bullying-poster-contest

Drawing: STEAM Power book

Since we only have one day before you have election day off, I'll share some of the process of creating illustrations and the cover image for my new book, STEAM Power.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Drawing: Figure Drawing

We celebrated Halloween in class yesterday with figure drawing our fellow students in their Halloween costumes. We'll continue today and learn some tips and tricks for great figure drawing. Here's a link to some things to keep in mind: 5 simple figure drawing tips

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Today Art Honor Society is canceled so you can go out and rock the candy or whatever teenagers do for Halloween, enjoy!

Classes today will be work as usual...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Digital Media: Video Game Character Design

In Digital Media class we began work on our Video Game Character Designs yesterday in Adobe Photoshop.  Each student should create 2 character designs with at least 3 different perspectives and a full body drawing as well as the name and a short bio of the character on each page.
Here are some professional examples of character designs from the Simpsons to use as a reference.  We are not drawing as many perspectives or showing how the characters move and articulate but it's helpful to consider it before beginning your video game.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

AP Art: Science and Art collaboration


Today the AP Art class will continue our Science and Art collaboration with a Google Hangout period 6-7 and we will work with a local artist and learn about the program.

Monday, October 28, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Spooky Hallways

National Art Honor Society had a great time at Spooky Hallways running a photo booth, an augmented reality drawing station, and doing face painting!  Here's a few photographs from Friday's event.


Friday, October 25, 2019

NAHS Spooky Hallways


Today is our Spooky Hallways from 3:30-6:30 at High School East and we'll be running a photo booth and drawing station.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Spooky Hallways


In National Art Honor Society this week we will be preparing for Spooky Hallways tomorrow by creating signs, drawing areas, backgrounds, collecting candy and toys.  The program runs tomorrow from 3:30-6:30 and we'll be in front of the library.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Studio Art: Augmented Reality Pumpkin Carving

In Studio Art will will again revisit the craft of Augmented Reality with some virtual Pumpkin Carving with Quiver to support this week's Spooky Hallways program on Friday.  We will create a series of virtual pumpkins the will adorn the photo booth for the visiting kids!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

AP Art: Artist Research Project

In AP Art Class we are beginning our Research Project this week. Below are the basic outline of the project which you can create in Google Slide and submit via Google Classroom.
Google Slide Presentation:


  • Cover page with artist, image of artist, name/class/year
  • Birth/(death) date with 10 bulleted facts about the artist & link to where you got the bio info
  • Famous painting with 5 bulleted facts about it and reference images
  • 15 full size, full page images of the artist's work

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pep Rally 2019

We held out annual Pep Rally on Friday and here are some of the highlights that I edited together, there were some really impressive student performances.

Friday, October 18, 2019

NASA's All Female Spacewalk Today

Today is NASA's All Female Spacewalk so we will stream in it class while we work on our water conservation projects, our sketch notes are due at the beginning of class on Monday.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

National Art Honor Society

We will be celebrating spirit week this week by working on our Wyland mural, Spooky Hallways, and T-shirt designs as well as voting for the Media Art Honor Society president and VP.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Digital Media: Water Conservation


We will be collaborating with Smithtown West, Wyland, and National Geographic on a series of projects supporting water conservation.  We will begin by researching water conservation and animals that are effected locally and globally in order to create art such as mural designs.  We will will incorporate the National Geographic framework and answer the following questions using sketchnotes (answer the 3 questions and draw at least 3 related animals):

1. Why is there a need for water conservation (on Long Island, nationally, and globally)

2. What water conservation efforts are occurring on Long Island and what can we do to make an impact personally?

3. What aquatic life is impacted by the water issues locally (and globally)?


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Digital Media: YAM Flag Due Today

This week we created 3' x 5' flag designs for Youth Art Month in March addressing the theme of Take A Journey Through Art which are due today. Before you submit your final design be sure to self-assess and reflect on the work using the rubric below before handing it in for a grade and to the competition.  Use the following checklist to know if you are ready to self-assess:

  • Is the theme “Take A Journey 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?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Insight Education Conference, Manville NJ

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Columbus Day weekend I presenting on STEAM learning at the Insight Education Conference in Manville NJ and shared some insights and projects from my upcoming ISTE book.  We learned a fun and engaging interdisciplinary augmented reality project and discussed how to support the STEAM mindset to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and innovation! 

It was great getting to connect with so many terrific educators and work with them over the weekend- below are the resources for the presentation.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Digital Media: Digital Self Portrait Drawing

last week we learned some techniques in Adobe Photoshop to create digital self portrait drawings and this week we will create a layered background incorporating type and other images to give our portraits a unique sense of our personality.
Add some colors to the base drawing and incorporate any handwritten or computer created type or drawing elements to your image.  The examples here from students in class show the early stage of the process.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

National Art Honor Society


Today the National Art Honor Society will meet to vote on our new president and organize out field trips, induction, and upcoming art shows including the NAHS juried show at NAEA headquarters.  We are discussing going to see the new MOMA Museum in NYC as well as seeing the highline and the new Kusama gallery exhibit.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

AP Art: United Nations Sustainable Global Goals


We began the school year in AP Art and drawing class by participating in the Goals Project.  We collaborated with classes around the world to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Global Goals. We talked with students around the world, each of which focused on a different goal and worked together to create a project.

Here's a look at the stop-motion animation we created together to represent our goal, Global Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals. Each student in class created a hand-painted puzzle piece and we created the animation with a voice over to illustrate the goal.  The GIF above shows a clip of our final film which will be posted online.

Digital Media: Using Virtual Reality for Training

We will soon be exploring Virtual Reality in class so I thought I'd share this article on how it's being used now for employee training with a number of companies.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Digital Media: YAM Flag Design Contest


This week we are creating 3' x 5' flag designs for Youth Art Month in March addressing the theme of Take a Journey through Art which will be due Friday 10/11. Your submission should address the following questions:


  • Is the theme “Take a Journey 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 winning entry will be made into a full size flag and hung at the Art Educators annual convention. The student will win YAM prizes and the class will receive free art supplies. Above is an example of the winning entry from our class 2 years ago. Below is the logo that you should incorperate into the work.


Take A Journey Through Art YAM 2020 Logo
When you are finished with the work, use this rubric to self assess you piece before you hand it into Google Classroom to make sure it has all of the necessary elements.  Feel free to make any changes to improve your grade before you hand it in.


Friday, October 4, 2019

NY Comic Con 2019


This weekend is NY Comic Con and there are a number of great art and media panels and events happening locally.  If you are attending, make sure to take some pictures and share some of the pertinent information that relates to what we are doing in class!  I will see you there!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wyland National Art Challenge

We will be participating in the Wyland National Art Challenge this month in conjunction with National Geographic and the entries will be due on December 1st, 2019. The theme of the Art Challenge is conservation, especially water conservation. Teachers are invited to encourage their students to explore today's environmental landscape and participate in a classroom mural contest, as well as an individual art, and photography contest. Digital images of your artwork are submitted for judging, not the actual artwork. Images will be uploaded to wylandfoundation.org/artchallenge/ beginning October 1st.
Three areas to win:
1. Classroom Mural: Work together as a class to create a 4-foot by 8-foot (or larger) mural. Three classrooms will win $500 for art supplies.

2. Individual Art Supporting the Class Mural: Individual pieces of art, in any medium, supporting the theme of the class mural. One 11th or 12th-grade student will win a $500 scholarship. Additional winners from each grade level will receive a $50 gift card for art supplies. (mural participation not required for individual art entries)

3. Individual Photography: Capture a moment of nature. One 11th or 12th-grade student will win a $500 scholarship. An additional winner will win a $100 gift card.

For our research in advance of the mural will will incorporate the National Geographic framework and answer the following questions:

1. Why is there a need for water conservation (on Long Island, nationally, and globally)
2. What water conservation efforts are occurring on Long Island and what can we do to make an impact personally?
3. What aquatic life is impacted by the water issues locally (and globally)?

We are going to draw out the answers using sketch notes we can use to help design our mural.

AP Art: Heckscher Portfolio Nights


PORTFOLIO & CAREER ADVICE NIGHT - October 3
Paul Lipsky, artist; Charlee Miller, director, Art League of Long Island; Lisa Mack, director, Huntington Fine Arts; and a School of Visual Arts representative discuss careers in visual arts; and how to prepare a strong portfolio.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW NIGHTS
Bring your portfolio for one-on-one evaluations by admissions counselors.
October 10*
  • California College of the Arts
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • Five Towns College
  • Molloy College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Purchase College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of Visual Arts
  • St. John's University
  • Suffolk County Community College


* Colleges are subject to change. Visit Heckscher.org for an up-to-date listing.
October 17*
  • Adelphi University
  • Boston University School of Visual Arts
  • Center for Art & Design, The College of Saint Rose
  • LIU Post
  • Harford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Pratt Institute
  • Ringling College of Art and Design

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

AP Art: College Board Payment


Payment for the AP Art exams is due by October 11th, 2019. The following are the fees due for the exams:
  • All regular AP Exams , excluding AP Seminar & AP Capstone will cost $94.00
Checks/Money Orders may be written out to "Smithtown Central School District" and Cash payments will also be accepted.  Please put the student's full name and the AP course in the memo section on the check.  Students should turn their checks in to their AP teachers before October 11.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Extra Credit: Inktober


The October extra credit is to participate in Inktober!  Below are the daily prompts and if you complete a full week I'll count it as extra credit.  Above is a short video letting you know the basics but you can draw in any media based on the prompts for credit and be sure to share you work with the hashtag #INKTOBER19

Friday, September 27, 2019

Studio Art: Anti-Cyberbullying Poster Contest

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Our illustration Friday this week is to create a poster design for Suffolk County’s Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign, submit an 8 1⁄2” x 11” poster, containing original content, reflecting, in words and/or images, the child’s perception of cyberbullying and its impact. The poster must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 11, 2019, and must include, on the back: the name, address and phone number of the child artist, as well as the name and address of the
school and the name of the art teacher. Poster submissions must be sent to:

Roderick A. Pearson,
Executive Director, Suffolk County Youth Bureau
100 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY 11788.

The Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign Committee will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the
elementary, middle and high school age categories. Winners will be notified by Friday, November 1,
2019, and will receive their award at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 PM at the William Rogers Legislative Building at 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787.
In addition, winning posters will be displayed in the lobby of the County Executive’s office at H. Lee
Denison Building during the month of November 2019, in recognition of Bully Prevention month.

Challenge Day Week

This week I participated with many of you in Challenge Day and found it to be a terrific experience.  For anyone who might be interested here's the link to Challenge Day shirts and accessories- Challenge Day Shop
I'd also invite everyone who participated this year or previously to stop down anytime next week to model the positive message and write how they will "Be The Change" on our mural outside my classroom in 157.  I also highly recommend Brené Brown' s TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability for some encouragement in continuing to "drop the water line" and share!

Friday, September 20, 2019

AP Art- Class Assignment 1: Chronicle


Chronicle- Take a part of your life (anything from a single 24 hour day, to a week, to a longer period like a year of your life) and make an art piece representing that period of time. You can incorporate text, make it like a visual journal. or it can be more abstract but be creative, be personal, and do not simply document, elevate the work to art.  Above is an example of a piece I made for the Sketchbook Project which documents a day in NYC.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

National Art & Media Art Honor Society


Today is the first meeting of the National Art & Media Art Honor Society in room 157 at 2-3pm.  We will discuss our plans for the year and our upcoming induction ceremony and art show.  Our first field trip of the year will be in October/November to NYC.

All are welcome to join but to be formally inducted you need to have a B or above in art and complete 10 hours on community art service (painting murals, volunteering, designing our zen garden ect.)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Digital Media: Welcome to Coding


In Digital Media class we will begin to learn the basics of Coding this week using code.org and we'll do a few short coding assignments each week to build our skills this month.  We will also be having our first quiz this Friday so be sure to study the Quizlet before our first game of Quizlet Live!
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We Will begin with the 4 MINECRAFT code tutorials which will be due on Tuesday, September 24

Monday, September 16, 2019

Studio Art: Augmented Reality Dot Drawing

Now that we have completed out Augmented Reality Dot Drawing we will be photographing them in augmented reality and sharing them to celebrate Dot Day.  Upload a fun AR photograph of your dot in our Google Classroom page for a final grade by Tuesday.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Drawing: Global Goals Project



Our class is participating in the Global Goals project and we will be focused on the UN sustainable
development Global Goal 17: Partnerships. We learned a bit about the goal and will continue to research it to
discuss our drawn animation project idea. we will each create a drawing to incorporate into the project today!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

National Art and Media Art Honor Society



The National Art and Media Art Honor Society will meet in room 161 on Thursday September 19, everyone who's in or taken art classes is invited to attend!  We have a number of projects and field trips planned for this year as well as scholarships and contests.  The video above from a few years ago will give you a better idea of who we are and what we do!

Digital Media: Digital Drawing and Photoshop Basics




In Digital Media class we are learning the basics of digital drawing and illustration in working in Photoshop.  We will be learning some new tools and terminology so here's a link to the class quizlet with the terms to study for our first quiz on Friday September 20.  Here are two inspiring and very different examples of digital illustrations in action.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remembering September 11


Today is the 18th  anniversary of the September 11 attacks so well take a moment to look at two short films from StoryCorps animated by The Rauch Brothers of two very personal stories from that day.  The first about John and Joe Vigiano (a firefighter from West Islip and a police officer from Medford) and the second about Michael Trinidad (who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald). 



I had a chance to visit the memorial and see the tribute in light in lower Manhattan from Brooklyn on the 15th anniversary which was meaningful as I was teaching the morning of September 11 and some of the students I taught lost parents that day.


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