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, May 3, 2016

Media Art: Storytelling Docs

In Media Art class we are begin to learn about storytelling and screenwriting and we are starting with StoryCorps Short Docs.  We will discuss how to craft good questions and develop a story and then use the StoryCorps App to record a true short story and a short interview.  We will then take some of those interviews or short stories and develop them into short film documentaries.

Monday, May 2, 2016

AP ART: It's AP Art week

Today in AP art class we will begin uploading the AP Studio Art Submissions for the AP test, on May 6. Below is the information you need to know to "forward your portfolio to teacher":

School Code: 335001
Teacher Key: xwt0100

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tomorrow is Burgermanday at Smithtown East!

Tomorrow is Burgermanday at Smithtown East!  The National Art Honor Society will be collaborating together with artist Jon Burgerman on a school mural periods 5-9 as well as after school for the school courtyard.  Here's a look at his process and a bit of what's he's about as an artist-it's an exciting project!

The project was made possible thanks to the Smithtown Childrens Foundation and the School Improvement Team.  Here's a link to the new SIT Team blog I created to share the story of how the project came about: Smithtown East SIT

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Studio Art: Contemporary Artist Research Project

In Studio Art we are working on researching and presenting our contemporary art research projects on the artists below. There will be assessments on the learning the week we return from break and the projects themselves are due today with a cover page featuring an image of the artist and your name, 10 important facts and 10 large images along with a bibliography.

Nikitha- Aakash Nihalani
Emily- Jon Burgerman
Andrea- Jay Ryan
Anthony- Felice Varini
Sophia- Mark Ryden
Madison- Sol LeWitt
Eliana- Anish Kapoor
Nicholas- Ron English
Felicity- Richard Serra
Brian- Walter De Maria
Audrey- Tara McPherson
Brandon- Joshua Harker
Joseph- Michael Heizer
Matthew- Robert Smithson
Nicolette- Andy Goldsworthy
Brody- L'Amour Supreme
Erin- Theo Jansen
Peter- Shepard Fairey
Justin- Daniel Arsham
Andrew- Kumi Yamashita
Umair- Guy Laramee
Gabrielle- Dima Drjuchin
Sydney- Alexander Calder
Meagan- Anthony Howe
Lucas- Shirin Abedinirad
Brittany- Esao Andrews
Claire- Bruce Munro
Needles- David Salle

Monday, April 18, 2016

AP Art: Long Island's Best

This weekend was the opening of Long Island's Best at the Hechscher Museum of Art in Huntington and we were proud to see art work from AP Art represented at the show.  Congratulations to Maria whose photograph entitled 'Veiled' was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious show!

Friday, April 15, 2016

AP Art: 2016 Art Show 5 Natalie and Jamie

This week our AP Art 2016 Art Show featured the art of Natalie and Jamie.  The work is eclectic and in a variety of media but both artists worked together to create a great show.  Today is the last day so be sure to come by and check out their great work!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Honor Society: Burgerman Mural

A week from today artist Jon Burgerman will be visiting us at Smithtown East to collaborate on a mural together outside the school cafeteria.  The National Art Honor Society will be painting alongside Jon after he creates an outline similar to the one above created at the AOL offices.  It's an exciting opportunity and we'll be discussing the details in a short meeting next week to prepare for the mural!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Art Honor Society: Field Trip to the Met Museum

Yesterday the Art Honor Society joined the upper level Spanish students for a group field trip to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC as well as lunch at Azulejos.  

We had a chance to stroll through the Modern and Contemporary sections checking out work from a number of the artists we learned about in class from Chuck Close and Alex Katz to Picasso and Van Gogh.  

We also had a chance to see some of the work that won this years Scholastic Art Awards which gives some insight into what the expectations are for the awards.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Art Honor Society: Field Trip to the Met Museum

Tomorrow members of the Art Honor Society will join the upper level Spanish students for a group field trip to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC as well as lunch at a local Spanish Restaurant.  The trip will be primarily focused of the works of famed Spanish painters such as Goya, El Greco (who's work some of us saw last year in Toledo, Velázquez. and Dali (who famous and spectacular Madonna painting from the Met is pictured above) but well also take a look at some contemporary work while we are there.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Digital Media: 3D Chess Set Design

In Digital Media we are working on creating designs for our 3D Printed Chess collaborative set in Tinkercad.  The pieces should be inspired by the traditional chess piece designs but you should add some creative, personal elements to your piece.  Above is an example from Lucas who is working on designing a rook, he began by creating a traditional design with geometric shapes then started adding new elements.  The final design should be both saved as a 2 part images like the example above with the class name and piece your designing along with a .stl file so it can be 3D printed.. Make sure that the elements of the design are all touching and there aren't parts that are too thin because they don't print well.  The final design is due Monday April 11.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

AP: Concentration

Today in AP Art our 7th Concentration Assignment is due and by now it should be evident that the art works as a larger, unified body of work.  The AP Art test is the 1st Friday in May so there's not much time to waste at this point.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Art Honor Society: 2016 Induction Ceremony Planning

Today in our National Art Honor Society we will be working on planning our mural project with Jon Burgerman and our 2016 Induction Ceremony.  We'll be creating a video showing what we did this year and finalizing our 2016 yearbook pages.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Digital Media: Typography

In class we have been working on a daily type design project so it's time to learn a bit more about Typography and the terminology that goes along with it.  We learned some of the basic terms involved with type that you can review on our quizlet here- Typography terms

We will continue to create a letterform design each day until we have a full set and then we will digitize them and create a font.  We will also learn a bit about the history of type to understand better where it might go next.  Remember it's not just an alphabet we are dealing with its a living language that is constructed through design and usage.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Studio Art: Layering Painting

In Studio Art we are learning a process of layering acrylic painting and we are going to begin by building an interesting surface, covering it with writing then dry brushing over it in a complimentary color.  The video above gives an idea of the process but we'll be adding our own personal touches throughout the process.  This is not an assignment in which everyone should have a similar product at the conclusion but it's an individual creative process with suggestions and choices.  I'll be doing demonstrations of each step as we progress this week-last week's demo is on Vine below.

Friday, April 1, 2016

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 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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

AP Art: Sketchbook Project Day

This year the AP Art class collaborated with the National Art Honor Society to create a Sketchbook Project and today they will be delivered to the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg where it will become part of one of the largest collections of sketchbooks in the world.

The theme of our sketchbook is Great Doubts and Massive Victories and above are a few featured examples of artwork from the sketchbook from: Mr. Needles, Rosalie, Mikenzie, and Jamie.  The book can be viewed at the library at any time so if you find yourself in Brooklyn go by and check it out!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Digital Media: 36 Days of Type

In Digital Media class we will be working on the 36 Days of Type project in which we will design a unique and creative letterform each day (calendar is listed above) and photograph them to share and use in a font set later in May.

We will learn about typography and design throughout the 36 days spending some time each Monday learning new aspects.  Each student should keep their letter designs cataloged in their Google drive which they can share each 12 days for a grade and again when the project is concluded for a grade.

Here's a link to a few basics from Creative Live's blog which gives some insight on hand lettering but you are free to work digitally as well or of course use both in conjunction. You can share your designs on social media using the hashtag #36daysoftype and #36days_(Letter or Number). Below are a few examples:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Digital Media: Creating Apps For Art

Now that we have a better concept of coding and learned the basics lets look more specificlly at Apps for Art.  We will begin by looking at a case study froOakland, CA based artist Franky Aguilar who created a series of art apps that have been successful and popular.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Met Breuer

The Met Breuer is a new extension of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art that recently opened up in NYC and it's premiere exhibit is on unfinished works and their insight into the process.  The video above gives a quick look at the show which features work from artists such as  Rembrandt, Turner, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AP Art: Extra Credit: De-File Your Taxes

Our AP Art: Extra Credit for this month again comes from WNYC's Studio 360 and their De-File Your Taxes competition.  It asks that you create art based on tax forms so it allows for great creativity.  The work show be uploaded and shared on social media by April 3.  You can use this link to the IRS 1040 form and think out of the box!

AP Art: 2016 Senior Art Show 3 Rosalie

The third AP Art senior solo art show is by Rosalie who wowed audiences with her photography and creative presentation.  She showed off her work at the show opening last week and the exhibit will be up through Monday so come and check out her idiosyncratic portrait photography.

The show is a mix of self-portraits, mixed media art works, and creative environmental portraits.  It includes some of her award winning work from Scholastic, PDN Student Photo Contest, and her SCALA all-county portfolio from this earlier year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

AP Art: Welcome to Japan Society Junior Fellow

We want to welcome Saki, a visitor into our AP Art class from the HiroshimaJapan who will be working on a project with us through the Japan Society Junior Fellow's program.  Saki will be examining the different attitudes student have in the US and Japan while she is here as well as learning about our school culture.

On Wednesday she will practice her presentation with the art honor society afters school so feel free to stop by and learn about her results.  Wednesday will also be her last day here because of the Easter break so it will also serve as her going away party!

We have been participating in this program for the past 3 years and it allows students to learn about the Japan and the US culture and education.  Students may also apply to the Japan Society for the exchange to visit Japan over the summer when schools there are still in session.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Chicago: Van Gogh's Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago

I'm Back from the National Art Educators Association Conference in Chicago and I wanted to share one of the highlights which was the Van Gogh Bedrooms exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago.  Vincent loved hie 'Yellow House' in the south of France and considered it his true home painting 3 versions of it over 2 years.  All 3 paintings were shown together along with additional paintings, drawings, and notes Vincent wrote at the time.  Take a look at the video below for a quick glimpse.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show was seeing some of the scientific analysis of the paintings and the comparison and contrast of the 3 works which seem so similar at quick glance but have interesting variations on closer inspection.

Friday, March 18, 2016

AP Art: What is Art?

Today in AP Art we are going to watch the video above and ask a question-What is Art?  Watch the video above take at the Smithsonia Museum in Washington DC and write a short response piece answering what you think art is.  Is the video maker's reaction valid why or why not?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Studio Art: 3D Paper Star

I'll be in Chicago this week to receive my NAEA AET Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year award so here is the assignment you'll be working on in class.  There will be no art honor society meeting today because I'm flying out to Illinois right after school.

I'll be leaving you in the hands of another art teacher Cassie Stephens who's become known for her quirky, fun art outfits.  You'll be creating a 3D paper, zentangle star based on the video above.  Use the video above to aid you in cutting the star then use the images below to help with the Zentangle.

Above are a few patterns that you can use but feel free to be creative and make your own.  The star looks best if you divide uo each part and use a different Zentangle design.

We are going to do the background differently so just focus on completing and coloring the star and when I return on Monday I will give you the remaining directions.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Digital Media: Augmented Reality

I gave a demonstration of Augmented Reality using the Quiver app yesterday in Digital Media class (some of which is shown above).  We will be using the new technology in class so if you have a smart phone be sure to download the free app now before we use it in class next week!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hosting #WiArtChat tonight

Tonight I'll be hosting #WiArtChat to talk about the NAEA convention later this week as well as the continuing Youth Art Month celebrations.  Please join me, the questions are above and the chat is at 8pm EST on Twitter.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Studio Art: Arts Alive Poster Contest

In Studio Art class we are creating poster designs for the 2016 Arts Alive Poster Contest which should incorporate both aspects of Arts and Long Island.  The posters will be due on Tuesday in class but you can use any of the methods we used in class thus far to create your poster-choose your favorite projects and work from there!

Below is last years winner to give you a sense of what the expectation is.  The grand prize winner wins $300 and runners up get prizes as well!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Media Art: Interactive Animation

This week our animation challenge is to merge real life with animation and make it interactive.  The video above by Hombre McSteez Aka Marty Cooper is a great example of how it night be done using just a few plastic animation cells and some markers.  Below is another great example from street artist Blu and artist David Ellis which is equally as impressive but totally different.  The idea here is to bring your own unique creative idea to the interactivity so think about it and have it completed and posted using the hasttag #needlesclass on Vine or YouTube by Monday!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

AP Art: 2016 Senior Art Show 2 Chrissy D

Today is our 2nd Senior AP Art Show and features the work of Christian D.  Come by and check out the wide variety of work ranging from photographs to drawings to 3D design.  The show will be up through Monday so be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Digital Media: Meet Me in DC Contest

In Digital Media class we will be designing an issues based political poster for PBS Learning Media's 2016 Meet Me in DC Contest.  Choose an issue that our community cares about and use the online poster design tool to construct a poster.  I created an example above for our class to give an idea of what is possible.  You can upload your own images but make sure they are both original and not defamatory in any way (if you're not sure feel free to check with me).  There are some great resources on PBS Learning Media's Election Central that we'll look at to learn more about some of the issues.

The poster designs are due tomorrow in the public drive then we will share and critique them after which you'll get a chance to make changes and submit them.  The winner of the contest will receive a free trip to Washington DC along with spending money and some other great bonuses so use your design skills wisely!

Monday, March 7, 2016

AP Art: The 2016 Armory Show

Today we'll look at some of the inspiring art and creative trends from this years Armory Show in NYC.  the work above features me and is from artist Douglas Coupland for his project with Art.sy and Daniel Faria Gallery.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Digital Media: Bring Your Action Figure To Work Day

Today we have our quiz on the basics of animation and afterwards we'll collaborate on a fun, short STEAM animation.  We will work together to create a short animation celebrating 'Bring Your Action Figure To Work Day' aka #AFWD2016.  I brought in a few of my favorite action figures so we will have 20 minutes to write, film, edit, and post our film on social media to share it.  I'll post the videos below after they are complete:

Digital Media Period 3

 Media Art Period 6

Digital Media Period 7

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Media Arts: Animation Test

In Media Arts class we are beginning the Squash and Stretch Animation Challenge will be due tomorrow and we'll review the basics of animation and Frank & Ollie's Twelve Basic Principles of Animation for our first test tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

AP Art: 2016 Senior Art Show 1 Mikenzie

Our annual AP Art Senior Art Shows began this Wednesday with Mikenzie's opening.  She's the first student from High School East who has taken AP Art for 3 years in a row and the first to take all 3 AP Art tests (Drawing, 2D, & 3D) so she has a plethora of diverse work in multiple media.  Be sure to check out the show if you haven't, it's up until Monday!

AP Art: Seuss Day

Today is Theodor Geisel's aka Dr.Seuss so we'll be celebrating Youth Art Month by creating a short video of illustrations from some of his best quotes and sharing it with art lovers around the world vis social media.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Heckscher Museum: Long Island's Best Art Entries

This year's Long Island's Best Art: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum competition is coming up so students who viewed the art work in one of this year's shows, created a work in response, and submitted a written entry are eligible. The example above on the right is a new work by Rosalie who was also a finalist last year in AP Art in response to Garry Winogrand's photo to the left New York, 1965.(Blonde woman with wind-blown hair).  The school will submit 4 entries so the completed pieces should be framed with a completed entry form attached on the rear by Monday March 28 when they need to be dropped of by 5pm.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Digital Media: The basics of animation

In Digital Media class we are learning the basics of animation and focusing on Frank & Ollie's Twelve Basic Principles of Animation.  We will watch how of the the rules of animation apply and what happens when you don't follow the rules.  We will then incorporate the learning into our collaborative film and our animation challenges.

The March extra credit assignment is to create a post-it note animation like the example below that uses the post-its rather than drawing on them.

Friday, February 26, 2016

NAEA Outstanding Teaching Award

I was thrilled to learn this month that I will be awarded the National Art Education Association's AET Outstanding Teaching Award.  It was an honor to be nominated by Rebecca Mir of the Guggenheim Museum and it was great being featured in Newsday's WINNERS column this week.  I'm especially grateful that such esteemed colleges and former students had a hand in the nomination process.  I'm looking forward to traveling to Chicago next month for the NAEA National Conference to receive the award and share some of the great art we do here at Smithtown East as I present a hands-on session on how we incorporate Digital Drawing and Creative Coding in classes.

Digital Media: Animation Challenges

In Digital Media Class we will be working on weekly 6 second Animation Challenges using Vine.  For 4 weeks there will be a new challenge to animate each week that students should complete by weeks end.  Each challenge has a theme and some specifics to include and they can all be shared on social media using the hashtag #needlesclass.

We will be learning the basics of how to animate and study Disney's Twelve Basic Principles of Animation while we are in class as well as collaborating on a larger animation project together.

Week 1: The Loop: Create a looping animation that includes sound and has a basic story arch

Week 2: Post-its: Create an animation on post-it notes and film it somewhere untraditional

Week 3: Squash & Stretch: Use the laws of physics to make an animation that compresses then extends while moving

Week 4: Interactive: Create an animation that interacts with something in real life

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Studio Art: Masking Monoprints

After creating our first monoprints in Studio Art class we will take monoprinting to the next level by adding drawing and layer masks like the example above from AP Art and below from last years SCALA art show.  Each student should create a portrait of a person, animal, or thing on printmaking paper in pencil or ink, cut a stencil mask and print over it creating a mixed media piece.  These prints will be due next Friday March 4.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Digital Media: Collaborative Animation

In Digital Media class we are going to work together in groups of 2-3 to create a collaborative animation to teach younger students about the basics of digital citizenship.  Each group will create a short animated 6-12 second segment describing and illustrating one of the 9 P's of media literacy shown above.  We'll combine all the segments and add voice overs to create the finished film.  We will then share the film with students in the elementary and middle schools.

In order to teach the information to younger students we will really need to understand it well so we will learn about it in class today and research later in the week to find examples to illustrate each of the segments.

Example: In learning copyright we learned about the creative commons licence as opposed to the traditional copyright and free use along with how it works for groups like Hit Record

The final animation is due from each group by next Friday, March 4.

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