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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Photography: Editing Spirit Week

In Photography this week we will learn some new advanced digital editing techniques and work on editing our images from Spirit Week and the Pep Rally last week.  Each student should have one edited image for each day we photographed during spirit week and 5 edited pep rally images each with borders and copyright by the end of class on Friday.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Museum Day Live!

Tomorrow is Museum Day Live! which allows for free admission into a number of local museums from Stony Brook to Manhattan.  Check out the list and sign up for free tickets!  Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Below are a few suggestions of museums I enjoy that might interest you:

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Society of Illustrators
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • The Rubin Museum of Art
  • Guild Hall of East Hampton
  • Nassau County Museum of Art
  • The Heckscher Museum of Art

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Digital Media: Computer Coding Art

In digital media class we are working on learning the basics of making art with computer code with the artist series after learning the basics by creating a personalized Flappy Bird video game. When you complete the 10th artist level you should create a colorful and unique digital code drawing and share the link in the public drive by Thursday September 22 for a grade. We will film some of the code art like the example I created above and share them using some of the animation techniques we learned last week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

National Art and Media Art Honor Society

Today is the first meeting of the National Art and Media Art Honor Society in Mr. Needles art room 161 after school at 2:05-3pm.  We'll be discussing some of this year's events and activities as well as opportunities for scholarships and contests.  Below are some of our upcoming Fall activities that we'll be participating in:
  • Classroom, School, and Community Murals
  • Wyland Marine Life Mural Contest
  • Fall Museum Field Trip
  • Japan Society Junior Fellows Program
  • Guest Artist and Alumni Programs
  • Global Artist Trading Card Exchange
  • Special Art and Technology Workshops
  • Creating Self-driven art
  • Scholarships, College Visits, Conferences, and Contests

Photography: Spirit Week

In photography this week we are photographing portraits of Spirit Week and the Pep Rally.  Monday we did a class demo on Pajama Day showing how to how to arrange, create, and edit a group portrait and on Tuesday, Sports Day, we went out and began photographing in groups.  Everyone should have at least one good photograph for each day that we will edit next week using Photoshop.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Studio Art: Sketchbook Week

Each day this week in Studio Art class we will be working on a short 15-20 minute drawings in our sketchbooks and sharing them, all 4 will count together for a grade on Friday. The pieces can be created in any media as long as it uses the full page.

Below are the week's themes with links to specifics and examples:
Monday: Illustration Friday- Rain theme
Tuesday: Doodle Fills
Wednesday: Sketchbook Project- Tiny Diagrams
Thursday: Observational Drawing
Friday: Words

Below are a few examples of different styles of sketchbook work from students and professionals:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dot Day Art

This week we celebrated Dot Day 2016 by creating unique dots in a variety of media from drawing and painting to augmented reality, here's a look at some of our results!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Parent Teacher Night 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

    National Art Honor Society & National Media Art Honor Society:

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

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

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

    Celebrating Dot Day 2016

    Today we will create art celebrating Peter Reynolds classic children's book "The Dot".  We will create our own dots in each class using media relevant tot he class ranging from drawing and painting to augmented reality.  We will share some of our work on social media to celebrate the book's theme of how anyone can create art.  Below is a dot I created first period as an example today.

    In media classes we'll be creating dots using augmented reality that appear virtual like the example I did below using the Quiver app on my cell phone.


    Celebrating Dot Day 2016

    Today we will create art celebrating Peter Reynolds classic children's book "The Dot".  We will create our own dots in each class using media relevant tot he class ranging from drawing and painting to augmented reality.  We will share some of our work on social media to celebrate the book's theme of how anyone can create art.  Below is a dot I created first period as an example today.

    In media classes we'll be creating dots using augmented reality that appear virtual like the example I did below using the Quiver app on my cell phone.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Ask A Curator Day

    Today on Twitter it's "Ask A Curator" day so we will be asking question of museum curators in each class.  The museums and curators we choose will be relevant to what we learn about in class but it is a terrific opportunity to use social media to talk to successful professionals in the art and media world.  I will be asking the questions through my twitter account after we formulate questions as a class and in the advanced classes each student has chosen a museum that interests the to research and ask questions of.  Here is the list of participating museum today but there are over 1300 museums from 53 countries around the world so I will help us narrow down relevant museums to talk with:

    #AskACurator Who to Ask Sept 14 2016

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Photography: The First Week

    In Photography last week we created ten photos documenting the first week of school and began editing them using Adobe Photoshop.  This week we are going to take 3 of our favorites and put them together like my demonstration example above to create a triptych.  The final triptych will be due on Wednesday digitally in class.

    Remembering September 11

    Yesterday was the 15th  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 yesterday.  I was teaching the morning of September 11 and some of the students I had lost parents that day.

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Studio Art: Zentangle doodle drawing

    In Studio Art class we are beginning our first drawing using the Zentangle technique that in addition to looking really cool, helps relieve stress. The demonstration I did in class can be seen in the video above which is shown in time-lapse so you can see how it progresses over time. We will create the drawing in our sketchbook and include our first name somewhere in the image the add various patterns in the negative space. We will be drawing into next week and we'll look at the completed drawings on Wednesdays in class for a grade. Below are a few different examples of tangle patterns that you can incorporate if you get stuck-have fun!


    Studio Art: Zentangle doodle drawing

    In Studio Art class we are beginning our first drawing using the Zentangle technique that in addition to looking really cool, helps relieve stress. The demonstration I did in class can be seen in the video above which is shown in time-lapse so you can see how it progresses over time. We will create the drawing in our sketchbook and include our first name somewhere in the image the add various patterns in the negative space. We will be drawing into next week and we'll look at the completed drawings on Wednesdays in class for a grade. Below are a few different examples of tangle patterns that you can incorporate if you get stuck-have fun!


    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Photography: First Week of School

    In Photography class we are working on taking creative images of the first week of school to use during our first class project.  Take as many photos as you like but be sure to have at least 10 good images for the beginning of class on Friday when we'll begin editing them on the computer.  They don't need to be printed out but they do need to be accessible digitally so you can post them to Instagram and hashtag them #needlesclass, download google drive to your smart phone, or bring in a cord to transfer the images to our folder on the public drive.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Welcome to Mr. Needles class

    Welcome to Mr. Needles class! This blog is where we share all of the class assignments with examples and it's where we share our work after it's complete. Today we'll begin by going over the class, what supplies are needed, some of the projects we'll be doing and learning about opportunities such as contests and clubs that will be offered this month. Below is a short video about the art and media art honor societies which will meet once a week starting Wednesday September 14 in room 161 after school:


    Here's a short video I made for the PBS Digital Innovators Program to learn a bit more about me and what kind of technology and programs we'll take part in this year in class:


    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Have A Great Summer!

    This has been a really positive year and I'm so glad we were all able to learn so much and produce some great work together- Have A Great Summer!

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Digital Media: Meet Me In DC

    Gina from the Digital Media class was the grand prize winner of PBS Learning Media contest- Meet Me In DC.  In addition to winning a round trip for 2 to Washington DC to visit the White House, a session of Congress, the National Archives, and the PBS studios we were interviewed yesterday in NYC by Thirteen WNET for Metro Focus and WLIW's Arts Beat.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Digital Media: Visit from the Creator of the Morphi App

    We welcomed guest speaker Sophia Georgiou, the Creator of the Morphi App, in Digital Media class this week and learned about the amazing possibilities for 3D printing, design, and animation with the app as well as the fascinating process of how the app was designed.  It was a great opportunity to bring together all of our learning in design, coding, 3D printing, collaboration, and the creative process.

    We learned about a few really cool features of the app and even created a great 3D model of the 'Mouse-fish' character from our recently completed collaboration mural painting with Jon Burgerman!

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Studio Art: 3D Cardboard Figures

    In Studio Art we are closing out the year with our famous 3D cardboard puppet project and this year we are creating 'Bulls On Parade'- 3D Cardboard Figures of the school mascot which will be used in our homecoming parade.  We will finish up the art tomorrow and Thursday we will have a short final assessment which will show what we've learned together this year.

    You can review some of the basics of what we've learned this year on my Quizlet study guide.

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Art Honor Society: Final Meeting

     This week is our last week of classes so the final Art Honor Society meeting will be on Wednesday where we will go over the AP assignments for summer, finish up the murals, and share some of the work we've created! The final art gallery opening will start us out and we'll end with a party!

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Digital Media: Vexillological Augmented Reality

    To begin working with Augmented Reality we are going to take a note from Roman Mars, host of the 99% Invisible (one of my favorite design podcasts), and work to create a better flag for our town, Smithtown.  We are going to watch his TED talk and learn about vexillology, the study of flags, and then critique our town flag based on the basic design rules that he shares written below.

    1. Keep it simple. (The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.)
    2. Use meaningful symbolism.
    3. Use two to three basic colors.
    4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
    5. Be distinctive

    Our flag is definitely what we learned Vexillologists would call a "SOB" (a seal on a bedsheet) so we are going to help our town out by creating a new flag design that represents the 21st Century.  We are also going to use the Quiver app to create a virtual augmented reality video show off how great our new flag designs would look flying over the school and in town.  Be creative, be original, and be timely because we are in the last few days of school and this project is due on Tuesday 6/2!

    UPDATE: Here's a few of my favorite flag redesigns so far, there are some really great designs!

    The last step of the project is to record your flag design with augmented reality and share it, below is an example from Jak.

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Digital Media: Portrait Photography

    Today in Digital Media we are finishing the Photoshop work on our 10 portraits from last week so they should all be edited with copyright and borders for tomorrow.  You should have at least 2 different subjects and close-ups as well as medium or wide angle shots that show enviornment.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    AP Studio Art: Summer Assignments

    The 2016-2017 AP Art class will have a short meeting next Wednesday June 8 at 2:05pm in room 161 to discuss the schedule and summer assignments which are posted below. If you cannot attend for any reason make sure you see Mr.Needles and complete the 20 assignments by the first week of class because they are potentially a large part of the AP test itself. 

    If you have any questions about the assignments feel free to email me or come speak with me, other than that remember to enjoy the work and don't stress out because it usually means death to creativity!

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

    Part I: Breadth Assignments:
    (these assignments should be shared with me via twitter instagram- #NeedlesAP or email tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us by August 1 at the latest for feedback. These works will also  be critiqued during the first weeks of classes.)
    1. Self Portrait (without showing your face)- The important thing here is to reveal something about yourself without using your face. In fact, you need not use any part of your body at all in this assignment. Instead, you are challenged to portray who you are in some alternative way. What image can you create or invent that would tell us something about you - your personality, your interests, your character, your inclinations, your talents, your passions, your obsessions, your desires, your needs, your likes and dislikes, your essence? 

    2. Noir- Read the definition below and create a work that has a theme of noir in some way.
    (adjective French: Black; noting the black numbers in roulette or the film noir style which incorporates deep shadows and a grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.)

    3. Man vs. NatureCreate a work showing the contrast between man and nature. This too can be personal or social (environmentally, philosophically, ect) and literal or figurative. Try to stay away from the cliché imagery and find a unique take on a very ancient theme.

    4. Inspiration- Take a look at this list of NYC East Village Artists from Art.sy and choose any artist that intrests you then create a piece responding to (not copying or in their style) their work.  The list includes everyone from artist who use traditional media such as: Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to artist like: Jeff Koons, Doze Green, and David Wojnarowicz who do mixed media pieces. 

    5. Shanti Peace Poster-  Create a 8"x10' poster for the Shanti Peace Poster Contest, the theme is peace and you are free to use quotes from Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and/or John Lennon if you wish. Here's a link to the three previous winning Smithtown designs: 2011 Peace Poster

    Part II: TERPart:
    Create 5 works from prompts of The Everyday Renaissance Project.  There is a creative prompt for each day in June so choose 5 that interest you and create work for them.  If you want to share them on social media use the hashtag share them with #TERPart.

    Part III: Concentration Assignments
    Create 10 works in a theme of your choice in a medium that you want to work with for the AP test (pencil, photography, mixed media, ect.). Examples from the past include "A Day In The Life", "A Reinterpretation of the Past through Steam technology", "and "Perspectives of the Brooklyn Bridge" so it's really wide open but if you want to run your idea past me before you begin I'd love to hear it. Here's a link to the College Board website which has information about the test with examples of Concentration pieces that have scored well in the past: AP: Studio Art.

    Part IV: Contests
    The Young Arts art contest is open and I suggest submitting work for a chance to win a large scholarship and a chance to attend their renowned master classes with well know artist and become eligible for nomination as a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Art Honor Society Field Trip: Southampton

    Today was the final Art Honor Society Field Trip of the year to Southampton where we strolled through a classic sculpture garden, visited some galleries and hit the beach to take pictures.  Our last meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, the day before the final day of classes.

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Art Honor Society: Congrats to our new inductees!

    Our 2016 Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held this week so congrats to all our new inductees and award winners!  We have a few projects to finish and our spring field trip to the Hampton's is Tuesday.  We'll be visiting the Parrish Museum of Art as well as some local galleries and we'll be leaving first period so be ready to learn!

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Art Honor Society: Induction Ceremony

    Today is our Art Honor Society induction ceremony and we will be having our 2nd to last art gallery opening.  We really did a number of projects this year and we have some great learning and art to show for it!  Take a look at the year in review video above edited by Rosalie to look back at our creative year!

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Studio Art: New York State Pavilion Design Project

    In Studio Art we are working in groups to design a new 21st century purpose for the classic World Fair architecture in Queens as we take part in the New York State Pavilion Design Ideas Competition.  We will work in groups of 4-5 to think of ways to utilize and revitalize the space and make it meaningful for the future while preserving the architecture and history of the past.  The groups will begin by brainstorming and then we'll use 3D printing technology to virtually build our designs and actually print them out.

    New York State Pavilion [Documentary] from Matthew Silva on Vimeo.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Digital Media: Portrait Photography

    In Digital Media class we will be editing the Light Painting and tiltshift images today and tomorrow we will be created the filters with handwriting that was demonstrated in class last week.  This week's challenge is portraits- we are going to take 10 images 5 interior in a studio situation and 5 exterior in the courtyard.  The images are due Thursday and we'll edit Friday and Tuesday.

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Film: Film Research Project

    In Film class we have been sharing our Film Research Projects and learning about the notable actors, writers,showrunners, and directors of the film world. We also learned a bit about Long Island history such as Marilyn Monroe's summer home in Mount Sinai and Long Islander, Judd Apatow's college radio show. The list below is all of the people that we learned about and will be responsible for on th Tuesday's test.
    1. Isabella- Lenny Abrahamson
    2. Jordyn- Katharine Hepburn
    3. Taylor- James Cameron
    4. Morgan- Martin Scorsese
    5. Veronica- Marilyn Monroe
    6. Victoria- Woody Allen
    7. Frank- George Clooney
    8. James- Clint Eastwood
    9. Kayla- Jason Reitman
    10. Emma- Alejandro G. Iñárritu
    11. Thomas- Steven Spielberg
    12. Derek- John Wayne
    13. John- David Fincher
    14. Nicole- David O. Russell
    15. Thomas- George Lucas
    16. Kevin- Adam McKay
    17. Alana- James Dean
    18. Christopher- James Stewart
    19. Anthony- Steven Spielberg
    20. Anthony- Quentin Tarantino
    21. Needles- Philip Rosenthal
    22. Showrunners- Judd Apatow
    23. Showrunners- Kurt Sutter
    24. Showrunners- Joss Whedon

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    AP Art: Collaborative Jon Burgerman Mural

    In AP Art it's service week so we are completing our collaborative Jon Burgerman mural as well as our hallway mural, class wall paintings, and our collaborative coloring book.  Choose whichever project you'd like to work on and we'll complete these projects to benefit future students!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Digital Media: Light Painting

    In Digital Media class we will begin to learn the basic of Light Painting today using the iphone app LightBomber and the DSLR camera (the same technique with both).  Students will work in groups of three after our quiz to create digital illustrations with ligh, each student should create at least one good light painting image but you are free to take as many as you like and get creative.

    We will be editing on Monday and Tuesday next week so make sure you finish all the images before then below is what is due this week:

    • 5 Tiltshift images
    • 1 Lightpainting Image
    • 1 Lightpainting Group image
    • 2 Double Exposure Images
    • 1 Handwriting filter self-portrait
    • 1 Handwriting filter landscape

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    National Art Honor Society: the 10th Biennial Global Mural Conference

    The National Art Honor Society will collaborate with students throughout NY State to work paint a mosaic mural for the 10th Biennial Global Mural Conference (GMC).  The GMC will take place in Fairport, NY in September 2016 and the theme is “Preserving Heritage Through Community Art”.  The mosaic mural above from Sherbrooke, Quebec home of the 2014 Global Mural Conference and it gives a glimpse of what to expect.  Our society will ask for 6 student volunteers to paint a 6” square for the mural which already has a baclground that will create a larger image of Erie Canal history in the background.  

    Each student will choose a colored tile, and decide what image/scene will add visual texture to the 
    under-painting. The topics can be your local heritage, Erie Canal history, Underground Railroad, 
    Womens’ Suffrage, Native American culture, flora and fauna or symbols of New York State.

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Studio Art: Every Day Drawing Challenge Extra Credit

    In Studio Art this month's extra credit assignment will be to join in on the #k12artchat daily drawing challenge.  Below are the daily prompts and you can share them on twitter or instagram using the hashtag #k12artchat along with #eddc (every day drawing challenge) and tagging me in the image

    May 15   #164         Draw a camera
    May 16   #176         Draw something summer
    May 17   #179         Draw an onion
    May 18   #184        Draw a park bench or other outside bench
    May 19   #199        Draw a toe
    May 20  #207        Draw a shell
    May 21   #215         Draw your thumb
    May 22   #226        Draw a screw
    May 23   #246        Draw some gloves
    May 24   #253        Draw your socks
    May 25   #283        Draw something shiny
    May 26   #295        Draw some toast
    May 27   #314         Draw something with a knob
    May 28   #343        Draw a bridge
    May 29   #348        Draw some things that remind you of your favorite song
    May 30  #349         Draw an illustration of your favorite poem
    May 31   #355         Draw something in a jar

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