Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Today we will have a field trip to Bridgehampton, NY for the NYSATA Artist Mentor series and be visiting artist Christine Chew Smith's studio where we will create collages and other artwork.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
In Studio Art we are working this week on creating designs for the 2017 Wyland National Art Challenge. we'll begin by creating a design in our sketchbook then flesh it our with color and complete it. We will take all the final images and talk about our favorite designs then choose one for our collaborative mural which we will paint in November.
Painting a Fredrix® Classroom Mural Canvas with Wyland® from Fredrix® Artist Canvas on Vimeo.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Congrats to Ilysa from AP Art on winning the Celebrate St. James Art Contest in the 11-18 age group for her pastel drawing of the St. James General Store and to Alexis from Painting who, along with Ilysa, won an art supply package for her painting of the St. James train station.
Friday, October 13, 2017
After our Photoshop vocabulary quiz in Digital Media class today we will continue learning about Adobe's 3D capabilities by learning to create 3D Logos in Photoshop. The tutorial above gives the basic instructions and we'll learn the process and create logos for our own "design companies" which next week. We'll also talk a little about branding and advertising in the process.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Today in Art Honor Society we will finish planning our Fall field trips, work on some Mural Paintings, and set up our first gallery exhibit for the year. Next week we will take part in the NYSATA Artist Mentor series and be taking our first field trip of the year to an artists studio where we will create collages with artist Christine Chew Smith in Bridgehampton, NY (below is an example of her work from recent exhibitions).
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
We will begin test printing some of the Digital Media students 3D Character Designs today in class as we review vocabulary for the first quiz on Friday. Here's a great example from the period 4 class of a 2D and 3D character design created online.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In the first month of school we learned about Photoshop, green screen, coding, and 3D printing and this week we will review the new terms we learned for a quiz this Friday. We will be using Google Slides along with the class Quizlet below to review and it can be accessed at home to study.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Today is the first full meeting of the National Art and Media Art Honor Society in Mr. Needles art room 157 after school at 2-3pm. 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
- Mentor Artist Program
- The Gratitude Project
- Guest Artist and Alumni Programs
- NAHS T-shirt Design Competition
- Spooky Hallways
- Vans Custom Culture Design Contest
- Collaborative Sketchbook Project for the Brooklyn Art Library
- Global Artist Trading Card Exchange
- Special Art and Technology Workshops
- Creating Self-driven art
- Scholarships, College Visits, Conferences, and Contests
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In Digital Media class we will photograph students participating in Spirit Week and Homecoming this week and learning new Photoshop tools and work on editing next week. Every student should have at least 2 good images from each day by Tuesday 10/10 for a grade. Above is an example on a Patriots Day image I created a few years ago that was included in a museum exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.
Monday, October 2, 2017
This month's Extra Credit assignment for painting, studio art, and AP art class is to participate in a full week of Inktober. The image above gives the basics but also tag me in the images with @TimNeedles and #Needlesclass so I can see them. Below is a demo of my first work for the theme of Swift by drawing and painting author Johnathan Swift.
Excited to participate in my 1st #Inktober #art challenge-took today's swift theme literally! #JohnathanSwift #k12artchallenge #Inktober2017 pic.twitter.com/wI8a6llMI7— Tim Needles (@timneedles) October 1, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
I'm excited about having an opportunity to present on Engaging Creativity With STEAM at the 2017 LIASCD Conference. Above is the handout from the presentation with some great resources and an overview of the topics being covered. Below are some live links to some of the resources:
By Mark Gura, Published by ISTE
By George Couros, Published by Dave Burgess Consulting
By Anne Carey, Published by Left Brain Craft Brain Place
- World MakerFaire (Queens)
- Eastern Long Island Mini Makerfaire (Port Jefferson)
- Deauville Gardens West School Maker Faire (Copiague)
- SLIME (Garden City)
Thursday, September 28, 2017
In Studio Art we are working on creating designs for the 2017 Shantil Peace Poster contest/ Each student should create a 8"x10' poster for the contest, the theme is PEACE AND NATURE and you are free to use quotes from people such as Gandhi and/or Martin Luther King if you wish. We will begin by creating thumbnails and I'll discuss your concepts with you and give you suggestions then we will work in mixed media to create the poster in landscape view. Each grade level has prizes and finalists may be considered for inclusion in the 2018 Shanti Calendar. The poster above was created by Ilysa from AP Art class for this year's competition and here's a link to the some winning Smithtown designs from past years: 2011 Peace Poster. The final poster design will be due on Wednesday and we will critique the results in class.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
October's extra credit assignment for AP Art class is to create and submit art work for the Young Arts contest. There are a number of categories and in the video above you can see some of the winning work from a previous year. The contest comes with a $10,000 scholorshio and a number of other perks.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
In Painting class this week we will be learning the basics of Plein Air (Outdoor) Watercolor Painting. Each day we will try a new technique and critique the work next week.
Monday, September 25, 2017
In Digital Media well have been talking about the work of author Dan Pink and using his concept of "What's Your Sentence?" to create part of our short animated film. Step one is to think about yourself in the distant future and imagine something you want to have done by then- once you arrive at that idea write it in sentence form as if you've already done it.
We also watched his TED talk which was animated by the RSA shown below and discuss what motivates us as people. Write down something that you think would help motivate you to do your best. We'll take some of this information and apply it to our class this year.
Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.
After we create a digital version of our sentences on Photoshop and share it we will learn how to animate them to create a video to share our dreams with the world.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
In Studio Art well work on this week's Illustration Friday, the theme is Jazz and it will be due on Monday. I'll also be collecting and grading your final Zentangle name page from you sketchbook. Above is my example, Stan Getz, have a great holiday!
This month's Extra Credit is to create and register a work into the Celebrate St.James contest. The basic information can be found on the poster above and you can click the link to register. The contest is open for all of September and will left your lowest grade of the quarter up a letter grade. The book Images of America: St. James by Geoffrey K. Fleming might be a great resource to use, it's available at the library and the local bookstores.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens which was inspired from Pablo Picasso's blue period painting shown above, the poem was then used as an inspiration for David Hockney's series of work on the Blue Guitar some of which is depicted below created a Beta loop.
Monday, September 18, 2017
In Painting class we are finish our self portraits today and we are going to learn about artist David Hockney and look at his recent Portraits. Hockney created a series of portraits using the same chair and background with a series of friends and acquaintances, well look at some of Hockney's ideas about painting and how his work evolved over the years.
Friday, September 15, 2017
I'll also talk a little about Beta Testing and how I'll be part of Pokemon's beta test for the first Mewtwo invitation only raid later on this afternoon. After we understand a bit about what it is we will create an augmented reality dot using the Quiver app to celebrate Dot Day.Excited to be invited Long Island's 1st #Mewtwo raid today- being part of #PokemonGo's Beta test is a teachable moment in my #media class! pic.twitter.com/WBjISVrfdZ— Tim Needles (@timneedles) September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Studio in Art:
Google Art Project- http://www.googleartproject.com/
Illustration Friday- http://illustrationfriday.com/
You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/TimNeedles
Short & Sweet NYC-http://www.shortandsweetnyc.com/author/tim-needles/
Illustration Friday- http://illustrationfriday.com/
You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/TimNeedles
AP Studio Art:
#Needlesclass Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/needlesclass/?hl=en
National Art Honor Society & National Media Art Honor Society:
Young Arts- http://www.youngarts.org/
LI Best- http://www.heckscher.org/
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
This week we will begin learning the basics of coding using Code.org. Were beginning with the basics but the concept can lead to really cool technology such as the sand table featured below. Follow the step by step instructions to complete the 20 levels and make sure your computer coding is completed by Friday at the start of class. You can click the class link below to begin:
Period 2- YMLQHC
Period 4- BMDFNX
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
In Studio Art this week we will be learning about the Zentangle drawing technique. We'll start with the basics and learn a few step by step together then you'll get a chance to choose others freely or create your own.
A full page of zentangle drawing will be due at the end of the class on Wednesday and should include the two styles we learned in class (shown above) and any others you want to draw. Below is an demonstration I made for students last year which shows the next step in the process, we'll draw our name and zentangle around it on the first page of our sketchbooks!
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- Studio Art: Wyland National Art Challenge
- Celebrate St. James Art Contest Winners
- Digital Media: 3D Logos in Photoshop
- Art Honor Society: Field Trips and Mural Painting
- Digital Media: 3D Character Design
- Digital Media: Terminology & Vocabulary
- Painting: Figure Painting
- National Art and Media Art Honor Society: Introduc...
- Studio Art: Spirit Week Figure Drawing
- Digital Media: Spirit Week Photography
- Extra Credit: Inktober
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