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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Media Art Honor Society: Hamptons Film Festival

In the Art & Media Art Honor Society we will be discussing our upcoming volunteer opportunity at the Hampton's Film Festival and the fall field trip to NYC on October 24.  The trailer above for St. vincent starring Bill Murray is the opening film of this years festival.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AP Art: Drawing Month

In AP Art we will begin and end week with some drawing to ease in and out of the weekend and improve our skills.  We'll dedicate some time on Monday to drawing from life beginning with drawing portraits of each other like yesterday.  Friday's will be focused on illustration and drawing from imagination with the help of Illustration Friday and Pintrest.  Today we will continue review the artists presentations in preparation for the quiz next Wednesday.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Studio Art: Sketching

Red Hook - a film about Tommy Kane from DannyGregory on Vimeo.

Today we are beginning to look at how to draw and sketch from life and we'll look at 2 contemporary artists who are great at this type of thing Tommy Kane and Wendy Macnaughton.  After learning a bit about them and watching some short videos of them working we'll start sketching ourselves in class beginning with 4 sketches from around the classroom.

The videos above shows Tommy drawing in Red Hook, Brooklyn and at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.  Take note of the materials he uses which are pretty simple and the process he uses.  He took a photo of the bar he was drawing but choose to still draw it in person because believe it or not it definitely makes a difference, trust me!

Wendy has a similar line quality but has a different approach using a blend of single line contour with a loose sketch so there is plenty of whimsy.  The video above has a short tutorial showing how she works and the video below shows her out drawing.  I love how she pays attention to detail with drawings like the direction of the gaze of people and animals in the street and the direction they are moving.  Pay attention to the choices she makes in terms of what to include and what to exclude.

Both artist released great books recently Tommy's is An Excuse to Draw and Wendy's is 

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them, check them out!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Media Art: Global Citizens in Action Youth Media Festival

Last year my media arts class created this Public Service Announcement that was included in the Global Citizens in Action Youth Media Festival.  Take a look at all the entries and vote!

Global Nomad Group Presents: 
Global Citizens in Action Youth Media Festival

View & Share Online 

Vote by October 10, 2014

Overview: Celebrate the student arts and media projects of the Global Citizens in Action (GCA) virtual youth exchangeOver the past year, these students from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the US, – age 12-18 – collaborated across borders to identify and create solutions to problems in their local and global communities. Projects are divided into three themes: Human Rights, Environment and Health, and Media, Diversity, and Tolerance.

Selecting the winners: Using the festival website, individuals can vote for more than one project in each category, but can only vote for each project once. Awards will be determined 50% by audience vote and 50% by the GCA Youth Media Festival judges!
Winners to be announced live in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drawing: Contemporary Artist Research Project

In Drawing class we are starting our Contemporary Artist Research Project in which each student is assigned an artist and has to create a short presentation on that artist including a photo of the with a short one page biography and 10 large quality images of their work.  All of these artists have work In MOMA's drawing collection so that might be a good place to start.  The presentation can be created on Powerpoint or the new Google Presentation and is due at the end of class a week from today on Tuesday September 30.

Mr. Needles- Daniel Danger
Claudia- Monica Bonvicini
Emily A- Swoon
Emily - Farel Dalrymple
Dillan- Aaron Johnson
Veronica- David Hockney
Shannon- Kara Walker
Kyle- Chuck Close
Mike- José Antonio Suárez Londoño
Alana- Barry McGee
Jacob- Magnus Plessen
Amanda- Jason Jägel
Katie H- Sam Wolfe Connelly
Katie W- Wayne White
Nadia- Debra Hampton
Brittany- Jim Dine
Ashley- Thomas Hirschhorn
Amy- Yayoi Kusama
Natalie- George Condo
Dana T- Thomas Locher
Dana W- Elizabeth Murray
Jamie- Siegfried Anzinger
Griffin- Vik Muniz

Monday, September 22, 2014

Local Art: Wayne White

There is a great show that I saw this weekend from artist and creative magnet Wayne White at the Joshua Liner gallery in Chelsea.  Wayne is a terrific artist with a plethora of skills, take a look at the preview to the documentary about him below: Beauty Is Embarrassing. Wayne's work is some of my favorite so I definitely recommend checking him out!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Media Arts: Extra Credit

This month's extra credit assignment for Media Arts class is to see and write a short review of the film Boyhood by Richard Linklater and starring Patricia ArquetteEllar ColtraneLorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke.  The film was made over a period of 12 years and follows characters as they grow up through elementary, middle, and high school and what they deal with in the process.  It's extremely innovative in its scope and is a must see film for any student of the medium.  the extra credit is due on October 1.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back To School Night

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 & Global Nomads Group projects
  • SKYPE in the classroom and Google Hangouts with professionals and alumni
  • The MSG Varsity program
  • College and alumni visits 

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

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

    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/

    Drawing 1 & 2:
    Illustration Friday- http://illustrationfriday.com/
    Artnet- http://www.artnet.com/?gclid=CKW4_bj4m7ICFYFo4Aod61UAag
    Drawn- http://blog.drawn.ca/

    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 "Haunted Museum"
  • 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/

    AP Art: The Artist Project

    In AP Art class we are beginning The Artist Project in which I assign each member of the class two artists to research who I feel have some commonality to the work you have been creating and you're responsible for researching each artist and creating a short presentation with 10 full size images and a short biography with sources.  Below is the list of artists and the presentations are due on Wednesday:

    Andrew: Eric Fischl & Xu Bing
    Paige: Francisco Goya & Käthe Kollwitz
    Juliana: Donald Baechler & Lauren Greenfield
    Mikenzie: Sigmar Polke & Ai Weiwei
    Christian: Sebastião Salgado & William Eggleston
    Troy: David LaChapelle & Billy Kidd
    Rose: Tara McPherson & Marilyn Minter
    MacKenzie: Barry McGee & Kimsooja
    Morgan: Yayoi Kusama & Mona Hatoum
    Samantha: Louise Bourgeois & Peter Beard
    Bella: Cindy Sherman & Barbara Kruger
    Cassandra: Chuck Close & Alphonse Mucha
    Kristin: Gustov Klimt & Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Art & Media Art Honor Society

    Today is the meeting of the Art & Media Art Honor Society after school at 2pm in room 161 and we'll be discussing the projects we;ll be doing this year.  We'll also be planning the first field trip of the year to NYC and the volunteering opportunities at the Hampton's Film Festival along with some early planning on this year's Haunted House for Safe Halloween!

    Media Art: Production Companies

    This week in Media Art class we are talking about producers, directors, production companies, and how films and television shows are created.  Here's a list of some of the production companies you might be most familiar with: American film studios take a look and see who makes your favorite films.  We'll have a quiz on Friday of the basic job titles on a film set and what they're responsible for.

    The Art & Media Art honor society will also be meeting today in room 161 and we'll be discussing volunteering for the Hamptons International Film Festival which we take part in every year.  The festival takes place in the Hamptons on October 9-13 and will feature Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry & Million Dollar Babyand director Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire & A Time to Kill).

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Studio Art: Drawing terminology

    In Studio Art we began our Drawing unit and are beginning to review the drawing terminology.  The video above shows the basic elements or art and design that we are working with and you can also reference my Quizlet study guide to review all the terms you'll be responsible for.  We'll have a short quiz Friday on the drawing terms.

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Drawing: Every person in class

    This week in class we are drawing each member of the class.  It's not just a great icebreaker, the experience also teaches you to look closely at subjects and distinguish facial features.  Remember the best way to improve at anything is simply to do it often so if nothing else you'll get a good amount of practice a t drawing portraits!

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    AP: New technique week

    In AP art we completed reviewing the summer assignments and went over the first assignment of the class which is to draw or paint on a 3D surface.  The video below from Soul Pancake shows artist Cheeming Boey a great example of this technique but you can find it all through art history back to the beginning cave paintings.  The final piece is due on Wednesday in class.  If you want to see more of Boey's work check out his cup collection and his website iamboey.com

    In addition to Boey's work we looked at work from artist Audrey Kawasaki who often works on wood, check out the video of her working below:

    We also started "New Technique Week" in which we'll learn a new advanced art technique every day for a week.  Today we experimented with open paint and yesterday we learned how to transfer photographs.  Above is part of the demo that I did in class and on Thursday each student will chose one or two of the techniques and incorporate them into a new piece.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Studio Art: Contour drawing

    In Studio Art class today we learned the basics of contour line drawing along with continuous-line contour drawing, and blind contour drawing.  We started by drawing our own hands and we'll continue with more subjects this week.  The video above give some additional insight on the drawing style if you had any difficulty understanding.  Tomorrow we'll expand on the technique and look specifically at the silhouettes of the objects.  Below is a really great contour line drawing done by a student a few years ago of another classmate in my classroom.

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Media Art: Film & Animation History

    In Media Arts class we began learning about the history of film and notable people in the process such as Thomas Edison, William K Dickson, and the Lumiere Brothers.  Here's a link to the study guide and the video above goes into more detail about the Lumiere Brothers first films.  Below is the short film we watched in class showing how a camera obscura, lens, and aperture works.  Well have a short quiz on Friday based on the material we cover today and tomorrow so be sure to use the study guide!

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Drawing: Alphonse Mucha and the Zentangle

    We began drawing in our sketchbooks today with a great drawing method known as the Zentangle which fills in space with different textures and patterns.  The specific type of pattern we learned is based on the great Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).  We began by drawing out our name is a design font or script and filling in areas around it using Zentangle patterns such as the Mucha pattern shown in the video above.  This finished design will be due on Tuesday and will count as the first grade of the year.  Below is a great tribute painting to Alphonse Mucha by the street artist Mear One from La Brea, Los Angeles.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!

    Welcome to a new school year!  Today in class we'll be going over some of the basic and discuss the expectation for each class and below are links to a few of the contests and opportunities we will be talking about:

    National Art & Media Art Honor Societies- the art club is open to all students enrolled and meets Wednesdays after school in room 161.  We do art workshops, alumni talks, volunteer at local events such as the Hampton's Film Festival, go on art related field trips, arrange the annual haunted house, work with outside charity organisations, arrange art shows, and work on student driven extra-curricular projects.

    Google for Education- We'll be taking advantage of Google's new classroom technologies to share information and collaborate in the classroom.

    The Japan Society's Going Global program- Classes will collaborate on lessons virtually with students from Japan, the US, and Pakistan on projects throughout the year.  There is also a student exchange program which students may enroll in.

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Smithtown 350th Anniversary Logo Contest Winner

    I am happy to finally be able to announce that Sabrina Shankar is the winner of the Smithtown Township's 350th Anniversary Logo Contest with her logo pictured above. The logo will be used throughout next year on the town's stationary, street banners, shirts, and in all of the celebration activities as well as being included in the time capsule that is being buried in front of town hall.  I had a chance to celebrate with Sabrina and her mother yesterday at the announcement press conference at town hall with town dignitaries, the school superintendent, and the principal of High School East.  We are all very proud of the hard work and dedication Sabrina had shown in her High School years and wish her the best in her future as she heads down south to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    The Curran & Conners Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to Gabby Lynn of the AP Art class who was the winner of this year's Curran & Conners Scholarship at Smithtown High School East.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to tour the offices of design and advertising agency The Curran & Conners with Gabby and the winner from Smithtown West and it was a terrific learning experience.  The company's vice president and office manager brought us through their offices and gave the students some terrific advice on succeeding in the industry and what it takes to make the cut.  We had a chance to look at some of their amazing design work and get a real sense of what's it's like to work in one of the big firms!

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    AP Art: Summer Assignments 2014

    The 2014-2015 AP Art class will have a short meeting today Wednesday June 11 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 26 assignments by the first week of class because they are a large part of the first quarter grade and the AP test itself.

    As an example of what a finished work should look like in terms of the art/design principals above is an example of the first assignment (listed below) by Shelby and below are examples of Clay's concentration pieces and some of the finalists for the Shanti Peace Posters by Lisa and others from the AP Art class a from earlier this year. 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 2-Dimensional work (flat) not 3-Dimensional (sculpture) work in any media that is 18”x24” or smaller and should be entirely original (do not use other people’s pictures, characters, or content in any way).
    Part I: Breadth Assignments:
    (these 5 assignments should be sent to me via instagram- #needlesclass/timneedles or mail tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us by August 1 for feedback. These works will also count towards your 1st Quarter grade and will be critiqued during the first week of classes.)
    Assignment #1: Inspiration- Take a look at this list of 100 Artists from Art 21, choose any artist and 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: Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra to artist like: Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, and Laurie Anderson who do performance pieces. Video clips are available for each artist on the website so do a bit of research, find something in one of the artists that you connect to and create a piece on it.
    Assignment #2: Darkness/Fear- Create a work that has a theme of noir, darkness, and/or fear in some way. Incorporate a style which incorporates deep shadows and a grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and/or a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair. This can be real or imagined, personal or social.
    Assignment #3: A mixed-media portrait- Create a portrait using various media in monochrome or in color. Feel free to use any medium you desire (ink, collage, newspaper, paint, & other mixed media) and as many media as you like. The style may be handled in any way you wish: realistic, abstract, expressive, impressionistic or cubistic, etc. This portrait should reveal something significant about the model. Hands, torso and face are important features and should be included in the work. Try an unusual surface. The portrait may be done on any flat smooth unbreakable surface such as cardboard, mural paper, plywood, masonite, plexiglass, homasote board, etc.
    Assignment #4: Man vs. Nature- Create 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.
    Assignment #5: A Day In Your Life- Choose a moment from your everyday life and express it visually using any media. This can be a moment that’s memorable or very average, reoccurring or just a moment you remember. Try to use media that helps illustrate the moment and think about your perspective vs. others when creating the imagery.

    Part II: Process Assignments:

    Create new 20 pages in your sketchbook/photographs/works on paper in themes of your choice in any media that you want to work with for the AP test (pencil, photography, mixed media, ect.). Experiment with creating multiple pieces with the same theme or if you aren't sure what theme to work with create pieces then go back and identify what the themes you tend to work in are.  Try to work with concepts that you might consider for the concentration portion of the AP test (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 III: 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 Gandhi and/or Martin Luther King if you wish. Here's a link to the some winning Smithtown designs from past year's: 2011 Peace Poster

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    AP Art: Ai Weiwei and Swoon at the Brooklyn Museum

    This weekend I had an opportunity to go see the exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and I have to really recommend checking them out for yourself.  the museum has a large exhibit by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and an installation by street artist Swoon that are both fascinating and their open until early August.

    Check out the video below to see how they installed some of Ai Weiwei's work.

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Studio Art: Paper Craft and Final Friday

    In Studio Art we spent a week creating paper bead bracelets for an African water charity program run by Students Rebuild and Charitywater.  I also offered extra credit for students who were interested in creating a woven paper vase.  Here are a few of the finished projects which really look terrific and are for a great cause so remember to hand in any extra credit assignments today because it's our last Friday together, we just have 4 classes left!

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Media Art: Review for Final

    Today is our Media Art Final Review for tomorrow's final exam study the linked quizlet along with the review of the: Media Art Film Terms, Cinematography, and the basics of animation for the exam.


    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    The LIU 12 x 12 High School Art Show

    Students from Mr. Needles AP Art and Studio Art classes recently participated in the Long Island University 12 x 12 High School Art Show at the C.W. Post Campus in Nassau County last month and here's a look at some of the work.  Senior Michelle and Gabby from the AP Art submitted portfolio pieces and students from the Studio Art classes submitted collaborative works.

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    Studio Art: Final Review

    In Studio Art we are currently reviewing for the Final Exam later this week so here are links to my quizlet study guides:

    Art History: http://quizlet.com/44098724/studio-art-art-history-flash-cards/

    Painting and Drawing: http://quizlet.com/23166075/drawing-and-painting-review-flash-cards/

    You should also review the studio art posts on this blog and the periods of art such as the Renaissance.

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Studio Art: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Masks

    In studio art we are working on our 3d unit and this week we're going to be creating small masks inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday using celluclay.  Above are a few examples but each student will create their own design and color pattern and draw it out before you begin.  The video below shows you how celluclay works and we're going to mix it in groups then create our masks on wax paper so it can dry without sticking.

    Once the mask drys you'll sand it then use acrylic and tempera paint to add you design.  The drawings will be due today and then you can begin molding you mask.  Next week, after the final, we'll be painting our masks when they are completely dry.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    AP Art: The 2014 Junior Show

    Wednesday our four Junior had a group show which opened with a range of work and media from figure drawing to photography to painting.  Andrew, Lisa, Erica, and Juliana presented work form their AP portfolio which was just completed.  The show will be up for a week so make sure you stop over and check it out.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Media Arts: Global Nomads Group Drug and Alcohol PSA

    In Media Arts class we've been working with Global Nomads Group to collaborate with a class is Islamabad, Pakistan in order to create something for our community.  Today we will present the resulting public service announcement shown above in our final class video conference.  The Drug and Alcohol PSA went through a series of changes over the course of the semester but everyone participated in it's creation and we will be sharing it worldwide via social media this week.

    We will also be sharing our environmental photographs and statements (such as mine below) with the G-9/4 class on Google+ for their upcoming walk for the environment.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Art Honor Society: Spring Field Trip to the Hamptons

    The Art and Media Art Honor Society's annual spring field trip to the Hamptons was Friday and we had a great time visiting galleries and the Parrish Museum in Southampton despite the mediocre weather.  We had a chance to see art from notable Long Islanders such as Chuck Close, Dennis Oppenheim, Roy Lichtenstein, and a terrific exhibit of Jennifer Bartlett's work along with works from street artists such as: Banksy and Faile at Keszler Gallery and works by: Alex Katz and Ross Bleckner at Mark Humphrey Gallery.


    Friday, May 23, 2014

    Studio Art: Matisse Cut Outs

    In Studio Art we learned about the cut out images Henri Matisse created later in his life and how influential and different they were.  There is a show at London's Tate Museum this summer which looks at these works and examines them in detail as seen in the video above.  It's the first time I can recall so many of the cut out works being shown together in one space so it's quite an exciting show!

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Studio Art: Advanced Paper Bead Making and Extra Credit paper vases

    Now that we all know how to make paper beads we'll get a little advanced in Studio Art with more ornate paper beads and a challenge to create a paper vase.  Above is a tutorial on how to make the paper beads more decorative with different varnishes and color combinations. 

    Below is a simple tutorial on how to make a paper vase or pot.  If anyone wants to try it'll be this month's extra credit assignment so find some magazines to recycle and get started!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Studio Art: Beadmaking for Africa

    In Studio Art we will be creating paper bead bracelets which will be donated to Students Rebuild and Charitywater and the proceeds will bring people in Tanzania, Africa clean, healthy water. Every 20 handmade beads will provide access to clean water for 1 person in a village.  We'll be working in groups of 4 (creating at least 2 beads per person in a production line style).  Take a look at the video below to see how a paper bead is created.

    The artist Vik Muniz, who we studied earlier this month, is also participating in this project creating a poster from paper beads with his technique that we observed in is Oscar nominated film Wasteland.  After you assemble into your 4 person group use this template with step by step instructions to create your first beads.

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    AP Art: Shows and Contests

    The Brooklyn Museum is currently showing a terrific exhibition on the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that I would highly suggest visiting (along with the installation by street artist SWOON).  The video above shows some of the scope of the show and the difficulties putting it together with Weiwei not being allowed out of China at the moment.

    Also any undergraduate students who are taking AP Art next year show check out the video below of a Masterclass artist and director Julian Schnabel for the Young Arts program because the contest is now open for next year. There are categories such as: photography, fine arts, writing, and film so whatever your strengths are I'd really highly suggest you submit work now!

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    Art Honor Society: Spring Field Trip to the Hamptons

    Next week we will continue our printmaking work and next Friday we have our annual summer field trip to the Hamptons where we will be visiting the new Parrish Museum of Art and seeing a range of work from Long Islanders such as: Fairfield Porter, Roy Lichtenstein, and April Gornik along with a visit to the The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridge Hampton shown in the video clip below.

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Art Honor Society: Kevin Doria

    Yesterday in our Art Honor Society meeting we were creating monoprints and we had a special guest Kevin Doria join us and participate.  Kevin is an alumni from Smithtown East's first AP Art class and he spoke about his current position as a photographer and graphic designer in New Mexico and about his college experiences at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Below are some of the prints Kevin created.  

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Media Art: Begining to Animate

    In media arts class we are now ending the pre-production phase of our animation and beginning to animate using 3"x5" white index cards in pencil.  The short animation above is a great example of what we're looking for because it has mostly simple backgrounds and limited color but uses a good variation of techniques and motion and the animation is neat and smooth (incorporating the hand is the difficult part but goes beyond what were doing in class).

    We are going to begin with a 5 card pencil test on index cards that I provide (look at the examples below) but to save time make sure your pencil test is part of your animation so we can use it in the final film

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Studio Art: Monoprinting and stencil printing

    In Studio Art class we will be working on a new printmaking technique- Monoprinting along with a variation on stencil printing using Gelli plates and acrylic paint.  The nature of monoprints is that each print is different and totally unique so you'll be creating a few and choosing your best from each of these methods to submit for a grade on Friday.

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    AP ART: Art Attack

    Now that the AP Studio Art test is over it is time for an Art Attack so this week we will be watching clips of films on artists and exploring techniques which we didn't have time for while preparing for the test.  We will also be creating a project collaboratively so we'll look at some of the possibilities such as the great time-lapse film above of a mural painting by Eric Skotnes in the theme of "awakenings" for Soul Pancake.

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    AP ART: The AP Test is TODAY!

    Today in AP ART we are taking the AP Test so make sure all of your work is prepared are ready to submit.  The test begins at 7:20am!

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    AP Art: Online submissions

    Today in AP art class we will be uploading the AP Studio Art Submissions for the AP test tomorrow, on May 9. 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, May 7, 2014

    Studio Art: Maya Lin

    In Studio Art we are studing Earthworks and organic sculpture so today we will look at a very well known memorial which was designed by Maya Lin when she was a 21 year old undergraduate student at Yale, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Above is a video about Maya's most famous work and below is a video on one of her most recent shows in NYC after Hurricane Sandy from ART21and another from the New York Times about her piece at Storm King.

    Here's an interesting side note about Lin's Vietnam Memorial, people began leaving items in memory of soldiers and the US Parks service responded by archiving them, take a look at some of what was left and how it's been arranged below.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Studio Art: Organic Sculpture

    Today we will begin looking at sculpture specifically the earthworks (or land art) and organic sculpture movements with artists such as: Andy Goldsworthy, Maya LinMel Chin, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Walter De Maria, Vik Muniz, Dennis Oppenheim, James Turrell,  and Robert Smithson

    Well look at a local sculpture destinations such as Calder Court in the Smith Haven Mall and the Dia Art Foundation upstate in New York along with the Storm King Art Center which showcases works from sculptors such as: Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, and Louise Nevelson.

    Below is a great video from Tommy Kane, a terrific artist at Storm King who had fun renaming the sculptures after popstars.

    Also just for fun here's Tommy Kane drawing Barcelona, one of my favorite cities!