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.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Studio Art: Creating Typography for Television



In Studio Art we are learning typography and how to create fonts and this semester our theme is Television.  We watched clips of 5 television shows: Freaks and Geeks, Bobs Burgers, The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmit, Mad Men, (and The Regular Show or Arrested Development depending on your period).  Choose one of the television shows and create a new font that represents the show in the titles.  Include the entire alphabet (capitol and lowercase), digits 0-9, and the @, #, :, ?, !, +, -, * symbols.  Below is an example of Bob's Burgers Original font and a variation under it.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Art Honor Society: Japanese Junior Fellows Students



This week in Art Honor Society we had our last club meeting with our Japanese Junior Fellows Students before the leave for Japan this weekend.  We created a collaborative animation and worked together on projects for their ceremony on Sunday.  We also put together our yearbook pages and had our first live stream in the club.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Extra Credit: Looking into Smithtown’s Past


Share your creative skills and celebrate your community’s 350th Anniversary! Submit an original work of visual art or photography that responds to, reflects, or is inspired by the theme of Smithtown's Sesquarcentennial Celebration Looking into Smithtown’s Past.  The example above is from Samantha illustrates what should be included (5 selfies- 1 from each location and a final photograph or drawing which will be entered).

Entry Deadline: April 24, 2015 (March 31 for Extra Credit 3rd Quarter)
Exhibition Dates May 23 – June 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery.

Cash prizes will be awarded:  $500 for 1stPlace, $350 for 2nd Place, and $150 for 3rd Place. Winning entries will be featured in Smithtown News.

For more information see STAC's website here: Looking into Smithtown’s Past

AP Art: Online breadth section submissions


Today in AP art class we will be uploading their breadth section onto the AP Studio Art Submissions for the AP test. Make sure all the work is sized and the media is stated, below is the information you need to know:

School Code: 335001
School: SMITHTOWN HIGH SCH E CAMPUS
Teacher Key: xwt0100

Studio Art: Typography

FROM PAPER TO SCREEN from Thibault de Fournas on Vimeo.

In Advanced Media and in studio art classes we are currently working with typography and the short video above gives a terrific overview of what we have been learning.  In advanced media we are in the process of creating a similar kinetic typography animation collaboratively and in studio art students are completing their first type design project which is due today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The Long Island Connected Educator Summit is coming up this weekend and they have released the finalists for their logo contest which features a number of Smithtown East entries and is open to pubic voting.  Check the links below to cast a vote for your favorite design:

Studio Art: Type Design Illustration


This week we'll be creating font's that illustrate words or phrases, above is a great example from llustrator Lex Wilson along with one with James Victore below,  We'll begin by reviewing a few new terms for type design then create 5 thumbnail designs on Monday than sketching out a final design Tuesday and complete the coloring Wednesday.  The final piece is due on Thursday.


Monday, March 23, 2015

The Columbus Museum of Art's #MobilePhotoNow Photography Exhibit


This weekend I flew to Columbus, Ohio for the #MobilePhotoNow Photography exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art which featured two of my photographs including one pictured above from Smithtown's homecoming spirit week last year with students from my media class.  The show was terrific and featured photographers from 40 different countries.  It was reviewed by the New York Times and Newsweek.  More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries submitted nearly 45,000 images via Instagram for the show and work from 240 photographers were chosen by co-curaters from the museum and Instagram #JJ editors.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Studio Art: Design Test Day



Today we'll take a test on the design artists we learned about in class with a short visual and written section with a few vocabulary terms.  You can review the terms we learned on quizlet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Welcome to our Japanese Visitors



This week we have Japanese visitors joining us in class through the Japan Society's exchange program.



SCAD Day



Today SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design of will be joining us in AP Art and the National Art Honor Society to talk about their school, program, and to review portfolios.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Advanced Media Art: Storyboarding Animation



In Advanced Media Art we are beginning work on our animation projects and we'll review storyboarding today before writing the pitch.  Students can work in groups or individually but the length and expectations of the film will differ based on the type of animation and the amount of people working on it.  The film above shows the process of becoming a storyboard artist and offers some insight into what's necessary in the job.  Storyboards will be due on Tuesday 3/24




Monday, March 16, 2015

Scholastic Art and Writing 2015 Regional Winners


Congrats to Luke, Rose, Troy, Andrew, Jamie and Kristin from Mr. Needles AP Art, Drawing and Studio Art classes on winning regional awards in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Digital Learning Day



We will be celebrating Digital Learning Day today in all of my classes and throughout the building on March 13 by creating digital art, short films, and animations in class and sharing them throughout the school and online.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Advanced Media: Post-it note animation challenge

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In Advanced Media class we just began working on animation and today we begin the Post-it note animation challenge which will be collected a week from today on Thursday March 19.  Create a 6-10 second animation incorporating post-it notes in any creative way and share it on social media using the hashtag #needlesmedia.  An example I created in study hall on Vine is above as an example but be creative and have fun!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Studio Art: The Art & Design Research Project



We are research influential designers and artists this week such as David Carson who's featured in the TED talk above, we'll each present our artists in front of class and there will be a test on all of the artist and designers Wednesday next week.  Below is the list of designers we'll be researching this semester that will be on next week's test:

Studio Art Semester II Artist Research Project 2015


  1. Alan Fletcher
  2. Albrecht Dürer
  3. Alvin Lustig
  4. Andy Goldsworthy
  5. Armin Hofmann
  6. Auguste Rodin­­
  7. Bradbury Thompson
  8. Chip Kidd
  9. Christo
  10. Cipe Pineles
  11. Claes Oldenburg
  12. Dan Flavin
  13. David Carson
  14. George Lois
  15. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
  16. Herb Lubalin
  17. Herbert Matter
  18. Isamu Noguchi
  19. Jack FAILE
  20. Jacqueline Casey
  21. James Victore
  22. Massimo Vignelli
  23. Michael Bierut
  24. Milton Glaser
  25. Neville Brody
  26. Otl Aicher
  27. Paul Rand
  28. Paula Scher
  29. Ruth Ansel
  30. Saul Bass
  31. Stefan Sagmeister
  32. Ushio Shinohara

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Media Art: Character Animation



In Media Art class we are working on Character design for Animation and today we will look at how the process works in the industry and then work on it ourselves in class.  The video above gives a look into the job of a character designer on the Smurfs from SONY and the video below gives some great history of character design with Chuck Jones and others from FULL SAIL.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Heckscher Museum: Long Island’s Best


The Heckscher Museum's prestigious Long Island’s Best juried exhibition features works of art created by Long Island high school students in grades 9-12, based on artwork shown in The Heckscher Museum of Art during the 2014-2015 school year. Today is the delivery day so any students that created work for the show mush have their art ready to show and hang along with a artist form.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art Honor Society: A Note from Jon Burgerman



The Art Honor Society will meet today and begin preparing for our annual induction.  We will be 
creating a large mural to use at the event in the style of one of my favorite artists, Jon Burgerman.
He gives some really great advice in the clip above and it's great to see his actual working process.
The film also features the painting that I bought of his at Tara McPherson's Cotton Candy Machine 
gallery summer small works show in the introduction.




Studio Art: Mosaic Design Installation


In Studio Art class we are creating a collaborative Mosaic Design Installation this week with each student creating a design which will piece together into a larger work.  Today the designs are due and we'll begin creating a thumbnail mock up before we begin the final work.

The examples above show how different colors and designs work together, we'll be doing something similar but within some specialized shapes to create a mural.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!



Monday we celebrated the birthday of children's author and artist Dr. Seuss!  The video above shows off some of the work students in Studio Art classes created using some of Dr. Seuss's most loved quotes after we learned a little bit about his life and career.




Monday, March 2, 2015

Teach Like A Pirate EdChat Tonight



March is Young Artists Month and to celebrate I'll be hosting the Teach Like A Pirate (or #TLAP for short) educational Twitter chat tonight at 9pm EST to talk arts and creativity in the classroom!  If you haven't participated before it's a fun, fast-paced nationwide EdChat and I included the questions I'll be posting below:


If you haven't heard of Teach Like A Pirate it's a terrific book on education by educator and author Dave Burgess which was followed up recently by P is for Pirate by Dave and his wife Shelley Burgess.  Both books are great reads and resources!


Since it's a chart about using the arts and creativity I'll be using Vine videos that were created around the school to ask each question such as the example below.

Friday, February 27, 2015

AP Art: Out on the Town


Tonight is the Art series Night at the New York City ballet with artwork from Dustin Yellin and a number of us will be attending.  The show is terrific as is the ballet and there's even a free art book as a gift so what more can one ask!




Thursday, February 26, 2015

AP Art: James Victore design challenge


Here are some of the results from the James Victore AP Art Class design challenge.  Each student was given 40 minutes, a word, and a design handicap that pushed them out of their comfort zone and the results were as diverse as they were interesting.  These examples from Samantha, Christian, Mackenzie, and Andrew were all particularly interesting because they were so unexpected and outside of the style of each student.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Media Arts: Animation Basics



In media arts we are reviewing the basics of animation quizlet and looking at some of the process used to create animated films and television.  We'll have a short quiz on the terms Friday which is also when our first short animation challenge is due!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Advanced Media: Sound Editing


As a prequel to learning how to create short film documentaries we will focus just on audio and audio editing and work together to create some 30 second sonic IDs for the COWBIRD audio library. Today we will do some brainstorming around the themes of school, free time, and ambition and begin sharing our ideas and tomorrow we will begin recording and editing some of the ideas into short radio ids.  We'll be referencing Transom which is a great resource for audio techniques and storytelling tips and we'll go over the basics of editing sound with Audacity.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Studio Art: James Victore Day



Today we are looking at the work of designer James Victore in studio art and AP studio art class.  He has created some unique and impactful design work  which has been shown in some of the biggest museums from MoMA to the Louvre and his spirit and style is terrific.



Studio art- we are going to use his recent collaboration with Holstee as inspiration to create our own individual daily affirmation or reminder.  I will have media such as ink, tape, paper, paint, and pens available but as James himself states there ain't no rules and it's a reminder for you so make it personal and create it in a way that reflects you.


Remember this design is not about being neat and pretty or sloppy and loose for that matter, it's about you- what do you want and how do you communicate it best to yourself?



AP Studio art- we are going to use his recent Creative Live online class as a jump off point.  I watched the majority of the sessions and in it he challenged students to create a design after being given a word and a handicap.  We'll look at some of his work and words and then I'll give each of you a word paired with a media handicap!

Advanced Media: Talking Oscar Night



In Advanced Media we will begin by recapping the Oscars from last night and discuss the winners, moments, and films.  Below is one of my favorite moments from the night as Graham Moore won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Imitation Game.

We'll also talk about the animated feature and short films that were nominated as we will soon be working on an animation ourselves- here's a great talk from the Academy about the films.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Media Arts: Pixilations



In Media Arts class we will be working on our first pixilation challenge this week.  Pixilations are animations created in real-life without drawing such as the animation we created with everyone's name on the first week of class.

Each student should create their own pixilation that is under 30 seconds using anything they'd like (people, toys, kittens, whatever) and if possible try to loop it so the end is the beginning is the end.

We'll take a look at some amazing profession pixilations from Norman McLarenPESMichel Gondry OK Go and talk about some tricks and techniques that aid in the process but the final pixilation is due Friday 2/27.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Advanced Media: The Short Doc Challenge



Our second challenge is to create a short documentary film in 2 weeks with the theme of: MUSIC. The theme can be used creatively but the film should touch on music in some way.  The example above is a great short doc with the theme of music which was created by a student and was nominated for a student Academy Award.  It is clever in it's technique of simple cinematography and a surprising personal turn that happens midway through the film which holds the attention of the audience and makes the subject very personal.  Be creative, have fun, and film- that's the best advice for short docs because you never know what you have until you begin editing!  The film is due February 27, 2015

Extra Credit: Looking into Smithtown’s Past


Share your creative skills and celebrate your community’s 350th Anniversary! Submit an original work of visual art or photography that responds to, reflects, or is inspired by the theme of Smithtown's Sesquarcentennial Celebration Looking into Smithtown’s Past.

Entry Deadline: April 24, 2015.
Exhibition Dates May 23 – June 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery.

Cash prizes will be awarded:  $500 for 1stPlace, $350 for 2nd Place, and $150 for 3rd Place. Winning entries will be featured in Smithtown News.

For more information see STAC's website here: Looking into Smithtown’s Past

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Media Art: How we use media in class



Here's a short video created entirely on the iPhone using Vine, Relay, & Instagram with students from media art and the art honor society in school yesterday showing how Mr. Needles classes uses media in innovative ways to engage students in the classroom and community.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Extra Credit: Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Arts Competition

HMTC's Arts Competition theme for this year is to reflect on any of the items in the Objects of Witness exhibit, or other artifacts you have seen or studied, and create a piece in one of the categories below that addresses these questions.
  • What story does this item tell?
  • How does it help you understand the history of the Holocaust?
VISUAL ART: All works on paper must be matted and ready for hanging with a hook on the back. All framed works must have wires for hanging. Sculpture and ceramics must have sturdy bases. We will accept art submissions MARCH 9-13, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 AM AND 5 PM. No submissions will be accepted after March 13. All art work may be picked up from the Center after the Awards Ceremony on April 19—any art left after June 1, 2015 will become the property of HMTC.  

MUSIC & MULTI-MEDIA: All entries must be submitted electronically either in audio or video, compatible with PC. You may send by flash drive or online storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive. They must be post-marked by March 13. Please provide a brief written document (see format below in literature guidelines) explaining the inspiration and creative process behind the musical composition or multi-media creation.

Deadlines: Entries must be submitted by March 13, 2015For questions or more information, please contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at 516-571-8040 x 106 ortracygarrisonfeinberg@holocaust-nassau.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Studio Art: T-shirt Design


In Studio Art class we are designing T-shirts this week which we can actually produce.  We;ll begin by sketching out ideas on paper and drawing a design which we'll then translate to the computer and digitize.  Here are some examples of shirts created by Mr. Needles to give you and idea of what to expect.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Advanced Media: Michel Gondry



In Advanced Media we'll be looking at the films and music videos of writer and director Michel Gondry.  Above is a short film showing him in the process of animating a film, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?which is a collaboration with philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky (available currently on Netflix).  We'll look at his creative music videos with the White Stripes, Daft Punk, Bjork, and the Rolling Stones in preparing for our music video.  We'll also look at some of his movies such as  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which was shot on Long Island and landed him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2004 and Be Kind Rewind. We'll also watch a few of his experiments and short films at michelgondry.comWe'll start today with the video for Daft Punk's "Around The World" below.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Columbus Museum of Art's Mobile Photo Now Exhibition

Tim Needles Photograph of Smithtown East's Patriots Day in the Columbus Museum of Art's #MobilePhotoNow Exhibition
I am honored to have two of my mobile photographs included in the Columbus Museum of Art's #MobilePhotoNow Exhibition which opens to the public today in Columbus, Ohio and runs throuh March 22, 2015.  More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries (from 6 continents) submitted nearly 45,000 images via Instagram and 300 images were selected making it largest museum mobile photography exhibition to date.  The museum partnered with the Josh Johnson and the #JJ online photography community (which we work with in class occasionally) to create the show and examine the world of photographs created exclusively on mobile devices.

I'm especially proud to have an photograph that I created with students from my media art class modeling here on Smithtown East's Patriots Day included in the show- the image was chosen to represent the spirit of community seems very appropriate.  If you take a look at Josh Johnson's video below you can see the Patriots Day photograph showcase with some text about the spirit week event at the museum's opening in the background.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Smithtown East Scholastic Art Award Winners


This year Smithtown East won 10 awards in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards which is unprecedented.  Congratulations to: Andrew Chang, Luke Gelfman, Troy Hallahan, Rose Kong, Kristin Scomillio, and Jamie Werner on winning awards in the nationwide competition.  Special congratulations also goes to Rose Kong and Andrew Chang who both won 3 award each.  Senior Rose Kong and freshman Luke Gelfman both won a prestigious gold key awards and their art work is now being moved forward onto judging on the the national level which offers $40,000 award, an art show in Manhattan, and presentation of awards at Carnegie Hall.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Advanced Media: Critiques and our short music video



Today in class we'll watch Paperman, a great 7 minute short romantic comedy film and we'll discuss how to critique the film for class using our template.  We'll watch some behind the scenes clips with the director, John Kahrs, that will give you some insight into how the film was made and styled.  The critique for the film will be due at the end of Monday's class.



Our first month's film assignment in advanced media will be to create a short music video in which all the sound editing takes place via video editing.  I've included examples from Jimmy Fallon and a look at a great duo Eclectic Method who DJs with edited video.  I'll collect you film pitches today and we'll discuss them tomorrow

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Studio Art: Peace Poster Zentangle Design



In Studio Art we will begin 3rd quarter with a Peace Poster Zentangle Design. Choose a design which somehow incorporates peace (a mandala, a portrait of a figure known for peace, a quote, ect.) and use a monochromatic zentangle type design to add depth to the work somehow.  The finished piece will be due on Monday.  Below are some student examples including a zentangle designs that were chosen as a finalists.






Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome to Semester 2!



Welcome to Semester 2- new students, old students, and random students who show up in my class on off periods to make art but I'm not sure who they are!  We are covered in ice and snow and heading into another frigid February so let's start out with a message from Kid President about how we can learn to use media and #makeithappy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Last Day of the Semester!



Today is the last day of class in my Media Arts and Drawing classes so all work must be submitted, most importantly the final projects.  Yesterday I blogged about the final project in drawing so today we will look at the final project in Media Art.  The class has been working on the Speak Truth to Power contest.  The great example above is from Alix and it shows how the final film should appear with proper credits and documentation.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Drawing: Charcoal Self-Portraits and Final Portfolio


In Drawing class we are coming to an end this week and completing our Charcoal Self-Portrait project. The piece should include some finishing work and be cut down to size eliminating excess paper such as the terrific example above from Natalie.  After the grid drawing is completed in pencil (see the image below for reference) the tones will be completed using condensed charcoal, charcoal pencils, and blending tools (tortillions, meaded erasers, and in my experience the best blending tool, your fingers).  The completed drawing should be handed in on Friday but if you are not finished speak to me and we should be able to set up a time to work over the testing week.


Your final project is simply to choose you six strongest works that were created in class and assemble them into an exit portfolio which we will review on Friday.  I'll sit with each student and review the work and we'll grade the final portfolio together using a rubric.

If you finish early and want to work on a short extra credit drawing you can create a piece for the Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest which might be treated in the same vain as an Illustration Friday drawing.  Below is their prompt:
Submit a work of art, a poem, a written work, or a film about plastic pollution in the ocean. Look for connections between science, creativity, environmental advocacy, and your personal interpretation of theme Our Oceans, Our Plastic. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to advocate, but give your piece a unique and powerful voice.
The contest is for a good cause and you can use your imagination and photo references to create your image.  If you want to you can speak to the Marine Biology teachers for reference and concepts that might work.  There are also some excellent pieces on the website that are previous winners.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Media Art: Improv Sketch Comedy



In Media Art we are ending our class with Improv Sketch Comedy.  Here's an example from an improv show with the Muppets I did as an example above.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Last Week of the Semester!

This is the Last Week of the Semester, which in some classes such as Media and Drawing means the end of class so lets review what's due before it's all over!

Today any student that is applying for 2015-2016 AP STUDIO ART class must submit their portfolio of 12 works and their application!

Media Art: The final project Speak Truth To Power student video competition is due Thursday

Studio Art: The final Photoshop project is due Thursday & midterm Thursday/Friday

AP Art: The Japanese Hell piece is due Wednesday and the final Breadth section is due Friday

Studio Art: The final Photoshop project is due Thursday & midterm is Thursday/Friday

Drawing: The final charcoal project is due Thursday and the exit portfolio is due Friday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AP Art: Japanese Handscrolls- Jigoku-zoshi



In AP Art our final Breadth assignment for the quarter is based on the Japanese Handscrolls of Jigoku-zoshi depicting the 8 great hells and the 16 lesser hells in text and painting.  The scrolls feature some really interesting illustrations which have become popular in modern tattoo and illustration culture.  The final piece is due on Wednesday 1/21/2015 after which we will assemble the best 12 Breadth pieces.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Drawing: Large Scale Charcoal Self Portrait



In Drawing class our last big project is creating a charcoal self portrait on large scale paper.  The time lapse video above shows some of the technique we'll be using.  We have photographs to work from and we're using the grid method to transfer the proportions of the image but the tone will be done using a variety of charcoal tools.  The final project is due Wednesday 1/21/2015 and will be the last grade of the class.  Below is an example of a charcoal portrait I created of MLB Baseball Hall of Fame player Hank Aaron (which he was nice enough to sign!)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NYC Ballet ART SERIES PRESENTS DUSTIN YELLIN



I wanted to share a cool, creative, and cost effective program that I've been attending every year- the New York City Ballet ART SERIES.  Each year they choose an artist to create a work for the space in the lobby and they present a ballet for the affordable price of $29 which includes a small piece from the artist.  Last year the photographer JR did an amazing photo of the performers on the floor and the year before Faile created a great totem of street art silk screened woodblock prints.

This year the artist is DUSTIN YELLIN who creates terrific 3d paintings and collages or bodies using sheets of glass and resin pressed together.  Take a look at the video above, its great.  Extra credit to any students that go and bring in the free artwork!



Monday, January 12, 2015

Studio Art: Design- Poster ReDesign


In Studio Art we are starting our 2nd Design project today which is a Film or Television Poster ReDesign such as the amazing examples above of Stars Wars series by artist Olly Moss.  Each student will choose a film or show and sketch a redesign for the poster then complete the work on Photoshop.  The final design is due Friday as a JPEG saved in the public drive.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Studio Art: Design and Photoshop


In Studio Art we began our Design unit and started learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop.  Our first assignment is to create a simple logo for yourself using your initials on Photoshops such as the example I created in class as a demo above.  The list of vocabulary terms is in the quizlet link above and the test on the is Friday which is also when the completed logo is due in the public drive.

Media Art: Speak Truth To Power student video competition


In Media Arts class our last major assignment is creating films for the The Speak Truth To Power student video competition.  The contest encourages high school students to become engaged in human rights and is sponsored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and is based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power.

Contest participants must choose one of the RFK Center Human Rights Defenders identified on the website and create a 3-5 minute video short  film. We are looking for student films that utilize creative storytelling to teach others about a human rights issue. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations that involve filmmaking components.

We are looking for films to creatively answer the following questions:
  • What is the human rights issue and who is the activist who has attempted to improve the situation?
  • ​How did the activist attempt to improve the situation?
  • How is their work connected with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • ​How is this work connected to the student's local community (neighborhood/school)?
  • When relevant, what is the activist's organization, or how is their work being continued in the world?
  • What can the activist's life teach us?
The example above from Harborfields was the winner of last years contest and it gives a great sense of the expectation.  The final film is due Wednesday January 21, it must be submitted online, and will be the final film of the semester.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Studio Art: Drawing Self Portraits


In Studio Art class we recently completed drawing self portraits in pencil using the grid method and above are some great examples from: Marissa, Luke, Nicole, and Shannon from the period 3 and 7 studio art classes.  We will be hanging these and other great portraits in the gallery space later this month.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

AP Art: Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2015


In AP Art class we will be working on pieces for the Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2015 show.  Log-in and read the rules and review the art shown in the museum this year and choose a piece to work from such as the example above 'Eclipse of the Sun' by George Grosz.  Each student should create a reaction piece to one that has shown in the museum this year and write a short synopsis about it.  More information and examples are available on the website but the pieces will be due on Monday 1/12/2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Media Arts: The Stephen Fry collaborative animation project



In Media Arts class we will begin the new year by watching the final cut of the collaborative animation our class participated in last month along with UK actor Stephen Fry for the Your Fry project.  The completed film is show above and includes each students animation along with my own.  We will critique the piece and watch some of the other entries from around the world and reflect on what we learned and what we would like to do with the film in creating a Public Service Announcement.


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