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, 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

Friday, May 13, 2016

AP Art: Finding Vivian Maier

In AP Art class we watched the Oscar winning photography documentary Finding Vivian Maier about Vivian Maier.  Today we will conclude the film and begin writing a short 250 word, typed reflection which will be due on Monday.  You might want to take a closer look at some of her photographs at vivianmaier.com before writing about her work.  When writing talk about her work and her story but also how you relate and what you find most interesting.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Studio Art: Origami Paper Box

This week in class we are designing and creating a unique origami paper box, my example from our class demonstration is pictured above.  The first step is using writing and watercolor to create an original design the cutting the paper into a square (be sure to keep the extra piece because we'll be using it to create beads later). Below are the video instructions on how to fold the box, you can play it and go back to any part you have a difficulty with in case your having trouble.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Digital Media: Photographing Enviornment

In Digital Media we are focusing this week on creating environmental photographs that have a emotional potency.  The images above and below by Rosalie are great examples of using environment and the elements of photography for impact.

Using the environment to tell part of the story and set the stage for an image can have a big impact- this week's challenge is to create 10 photos that can act as writing prompts which incorporate the environment.  The photos can contain portraits, animals, or just nature itself but they should have an element of narrative.

As with the other images they will need to be editing in Photoshop and include a small boarder and we will now be copyrighting all of the images in Photoshop as well (I'll demonstrate hoe in class).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Studio Art: Paper Craft

In studio art we are beginning a paper craft unit in which we will be creating origami paper boxespaper jewelry, and paper vases using recycled materials and some of the previous lessons we learned such as Gelli printing and dry brush painting.

After learning the basic forms we'll get creative and experiment with creating new paper craft art in unique ways and try out some different techniques.

Friday, May 6, 2016

AP Art: AP Test Day

Its the big day, in AP Art it is finally AP Test Day!  We will be finalizing and submitting our work online and via portfolio so make sure you are prepared with all of your art and writing.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Studio Art: Artist Research Project

Aakash Nihalani - STOP from Picasso Pictures on Vimeo.

Today we completed the majority of the artist presentations for this semester's Artist Research Project so tomorrow we will write a short reflective essay on what was learned and what stands out in the artwork we viewed.  The full list of artist is on the blog in an earlier post but you can choose which artists you want to discuss to answer the three reflective questions.

Included in this post are some of the films on the artists we watched in class but had to be cut short for time.  The video above shows Aakash Nihalani's full process in creating a street art piece and below is our friend Sean Leonard interviewing Dima Drjuchin about his art and illustrations including some of his epic album covers- Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Digital Media: Photography

In Digital Media class we are beginning our Photography unit by learning the elements and principals of photography.  The video above by legendary photographer Steve McCurry shows how to incorporate some of this learning into taking pictures and the video we watched with student examples is also linked above.  This month you will be given a photo challenge each week that needs to be completed by Thursday at the start of class and Thursday and Friday will be in the computer lab where we will learn more about editing with Photoshop.  This week's challenge in to incorporate the 12 elements and principals into photographs, photograph each of the following with the exception of the first two which we'll learn more about later.

We will also be learning the terms associated with the DSLR camera which can be found here: B&H website.  We'll be going over these basic terms in class and they'll be on the camera test next week.

The Principles:
  • Emphasis
  • Unity/Variety
  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Movement
  • Rhythm/Repetition
The Elements:
  • Line
  • Shape/Form
  • Space
  • Value
  • Texture/Pattern
  • Color

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Media Art: Storytelling Docs

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

AP ART: It's AP Art week

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

School Code: 335001
Teacher Key: xwt0100

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tomorrow is Burgermanday at Smithtown East!

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

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Studio Art: Contemporary Artist Research Project

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

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

AP Art: Long Island's Best

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

AP Art: 2016 Art Show 5 Natalie and Jamie

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Honor Society: Burgerman Mural

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Art Honor Society: Field Trip to the Met Museum

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

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

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Art Honor Society: Field Trip to the Met Museum

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

Friday, April 8, 2016

Digital Media: 3D Chess Set Design

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

AP: Concentration

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Art Honor Society: 2016 Induction Ceremony Planning

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Digital Media: Typography

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

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Studio Art: Layering Painting

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Digital Media: Flextangles

In Digital Media we will be working with the STEAM projects Flextangles and taking them to the next level with digital media.  The Flextangle template is in the assignment drive and we will use digital media such as digital drawing and photography to create our Flextangles in Adobe Photoshop.  The completed Flextangle should have 4 separate lines of images that correspond like a kaleidoscope.  We will design them then print and construct them as 3D objects.  The final product will be due on Thursday April 7.  Above is an example of what they look like and below is a video showing how they work from Babble Dabble Do.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

AP Art: Sketchbook Project Day

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

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Digital Media: 36 Days of Type

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Digital Media: Creating Apps For Art

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Met Breuer

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AP Art: Extra Credit: De-File Your Taxes

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

AP Art: 2016 Senior Art Show 3 Rosalie

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

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

AP Art: Welcome to Japan Society Junior Fellow

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

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

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

Monday, March 21, 2016

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

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

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

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