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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, November 25, 2015

Digital Media: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

In Digital Media we will be doing our final preparations for the Story Corps The Great Thanksgiving Listen project that should be recorded over the holiday break (if you haven't recorded it already).  The recording is due in class on Monday and we'll work on editing and organizing them so they can be uploaded.  Remember uploading the story is not required but it does count for extra credit as long as you post it with the hashtags #TheGreatListen2015NY and #Needlesclass on social media.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Studio Art: Figure Drawing

In Studio Art and digital media class we are finishing up our figure drawing work and we'll have a quiz on the basic terminology we learned during the lessons.  The terms can be found in Quizlet which can be used to study.  The final drawings will be due  on Tuesday December 1 and the quiz will be on Wednesday December 2.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Wyland Foundation Water is Life Mural

“We know that when we protect our oceans we’re protecting our future.” – Bill Clinton
Today we are finishing up work on our 2015 Wyland Foundation “Our Coasts and Climate” Water is Life Mural which is due digitally Wednesday.  Above is a time-lapse Vine of students working on the mural last week in the art honor society and AP Art class.  The room will be open for painting extra periods in order to complete the mural in time.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Digital Media: Digital Drawing

In Digital Media class we are going to transition from traditional drawing to digital drawing and here's some inspiration.  Anyone who hasn't posed for the class will get their opportunity today or Monday and them we will choose our best drawings and work back into them a with different media. Five completed drawings from life will be due next week on Tuesday, choose your best and we will scan some in to work with digitally.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Art Honor Society: Wyland Foundation 2015 Class Mural

Today in AP Art class and after school in the National Art Honor Society we will continue work on our 2015 Wyland Foundation Class Mural design which is due on Wednesday next week.  It's been a great collaborative effort and my room is open all day for anyone that has a free period and wants to paint!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Digital Media: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

In Digital Media class we are working on preparing for our StorycorpsThe Great Thanksgiving Listen project in which each student will interview an elder (grandparent, parent, family friend, ect.). The interview should be recorded via the StoryCorps app on a smart phone and you will use the worksheet provided in class to prepare your questions.  Each interview should have 10-15 question and be under 40 minutes.  The project is due right after Thanksgiving break on Tuesday Dec 1.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Drawing: Revising and Completing Figure Drawings

In both AP Art and Drawing class we will be continuing working on figure drawing with an emphasis on learning how to revise and complete the drawings making them into finished works.  You may use either digital or traditional media to complete these 5 pieces and they will be due on Friday at the end of class.  Above are some examples I created using drawings I made in class to give a better idea of the expectation.  Remember this is you opportunity to be creative and make it personal!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Drawing: C is for consciousness: paint your rich inner life

In Drawing class our next assignment is taken from The Guardian C is for consciousness: paint your rich inner lifecreate a work of art that expresses your conscious experience. It could be inspired by philosophy, or neuroscience – or you might prefer simply to celebrate the diversity of your daily reality without seeking answers.  It's a very open project that you can interpret individually and it's due at the end of class on Tuesday 11/17.  You may want to take a hint at Yayoi Kusama's work which we recently learned about because she incorporated her consciousness in much of her work!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Studio Art and Drawing: Figure Drawing

We are working on Figure Drawings in Studio Art and AP Studio Art class this week and as we have done in the past we will do a number of figure drawings each period.  We'll use a few different techniques such as drawing with the opposite hand, gesture drawings, blind contour drawings, and using multiple colors.  The focus in our figure drawing work is improvement so we'll pay special attention to getting a likeness, body and face proportions, hands and feet and including details in the drawings.  Remember these will be graded differently than other work because you'll have an opportunity to choose your 5 best drawings that will be assessed in comparison to your earlier drawings rather than assessing all of them.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

AP ART: The Sketchbook Project

In our AP ART we are about half finished with our collaborative Sketchbook Project on our greatest doubts and victories.  I completed my page as you can see from the Vine video above and each AP art student who is part of the art honor society should complete their page by Thanksgiving.  When completed our sketchbook will be permanently on view at the Brooklyn Art Library as part of the largest collection of sketchbooks in the US.

Friday, November 6, 2015

AP Art: PDNedu Student Photo Contest

Photo by Carli Choi

The PDNedu team has re-launched the Student Photo Contest call-for-entries site for the 2016 edition, and we're excited to publish new work from students around the world. We are offering a very affordable early-bird entry fee through November 9 at $15 per entry (up to six images). The regular deadline period extends through December 15 at $18 per entry.

The contest is aimed to help you get your foot in the door while you're still in school, giving exposure to your photography through a print gallery in the Spring 2016 issue of PDNedu (sent to 50,000 readers) and an online gallery, promoted to PDN's network of 200,000 followers.
There are some pretty cool prizes, too. Grand-prize winners, one per category, will each receive a Nikon DSLR camera, $150 to B&H Photo and Video and a portfolio consultation. Categories include Fashion & Portraiture, Documentary, Still Life, Travel & Landscape, Fine Art & Personal Work, Multimedia & Video, and High School (any subject).

You can see the current list of judges and the complete prize packages at contest.pdnedu.com. There, you'll also find rulesFAQlast year's winners' gallery and more.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Art Honor Society- Painting Murals

Today in Art Honor Society we will continue to work on painting murals in and outside of the classroom and we will also be going over some details about our upcoming field trip to the Brooklyn Museum of Art on December 4th.  We will discuss this years induction and collect all the names of students to be inducted at the beginning of our meeting so be sure to get there on time!

Digital Media- #TheGreatListen 2015

In Digital Media class we will be participating in the StoryCorps #TheGreatListen 2015 project as the final project in our audio unit.  Monday we watched StoryCorps founder Dave Isay's TED talk (posted above) in class that gave insight into the project along with some examples.

Today we will start preparing for our interviews with a worksheet, the free StoryCorps app, and a list of questions you can pull from along with some hints and advice.  The final recording is due on Friday November 20 so you have 3 weeks to create your interview.  I'll hand out a permission slip to everyone to sign but in terms of sharing and uploading your final interview it's your choice and not mandatory for the class.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Inspiration: SCAD's graphic design alumnus David Clark

Here's a great video from SCAD featuring their graphic design alumnus David Clark and his kartwheel design company.  There are a few terrific examples and lessons to be learned from this one, enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2015

AP ART: Photographer's Forum 36th Annual College and High School Photography Contest

Reminder to all my AP ART students, today is the deadline for the Photographer's Forum 36th Annual College and High School Photography Contest.  It's an easy and cheap contest to enter (pay $6 and upload digitally) so make sure to enter your best image or two!  Above are some examples of finalists from AP recently and below are some of the prizes!  Hit the link above to enter

FIRST PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $2,000 cash grant
FIRST PLACE :: HIGH SCHOOL :: $2,000 cash grant
SECOND PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $1,250 cash grant
SECOND PLACE :: HIGH SCHOOL :: $1,250 cash grant
THIRD PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $500 cash grant
THIRD PLACE :: HIGH SCHOOL :: $500 cash grant
5 FOURTH PLACE AWARDS :: COLLEGE :: Five $250 grants
5 FOURTH PLACE AWARDS :: HIGH SCHOOL :: Five $250 grants

Studio Art: Artist Research Presentations

Today in Studio Art we will continue to present our Artist Research Projects and we'll be looking art artist such as Shepard Fairey (OBEY) and Alexander Calder who have done work locally.  Check out the video above for a more in-depth look at some of OBEY's work and remember we'll have a visual test this Friday on all of the artists we learn about!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Digital Media: Audio Part 2- Makers Approach to Instruments

Today in Digital Media class we will begin our 2nd project in our Audio unit in which the class will design and construct it's own instruments in small groups using the LittleBits Korg Modular Kit and makers materials.  We will actually use these instruments to record a short piece of music in conjunction with whichever instruments or vocals you want to contribute and the Keezy smartphone apps.  I'll be doing a short demonstration of how LittleBits works and then you will form groups and begin brainstorming.

Also as a reminder tomorrow in class is our reflection essays on the Technology Innovators and Entrepreneurs research project so don't forget to look over you notes and refresh your memory.  The extra credit assignment is also due at the end of next week (look back on the blog for instructions).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art Honor Society: Mural Painting today

Today in Art Honor Society we will be working on a number of different Murals including the in-classroom murals, the hallway mural at the visitors entrance, the Wyland murals and the outside area murals so come prepared to do some painting!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Artist Research Project Quiz

This week we will finish presenting the Artist Research Projects in class and will have the visual and written quizes on Thursday and Friday in class.  We will review for the Quiz on Wednesday so bring your notes and study up!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Extra Credit November: Hechscher Museum of Art

This weekend I had a chance to create a digital painting (see the VINE below) on the new, huge 55 inch touchscreen in Huntington's Hechscher Museum of Art and view their three great exhibits of James RosenquistStreet Life, and modern printmaking.  

I encourage everyone to visit but I'll offer extra credit for the art students being that their upcoming Long Island's Best show will include work based on what's being shown in the museum.  If you want extra credit just take a selfie at their new selfie station and tag it #needlesclass along with the museum hashtag #hmaselfie and tell me what you thought of the show.  We'll talk more about Long Island's Best later in the year but it's a great idea to get inspired early.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Studio Art- Artist Research Project

In our next project we will be researching artists and creating works inspired by their process.  Below is the master list of artists we'll be covering that you'll need to create presentations for and we'll have a visual and short answer test on them after the presentations.  Due on Monday 2/7.
P1- A title page with a photo, name, and name of your research subject
P2- A short bulleted biography of 10 important facts with sources linked on the bottom of the page
P3-P13 Images of your research subject's major works, 1 per page

Nikitha- Chuck Close
Emily- Keith Haring
Anthony- René Magritte
Sophia- Jeff Koons
Madison- Henri Matisse
Eliana- Ai Weiwei
Nicholas- Paul Klee
Felicity- Barbara Kruger
Audrey- Joan Miró
Brandon- Shepard Fairey
Nicolette- Claude Monet
Peter- Jasper Johns
Justin- Banksy
Andrew- Pablo Picasso
Gabrielle- Marilyn Minter
Sydney- Anish Kapoor
W, Claire- Andy Warhol

Monday, October 19, 2015

AP Art: Artist Trading Cards

In AP Art we created a series of Artist Trading Cards for the upcoming ATC swap and above is a video showing off a few other the creations we made.  I love the creativity and personality everyone brought to the project, the cards look great!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Drawing: Artist Research Project

In Drawing we are currently working on our Artist Research Project. 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. The presentation can be created on Powerpoint (saved to the public drive) or the new Google Slide (shared to my email) and is due at the beginning of class on Monday.
after the presentations there will be a quiz on the artists and you will create a work of art inspired by one of the artists you learned about for Friday October 23.

  1. Kayla- David Salle
  2. Shannon- David Hockney
  3. Kyle- Retna & Chip Kidd
  4. Anthony- Jason Jägel
  5. Joseph- Roa
  6. Mark- Robert Wyland
  7. Alexandra- Tara McPherson
  8. Zainab- Magnus Plessen
  9. Emma- Alex Katz
  10. Samantha- Kara Walker
  11. Andrea- Yayoi Kusama
  12. Nicole- Wayne White
  13. Marissa- George Condo
  14. Arielle- Robert Dash
  15. Samantha- Wendy Macnaughton
  16. Leesa- Swoon
  17. Angelina- Francesco Clemente
  18. Cassandra- Dal On
  19. Kristen- Barry McGee
  20. Amy- Daniel Danger & Raymond Pettibon
  21. Ilysa- Alice Neel
  22. Victoria- Brendan Monroe
  23. Brandon- Tristan Eaton
  24. Leann- Marilyn Minter
  25. Needles- Robert Rauschenberg

Studio Art: Watercolor Portrait Painting

In Studio Art we are finishing up our first Watercolor Portrait Painting which is due at the end of class today.  The example I did above in my Sketchbook Project shows some of the tips I mentioned such as realistic skin tones using under colors, shading, and a background tone.

When we are finished you can begin this week's Illustration Friday in Watercolor, the theme is stuffed.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Digital Media: Technology Innovators Research Project

In Digital Media we are beginning our Technology Innovators Research Project while we record audio stories in class. Each student has been assigned an important person in technology and using Google Slide you should create a 5 page research paper with a title page including a photo, name, and title of your research subject, a short bulleted biography and three pages of full biography including photos and what innovations and lessons your subject has for us as listed below. This project will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday along with your unedited audio recording of your short personal story.

P1- A title page with a photo, name, and title of your research subject
P2- A short bulleted biography of 10 important facts
P3- Full bulleted biography of 25 facts
P4- List of innovations and creations with images
P5- Advice and innovations your subject has for us.
  1. Jak- Reed Hastings
  2. Jack- Sundar Pichai
  3. Jason- Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe
  4. Alex C- Dan Pink
  5. Sam- Elon Musk
  6. Olivia- Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin
  7. Justin- Mark Pincus
  8. Katie- Jack Dorsey
  9. Alex J- Chris Sacca
  10. Tyler- James Park
  11. Anthony- Travis Kalanick
  12. Christopher M- Steve Jobs
  13. Kelly- Tim Cook
  14. John- Megan Smith
  15. Emily- Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp
  16. Lucas- Jony Ive
  17. Chris S- Kayvon Beykpour and Joseph Bernstein
  18. Adam- Mark Zuckerberg
  19. Joseph- Larry Page
  20. Julianna- Jimmy Iovine
  21. Matt- Nick Woodman
  22. Mike- Evan Spiegel
  23. Zach- Kazuo Hirai
  24. Scott- Philippe Dauman
  25. Anna- Jeff Bewkes
  26. Peter- John Doerr and Mary Meeker
  27. Kyle- Shantanu Narayen
  28. Chrissy D- Jay Silver
  29. Jessica- Bill Gurley
  30. Dylan- Andrew Wilson
  31. Spencer- Daniel Ek
  32. Ryland- Peter Thiel
  33. Grace- Danit Peleg
  34. Gina- Jeff Bezos
  35. Nicholas- Adam Cahan
  36. Christopher- Brit Morin
  37. Victoria- Shane Smith
  38. Jenna- Howard Schultz
  39. Kiersten- Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg
  40. Christian- Warren Buffett
  41. Mikenzie- Ollie Palmer
  42. Alexa- Robert Iger
  43. Matt S- Steve Zadesky
  44. Cameron- Bre Pettis
  45. Aline- Jens Begemann and Philipp Moeser
  46. Matt V- Ben Rubin, Uri Haramati, Itai Danino
  47. Stacy- Akio Toyoda
  48. Kenneth- Bob Pittman
  49. Rosalie- Kevin Systrom

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Art Honor Society: Hartford School of Art visit and Hamptons Film Festival wrapup

Today the Hartford School of Art is visiting class at 11am to discuss their program.  We have a number of alumni who have attended and loved the program so it should be great learning more about it.  AP students may have the chance to have their portfolios reviewed after the class so please have your work ready.

This past weekend we had students volunteering at the Hampton's Film Festival and students had a chance to see actor Alan Alda speak about his role in Steven Spielberg's new film Bridge of Spies.  The Vine video below shows part of his talk from the Guild Hall showing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AP Art: Young Arts, College Visits, and Artist Research Project

This week in AP Art is the last to enter the Young Arts contest which closes on Oct 16, 2015.  Enter for a chance for scholarships and a chance to be nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.  

We will also have the Hartford Art School visit tomorrow, Wednesday at 10:20 to discuss their program and review portfolios.  Above is a great video showing one of the school's recent pop-up shops in town.
Finally, we will begin our artist research project this week so each student will be assigned two artists that reflect their work in some way.  Create a presentation with a cover featuring the artist's image, a short 1 page bulleted biography with sources and 20 full size images of their work.  Below is the master list of artists.  After the research and presentation you should create a piece inspired by anything you learned about either or both of the artists.  We will share the presentations next week and have a short visual and written test on them afterwards.

Emily A- Alex Katz & William Kentridge
Emily B- Marjane Satrapi & Walt Kelly/Jeff Smith
Sam- Robert Rauschenberg & Starn Brothers
Kyle- Jasper Johns & José Parlá
Alana- Swoon & Judith Supine
Luke- Will Eisner & Farel Dalrymple
Kayla- Chuck Close & Gustav Klimt
Alix- Sebastião Salgado & Raymond Pettibon
Maria- Yayoi Kusama & Banksy
Rachel- Yoshitomo Nara & Takashi Murakami
Natalie- Jenny Saville & Lucian Freud
Nicole- Shepard Fairey & MCEscher
Jamie- Alphonse Mucha & William Klein
Rosalie- Gregory Crewdson & Marilyn Minter
Chrissy D- Sigmar Polke & Donald Baechler
Mikenzie- Nam June Paik & Valerie Hegarty
Isabella- Lauren Greenfield & Erwin Wurm

Friday, October 9, 2015

Digital Media: Audio

In Digital Media class we will begin working with audio aka sound today and we will start by taking a look at our new LittleBits/ KORG circuit set and learning about the basics of how sound works.  The example above by artist Reggie Watts gives you a sense of some of the cool things that can be done with Little Bits of sound.  We will also be introduced to sound editing with the Audacity freeware program and learn the basics of sound editing.  Finally we'll look at our first sound project from the Sarahs and make some decisions about what our project will look like then we'll record and edit it next week.  Below is a great example of an audio story that takes place in school from one of my favorite radio/tv shows, This American Life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Digital Media: The Artist Code Series

In Digital Media class we are finishing our first coding unit with The Artist Code Series on code.org in class today.  Students should be signed in and complete The Artist 1-3 and save the images at the end of each in the public drive.  Spend a bit of time experimenting with the design of the final stage of the Artist Code 3 like I did in the Vine below- it's a particularly creative piece of geometric coding art!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Studio Art: Artist Trading Cards

We are creating Artist Trading Cards this week to participated in @MiniMatisse's 1st Annual Artist Trading Card swap with other schools across the world.  Above are a few examples created by artists and teachers such as myself from a trade I arranged this summer.

Each student in Studio Art, Drawing, and AP Art will create 6 Artist Trading Cards that are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" based on a theme of their choice (and the media will depend on the class).  We'll measure out the paper and create the ATC's then cut them at the end because it's easier to keep track of them.

When they are finished well critique and photograph then prepare them to be mailed out.  On the back make sure to write your name, school, state, teacher, age, grade, date, and the title and medium used.  Above are a few more professional examples from contemporary artists for the art hustle collection.  When we receive our ATC's later in the year we'll have a gallery show of the art cards we created and the cards we received.

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