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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Have A Great Summer!

This has been a really positive year and I'm so glad we were all able to learn so much and produce some great work together- Have A Great Summer!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Digital Media: Meet Me In DC

Gina from the Digital Media class was the grand prize winner of PBS Learning Media contest- Meet Me In DC.  In addition to winning a round trip for 2 to Washington DC to visit the White House, a session of Congress, the National Archives, and the PBS studios we were interviewed yesterday in NYC by Thirteen WNET for Metro Focus and WLIW's Arts Beat.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Digital Media: Visit from the Creator of the Morphi App

We welcomed guest speaker Sophia Georgiou, the Creator of the Morphi App, in Digital Media class this week and learned about the amazing possibilities for 3D printing, design, and animation with the app as well as the fascinating process of how the app was designed.  It was a great opportunity to bring together all of our learning in design, coding, 3D printing, collaboration, and the creative process.

We learned about a few really cool features of the app and even created a great 3D model of the 'Mouse-fish' character from our recently completed collaboration mural painting with Jon Burgerman!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Studio Art: 3D Cardboard Figures

In Studio Art we are closing out the year with our famous 3D cardboard puppet project and this year we are creating 'Bulls On Parade'- 3D Cardboard Figures of the school mascot which will be used in our homecoming parade.  We will finish up the art tomorrow and Thursday we will have a short final assessment which will show what we've learned together this year.

You can review some of the basics of what we've learned this year on my Quizlet study guide.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Art Honor Society: Final Meeting

 This week is our last week of classes so the final Art Honor Society meeting will be on Wednesday where we will go over the AP assignments for summer, finish up the murals, and share some of the work we've created! The final art gallery opening will start us out and we'll end with a party!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Digital Media: Vexillological Augmented Reality

To begin working with Augmented Reality we are going to take a note from Roman Mars, host of the 99% Invisible (one of my favorite design podcasts), and work to create a better flag for our town, Smithtown.  We are going to watch his TED talk and learn about vexillology, the study of flags, and then critique our town flag based on the basic design rules that he shares written below.

1. Keep it simple. (The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.)
2. Use meaningful symbolism.
3. Use two to three basic colors.
4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
5. Be distinctive

Our flag is definitely what we learned Vexillologists would call a "SOB" (a seal on a bedsheet) so we are going to help our town out by creating a new flag design that represents the 21st Century.  We are also going to use the Quiver app to create a virtual augmented reality video show off how great our new flag designs would look flying over the school and in town.  Be creative, be original, and be timely because we are in the last few days of school and this project is due on Tuesday 6/2!

UPDATE: Here's a few of my favorite flag redesigns so far, there are some really great designs!

The last step of the project is to record your flag design with augmented reality and share it, below is an example from Jak.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Digital Media: Portrait Photography

Today in Digital Media we are finishing the Photoshop work on our 10 portraits from last week so they should all be edited with copyright and borders for tomorrow.  You should have at least 2 different subjects and close-ups as well as medium or wide angle shots that show enviornment.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

AP Studio Art: Summer Assignments

The 2016-2017 AP Art class will have a short meeting next Wednesday June 8 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 20 assignments by the first week of class because they are potentially a large part of the AP test itself. 

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 entirely original (do not use other people’s pictures, characters, or content in any way) and fit the AP Test you are planning on taking (Drawing, 2D, or 3D).  Part I and II should be shared before August 1 if you want feedback and Part III can be shared when school begins.

Part I: Breadth Assignments:
(these assignments should be shared with me via twitter instagram- #NeedlesAP or email tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us by August 1 at the latest for feedback. These works will also  be critiqued during the first weeks of classes.)
1. Self Portrait (without showing your face)- The important thing here is to reveal something about yourself without using your face. In fact, you need not use any part of your body at all in this assignment. Instead, you are challenged to portray who you are in some alternative way. What image can you create or invent that would tell us something about you - your personality, your interests, your character, your inclinations, your talents, your passions, your obsessions, your desires, your needs, your likes and dislikes, your essence? 

2. Noir- Read the definition below and create a work that has a theme of noir in some way.
(adjective French: Black; noting the black numbers in roulette or the film noir style which incorporates deep shadows and a grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.)

3. Man vs. NatureCreate 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.

4. Inspiration- Take a look at this list of NYC East Village Artists from Art.sy and choose any artist that intrests you then 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: Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to artist like: Jeff Koons, Doze Green, and David Wojnarowicz who do mixed media pieces. 

5. 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 Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and/or John Lennon if you wish. Here's a link to the three previous winning Smithtown designs: 2011 Peace Poster

Part II: TERPart:
Create 5 works from prompts of The Everyday Renaissance Project.  There is a creative prompt for each day in June so choose 5 that interest you and create work for them.  If you want to share them on social media use the hashtag share them with #TERPart.

Part III: Concentration Assignments
Create 10 works in a theme of your choice in a medium that you want to work with for the AP test (pencil, photography, mixed media, ect.). 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 IV: Contests
The Young Arts art contest is open and I suggest submitting work for a chance to win a large scholarship and a chance to attend their renowned master classes with well know artist and become eligible for nomination as a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Art Honor Society Field Trip: Southampton

Today was the final Art Honor Society Field Trip of the year to Southampton where we strolled through a classic sculpture garden, visited some galleries and hit the beach to take pictures.  Our last meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, the day before the final day of classes.

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

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