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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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AP Assignment: Re-inerpreting classic themes in art

Seven Deadly Sins Design by Joby Cummings

This week's assignment is to create a visual interpretation of the "Seven Deadly Sins", a theme that has been featured in art since they were developed in the 4th Century by a monk by the name of Evagrius Ponticus. There are a number of different terms for some of the sins and they ave changed a bit over time but don't let the semanics weigh you down just create an original work comprimising one or all of the sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, & Pride.

You can interpret them any way you like but first look at some of the ways artists have dealt with them in the past first and you may want to consider framing them in a modern context to bring something new to an ancient theme. Below are links to a few varied interpretations to look at.

Hieronymus Bosch
Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Jamie Wyeth
Nick Hunter

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Artist Wanted: Exposure Photography Contest

Exposure 2011 from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.

Here's the new Artist Wanted contest -Exposure Photography Contest The deadline to Submit is November 30, 2011 and the prizes include a trip to Paris and a show at the Aperture Gallery in NY if you are interested click the link above!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Assignment: Miranda July

This week we are taking our inspiration from artist and filmmaker Miranda July who we spoke about in class. We will each create an inspirational banner and post them around school and photograph them (I did an example pictured above on the outdoor classroom blackboard). You should also choose another creative assignment from her learning to love you more project that can be used for you AP portfolio (photographers should do a photo, drawing/painting students should do a drawing/painting: below are some suggestions).

Assignment #49
Draw a picture of your friend's friend.

Assignment #62
Make an educational public plaque.

Assignment #55
Photograph a significant outfit.

Assignment #8
Curate an artist's retrospective in a public place.

Assignment #9
Draw a constellation from someone's freckles.

Assignment #56
Make a portrait of your friend's desires.

Here are some examples from students in the AP Studio Art Class:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Smithtown East alumni: Jess Brett

Smithtown East alumni Jess Brett visited the AP Studio Art class Friday and talked to currents students about the college experience, the artistic process, and some technical tips while presenting some of her work. She also gave some pointers to students as she looked at their portfolio and some advice for students as we head into the stressful college season ahead.

Art Honors Shirt Design

We began designing the Art Honor Society shirts yesterday after school so if you missed it, each member should design a square 8"x8" design that includes the word art in someway and we are going to tile the designs and put together the shirt as a group in December. Use any materials you want and let your creativity flow just make sure your design is complete and scanned by 11/30!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Smithtown Art alumni visit: Jess Brett

Friday we will be have a visit from Smithtown AP alumni Jessica Brett who is a recent graduate from the Hartford Art School. Jess will show some of her work and discuss her process as well as giving some tips about the college experience. She recieved her BFA in Painting and Art History from Hartford and is now in the process of getting her work out to gallerys and we will talk to her about the process.

Mr. Needles class in the news

The Smithtown Patch wrote a piece on Mr. Needles photography class and our continuing Going Global project in which we connect to students in Japan and Pakistan here: http://smithtown.patch.com/articles/yup.

All of Mr. Needles classes will be participating in the project this semester and we will conclude with a live discussion with students from the different schools via SKYPE. Today educators from the Japan Society's education department will be visiting the AP Studio Art class and the Photograph class to observe students working and discuss some of what they've learned so far.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A visit from The Japan Society

This Thursday The Japan Society will be visiting Mr. Needles AP Studio Art and Photography classes in conjunction with our continuing Goin Global Social Networking project. The AP Art class has been working on a lesson collaborativly about the different conceptions of beauty with students from The Waseda University High School in Tokyo, The BVS Parsi High School in Pakistan, and The Woodlands High School in Texas. Above is an example of work from one of the the AP student's.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Sesame Street

Here's a clip of an artist we just looked at in class, Keith Haring, and his contribution to the storied children's television show- Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Speaking of Jim Henson the Media Art Honor Society & the Art Honor Society will be visiting The Museum of The Moving Image, MOMA's PS1, and 5Pointz Graffiti Museum in Queens in December

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PRATT Institute Visit

Here are some images from my visit to the PRATT Institute this week for a conference day activity. It was great to spend some time with the professors and sit in on some of the classes, they have a terrific campus in Brooklyn with some outstanding facilities!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AP Art Halloween Figure Drawing

Here's some pictures from the AP Studio Art class yesterday, we have a tradition of creating figure drawings of classmates in costume every year on Halloween.

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