Friday, June 22, 2012
Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated yesterday and best of luck in the future and to all my students I remind you to go forward with an open mind and remember that "everyday in another opportunity to be creative"!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Here's the completed trailer for the short film Throw It Back which stars and was produced by Mr. Needles, the Advanced Film class, and the Media Art Honor Society as well as cameos by Smithtown East Staff like Mr. Lynch and some of the security team. Look out for the full film which will be out this summer and will be submitted into a few local film festivals!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I found out today that Art Room 161 was nominated for a Fascination Award as 2012's Most Fascinating Art Teacher blog! While I have never heard of the Fascination Awards it's always nice to be nominated for an award that includes the term "most fascinating" so thanks to all the parents, teachers, and especially students who use the blog and interact daily!
Monday, June 11, 2012
I stopped by The Japan Society to check out their show on Japanese Art Deco before it closed and found the work pretty fascinating! There was a variety of media ranging from textiles to posters to housewares to cigarette packages which merged the deco design with Japanese style making for some pretty interesting results. After studying both Art Deco and Japanese culture in AP Art & Painting it's definitely something worth checking out, at least on the web!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Science-fiction legend Ray Bradbury passed away earlier today at the age of 91 and here's a short video of the author best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 speaking about himself and where his creativity and interest in books came from. Here'a a link to his obituary in the L.A. Times
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
As we look at the recent history of film and television in the 1990's it's a bit easier to contextualize the social and historical factors around films. In television we talked about the major series such as: Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Friends, and we watched the "Norm and Cliff's Excellent Adventure" episode of Cheers which came to an end in 1993. The film are watching is one of my favorites, Lasse Hallström's 1993 drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Below are the three questions to answer on your reaction paper which is due on Wednesday:
The town of Endora is, in a sense, a major character in the film and there are a few distinct parts of the town that seem to serve an important symbolic purpose such as the water tower, the grocery stores, and even the town's name itself. Discuss why and how these elements work in the film and what their symbolic meanings are.
The cast of the film is pretty amazing from the stars like Depp & DiCaprio to the supporting actors like John C. Reilly & Crispin Glover so it's not a surprise that the performances are terrific too but putting the major characters aside choose three supporting actors and talk about what their purpose in the film is, what do they represent? If you removed them what would be lost?
Finally, what is the theme or moral of the film, what's it trying to say? Give evidence from the film to support your ideas
Friday, June 1, 2012
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