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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Film: The Screenplay

This week in class we will learn how to format and write a screenplay. The video above gives us the basic formula and we'll use the free CELTX program to create a demo screen play in class.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Digital Media: Coding Terminology & Vocabulary

In the first month of school we learned about Photoshop, green screen, coding, and augmented reality and this week we will review the new terms on coding we learned for a quiz this Friday.  We will be using the class Quizlet below to review and it can be accessed at home to study. Here's the direct link to the Coding Quizlet, make sure you study bu doing the: Learn, Match, and Test options by Thursday:

Friday, October 12, 2018

AP Art: SCAD Visit

 Today we have a representative from SCAD coming to Smithtown East to talk about their program and review AP Art portfolios.  Here's a few photos from one of my recent trips to Savannah where I took a tour of the art school while attending the educators workshop.  We have a number of students attending SCAD along with tons of alumni over the years but if you want to get a taste yourself look into their summer student programs: SCAD summer

Thursday, October 11, 2018

National Art Honor Society- Mural Week

In Art Honor Society this week we will work on our Challenge Day Project by painting the mural in the hallway as well as working on the ART and classroom murals.  We will also prepare for our upcoming fall field trip and nominate officers for the society.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

AP Art: Young Arts

October's extra credit assignment for AP Art class is to create and submit art work for the Young Arts contest. There are a number of categories and in the video above you can see some of the winning work from a previous year.  The contest comes with a $10,000 scholorshio and a number of other perks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Film: Creating an animated GIF in Photoshop

In Film class our 3rd animation challenge is creating an animated GIF in Photoshop.  The video above shows the basics.  Create a 6-12 frame animation using different layers then open a timeline to convert them to animation frames.  Next make any adjustments then publish and share it with me along with the other 3 challenges by Friday.  Below is a more advanced animation example if you wish to take it further.

Studio Art: Sketchbook Work

This week we will begin working on our Sketchbook designs following a different prompt each day (listed below).  You can see some of my sketchbook advice and practice on the Sharing Our Notebooks Blog and we'll also look at how other students and some famous artists used their sketchbooks.  We'll be learning about the Sketchbook Project (example- The Telephone Game) as well as a few new drawing terms during this assignment.  Remember that our first quiz is next Friday on the terms, you can study on our Quizlet here: Art Class Quizlet.

  • Words/Geometric Shapes
  • Portraits
  • Asymmetrical Balance
  • Analogous Color

Studio Art: Inktober 1-5

In Studio art we are completing our Inktober 2018 prompts 1-5 today, below are a few samples I created in class and tomorrow we'll take a look at yours and critique them.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Rewire Conference

Friday and Saturday I was out in New Jersey attending the Rewire Conference where I was also a featured presenter.  I had the chance to share some of the creative mindfulness techniques we do in class with teachers from around the world!  Below are some of the resources that I shared.
In addition to those resources I mentioned a number of other tools, ideas, and apps that might be useful in the 5 sessions that I presented so below are some of those resources:

Choir! Choir! Choir!- Canadian open musical choir
Japan Society- Educational Study Tour
1SE app- 1 Second Everyday Video App
Morphi- 3D design & printing app/program
Improv exercises- improv encyclopedia

And here are some of my arts integration resources that I touched on in the sessions:

Arts Integration: Engaging with Creativity

It was a fantastic educational experience and I had a chance to connect with many terrific educators over the weekend.  The experience at Rewire was amazing and I credit that to the people as the organizers, presenters, and attendees all brought a enthusiasm and excitement which remained present all weekend!
I also had a chance to attend some great sessions including Don Wettrick's talk on his work with Genius Hour and here are some of my sketchnotes from his talk.
Thanks to Glen Robbins and Barry Saide as well as the OnCourse K12 Systems and everyone at Tabernacle Schools for all the help and art teacher Mrs. Bartleson, whose room I occupied for the weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Studio Art: Inktober

In Studio Art class we are working on the first 5 themes of the Inktober challenge in class.  After the first 5 you can continue the illustrations for the month as our next extra credit assignment, you can share it on social media using hashtag #inktober and #inktober2018.  The first 5 are listed below with the rest of the month and they'll be completed and graded on Tuesday.


And if you need it in French here you go:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Film: Pilot episodes

We are learning the basics of how to write a pilot episode and starting with the basic premise and characters.  Above is a short video with a few tips before we start and linked here is also a intro to a college course on the subject.  We'll be building the pilot over the first quarter as we learn the elements of film and television.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Digital Media: Digital Drawing

In Digital Media we are learning the basics of Digital Drawing with a self portrait in Photoshop.  The drawing should be completed by Wednesday and then we'll be adding layers and digital manipulations.  Make sure you save these images as Photoshop files as we need to continue to preserve the layers until we are finished.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Shanti Peace Poster Contest

The Shanti Peace Poster Contest is due tomorrow so any students that want to submit work can bring it down to me today so we can add the necessary information and submit the work.  Remember there are prizes for each grade level in addition to extra credit for students in classes where this wasn't given as an assignment!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Pep Rally

Today is the Pep Rally so we will have shortened classes that are each filled with spirit... (oh and also quizes and art) Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

National art and Media Art Honor Society

Today is the first full meeting of the National art and Media Art Honor Society  We will be discussing the events we have planned for the year and the trips we will be taking each season.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Studio Art: Zentangle Patterns

In Studio Art we learned 15 new Zentangle Patterns that can be used for our Zentangle drawing in class (you can see them in the video above). Today we will finish them up and begin our final piece.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

AP Art: Assignment 1- Rafael Lozano Hemmer

We looked at the work of artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer and his work at the MAC Museum in class and the first AP breadth assignment was to choose a theme of aspect of his work and create an art piece based on it. The work is due on October 1 but feel free to bring it in this week so we can give feedback if necessary.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Digital Media: Digital Drawing and Photoshop Basics

In Digital Media class we are going to learn the basics of digital drawing with a Wacom tablet and stylus and here's some inspiration.  We'll be working in Photoshop learning some new tools and terminology as well and here's a link to the class quizlet with the terms to study for our first quiz on Friday.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Film: Examining Television Pilots

In Film we are examining television pilots to learn how they work so we can create one so today we'll take a look at a few different formats to compare and contrast.  Well look at both old and new show to see how the share the who, what, where, and how in the first 15 minutes of the show.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Studio Art: Zentangle

In studio art we are going to learn to various Zentangle techniques this week for our first big project next week.  Below are some of the tangle patterns we'll be using to create our sketchbook piece. 
We will fill the page completely with different patterns for a complete piece that will be graded Friday.  Next week we will draw an animal or statement and Zentangle it like the example below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Extra Credit: Embracing Our Differences

Our first Extra Credit assignment this year is the Embracing Our Differences contest.  Create work in any media that is HORIZONTAL and fits the theme of "enriching lives through diversity and inclusion."  The work is due by October 14 so it can be delivered by October 15 to the contest.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Digital Media: Dot Day Augmented Reality

In Digital Media we will celebrate Dot Day today by creating original Augmented Reality drawings on Photoshop.  Each student will create an intricate "dot" that represents the spirit of Peter Reynolds children's book The Dot.  Creating a dot is not really the challenge, it's more creating a original and inventive dot that represents you.  Make sure you sign it and we'll create a short film of all our dots to share with the elementary students and social media. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Studio Art: Illustration Friday- Anonymous

It's the end of our second week so in Studio Art classes we'll take on another Illustration Friday challenge, this week's theme is: Anonymous.  Create an illustration that fits the theme using the full page in color or black and white using any media!

Digital Media: Green Screen Self Portraits

In Digital Media our first assignment is to take a green screen self portrait and use the chroma key technique in Photoshop to create an original Green Screen Self Portrait like the example above from class.  We'll be sharing all the images on Monday as we transition to our next project, an introduction to code!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Film: Virtual Reality Film and Photography

Film Class - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
In our Film and Video class we are learning a bit about how Virtual Reality Film and Photography works by experimenting with a Theda Camera this week. Check out the interactive photograph above from Wednesdays class.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Studio Art: Illustration Friday

In our Studio Art class we dedicate each Friday of the first semester to creative drawing based on a thematic prompt which we term: Illustration Friday.  The first prompt will be reflective- the first week of school.  Create a full page drawing illustrating your experience in color.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Welcome to the First Day of School 2018

Welcome to the First Day of School 2018! I'm Mr. Needles and this is our class blog, this year I'm teaching:
  • AP Studio Art
  • Film and Video
  • Studio Art
  • Digital Media
  • Computer Art & Design
Today and tomorrow we'll be going over some of the basic and the class projects and expectations but we are going to begin class today by creating!

We'll also take a look at the art and media art honor societies and what they do, here's a look at one of our previous years events and activities!

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018-2019 AP Summer Assignments

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 will be critiqued during the first weeks of classes and later graded. You can share them with me via social media over the summer for feedback twitter/instagram to @timneedles with #NeedlesClass or email tneedles@smithtown.k12.ny.us.
1. A Mixed-Media Portrait – Create a portrait using various media in monochrome or in color. Feel free to use any medium you desire (ink, collage, newspaper, paint, & other mixed media) and as many media as you like. The style may be handled in any way you wish: realistic, abstract, expressive, impressionistic or cubistic, etc. This portrait should reveal something significant about the model. Hands, torso and face are important features and should be included in the work. Try an unusual surface. The portrait may be done on any flat smooth unbreakable surface such as cardboard, mural paper, plywood, masonite, plexiglass, homasote board, etc.
2. Mise En Scene- Read the definition below and create a work that has a theme of mise en scene in some way. 

[mee zahn sennoun French1. the process of setting a stage, with regard to placement of actors, scenery, properties, etc. 2. the stage setting or scenery of a play 3. surroundings; environment.
3. Man vs. Nature- Create a work showing the contrast between man vs nature. This can be through a narrow or wide lens and it can be literal or figurative. Try to stay away from the cliché imagery and find a unique, personal take on a very ancient theme.
4. Inspiration- Take a look at this list of 100 Artists from Art 21, choose any artist and 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: Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra to artist like: Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, and Laurie Anderson who do performance pieces. Video clips are available for each artist on the website so do a bit of research, find something in one of the artists that you connect to and create a piece on it.  Make sure you include the artists name who the inspiration came from on the back.

5: A Day In Your Life - Choose a moment from your everyday life and express it visually using any media. This can be a moment that’s memorable or very average, reoccurring or just a moment you remember. Try to use media that helps illustrate the moment and think about your perspective vs. others when creating the imagery.

Part II: Choice Assignments:
Create a series of 65 works (about 1 piece a day during the summer).  Feel free to experiment creatively and use different media, the subject matter is also your choice but I'd suggest that you both work from life and you imagination.  If you get stuck and are at a loss for what to do I suggest using creative promts such as my own #TERPart or some of my favorites like JJCommunity for photography and Illustration Friday for drawing or #31nights which can work for anything!

If you use a sketchbook that would mean 65 pages or if it's photography that would mean 65 images. This work shows process so not every piece would be totally completed but rather a resource to pull from for ideas and creative experiments in the future.
Part III: Shanti Peace Poster Contest
Create a 8"x10' horizontal poster design for the Shanti Peace Poster Contest, the theme this year is GANDHI you are free to use quotes if you wish but make sure the work is original. There is now a winner and a cash prize for each grade level, here's a link to the some winning Smithtown designs from past year's: 2011 Peace Poster

Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer Break

As we approach the summer break I want to encourage all of you to continue creating and sharing in any way you want!  As I hope you've learned the arts are a terrific outlet and that are numerous benefits to expressing yourself so keep the process rolling.  Feel free to share with me on social media and I'm still available as a resource if you have questions about materials, art, artists, or anything else so have a terrific and creative summer- have fun!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wrapping Up The School Year

Tomorrow is the last day of classes and seniors will be out of many classes for the senior barbeque so be sure to check your final grades today and make sure all your assignments are submitted because I won't be able to track you down during finals.  Today is also the final exam in digital media class so make sure to use our class quizlet to study.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Last Week of School

It's our Last Week of School so be sure to prepare for the final exam in Digital Media and Film class and make sure all of you final assignments are in for all classes.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Digital Media: Final Review and Final Robotics Project

Before our last project we are going to take a short final exam reviewing the vocabulary and technology we used in class, use the class quizlet to study: DIGITAL MEDIA FINAL.  The test will be on Monday.  Our last project will be on robotics using the Finch and the Ozobot.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Studio Art: Drawing a digital Piskel animation

This week in Studio Art we'll experiment with drawing digitally but creating a short 6 second 8-bit digital animation using the free PISKEL software. You should create an account by using your school google account and begin by drawing a frame after the in-class demonstration. The you can copy or create new frames and change them slightly to create a simple GIF animation like the example shown above. We use this software in other classes like digital media to create longer animations and video game characters.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Digital Media: Video Games

In Digital Media our Video Games are due tomorrow and we will spend a day playing and rating each others video games.  Here's more help pages in case your stuck: Scratch WikiScratch programming basics

Below is an example from Kevin and Erin's games in the 4th period games- Kevin's game is a 3 level space shooting game similar to asteroids.  Try using the rubric below and rating the game

Level 3: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/225334020/

Erin's game is a dodging game using points. Try using the rubric below and rating the game tto:

Here's another example from Chris in period 2:

Level 1: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/224737669/

Friday, May 25, 2018

Seven Days Left Of Class

There are only seven days left of class so make sure all of your outstanding projects are in and that you are preparing for the final using our class quizlet review here: Needles Quizlet

Studio Art: Final Review

Media Art: Final Review

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Art Honor Society: Completing the Challenge Day Mural

We only have 2 Art Honor Society meetings left this year as well as a field trip so today we will be completing the Challenge Day Mural by adding the final pieces of text for the year.  Next year we will continue and add a full grade level.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Studio Art: Oliver Jeffers Inspired Collage

Earlier this month I spoke with artists and children's book author Oliver Jeffers at his book release party for his new bool "Here We Are" and asked him what his advice was for us as we work on creating a children's book together.  "Be authentic" he said and shared that "the second I found my style was when I stopped trying to be someone else".  He also said it was important to "learn how to listen to your hand" so we will take that advice for inspiration for our children's book in class.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Robert Indiana

One of the artist we just recently learned about, Robert Indiana, the Pop artist who created the famous “love” sculpture some of us saw on our trip to NYC died on Saturday at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine he was 89 years old.  Here's a link to his NY Times obituary: 

Robert Indiana, 89, Who Turned ‘Love’ Into Enduring Art, Is Dead

Monday, May 21, 2018

AP Art: Where The Wild Things Are

Last week we learned a little bit about children's book author Maurice Sendak, author of  and this week we will continue to look into what a career in illustration, cartooning, and children's books looks like with a look at Oliver Jeffers and others.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Digital Media: Designing a Video Game

In Digital Media our culminating project this year will be Designing a Video Game.  You will need to create your characters in Piskel, design a background in Photoshop, and use Blockly in Scratch to code the game.  You have two weeks to put everything together but the characters and background are due on Monday.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Media Art Honor Society: Field Trip to Cinema Arts Center

In Media Art Honor Society we will planning our last Field Trip of the year to the Cinema Arts Center along with the French Honor Society to see the film The Butterfly on March 30.  Field Trips forms will be available and we will also go over the end of the year events including our induction.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Film: The Power of Improv

In Film class we are learning about The Power of Improv and how it can aid writing and character development. Above is a short TED talk on the power of improv and creativity on the brain that will support some of what we are learning and it's power.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Studio Art: 3D

In Studio Art we are going to begin the 3D unit with a group 3D printing project.  Each group will be assigned an artist that we have already researched and learned about and you will work together to reproduced one of their works as a 3D print.  All of the artist have created sculptures but the work does not necessarily have to be a sculpture, it can be a detail from a painting, street art, or anything else that works.  Above is an example from a 3D printing collaboration in which each group printed part of the sculpture and combined it to reproduce the bust of George Washington and below is an example that I created with students last year.

Monday, May 14, 2018

AP Art Test Day

Friday was the AP Art Test and we are now complete, congrats on all the work you've done this year.  Today is a catch-up day- if you did not submit all your work and answers to the questions to me via Google please do so and let me know which pieces were submitted for Breadth, Concentration, and for Quality so I can reference them in the future if necessary.  Above is an example of a quality section from Ilysa as an example for future classes.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Art Honor Society: 2018 Sketchbook Project

Today in Art Honor Society we will reflect on our 2018 Sketchbook Project that was just completed and mailed in, it will be digitized and going on a tour of North America this summer with stops in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.  We will also continue to plan our Zen garden and begin writing how we will each "Be The Change" on our Challenge Day mural.

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