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.

Friday, December 21, 2007

just checking in..

What exactly are our assignments for over the break? is it just conscious/sub-conscious?

Either, or, both ... or any close variation (as long as it's excellent work) - Mr. Needles

Sunday, December 9, 2007



i need more info on the project with the artists


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Scholastic Art

Here's the registration link for the art contest I mentioned in class:
scholastic art and writing awards

Here's the link for supplies:
Dick Blick

Here's a link to the IF blog:
Illustration Friday

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Scales" and a triptic

For Scales. =3

I like showing it this way so that the map is the right way, but you can hold it any way you like. XD It's a triptic I was gonna do for the printing, but then colored and made its own thing. Done in colored pencil.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

There is absolutly no reason for me to post this. But this is my dog Daisy, she may be retarded.

I'm posting these on behalf of Jen Yu.
And because looking at Daisy makes me laugh.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

CerealKiller, The Birth Of Venus

the pictures look really crappy, sorry. my mom broke my camera a while ago so i ended up using my laptop's photo booth :[ :/

literal word

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Chuck Close Questions

(sorry this is so late. i just got back home.)

1. you have an abstract style of working. ergo, would you consider your work to be photo realism? or a seperate genre to photorealism?
2. of your own work, do favor one peice in particular?
3. of your friends or family, whom did you make your first portrait?
4. be my friend?

Friday, November 2, 2007

heyy needles

i never got a phone call from the ny times.. and when is that digital long island thing? am i supposed to go? is that today?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lashes ( isolation vs. Embrace)

I'm going to start posting all my pieces up...

its missing a more vivid background . i might change the paintings tone towards a more golden yellow look...like the 2nd. ialso have to fix the hand..etc.
any other suggestions?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Web design and you... a digital road to hapiness

Take a look at the following websites for this weeks assignment. We are going to base the next assignment on it. We are going to discuss the basics of web and logo design in next weeks class so make sure you have comments about what you like and don't like about the sites.

Smithtown District Website

Smithtown HS East Website

Mr. Needles School website

Mr. Needles Art Website

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Two Things

Okay, I know this is fully two weeks late now, and I know I stole some elements from Kim, but this is a preview of my Peace Quest poster, please have mercy on me. Come on, it's my birthday!

It looks better in person. Also, for extra brownie points (Please forgive me, Oh Great Needles!) here is a preview of my ultra-kick-ass bookmark, which took me several straight hours to make, and totally from scratch, btw.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

i come bearing late assignments

first is my "a is for".
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in this case, a is for "are you kidding me?!" haha and his body is kind of bent in the shape of an a. i love street performers.
and now for my juggling assignment. i believe juggling involves a lot of balancing and keeping up what's being juggled.
you can definitely juggle yourself, when you're climbing and swinging yourself about, and that's my interpretation of it. =)
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i definitely realized i enjoy photographing people in motion the most out of everything. getting good shots is so satisfying.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

back from boston/salem

hey!!! sorry im posting now but i literrally came home and downloaded pictures from my camera!!! im completely in love with salem and boston was really nice too.
yeaa so im in boston and there happens to be this crazy guy juggling on top of this giant stand 8 ft. up in the air. and he juggled red balls.. and knifes. so i felt this was a sign from above that i didnt need to draw my hwk assignments this week!!! and you know knifes were more hxc than the classic red balls. soo !
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yeaa and another a is for ARBOUR
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and just one of my favorite pictures from the trip.. i got extremely bored during the 6 hour car ride home.. and these migrating birds caught my attention
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Friday, September 28, 2007


I felt like taking a break from my usual realistic drawings and go for something for design based with black and white (sharpies)


A is for

Attitude ....

Thursday, September 27, 2007


A is for: alone/afraid

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A is for.... + Juggle

Someone went on Youtube in Gessler's class 2nd period and looked up sharks jumping and attacking seals :3 They juggle with their teeth don'tcha know.

A is for Ambystoma tigrinum! They go 'rawr' and 'rofl' lots.

A is for...

"We saw the countess from the midst of the gloom. Small
and fragile-looking, she wielded a small dagger, its
blade red from the blood of her prey. I couldn't move -
to think she would turn on us like that!
I looked at Lucius, his face pale in fright of the
monster approaching us with death in her eyes. As
her wavy locks of black hair bounced and curled over
her now pointed, bat ears, I knew my young companion's
thoughts. She had been Lady Truman and he still loved
her as if her canines hadn't elongated into the
pointed daggers they were now.
"Can't be..." he murmured, still in awe as her
small feet graced the mansion tile floor. Her eyes shone
an icy blue and her dark, dead lips curled into a devilish
grin I will never forget. It's for that one night I don't
trust those that call themselves an... ARISTOCRAT. "
Just in case anyone wanted to know what it says behind her - yes, I wrote it, I didn't take it from anywhere. *is now thinking of writing a story with this vamp* Anyway, it's an aristocratic vampire...that's what A is for! >o<

'A' is for...

Aaron Gillespie of the Almost!
I saw this band at the Crazy Donkey a few days before school started.

"A" is for...

Okay, so I took too long on the face and had to rush the background, which came out like crap, and didn't even get around to the window scene, so i stole it from Google. But this is only because I DON'T CARE (Get it? Apathy! Come on people, this is comic gold!

A is for... Addiction

Thursday, September 20, 2007

a is forr...

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AHAH and umm aerosmith!! was amazing so i figured it started with an a i should put it up there. even though my seats prevented me from getting a really good picture =/
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Monday, September 17, 2007

a "regular" day at the beach (late, sorry)

it's gonna be too cold to go soon =(
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I screwed up the resolution on this one so it's tiny >_<

Sunday, September 16, 2007

transform (very late) and regular (also late)

so sorry these are both late, i finally figured out my new computer at least!




I just got a new computer (macbook pro it's AWESOME) and my new printer/scanner i have yet to figure out yet i'll post it as soon as i figure it out!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Was working on writing college essay instead of working on art homework D: Shame on me.
But now I know my tablet still works and photoshop doesn't hate me anymore :D


sorry it's late, needles. i almost forgot there was one assignment left

vombie business man!

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i was finsihing up 1984 this break and i was thinking about big brother and how everyone was like a thoughtless vombie kinda lke frankenstein!


Friday, September 14, 2007


More tabletness. I swear I'll start trying harder once the year gets into full swing

What Is "Regular?"

I had some difficulty trying to figure out what it was I was going to do for this assignment so I started thinking about what makes me "regular." I then decided what makes everyone else "regular" in that we're the same... I realized then that there is no such thing as a universal "regular" or normal for anybody, that what one person views as regular/normal, might be new and different to someone else. So I decided to go with two opposite ideas of what might be regular for different individuals.


I didnt really know what i was going to do for this assignment, so i starting thinking of what make me "regular." A bed to sleep in, comfortable living, so then i decided to do my anti regularr. Someone who has to worry from meal to meal and where to sleep at night:
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This Poor Sap's Regular Day

As the title suggests. o.o

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


If Kim can pull off markers, than I declare that so can I!I knew someone else would think of transformers (thank you, Jess), so I took the slightly less obvious route: THE POWER RANGERS MEGAZORD!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007



Yeah...it's not late. It's fashionably late.

And it's a dragon 'transforming into magma' or the other way around.


Sorry, I didn't post on date.

Sunday, September 9, 2007


A little late but here it is.
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I transformed the front left wheel of my car from normal and functioning to broken and totally screwed up. Yeah....

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