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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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Needles AP History Artists

Damien Hirst £50m Diamond Skull
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Here's this year's list of artists that we are covering as part of our modern art project, an eclectic list. Make sure you are familiar with the work visually as well as their biographical information and style notes. Our test is on Tuesday and Wednesday, bueno suerte!

Alberto Giacometti
Andrew Wyeth
Andy Goldsworthy
Annie Liebovitz
Ashley Wood
Barry McGee
Chuck Close
Damien Hirst
David Downton
Francis Bacon
Frank Miller
Gregory Crewdson
H.R. Giger
Henri Matisse
Howard Schatz
Janet Fish
Jean Paul Basquiat
Jean-Philippe Delhomme
Jeff Koons
Jenny Saville
Joan Miro
Joel Peter Witkin
Katsushika Hokusai
Lauri Anderson
Laurie Simmons
Lucian Freud
Margaret Kilgallen
Marilyn Minter
Matthew Barney
Michelle White
Mr Brainwash
Paul Klee
Peter Beard
Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Wilson
Romare Bearden
Sally Mann
Shepard Fairey
Sket One
Starn Brothers
Takashi Murakami
Tom Wesselmann
Tommy Kane
Umberto Boccioni
Victor Vasarely
Wassily Kandinsky
Wayne Thiebaud
William Eggleston
William Kentridge

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Japan Society's zen art workshop with artist Max Gimblett

Next month we'll be participating in a series of workshops that are facilitated by the Japan Society in New York City featuring: prominent New Zealand artist Max Gimblett (who is featured in the video above), and museum educators Petra Pankow and Suzanne De Vegh. We will be working with students from different schools in Manhattan as we learn about Zen Art and later create it ourselves. The results of the experience will be exhibited at the Japan Society in conjunction with the current show "The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin" which runs through January 9, 2011.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2010 Summer Assignments

Welcome to all the incoming AP art students, below are the summer assignments for next year's class. These are general thematic assignments so they are open to interpretation, be sure to bring to it your own sense of style and creativity!

Complete the first set of assignments by August 1 and the second set of assignments are due the first week of class. If you have any questions about the assignments please email Mr. Needles and take a look at the examples on the blog that will be posted over the summer.

Part I:

1. Self Portrait Without a Face

2. Design a New Animal

3. “Man vs. Nature” Landscape

4. Antediluvian (Very, very old) Portrait

Part II

5. Ennui
A feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.

6. Noir
–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.

7. Nouveau
Newly or recently created, developed, or come to prominence: The sudden success of the firm created several nouveau millionaires.

8. Voix De Ville (“Voice of the City” led to the term vaudeville):
Stage entertainment offering a variety of short acts such as slapstick… Also a light comic play that often includes songs, pantomime, and dances or a popular, often satirical song.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2010 AP Art Class

Congrats to the AP art class of 2010! Fantastic job enjoy a safe and happy summer and best of luck to all of you in the future!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Completion of Smithtown's "Fundred" dollar bill program

Pictured above are leaders from the Media Art Honor Society serving as guards along with Mr. Needles and driver Tory Tepp as we deliver the money in front of Smithtown East.

After years of creating and collecting student produced "Fundred" dollars bills to raise money and awareness for the Katrina relief in Louisiana Tory Tepp stopped by the school today to collect the bills in Mel Chin's Bio-fuel driven Armored Car. If all goes to plan we should end up having raised over $360,000 thanks to the all Suffolk County students and teachers who participated.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fashion Illustration

Congradulations! Today's the last day of this year's Fashion Illustration class. We'll have an interview the class did with an alumnus who works in the industry soon. Here's an image from earlier in the year after the class designed their own t-shirts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Who are you?

Kelsey's solo art show resembled a dance party this week with Girl Talk blasting down the hallway and Kelsey's special brand of color in the gallery. It was one to remember for sure.

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