Sunday, December 25, 2011
Happy Holidays from Mr.Needles!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Goodbye John Chamberlain
Yesterday the art world lost one of it's foremost sculptors, John Chamberlain, an artist widely known for his use of abstract expressionist works featuring vibrant colored metal from automobiles. Mr. Chamberlain has lived locally in Shelter Island, N.Y. for a number of years and I had the chance to meet him and hear him speak about his work a few years ago at Jack Larson's Longhouse Reserve when he showed up as a substitute for Chuck Close who couldn't make it. John was a really friendly guy and I thought it was fascinating hearing how he developed his style after different attempts at other creative endeavors such as music and drawing. It was at Larry Rivers Southampton home where he found his craft which continued to advance over the years. I've seen a number of his works in person over the years and they are supremely American in every way regardless of how you read them.
Here is a link to his NY Times obituary: John Chamberlain, Who Wrested Rough Magic From Scrap Metal, Dies at 84
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Mr. Needles class in The Matador
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This week we will begin our actual prints in printmaking unit and we'll be using a number of techniques including the one pictured above in the video. You'll be experimenting a bit but make sure you have your designs ready because we'll be doing a demonstration in class again tomorrow.
Monday, December 19, 2011
DIY Historical Photographs
1. Alfred Eisenstaedt
2. Alfred Stieglitz
3. Ansel Adams
4. Autumn De Wilde
5. Barbara Kruger
6. Bruce Davison
7. Chuck Close
8. Cindy Sherman
9. Danny Clinch
10. Danny Lyon
11. David LaChapelle
12. Dorthea Lange
13. Edward Weston
14. Greg Crewdson
15. Henri Cartier-Bresson
16. Herb Ritts
17. Irving Penn
18. Lauren Greenfield
19. Margaret Bourke-White
20. Marilyn Minter
22. Peter Beard
23. Robert Capa
24. William Wegman
25. Yousuf Karsh
Designing a Tshirt in Adobe Illustrator
Friday, December 16, 2011
Destination: Queens Trip
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Here's an awewsome video on The Fundamental Elements of Design from Erica Gorochow which covers all of the things we went over in class visually.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Northport One-Act Play Festival
The 3rd Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival is March 30-April 1, 2012 just announced their call for entries and this year's theme for student submissions is "Bullying." The works are due by Jan 7th. Take a look at Rich Vernillo's award-winning PSA about bullying Stop Bullying Now Public Service Announcement from last year for some great content and visuals created here in the hallways.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Mr. Needles Haunted Hospital
Friday, December 9, 2011
Chuck Close's show opening
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Destination Queens, NY
Portraits with Words
In class we explored Adobe's amazing Words At Play website by designer and illustrator Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich and designer Matteo Bologna. Above is a an image from the site of author Anne Sexton which uses letters to create to portrait as opposed to the one I created with words. There are a number of different ways to create a portait for this project and different programs that would work and as this is one of you last assignments I'll give the freedom to decide to you. Wether your using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign make sure the final work is 8x10" and the resolution is 300.
Before you start take a look at this tutorial from Layers magazine on how it was created which can help you think about how you want to approach the project.<>
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This weeks Media Arts assignment is to create your own short digital animation on the GoAnimate.com website. Above is a short demo of how the film works with instructions on the assignment. I'll do a short demonstration in class and go over some of the basics but you can begin by creating a free account and adding me as a contact, my user name is VoteNeedles2010 and the email firstname.lastname@example.org
AP Art: Printmaking
Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing) - Monoprint Series
We will use water soluble media to create a series of 3-5 monoprints that have some relation to each other. They can be variants on an image or a narrative series, it's up to you. For this assignment your work should work in a series and it preferable that you include a figure but not absolutely necessary.
Design (2D) - Stencil Prints
We will create our own original 3-5 color stencil using cardboard that you will print with different media on a constructed background. For this assignment your theme should be based on a modern social issue of your own choice.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
JR Inside Out Photography Project
Here's the first round of images from the JR Inside Out Project from students in Mr.Needles Photography class. The images include students, teachers, and staff and are currently displayed in the Needles AP gallery in the visitor's entrance hallway. Below is a video from JR's talk at the TED conference outling the project and it's message.
Animating the Alphabet
Here's an example of a finished storyboard
Here's an example of a finished name credit and below is an example of what the final individual animated segment looks like.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Edublog Award Nominations
■ Best individual blog - The Carrot Revolution
As a visual person I appreciate varied imagery and mixed media and this blog does it right!
■ Best individual tweeter - @TomWhitby
Tom Whitby is a fellow Long Islander and founder of #Edchat. I've never met him but his tweets keep me up to date on all the educational talk while I'm hidden away in my classroom.
■ Best group blog - Illustration Friday
This is a fantastic blog that posts a new theme each week and is open to submissions. We use it in my advanced art classes and it's a great way to get feedback from artists outside the classroom giving advice and encouragement to the students.
■ Best class blog - Colin Maxwell's Maximized
Colin teaches Computer Arts and Digital Design at Carnegie College in Scotland and is someone I came in contact with through the Adobe Education Leader program. I love how he uses Adobe Connect on his page and regularly post tutorials and lessons in different media, pretty terrific stuff.
■ Best student blog- Nataliee Loves Art
Here's a blog from one of my current AP students where she has begun to showcase her portfolio and discuss the work she is doing.
■ Best ed tech / resource sharing blog- Dan Pink Blog
Of course the best art advocacy comes from a former lawyer and businessman but Pink's resources are always useful and often inspiring.
■ Most influential blog post- TED
This is easily the blog that I use most as a teacher and I'm not the only one, it's always thought provoking
■ Best twitter hashtag- #Educationnation
I was late to the game with Education Nation but their twitter posts and discussions are really interesting.
■ Best teacher blog- Moodlea
This blog from Buckinghamshire County, England comes from another one of my former AEL compatriots Ian Usher and has the best Moodle info out there among other things.
■ Best librarian / library blog- A Media Specialist's Guide To The Internet
This is a fantastic resource with tons of helpful information and it's always fresh!
■ Best School Administrator blog- A Principal's Reflections
I often imagine working at New Milford High School because Principal Eric Sheninger is possibly the most tech friendly Principal ever and the info he shares is always interesting. A wealth of knowledge also comes across his twitter feed.
■ Best free web tool- Photoshop.com
This tool is brilliant, I love how students can work at home, at school, or on their mobile devices and save their work in the cloud plus it's a pretty sleek design that's had a few new additions lately.
■ Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast- Dryden Art
As a high school and adjunct college teacher I love to see what's going on in this video of an elementary art class
■ Best educational wiki- Ms. Santangelo's Wiki
This is from a Smithtown HS East colleague and I hear from the students that they are using it all the time. I like the wealth of information up on the wiki and the willingness to share, it's not always so common.
■Best open PD / unconference / webinar series- Kathy Schrock's Guide for educators
Kathy is another former AEL teammate who put up this fantastic resource that is open to educators, in addition she's known for her amazing professional development work in Second Life.
■ Best educational use of a social network - Japan Sociey's Going Global
The educational wing of New York's Japan Society put together this moodle site connecting classrooms across the US with classrooms in Pakistan and Japan. This semester was just a first run but already I can say my classes are more globally informed and really benefitted from the experience of doing the same lesson collaboratively with students from around the world.
■ Lifetime achievement - Alan November's novemberlearning
Alan can be a bit abrasive but content wise he was out on the tech highway as an early adopter and kept it up with some really important media awareness issues and plenty of good content.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
AP Assignment: Re-inerpreting classic themes in art
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.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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
Draw a picture of your friend's friend.
Make an educational public plaque.
Photograph a significant outfit.
Curate an artist's retrospective in a public place.
Draw a constellation from someone's freckles.
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
Art Honors Shirt Design
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
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.
Friday, October 28, 2011
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- JR Inside Out Photography Project
- Animating the Alphabet
- Edublog Award Nominations
- AP Assignment: Re-inerpreting classic themes in art
- Artist Wanted: Exposure Photography Contest
- Assignment: Miranda July
- Smithtown East alumni: Jess Brett
- Art Honors Shirt Design
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