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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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

School's Out for Summer!

Now that the grades are completed and art room 161 is packed up for summer, here's my last post for 2012-2013.  Above is a great montage of images and video from this year's Art Honor Society that was put together by our president Jess and I which I wanted to share, she did a great job this year! 

I also wanted to sat congratulations to all my seniors who are graduating next week, I wish I could be there but I'm actually part of Mt.Sinai's graduation ceremony as part of my 20 year high school reunion.  I just want to say thanks to all of the club members and cabinet members who worked hard to make this such a great year in our clubs and a special good luck to Gabby who was chosen by the Japan Society to travel to Japan for 3 weeks this summer after working on the Going Global project- Godspeed!

Monday, June 10, 2013

One last assignment: Metamorphosis

The end of school means the beginning of something new so for any of my students that are looking for one last theme, here it is: Metamorphosis.  The word comes from the Greek word for transformation and being that we are all going through an evolutionary transformation of sorts it seems fitting as the final assignment of the year.  Any seniors taking it on should include a short written reflection piece explaining your personal metamorphosis and what you took for the classes.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Last Day of Classes 2013

Today another school year comes to a close, it was a pleasure getting to know all of you and I hope everyone found some skills, ideas, and learning that made an impact.  Above is a short video montage of this year's AP Studio Art class which is mostly comprised of seniors so I'd like to wish good luck to you all and I hope your creative paths treat you well!  Have a great summer!

Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don't really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way.  — C. JoyBell


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AP Art: Art Show 11 Sam, Sabrina, Gabby, and Alli

Today was our final AP Art Art Show of the year and we ended big with work from: Sam, Sabrina, Gabby, and Alli.  The was a festive crowd, a fire drill, and all the new AP Art students from next years class who met to learn about the class and the summer assignments.  The shows will be up through the testing week so make sure you get a chance to see their terrific and unique pieces!

Studio Art: Organic drawing and sculpture

Last week in studio art we did an earthworks project taking a note from artists like: Vik Muniz, Andy Goldsworthy, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson.  Above is an really cool example of a 3D earthwork from Allison in 7th period and below is an image from 4th period's outdoor ink drawing.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Media Art: Public Service Announcement

Last month all of Mr.Needles classes joined together and contributed to creating a public service announcement for the school addressing the greater awareness of the language we use in school.  Here's the final PSA, there are still a few qwerks to work out but it makes a strong message.  Thanks to all the students who helped take photos, edit, and brainstorm- well done!

Monday, June 3, 2013


The prom was last week and now we have just 4 days left of class so our final assignment is creating a poster for an alumni created competition shown above.  The prize is $500 and it's open to everyone at Smithtown East and West.  We brainstormed concepts on Friday so now it's time to create an eye catching design that makes an impact!

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