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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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays

Today is the last day of classes for 2016 so have a great holiday break!  Relax and enjoy the time off and keep creative!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Studio Art: Art History Visual Test

 Today in Studio Art we are taking the Art History Visual Test, here's a look at some of the work you might see on the test today from some of my recent travels with art honor society and the national art education association.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Art Honor Society: Handmade Holiday Cards

Today in Art Honor Society we will learn how to create 3D pop-up Handmade Holiday Cards like the example in the video above.  We'll create one for ourselves and one to give to patients at the local nursing home we visited this month!

Studio Art: Artist Research Project

In Studio Art we have been reviewing our Artist Research Projects in class and presenting the images and information so this week we will have a visual test on what we learned on Thursday with a matching test.  Below is the list of artists that are being covered and we'll finish reviewing their work on Wednesday.

Nicholas- Keith Haring
Ivania- Frida Kahlo
Olivia- Andy Warhol
Adelaide- Banksy
Meagan- Paul Klee
Steven- Chuck Close
Riley- Ai Weiwei
Cassidy- Jasper Johns
Joseph D- Piet Mondrian
Zachary- David Hockney
Joseph L- Jackson Pollock
Adriana- Jeff Koons
Kelsey-Yayoi Kusama

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Photography: Studio Portraits

In Photography last week we learned some advanced editing techniques on how to edit portraits and how to set up studio lighting and now we are doing some in-class demonstrations on how to photograph them.  These photographs are from our first demonstration on how to set up the studio and lights and work the camera.

In this unit each student will create a series of 3 edited studio portraits using the SLR camera and 1 studio portraits using a smart phone that will feature a custom grunge filter.  We will learn to incorporate different post-production techniques with each series of photographs but I urge you to take at least 10 photographs to ensure you have 3 great ones.  This week we'll take the photographs and begin editing then I will give another editing demonstration in Photoshop and the final series will be due next Friday.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gingerbread Decorations

This week in Makerspace club we worked on completing our gingerbread architecture by adding candy decorations and additions.

Students used a variety of candy and chocolates to add some personal touches and a spash of color to their creations.

Digital Media: StoryCorps Great Listen

This is the final week to submit your StoryCorps story's using #needlesclass online.  We will begin animating segments of them after the Winter Break so be sure to share them.  They don't need to be posted online, that's extra credit, but they do need to be recorded and shared with me for a grade because we'll be using them for future projects.  Below is an example from Ben in digital media class that's a fun example-looking forward to hearing your interviews!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wyland National Art Challenge

Congratulations to AP Art's Ilysa Sirota who was chosen as the Best in Grade Eleventh Winner for here painting 'Trapped' pictured above for this year's Wyland National Art Challenge.  

This year’s art challenge had participation from over 4000 students across the U.S. The contest encouraged students to explore the issues and wonders of conservation by painting classroom murals, individual works of art, and through photography. The Wyland Foundation hopes that the process of interpreting water-based habitats through art will lead students to a greater understanding of their role as future caretakers of our water resources.  

In addition to receiving a $50 Gift Certificate, her work is now featured on the home page of the Wyland Foundation

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Art Honor Society: Gratitude Project

Today the Art Honor Society joined with other volunteers and clubs to facilitate the Gratitude Project, our social emotional learning printmaking project, to our local nursing home: St. James Rehab.  We visited after school and spent 2 1/2 hours working with the seniors to create gratitude prints.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Extra Credit: NYS Art YAM Design

December has 2 extra credit opportunities! The first is to aid the art honor society in bringing the Gratitude Project to our local nursing home on Tuesday December 13 from 2-4pm.  Field trip forms are available in guidance or with Mr. Needles and we'll be working with the serior citizens to make gratitude prints just like we did in class!

The second is to create a Youth Art Month flag design as seen in the flyer above.  It's due December 16 and must include a clearly visible YAM logo as seen above.  you should use the form below to submit the final design and you must also fill out a release which you can get from Mr. Needles if you are going to enter.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Photography: Photo Forum HS Contest

Today is the final class day to enter the Photo Forum annual high school photography contest, above is one of last year's finalists from AP Art, Rosalie Zach. Remember that Thursday is the final day to enter the Scholastic art and writing awards- be sure to print out your submission form so that I can sign it and it can be entered on time!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Studio Art: Reviewing with Quizlet

In Studio Art we will be reviewing what we've learned so far this year and assessing how much learning we retaining with quizzes and written reflections leading up to the end of 2016.  We will be using Quizlet to help us review so everyone should make an account and link it to my page so I can see what you need to be refreshed on before we have our mid term.  We will have some pop-quizes to see what you know and remember this week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Art Honor Society: Artist Trading Card Day

Today in Art Honor Society and AP Art it is finally Artist Trading Card Day!  We received ATCs from around the world from Mini Mattisse's ATC swap. and today we will be sharing them and using the cards we receive for our next project.

Everyone will choose a card without based on the art without looking where it's from to reinterpret in a different medium.  You can use any materials you like and find inspiration in anything about the card ranging from the colors, shapes, subject matter, design, or even the story about the school or town that was shared.  Above is an example from last year's ATC swap from Emily in AP Art who used the colors and design as inspiration for a garment and the example below is from Luke who added some detail and intricacy to the elementary school student's design.

This year we received cards from Thailand, England and all around Italy as well as across the US from states such as Texas, Washington, Georgia, Missouri, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, South Dakota, Tennessee, Indian, and Minnesota.
 The cards we sent out are also starting to turn up around the world and I've received messages from teachers in Tennessee and Texas who have our cards.

Update: We just received messages from more classrooms who have more of our ATCs:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Colors of Long Island

Today the entries for the Colors of Long Island art exhibit at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook are being submitted and there are a few great works in various media.  Best of luck to everyone, the show will be on view from February 24, 2017 through April 16, 2017 with the reception on Sunday, March 5. Here are a few of my early favorites!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Foto Foto Gallery's 12th Annual National Photography Competition

Congratulations to Sam in our AP Art class who's photograph was chosen along with mine for the 12th Annual National Photography Competition at Foto Foto Gallery in Huntington, NY.  The show was curated by notable art director Stephen Mayes who is secretary of the World Press Photo Competition and executive director of the Tim Hetherington Trust.  Out of nearly 600 entries 29 were chosen for this year's competition which is on view through January 7, 2017.

Friday, December 2, 2016

AP Art: Stencil Photo Gelli Printmaking

After creating our first monoprints in Studio Art class with the gratitude prints we will take monoprinting to the next level by adding drawing and layer masks like the example from my photography demo above and from last year's AP Art below.  Each student should create a portrait of a person, animal, or thing on printmaking paper in pencil or ink, cut a stencil mask and print over it creating a mixed media piece.  These prints will be due next Tuesday December 6.

  • AP art should create a series of 11 prints 5"x7" or larger.
  • Photography shhould create a photo print and a photo transfer print.
  • Studio should create a stencil print.

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