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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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Studio Art: Artist Trading Cards

 In Painting and Studio Art classes we are creating Artist Trading Cards this week as the last project of the quarter.  They are small 2.5" x 3.5" art cards that can be shared with other artists around the world.  We will create a series of 5 cards in any media that all fit into a theme chosen by the artist and we'll send out 4 of the 5 cards to other students in the 2018 Worldwide Artist Trading Card Swap. In the past we have seen our cards travel to 3 continents and we have received cards from students in 12 countries and 18 states. The 5 cards will be due by the end of the class on Friday and when the are complete we'll label the backs with our first name, school, location, year, and my twitter handle @timneedles so we can find out where they end up!

Monday, October 30, 2017

AP Art: Submit to the NAHS News

Today is the last day for AP Art who are also in National Art Honor Society to submit their artwork into the NAHS News.  Well send along a submission detailing some of our recent activities such as our field trip to an artists studios in Bridgehampton and the projects from the end of last year: The Sketchbook Project and the Vans Custom Culture Contest

AP Art: Artist Research Project

this week we will work on our AP Art: Artist Research Projects in class I selected 2 artists for eact student who in some way connect to the work I've seen,  Below are the instructions:

Create presentations using Google Slide with a cover slide featuring the artist's image, a page of 20 bulleted (and interesting/relevant) facts from the artist's biography with sources, and 20 full size images of their work.  

Below is the master list of artists.  After the research and presentation you should create a piece inspired by anything you learned about either or both of the artists.  We will share the presentations on Wednesday and have a short test on all of them on Friday.

  1. Danielle- Liu Bolin & Andrew Wyeth
  2. Ilysa- David Hockney & Janet Fish/John Baldessari

Friday, October 27, 2017

Studio Art: Illustration Friday

Today in Studio Art I'll be grading the remainder of the Wyland Ocean Mural design and Sketchbook work and we'll work on the new Illustration Friday theme- SUGAR.  Above is my example, feel free to interpret the prompt in any creative way!  Next week is the end of the quarter so be sure to hand in any incomplete or late work by November 1.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Art Honor Society: Wyland Art Contest Week 1

Today in Art Honor Society we will begin our mural painting and finish preparatory work on the Wyland Art Contest. We will start the mural next week so well finish and critique the designs.

Image result for wyland painting mural

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AP Art: Hartford School of Art

University of Hartford | Hartford Art School from University of Hartford on Vimeo.

Tomorrow we welcome Hartford Art School (Thursday 10/26 periods 5-6 in art room 157).  They will talk about their program and review portfolios.  We've had a number of alumni attend Hartford including Aidi WangJess BrettDylan Ahern, and Steve Ponzo who went on to create Children's Books like Peanut Butter and Ellie.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Studio Art: Sketchbook Week

This week we will continue working on our Sketchbook designs following a different prompt each day (listed below.  you can see some of my sketchbook advice and practice on the Sharing Our Notebooks Blog.  Remember that our first quiz is on Friday on the artists we learned about who use sketchbooks and art journals, you can study on our Quizlet here: Art Class Quizlet.

  • Words
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Portraits
  • Asymmetrical Balance
  • Analogous Color

Monday, October 23, 2017

Digital Media: 3D Logo Design In Photoshop

In Digital Media we will work on creating original, creative 3D Logo Designs in Photoshop this week.  The design will be for our own "design companies we will use throughout the year.  Each student should create an entirely original design and complete it, including 3D rendering by Friday for a grade.  You can include text as well but remember to include the basic rules of logo design: 25 Logo Design Tips and simple is usually best as you can see below.

We will also have our last vocab quiz of the quarter on Friday on 3D printing so practice the terms on our class Quizlet.

Friday, October 20, 2017

AP Art: The Portfolio

In AP Art we are going to discuss how to assemble a good art Portfolio.  The pencil drawing above was from my high school portfolio and how I wish I knew then what I know now!  I'll share some successful student portfolios and advice as we prepare work to show for the upcoming portfolio reviews in class and at schools.

Our first class portfolio review is Wednesday period 5-6 with Hartford Art School and there are also portfolio reviews with a number of colleges at Heckscher Museum on October 19 and 26 including: SCAD, SVA, Pratt, RISD, Purchase, MICA, MASSart, and Ringling as well as the National Portfolio Review at Pratt  November 12 with pretty much every art school.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Painting: Sketchbook Week

In painting we learned about how different artists use their sketchbook and looked at examples from:

Peter Beard

Sabrina Ward Harrison

Dan Eldon

Austin Kleon

Lynda Barry

Ronald Searle

Lisa Congdon

Robert Crumb

Eugene Delacroix

Janice Lowry

This week we'll start off each day with a short sketchbook exercise and then create a full page in the sketchbook with different media each day.  On Friday we'll have a short quiz on the artists we learned about.  Here's a link to study the artists on the class: Quizlet

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AP Art: NYSATA Artist Mentoring Field Trip with Christine Chew Smith

Wednesday we traveled to Bridgehampton, NY for the NYSATA Artist Mentor series to visit artist Christine Chew Smith and create work with her in her art studio. After a studio tour, students from AP Art created collages, assemblages, and other artwork alongside the artist.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Studio Art: Wyland National Art Challenge

In Studio Art we are working this week on creating designs for the 2017 Wyland National Art Challenge.  we'll begin by creating a design in our sketchbook then flesh it our with color and complete it.  We will take all the final images and talk about our favorite designs then choose one for our collaborative mural which we will paint in November.

Painting a Fredrix® Classroom Mural Canvas with Wyland® from Fredrix® Artist Canvas on Vimeo.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrate St. James Art Contest Winners

Congrats to Ilysa from AP Art on winning the Celebrate St. James Art Contest in the 11-18 age group for her pastel drawing of the St. James General Store and to Alexis from Painting who, along with Ilysa, won an art supply package for her painting of the St. James train station.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Digital Media: 3D Logos in Photoshop

After our Photoshop vocabulary quiz in Digital Media class today we will continue learning about Adobe's 3D capabilities by learning to create 3D Logos in Photoshop.  The tutorial above gives the basic instructions and we'll learn the process and create logos for our own "design companies" which next week.  We'll also talk a little about branding and advertising in the process.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Art Honor Society: Field Trips and Mural Painting

Today in Art Honor Society we will finish planning our Fall field trips, work on some Mural Paintings, and set up our first gallery exhibit for the year.  Next week we will take part in the NYSATA Artist Mentor series and be taking our first field trip of the year to an artists studio where we will create collages with artist Christine Chew Smith in Bridgehampton, NY (below is an example of her work from recent exhibitions).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Digital Media: 3D Character Design

We will begin test printing some of the Digital Media students 3D Character Designs today in class as we review vocabulary for the first quiz on Friday.  Here's a great example from the period 4 class of a 2D and 3D character design created online.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Digital Media: Terminology & Vocabulary

In the first month of school we learned about Photoshop, green screen, coding, and 3D printing and this week we will review the new terms we learned for a quiz this Friday.  We will be using Google Slides along with the class Quizlet below to review and it can be accessed at home to study.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Painting: Figure Painting

In Painting we've been studying the proportion of the human figure by painting the skeleton from different angles and distances so we will now progress to Figure Painting.  We'll take turns posing for quick studies and paint them in our sketchbooks.  We'll do a number each day but the best 5 will be graded so you have some freedom to experiment and make mistakes while you work.  The focus of these studies is more on getting the proportions right than the likeness of the model so while every detail isn't necessary do be sure to attempt details like facial expressions, hands and feet which are more difficult.  Below is an example I did in class last year on Halloween.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

National Art and Media Art Honor Society: Introduction

Today is the first full meeting of the National Art and Media Art Honor Society in Mr. Needles art room 157 after school at 2-3pm.  We'll be discussing some of this year's events and activities as well as opportunities for scholarships and contests.  Below are some of our upcoming Fall activities that we'll be participating in:
  • Classroom, School, and Community Murals
  • Wyland Marine Life Mural Contest
  • Fall Museum Field Trip
  • Japan Society Junior Fellows Program
  • Mentor Artist Program
  • The Gratitude Project
  • Guest Artist and Alumni Programs
  • NAHS T-shirt Design Competition
  • Spooky Hallways
  • Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

  • Global Artist Trading Card Exchange
  • Special Art and Technology Workshops
  • Creating Self-driven art
  • Scholarships, College Visits, Conferences, and Contests

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Studio Art: Spirit Week Figure Drawing

Today in Studio Art we will finish the Shanti peace poster contest and begin learning the basic of figure drawing with Spirit Week daily figure drawing.

We'll draw students who are dressed up for spirit week events in our sketchbook.  The best 5 of these images will be graded but you can create as many as you wish while student models pose.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Digital Media: Spirit Week Photography

In Digital Media class we will photograph students participating in Spirit Week and Homecoming this week and learning new Photoshop tools and work on editing next week.  Every student should have at least 2 good images from each day by Tuesday 10/10 for a grade.  Above is an example on a Patriots Day image I created a few years ago that was included in a museum exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Extra Credit: Inktober

This month's Extra Credit assignment for painting, studio art, and AP art class is to participate in a full week of Inktober.  The image above gives the basics but also tag me in the images with @TimNeedles and #Needlesclass so I can see them.  Below is a demo of my first work for the theme of Swift by drawing and painting author Johnathan Swift.

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