Welcome to Art Room 161

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, February 28, 2019

AP Art: AP Checks

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All AP Art students should have received the course bulletin and should have submitted payment to Mr. Aleci's office.  Checks should be made out to Smithtown Central School District for $94.

National Art Honor Society: The Sketchbook Project 2019

Today in National Art Honor Society we will be working on creating piece for our 2019 Sketchbook Project which is based on illustrations of some of our favorite songs.  I just visited the sketchbooks at the Brooklyn art Gallery to drop off my Tiny Sketchbook Project and for an opening of the Encyclopedia Project where one of my paintings was on display, always fun!

Studio Art: Designing Self Portraits with Pattern

We are going to revision self-portraits but this time we are going to work to incorporate design elements to create a composition using pattern, texture, and shape.  In this work you should explore creating contrast with patterns and you should work with both realism and some element of abstraction.  The example above is from a student and the one below is one of my own.  You can create interesting patterns out of anything: line, type, shapes, ect.

The master of this mix of realism and textured patterns is artist Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and well known for famous paintings such as The Kiss and the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
The portrait painting, one in a small series one of which was recently owned by Oprah, is now on view in NYC's Neue Gallery for free.  It is now often better known as the "Woman in Gold" after the recent film starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds based on it's history, the trailer is below.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Digital Media: The Short, Short Film Project

We are beginning the film process to create our Short, Short Film Project in Digital Media by learning how to storyboard.  Below are some examples and some information about storyboards and there is also a template on Google Classroom. The storyboard is due tomorrow and then we'll discuss the next steps of filming and editing.

We are learning some film pre-production and cinematography basics such as the 3 basic shots above which you should incorporate into your film. Consider the different angles and perspective's we might want to use into your short film based on the examples we watched in class. Here's a link to some additional examples: Film Studies 101: The 30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Needs To Know.  We'll also learn about the jobs and terminology involved in film pre-production and have a short quiz on Friday.

Above is a professional classic example of a storyboard from Star Wars that contains the establishing shot as well as many of the basic shots we learned.  The short profile below shows a bit about how a storyboard artist works and what they actually do.  We have had a few Smithtown alumni go on to becomes storyboard artists on big television and film projects like Rick and Morty and Archer.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Studio Art: Film Poster Design for a Best Picture Oscar Nominee

In Studio Art we are continuing our design unit with an original Film Poster Design for one of the Best Picture Oscar Nominees.  Choose any of the films nominated for Best Picture that we saw the previews of on Monday and create a new original design.  Below are a list of the films again:
  1. Black Panther
  2. BlacKkKlansman
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. The Favourite
  5. Green Book
  6. Roma
  7. A Star Is Born
  8. Vice

Monday, February 25, 2019

Welcome back from winter vacation!

Welcome back from winter vacation! In digital media we'll discuss some of the Oscar winners from last nights ceremony as they relate to our ongoing film and animation projects in digital media and computer art classes.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Last Day of Class


Today is the last day before our winter vacation so make sure all assignments are up to date and submitted! Have a terrific vacation!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Art Honor Society: Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to all members of the Art Honor Society! Today we'll have a one hour meeting and work on the Sketchbook Project, the Vans Custom Culture Contest, and the Japan Society student exchange!

Here's the link to the NAHS handbook and scholarships:  2018-2019 Handbook 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Studio Art: Book Jacket Re-design

In Studio Art we will learn about 2 important contemporary designers: Chip Kidd and David Carson. Then we will create designs using the information we learned about the process with a book jacket. We will each re-design a jacket for our favorite book using the design principals we learned and the advice each of the designers gave on respecting the audience's intellect and legibility's interaction with communication.

The Harry Potter dust jacket book cover above by Kathie Bayne is a good example of what basics should be included and what a finished design looks like.  You can choose any book you like to redesign as long as it's in the school library.  Below is an additional TED talk by Chip Kidd in which he discusses designing books for authors like Charles Schultz, David Sedarisand David Rakoff.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dgital Media: Animation

In digital media class we are learning the basics of animation and focusing on Frank & Ollie's Twelve Basic Principles of Animation.  We watched the video above showing how of the the rule of animation applies and what happens when you don't follow the rules.  We will now incorporate the learning into our animation challenges.  The squash & stretch challenge can be done digitally on Piskel and it's due Friday along with your alphabet animation morph.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Computer Art: 3D Art Disk Remix

In Computer Art class we started learning about 3D design and printing be doing a Art Disk Remix based on a design created by Morphi. Above are some of the initial 3D prints of student designs. Today we will learn some of the terminology using our class Quizlet.  We will continue reviewing them today and play Quizlet Live together as a class to prepare for the quiz on Wednesday.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Studio Art: Illustrated haiku poems

We learned about the basics of typography and design in class and now it's time to bring a creative approach to what we learned and pair them together as we learn a bit about Japanese culture.  The image above of the Holstee Manifesto is a great example of great type design and the image below is an example of what we are doing, creating an original illustrated haiku poem.
Haiku poems are 3 lines consisting of 5 syllables on the 1st line, 7 syllables on the 2nd line, and 5 syllables on the 3rd and final line.  We will write 5 haiku poems then choose our favorite to illustrate.  We'll also be learning a little more about Japanese culture and schools with examples from my travels and discuss our student exchange program with the Japan Society.  Below is an example of the traditional Japanese haiku illustrated.

In the TED talk below Billy, who was a two-term U.S. Poet Laureate, explains the project and how his poems were animated for the Sundance Channel.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Art Honor Society: No Meeting Today/Japan Society

There will be no Art or Media Art Honor Society meeting today but we are still looking for volunteers to house the Japanese student visitors in March.  The application for the Japan Society program is now up for the summer as well.  We will be meeting next Thursday as scheduled!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Digital Media: Video Haiku's

In Digital Media we are completing our video haiku poem's today, make sure the are exported (shared) as mpeg videos so that we can review them.  Remember all video and images must be your own.  Above is an example I did in class this week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Computer Art: 3D designing Modular Art Disks

In Computer Art class we are beginning the 3D design unit with a 3D printing remix of Morphi's Modular Art Disks.  We are going to use the same sizing from the source files and create our own interchangeable disks.  We'll look at how that works in different programs including Morphi and Tinkercad then print the disks and build with them. later in the week.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Studio Art: Augmented Reality Flag Design

This week we are working on re-designing a new flag for the town of Smithtown and we are going to take a note from Roman Mars, host of the 99% Invisible (one of my favorite design podcasts), and work to create a better flag for our town, Smithtown.  We are going to watch his TED talk and learn about vexillology, the study of flags, and then critique our town flag based on the basic design rules that he shares written below.

1. Keep it simple. (The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.)
2. Use meaningful symbolism.
3. Use two to three basic colors.
4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
5. Be distinctive

Our flag is definitely what we learned Vexillologists would call a "SOB" (a seal on a bedsheet) so we are going to help our town out by creating a new flag design that represents the 21st Century.  We are also going to use the Quiver app to create a virtual augmented reality video show off how great our new flag designs would look flying over the school and in town.  Be creative, be original- this project is due on Wednesday 3/29!

Here's a few of my favorite flag redesigns from last year for inspiration!

We will create 6 thumbnail drawings in color, then one full color design then take that design and bring it into Augmented Reality using a template.  The last step of the project is to record your flag design with augmented reality and share it, below is an example of the flag in Augmented Reality.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Scholastic Art Awards Day!

Today is Scholastic Art Awards Day! We have a number of different students in various classes who entered and did tremendous work.  Here's a link to the full winners list. Congratulations to AP student Chris Jarosak on winning a Silver Key in Digital Art for his piece Pulled Down and an Honorable Mention in Drawing and Illustration his piece Mountain.

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