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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

AP Art: Water Conservation Mural and Storm Drains

Today is our final day of painting the water conservation mural that we've been working on with National Geographic and the video above shows our whole process.  We learned a great deal from the research and used it in our mural so now it's time to begin sharing some of what we learned with others!  We'll post the video and the final mural pictured below on social media and put together a campaign in the spring that includes the beach cleanup we organized so the community can take action.
We will also be participating in another Google Hangout with the science classes at Smithtown West 5th period today to continue our collaboration on the smaller storm drain murals that we will be painting in the spring.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

National Art Honor Society- Handmade Holiday Cards

In National Art Honor Society we will be creating 20 handmade holiday cards for our local Adopt-A-Family program this week leading up to Thanksgiving and completing our Wyland mural painting as well as the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards which are both due on December 3.

Friday, November 22, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Cyanotypes

Today we have a special National Art Honor Society collaboration with the Makerspace to celebrate my new book STEAM Power, we are learning to create cyanotypes!  Above is a cool example from artist Karen Molloy and below is a great example from artist Essye Klempner which was shown the Queens Museum.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

National Art Honor Society: Contests

In National Art Honor Society today we will be working on finishing our Wyland mural and the individual storm drain mural for Smithtown as well as planning our induction, first field trip, our first collaboration cyanotype project with Makerspace club for my upcoming book STEAM Power, our Holiday projects, and upcoming contests such as Scholastic Art and Writing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

AP Art: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The deadline for the Scholastic Art & Writing awards are coming up so our next assignment is to create a NEW work for our AP Portfolio that can also be submitted for the competition.  If you win the prize is an award at Carnegie Hall and up to $40,000 plus you get an actual gold key just like the one Andy Warhol won and is wearing up above! It can be in any medium and any size under 20" but needs to be handed in by next Wednesday November 27 and submitted online at: www.artandwriting.org

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Digital Media: Lets make a Video Game

In Digital Media we have now done all the preparation creating characters and backgrounds, props, and animations so lets now actually make our Video Game!  We will be using SCRATCH to code, if you're an advanced coder and want to use something else just speak to me.  The game will be due on Wednesday November 27 (last day before Thanksgiving break) and should also be submitted to Scholastic Art & Writing Awards if you feel like it's complete by December 1.

We'll start by setting up an account and figuring out what we need to do to make our game a reality- there are many great tutorials on you tube available for people who have not coded before that can give you step by step instructions.  Here's a favorite below.

Drawing- Sketchbooks

In drawing class we are focusing on sketchbooks in advance of the sketchbook project.  We learned about a range of well-known artists who used sketchbooks so study them on our class quizlet to prepare for a short quiz on Friday.

This week we will begin 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 and I'll do a few short tutorials this week as we work.  We'll be learning about the Sketchbook Project (The Telephone Game) as well as a few new drawing terms during this assignment.  
  • Tuesday- Words- Geometric Shapes/
  • Wednesday- Portraits
  • Thursday Asymmetrical Balance
  • Friday- Analogous Color

Monday, November 18, 2019

NAHS and Makerspace Collaboration Friday: Cyanotypes

This Friday the National Art Honor Society and Makerspace will have our first in a series of collaboration as I share a project from my upcoming book STEAM Power and show students how to create Cyanotypes.  Check out my Pinterest Cyanotype Page for some inspiring images to get an idea of what they look like and get some fodder together to create a print on Friday!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Water Conservation Mural Project

We will continue working on our Water Conservation Mural Project in classes today in our to complete it by December 1.  Don't forget to submit your individual entries and photographs as well!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

National Art Honor Society- Wyland mural

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We will begin painting the Wyland mural today in Art Honor Society.  We'll be recording video for the National Geographic capstone project and working on the local storm drain murals as well.  We also have a special collaboration with Art Honor Society and the Makerspace club Friday for a creative Cyanotype project.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Digital Media: Basic Principles of 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 series above showing how of the the rules of animation apply and what happens when you don't follow the rules.  We will now incorporate the first 3 rules into our first animation challenge (squash and stretch, anticipation, and staging) which can be done digitally on Piskel and is due Friday.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AP Art: Wyland Mural Painting

We will begin painting the Wyland mural today and continue this week in AP Art and Art Honor Society.  We'll be recording video for the National Geographic capstone project and working on the local storm drain murals as well.  We are also scheduled to have a special collaboration with Art Honor Society and the Makerspace club Friday for a creative Cyanotype project.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Last Day of Quarter 1

Today is the Last Day of Quarter 1 so we are 1/4 way through the school year! Make sure all assignments are in and enjoy the 3 day week, be sure to get some sleep and be ready for quarter 2!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

AP Art: Artist Quiz

This is the last week of the quarter so we will have a quiz on Friday on the artists we learned about in class. Today we'll begin by covering David Carson Andrew Wyeth, and Swoon and tomorrow we will review the artist we looked at to prepare.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Art Honor Society: Anti-cyberbullying art contest

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, the Town of Smithtown's Youth Bureau held an anti-cyberbullying art contest. Smithtown High School East junior AP student-artist Nethmi Withanage was declared the winner.
The poster showed how she perceives cyberbullying and its impact. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 14, and her poster will be featured in the lobby of the Suffolk County executive's building in Hauppauge.

Drawing: STEAM Power book

Since we only have one day before you have election day off, I'll share some of the process of creating illustrations and the cover image for my new book, STEAM Power.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Drawing: Figure Drawing

We celebrated Halloween in class yesterday with figure drawing our fellow students in their Halloween costumes. We'll continue today and learn some tips and tricks for great figure drawing. Here's a link to some things to keep in mind: 5 simple figure drawing tips

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