This week we received some wonderful news....6 of my art students have received awards in the regional Scholastic Art Awards. Goldaward winners will attend an awards ceremony next month at the Montclair Art Museum. Gold award winners will move onto the National Level to be judged later this spring.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Aliyah Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
Silver Key Art/Drawing
Priyanka Gold Key Art/Drawing
Tatiana Silver Key Art Portfolio
Natalia Gold Key Art/Drawing
Chioma Honorable Mention Art/Drawing
Brianne Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
Drawing & Painting II students worked from observation and put their mixed media skills to work today. They used watersoluable oil pastels and graphite to draw strands of rope that were twisting and turning into knots. Focusing on a small area students were able to pay careful attention to the light shadows that change as the rope overlaps and coils.
With all of the days off recently due to weather and holidays it seems as if midterm exams have snuck up on us. We will review for midterms in class for the next couple of days and you will receive a midterm packet. Midterms start next Monday January 27th. You will have two exams each day. If you miss an exam be sure to reach out to your teacher and grade level administrator right away.
January 31st marks the end of 2nd marking period. It is hard to believe we are half way through the school year. We have a lot to look forward to!
How many of us have been caught doodling in class? In my case, in a meeting. We often quickly rush to coverup or tuck away our drawing. It seems as if we just can't help it. We find our pens and pencils swirling around the paper, filling in all the "o's" or connecting shapes and letters together creating a collection of marks. Well, you might be surprised to find out it is good thing and those doodles may help you to remember more. Check out the video below that aired today on CBS Sunday Morning.
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School