Congratulations to AP Art Drawing student Chrissy. Her work was selected for the Art Administrators of New Jersey annual Emerging Artist exhibition. Chrissy was one of 42 student artists selected to be part of the exhibit at the James Howe Gallery at Kean University. Chrissy was one of 10 students who was selected to receive an award, honorable mention. She will now submit her art portfolio for a second round of judging that could make her eligible for a scholarship. It was wonderful to see all of the fantastic artwork and wide variety of media at the reception.
Drawing & Painting II is working on these cool mixed media figures. This year students were able to use their own photos if they wanted. They are collaging a portion of the photo and altering the rest. Everyone has tapped into their inner fashion designer. Using a limited palette and patterns to fill the negative spacm each one has it's own feel. Some are a flash back to the 80's, while others are a bright splash of 60's color.
AP Art just finished up these awesome contour line portraits. Some are self portraits and others of regular portraits of classmates. They used water soluble oil pastel. It is great to see all of the different approaches from heavy layering to painting techniques. These are really large about 15 x 22 and completed on mixed media paper to hold up the water and scratching tools.
Drawing & Painting I students are working on a their POP Art linoleum project. For some students this is their first time ever carving a linoleum block or trying any type of printmaking. It is always fun to watch as a student creates their first print and they realize they can make as many as they want. This is so different from creating a single pencil drawing and hoping it works out. For the project students are asked to create one good black and white print with excellent craftsmanship and a group of prints using a concept or idea. Students are using a planning sheet to work out the overall composition, color scheme and materials.
Congratulation to, Drawing & Painting II student, Emma ! Emma’s design for the 2017 Art Educators of New Jersey Youth Art Month Design Competition was chosen as one of the six winning entries. The Art Educators of New Jersey join other state art organizations to participate in the YAM Design Competition each year to highlight importance of art in our school and community. Emma’s artwork will be featured on a billboard in NJ and will be displayed at the NJ State YAM Reception in Trenton in March, where she will receive an award.
Today we had an artist come in and spend the day with our AP students. Michelle Ward is an incredible mixed media artist who lives in Piscataway. She began by introducing students to collgraph prints using gelli plates. It was exciting to see how students jumped right in and began to think about color, texture and printing. Then Michelle shared a variety of stencil and texture techniques using the gelli plates and different paper surfaces. It was amazing, as each student had made at least 20 prints. Using these prints students made hand sewn books and collages. Michelle worked with each and every student individually and made it an incredible experience for all. Special thanks to the Piscataway high school PTSO who made this workshop possible with a teacher grant and Mrs. Lentini-Pombrio who applied for the grant and had the idea for this great opportunity.
AP Drawing is working on a new breadth assignment using contour line self portraits. Working from observation students created larger than life contour line drawings using sharpie. Using water soluable oil pastels, students are using unexpected color combinations and different techniques to create their portrait.
Welcome 2017! So December came and went so quickly. We have been up to so much and so busy that we didn't get to blogging it. Now I am catching up....
Drawing & Painting II students are working on their linoleum selfies. Working with relief printmaking offers students so many options for printing and experimenting. Students were asked to create at least three different prints; one traditional black and white, one on brayer painted paper and one that incorporates text as a visual element to add meaning. We should be done with these any day.
"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