My AP Art drawing students are handing in their last Breadth Assignment. It ended up being a take home assignment as we are rapidly running out of time before all of our exam materials are due.
After cutting, slicing and tearing open our fruits and veggies we created these super cropped acrylic paintings on a wooden panel. Working with black gesso increased the pop of color used and the over contrast of the colors.
Drawing & Painting II students have started a new project. Working with a square composition, they are creating linoleum print self portraits. We use the square composition so much with social media but can find it difficult to incorporate the composition into our art work. So, we are starting with as few elements as possible. Creating a linoleum print allows us to focus on contrast and texture while cropping our images. Some students cropped their self portraits so very little recognizable information is visible while others included more information. Next we are carving the linoleum blocks.
Drawing & Painting I students are working their way through the value scale. As they begin to put in their darker values the facial features start to take shape. Along the way we are learning how to hold a paint brush, manage the consistency, create clean edges and properly store our projects and palettes. We should be done with these in few more days. Then... on to acrylic paint part two.
Concentration #7 is done and we are moving onto #8. With just weeks to go before the AP exam students are starting to feel the pressure of the looming deadline. After out last critique many students made dramatic shifts in the direction of their concentrations so they are working to make the transitions visually.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
During the regional round of adjudication, the judges reviewed over 4000 works of art submitted by over 1200 students from northern New Jersey. The selection process is extremely competitive allowing only 6% of regional submissions to move onto the national level, Gold Key Award. Only 20-25% of students garnered awards at the Silver Key Award and Honorable Mention.
This year my students received 18 individual Awards. The 3 Gold Key winners will have their artwork on display at the Montclair Art Museum and their artwork will move to the national level for judging.
Welcome to 3rd marking period and acrylic paint. Drawing & Painting I has started their monochromatic self portraits. After going over the basic properties of acrylic paint, set up and clean up we started some basic color mixing while working on a value sheet. Students are working to chose a color or colors to use on their portrait.
DPII students are making good progress on their trompe l'oeil mixed media pieces. Last week we added watercolor and they are now working to complete the objects within the composition. Working from observation they are trying to capture the highlights, shadows and small details on each object. It is fun to watch students try to pick up the crayons on their page, forgetting that they are not real!
"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