Drawing & Painting I students finished up their first paintings in acrylic. These monochromatic portraits emphasize the use of values to create the illusion of form. Using a single color and white students had to create 5 different values. Along the way they learned to mix enough paint (because we all know how hard it is to make the same color/vale twice), brush control, when to use a certain brush and managing paint supplies. These newly learned skills will be applied to our next project, painting candy. Students chose their color and pose to create these colorful expressions.
Check out the work in progress! Sometimes we focus so much on the end product rather than the process. But there is so much value in the process. There are decisions being made, conversations being had, and constant adjusting and modifications. This is the growth mindset at work! Here are some projects currently being worked on in AP.
Drawing & Painting II finished these portraits awhile back and they have just been waiting to be hung up in the G-wing showcases. Here is the first batch of portraits. You can see a mashup of contour line portraits, as well as, single subject portraits. The color scheme was open but students needed to use the wide range of value in their portrait to create the planes of the faces. Some students incorporated words and patterns while others used subtle color changes in the negative space. We used oil pastel and sharpie marker. These oil pastels are water soluble so they can be used blended to create smooth transitions.
Congratulations! Emma (top left) and Gabby (top right) had their artwork selected for the NJPAC Late Winter Exhibit sponsored by the AENJ. Emma's artwork is collection of blind contour portraits completed in acrylic paint. The lines vary from thick to thin and create movement that carries the viewer's eye through the art. Gabby's mixed media shoe drawing is completed from observation and done in pencil, watercolor, pen and monoprinting. Both students were honored at an awards ceremony.
What is YAM? YAM stands for Youth Art Month.
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM was created in 1961 by ACMI, a nonprofit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the National Art Education Association.
Each year at Piscataway High School the art teachers work together to create a different YAM activity that students can participate in. We have had many different themes and created large scale projects in the past. Art students have participated over the years look forward to this each year. What are we doing this year? Hint-take a look at the picture above and check back in two weeks to see where these mini easels end up traveling too. It's going to be awesome!
Midway through our AP drawing concentrations something wonderful always happens... everyone seems to make great strides. Students start to mix media more, work larger and investigate their ideas in more visually interesting ways. I really think this happens because we have increased our confidence, experience and overall understanding of what a concentration is. The first few months of AP are spent feeling it out and panicking about the sheer quantity of work needed to complete the exam. With nerves out of the way and a sense of accomplishment we typically move forward. Now we just have to get through these last few months.
Drawing & Painting I & II are both painting right now. Beginner students are just starting out with mixing different values, while advanced students are recalling all of those acrylic techniques they learned last year. Each class is working on canvas panels but different sizes and concepts. Check back to see some progress...
"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