I had the pleasure of attending a great workshop at the NJ Center for the Visual Arts this week. We started our day with artist Alice Momm. She shared her nature inspired art and discussed her process of creating art with natural materials. Afterwards we toured the galleries and looked at work from other New Jersey based artists. After lunch we walked and we gathered our own bits of nature outside to use to create an original artwork. I created a small handmade book that incorporated some swirly twigs, strung, book pages and watercolor. It was a great day and I walked away with some great ideas to bring back to the classroom.
This is probably one of my most favorite lessons to teach..data inspired art. We look at the work of artists who create what appears to be seemingly abstract art but come to find out it is inspired by data. The data can be as simple as a heart rate or as complicated as the pressure readings inside of a hurricane. This data is represented visually using some art medium. In class, we worked from data we created on site using a die to roll numbers and creating marks using system/key as a guide. Then students, working in small groups, created their own systems to work from. The final project for this lesson is a collaborative data painting. Each student completed a survey about their learning preferences in regards to being right brained or left brained. We represented these answers using a color key. The visually represented data will be put together to create a large painting. Looking at the final artwork, we can investigate the data and look for trends in answers, determine who is more right or left brained and look for similar data profiles.
G115 is full of art! Each AP art student returned from break with their completed portfolio, 7 months of hard work. 24 + pieces of art for each student. Every surface in the room is covered with artwork as they measure, photograph, mat and wrap their work for the AP Exam. We just 3 more class block so to finish up it is a mad dash to the finish line.
"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