AP Art Drawing just finished up their first in class breadth assignment and.... WOW! Working with the idea that shoes can tell a story about where they have been, who wore them, what they felt like and the memories we associate with them, students created mixed media pieces uses their own shoes. Drawing from observation took a while and we certainly had some challenges, such as setting them each day in the same position and adjusting for changes in the lighting. However, I was so impressed with how each student worked and offered feedback to one another along the way. Great job!
The College of New Jersey’s Department of Art and Art History invites all prospective students to attend Art Attack, our annual Open House and Portfolio Consultation Day on Sunday, October 15th, 2017!
11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Art and Interactive Multimedia Building
DPI students are onto the color portions of their Haring inspired skateboards. With a limited color scheme, markers and color pencils, students are working to balance the shapes and colors in their designs. While incorporating the white of the paper and lines to create movement, it is so great to see how much "thinking" everyone is doing. I hear great conversations at each table about the choices they are making. Great start!
Looking to attend a portfolio day that is a bit smaller and closer to home.... Check out the Montclair Art Museum Portfolio Review Day. It is Sunday October 29, 12-4 pm and it is FREE.
MAM Portfolio Reviews allow college-bound students to receive feedback on their visual art portfolios from college art school admission officers. Over 25 schools will be on site and available to meet with students. Please bring 12 to 20 pieces of original work including sketchpads if available. You may bring work in any medium including clothing, jewelry, and sculpture if you can carry it. If you wish your digital work to be viewed, bring your own laptop as well as an additional battery.
Drawing & Painting II students wrapped up the week completing all of their hands and insect drawings for their surrealism project. Next week we will officially take a look at compositions and how we can best organize the elements within our drawing. A few students started to experiment with their compositions using the light table to physically move around all of the parts of their image. This gives students the change to overlap, tilt, and layer images before going to the good paper. Great start everyone!
Last year during the launch of the ARTS ED NOW campaign I asked students to finish the statement "Today an art student, tomorrow...?" The responses were wonderful that I decided to take on this little project again this year. However, for students who I had last year we modified the statement a bit to include the years they have been in an art class. Some student responses are literal careers, others are in the moment and some simply describe their hopes and dreams for the future. We will create a display in the classroom with our responses to help remind us how valuable art is as part of our personal and educational foundation.
Each year in Drawing & Painting I we start with line. After identifying types of lines and they way they vary we launch into the work of Keith Haring. His use of line and universal appeal makes it a great introduction to the beginner students. As we explore his work from the 1980's I always do a quick google search to show students how his work and influence are still felt today. We found his work being exhibited in galleries, murals being restored and his inspiring fashion trends. We discuss why his work is so appealing and influential even today.
*Photo credits:Images are screenshots from websites.
This week Drawing & Painting I students finished constructing their journals and even completed their first journal assignment called "I am". Using a list of prompts, students explored how they identify themselves, such as a I am... a son, daughter, friend of, grandchild of, etc. After listing them on their journal page they added a their hand print. This mixed media page is great way to learn a bit more about each other while jumping right into visual journaling.
Drawing & Painting II also completed their journals but they also, worked on a drawing assessment. While gathering around a large still life in the center of the room we worked from observation to draw what we could see. These drawings will help us identify our strengths and the areas some growth in.
AP Drawing completed their line drawings of their shoes for their first breadth assignment. Everyone started shading yesterday and should be done with that part by next week. They also handed in their concentration proposals and should be starting rough sketches this weekend. Each student received feedback and we met one on one to discuss their concepts while addressing the AP scoring rubric.
"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