At the end of the year, AP Art Drawing student and class of 2016 graduate, Mary Dvorksy, entered the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Art Contest. The contest asks students to create a piece of artwork that is inspired by an issue that impacts our oceans such as pollution, conservation and environmental impacts on the ecosystem. Mary, who is currently in college studying art, won honorable mention! Her artwork was fantastic and stood out from the 1,200+ high school entries from around the world. Congratulations!
The 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Art contest is now open. Let Mrs. Amme know if you are interested in entering. Check out the link to see more information http://fromthebowseat.org
This week we hung up our Drawing & Painting II hands and bugs project in the G-wing. The response has been great. They are so colorful and fun to look at that many teachers and students have stopped to ask about the project. Right now there are only 12 on display because the they are so large. But we will be rotating in a new batch next week so that everyone has a chance to be on display. Great job everyone!
Earlier this week I attended and and presented at the Art Educator's of New Jersey Conference. Ms. Lentini-Pombrio and I shared our successful Youth Art Month activities with a fantastic group of art teachers from all around the state. This hands-on workshop allowed the teachers to try out three of our YAM activities. We even created a small tree of hope and a large YAM floor puzzle. After completing the hands-on activities we shared three additional projects they could do with their school, community and faculty.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open
Each year, the Alliance partners with nearly 100 visual arts and literary arts organizationsacross the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards. National Medalist are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. http://www.artandwriting.org
Over the past few years many Piscataway High School Art students have been recognized at the Regional Level winning a wide variety of awards. Several students have won National Awards.
Drawing & Painting I students are using their knowledge of line to create a new journal assignment. First students created shapes, either a recognizable shape or an abstract shape, and then they added lines to create patterns. This type of doodle is called a zentangle. Students are discovering that when the lines get closer together the area may appear darker, otherwise known as value! And...yes...this is our next big unit!
"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