This is just so awesome.... Ap art student, Imani, shared this great timelapse video she took while working on her latest breadth assignment. Watch how she carefully observes the values and color changes in her reference photo create the highly detailed drawing of fabric. Thanks so much for sharing!
This weekend I attended the AENJ Fall Art Exhibit Awards ceremony at NJPAC in Newark. Two of my students had work accepted and on exhibition in the Victoria Lobby. All of the work was fantastic and ranged in age from kindergarten to Grade 12. It was wonderful to see so many families there and excited to support the visual arts. Special thanks to the members of the AENJ for making this opportunity possible by coordinating the exhibit, hanging the work and creating such a welcoming reception. Also, special thanks to my students' family, our Visual Arts Supervisor, Mrs. Sterlacci, for coming out on a weekend and sharing in this special day.
Drawing & Painting II just finished up their surrealism drawings are beginning to work on their observational drawings of skulls. It just happens to be Friday the 13th and all of the skulls add a spooky vibe to the room.
Today students will be creating thumbnail sketches to warm up with the different parts and proportions of the skull. Working in their sketchbooks using regular pencil, they will pay careful attention to the light source and values they see.
Next class period we will move on to drawing the skull on good paper and look at how value can be created in reverse.... white pencil on black paper.
AP Art Drawing students are working with color pencils. After a group demonstration of techniques using layering and basic color theory students are working to create the texture, values and depth of color found in the apples. Students should be onto the silverware today. They are layering several colors to create the look of the metal while paying attention to the sharp reflections found on each utensil.
Today we had a fantastic visit, during homeroom, from PHS Alumni and an incredibly talented artist, Timothy Jahn. Tim is is a representational painter and teacher. He is the head instructor of Ani Art Academies and is here for a few days before heading to Sri Lanka to head up a new Ani Art Academy. Tim is also the son of our 9/10 school Nurse, Mrs. Jahn. Today, Tim shared some charcoal and pencil techniques that he teaches his students. He shared tips and techniques for improving our ability to create smooth value changes and discussed different paper surfaces to work on. I think everyone left today with something they could immediately apply to their work. Thank you Tim!
This week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the annual AENJ Conference. Each year art teachers from all around NJ get together to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in hands on workshops, and share best practices. Not only did I get to do all of those awesome things but I was also a presenter. Ms. Lentini-Pombrio and I presented a hands on workshop on using data as inspiration for creating art. We looked at 3 contemporary artists and had participants create different projects that they could use with their students or could be modified to each grade level. It was great to see how easily each teacher found a way to incorporate some of the techniques and concepts into already established school goals and initiatives. Special shout out to the AENJ officers and members for making this professional development opportunity possible.
"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