Drawing & Painting II students are working to create these amazing button inspired trees. So often in Drawing & Painting we forget we can work in low-relief (raised off the surface slightly). We used buttons to create a layers, textural effect. After attaching them to the page we added contour lines to create the surface pattern for the tree. In the negative space students developed a pattern to represent leaves.
I would like to introduce our Guest Blogger, Tatiana. I have asked her to share some insight into the college application process for a student interested in going to college for any arts related career. Tatiana is currently a senior at PHS and is a student in my AP Art Drawing Studio II class. She is also a student option teacher assistant in my Drawing & Painting II course. In her free time she runs track and cross country, and she plans to pursue studio art in college..............
Applying to an Art College/Program
Hi! I know that sometimes applying to (or even thinking about) art school may seem daunting- sometimes it’s not as clear-cut as a regular university, but hopefully what I’ve picked up throughout the process can help you all out a bit!
The first thing I think is important to understand is the difference between an art college and a regular college/university. At a regular university, the ratio of studio-time to liberal-arts classes is about 4:6, whereas art schools emphasize studio immersion and the art-to-academic ratio is around: 7:3. If you want a fine arts degree and crave studio immersion, than I’d say art school is definitely for you!
The next step: when choosing an art school, I’ve come to realize that it’s important to do a lot of research, and be sure to know what you're looking for- avoiding basing a decision solely off of prestige or some other arbitrary factor. Personally, I plan to major in painting, and I've found that certain schools which are great overall may be lacking in certain departments, which should be considered.
Also, art schools are special in that in a lot of the application they admissions officers are assessing your artistic qualities and fearlessness. That idea is a really motivating factor that should encourage you to take artistic risks and explore a bit. Home tests and essays should be problem-solving opportunities that you should embrace, rather than dread. Be sure not to go too far, but don't limit yourself to the mundane, because you're applying to be both a student and an artist at said institution- plus if you’re having fun in your home test or essay, I think that’ll show through.
Another facet of applying to art schools (and other universities in general) that has been instilled in me: grades do matter. Plus, if your grades are good enough, you can rake in some academic scholarship money, which is always nice.
If you take away any succinct advice, it’d probably be organized, be yourself, and be confident. It sounds like a mystery but trust me, it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. Have fun, and I wish you all the best of luck in all your pursuits! J
Drawing & Painting I students used a light bulb as a visual prompt for their newest journal page. They were able to make the light bulb look as if it was being broken, fractured or coming apart while paint spilled, exploded or dripped out from the inside. Using colored pencils, markers and chalk pastels they the opportunity to mix media and play with the fun idea!
Last week I spent some time creating this display at the Administration Building. It is a sampling of student artwork from the three different levels of Drawing & Painting that I teach. Even though it is only a handful of projects, I love seeing the work together because you really get a sense of the students' growth.
So you have mastered the blind contour? Give this a try!
This lesson is perhaps my most favorite AP Art Projects....Blind Contour Portraits. There is just some thing so striking about a black line on a white piece of paper drawn without looking. With no need to erase, students will draw one another without looking, paying attention to the small details and characteristics of their model. AP students will be working on these this week.
"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