The AP art students just handed in their 4th concentration of the year. As you can see there are many different ideas and concepts being explored. It is great to see students using mixed media(orchids), incorporating newly techniques (working in reverse) and working on different paper surfaces (chess game). We are just 2 concentrations from our mid year review. At that time we will look at how the concentration has developed and where we want to go from there. Stay tuned!
Congratulations! Sara had her artwork (above) selected for the NJPAC Early Winter Exhibit sponsored by the AENJ. Sara's artwork is a fantastic still life that she completed from observation. She used color pencils and spent a lot of time on the small details and logos. By choosing to use a group of similar objects Sara was able to unify the composition. The overlapping and tipped angles also help to create some a triangular composition.
AP Drawing is well into the second marking period with the reductive charcoal drawings. Yes...they are messy and there are bits of charcoal trailing around the classroom.. BUT- they are just awesome! Working from observation, on a heavy mixed media paper with compressed charcoal, students are drawing skeletons using erasers. We are creating value and texture by removing the charcoal. The results are instant and you can really appreciate the negative spaces in the skeleton. We are only spending three days on these but they are probably one of my most favorite projects of the year. This is marking making at its best!
Drawing & Painting II are moving along with their cropped drawing of flowers. After completing rough drawing and thumbnails to work out the composition, they are testing colors. Using their previous knowledge of color theory, students are matching colors and textures found in their flowers and plants.
Drawing & Painting I students started their first color theory unit. We worked with the primary colors to create a color wheel. For many students it was the first time they have ever mixed so many different hues. We started by exploring vocabulary and the science of color and optics. Many students had great questions and even followed up with new questions today. We made connections between psychology, color and science.
Such great timing! Yesterday Drawing & Painting II began their unit on Nature as Inspiration and we looked at the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and other artist using nature and the natural environment as the subject of their art work. Well today is O'Keeffe's birthday! As I was checking in on Instagram, it was so cool to see to many tributes to this highly influential and talented artist. The birthday cake is just bananas!
"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