Check out the work in progress! Sometimes we focus so much on the end product rather than the process. But there is so much value in the process. There are decisions being made, conversations being had, and constant adjusting and modifications. This is the growth mindset at work! Here are some projects currently being worked on in AP.
Congratulations! Emma (top left) and Gabby (top right) had their artwork selected for the NJPAC Late Winter Exhibit sponsored by the AENJ. Emma's artwork is collection of blind contour portraits completed in acrylic paint. The lines vary from thick to thin and create movement that carries the viewer's eye through the art. Gabby's mixed media shoe drawing is completed from observation and done in pencil, watercolor, pen and monoprinting. Both students were honored at an awards ceremony.
Midway through our AP drawing concentrations something wonderful always happens... everyone seems to make great strides. Students start to mix media more, work larger and investigate their ideas in more visually interesting ways. I really think this happens because we have increased our confidence, experience and overall understanding of what a concentration is. The first few months of AP are spent feeling it out and panicking about the sheer quantity of work needed to complete the exam. With nerves out of the way and a sense of accomplishment we typically move forward. Now we just have to get through these last few months.
AP Drawing is finishing up their last breadth assignment! With just 3 months left until the exam we will be refining our concentrations and finishing the remainder of the portfolio work. Students will also be working any pieces that they are not happy with or have incomplete. We are in the home stretch now.
Today we had such a great day in AP Art! I mean... really super great day! We were monoprinting with gelli plates. Ok, the set up was a lot and making the gelli plates did take some time. But (insert whoo hoo here) it was exciting. We flipped the classroom and students prepped for the lesson on their own. They were given an electronic folder of on-line resources and videos to review before starting. Students prepped stencils and color schemes before coming into the classroom. This allowed students to jump right in and start printing. Each student had their own printing station and space to create a multitude of prints. Students were layering acrylics, using stencils, incorporating their figure drawings, cutting original stencils, adding xerox transfer and hand coloring. And tomorrow...we get to do it all again!
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!
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!
"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