Perhaps you have seen this story on the news this week? Crayola is releasing a new blue crayon and they need a name for it. You could be the person who names this new crayon. I thought the timing was great as my Drawing & Painting II students are working on their table top trompe l'oeil project using crayons. Also check out the science behind the color...its really cool. Here is the the link to submit your color name....http://www.crayola.com/splash/promos/newblue
This weekend I was reading the New York Times Arts Section and found this... The Museum of Modern Art in NYC (MOMA) is having a Rene Magritte exhibit. It is called Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. It just opened this weekend and it closes January 12, 2014. This show is collection of over 80 works and includes many of Magritte's images we just studied in our surrealism unit. What a great opportunity to study his work up close! His work is only here for a few months to be sure to pencil in some time to get to the MOMA.
Congratulations to all PHS Art Students!!!! Our annual art show was a great success. We completely transformed the library into an art gallery filled with student work. It was wonderful to see everyone out for our reception with their friends and families. It was especially wonderful to see all of the PHS Alumni art work and even some of the Alumni themselves. Many PHS graduates came out to see the slide show and share in our special night. Special thanks to all of the students who helped to set up and move all the heavy display racks and to the library staff for lending the space to us and making us feel welcome.
This week we received some wonderful news....5 of our art students have received awards in the regional Scholastic Art Awards. A jury of professional artists, curators, and arts educators spent 30+ hours reviewing 3400 works of art submitted by over 900 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey. Our student's work was selected as the top 10-30% in our region. Gold and silver award winners will attend an awards ceremony next month at the Montclair Art Museum. Gold award winners will move onto the National Level to be judged later this spring.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
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.
Happy New Year! As I look ahead I can't help but get excited about our upcoming projects.
Drawing & Painting I students can look forward to starting with Acrylics and working on two painting projects.
Drawing & Painting II students will also be learning to stretch and prepare a canvas for their upcoming painting projects.
AP Art Drawing Students will continue to work to complete the necessary parts of their portfolio for their Exam in May.
Last week our PHS art students created handcrafted items to sell as part of the community based art project Shells for NJ Shores. Students made charms, notecards, ornaments and jewelry using a shell theme. These items were then sold to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Shells for NJ Shores is an art based community fundraiser created by a South Brunswick Elementary art teacher. Check out the link to see other schools and organizations that are helping out....
Special thanks to all of the staff members who purchased the student's handmade items! It was wonderful to see the pride the students took in each piece created and how excited they were to give back to their community.
The international Humans in Space Youth Art Competition encourages youth to “Be Inspired, Creative and Heard.” We ask them to think about the future of human space flight and to creatively communicate their ideas, and we promise to make these ideas viewable worldwide. By including the next generation in the planning of the future, the competition aims to enhance their awareness, interest in and support for human space flight, and to allow their ideas to begin shaping the future now.
The current 2012 competition invites young people from 10 to18 years of age to submit visual, literary, musical and video artwork expressing their vision of how humans will use science and technology in the future to explore space and uncover its mysteries. Their submissions will be judged by an international panel including artists, scientists, teachers, engineers, astronauts and others. The winning artwork will be woven into displays and performances designed to relay the youth artists’ messages to other young people and adults around the world.
Edvard Munch’s 1895 version of “The Scream” — which became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when it brought nearly $120 million at Sotheby’s in May — will go on view at the Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of its new mystery owner, for six months, starting on Oct. 24.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our visitors to see something that is otherwise hard to see,” says Glenn D. Lowry, the museum’s director. The pastel will be on display through April 29, 2013. Read More...
Just took a trip to my local Target store and found this...for just $0.75
Issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first showing of Warhol’s paintings of the celebrated soup can, the labels come in four brilliant color combinations, like blue with orange or teal with hot pink, to mimic the artist’s style. They also have famous Warhol quotes on them like “In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes,’’ and a picture of the artist on the back.
"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