We are in our busiest time of year here. We are an alternate testing schedule for PARCC, AP Exams are just a week away and our art show is right around the corner. Students are working to finish up their latest projects: Drawing & Painting I are in the middle of their watercolor unit, Drawing & Painting II are working on acrylic paints and AP is frantically racing to the finish line matting and uploading their artwork.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Art Administrators of NJ Annual Emerging Artist High School Exhibit at Kean University. This year I entered the work from my student Priyanka (above). Congratulations! Her colored pencil and acrylic portrait won a Merit Award. She is among the 10 award winners that will go on to the next round of competition by submitting their portfolios for review. I look forward to this event each year as it demonstrates the wide range of artistic experiences that the students from all around New Jersey are experiencing through their visual arts programs. Special thanks to all of the AANJ members that make this show possible each year.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for registration.Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literacy-arts organizations across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 apply in 28 categories of art and writing. 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.Last year, students submitted 255,000 works of art and writing to the Awards; more than 68,000 were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top 2,000 works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Go to .... http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information and details about our region, registration and restrictions.
The last couple of weeks have been non stop art fun. First, AP students finished up their AP Art Studio Exams. It was amazing to see all of the work they have completed. Right after the exam we started to get ready for our High School Art Show. Last week we had our opening and reception and had a record turn out. It was great to see all of the students and families come out to celebrate our students creative accomplishments. Special thanks to everyone who helped to set up and take down the show. Something this fantastic cannot be done alone...so thank you!
"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