The last couple of months came and went too quickly. I just wanted to share some art news and updates that I didn't get too.
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.
Recently we have several students recognized for their hard work and amazing artwork.
Congratulations to Piscataway High School art students for having their artwork selected and published in the Fall 2017 Blick Celebrating Art anthology. This publication brings together the best student artists in North America. The intent of this student art contest is to motivate student artists and provide the top entries the opportunity to be published in an anthology that will record the creative works of today's student artists.
At the end of the year, AP Art Drawing students and class of 2017 graduates, Neha Patel and Nina Gabriel, entered the 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Art Contest. The contest asks students to create a piece of artwork that is inspired by an issue that impacts our oceans such as pollution, conservation and environmental impacts on the ecosystem. Neha won the Silver Award and Nina won the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award. Both student’s researched and illustrated issues related to the impact of oil spills in our oceans. Both pieces of art stood out from the 3000 pieces entered from around the world.
This weekend I attended the AENJ Fall Art Exhibit Awards ceremony at NJPAC in Newark. Two of my students had work accepted and on exhibition in the Victoria Lobby. All of the work was fantastic and ranged in age from kindergarten to Grade 12. It was wonderful to see so many families there and excited to support the visual arts. Special thanks to the members of the AENJ for making this opportunity possible by coordinating the exhibit, hanging the work and creating such a welcoming reception. Also, special thanks to my students' family, our Visual Arts Supervisor, Mrs. Sterlacci, for coming out on a weekend and sharing in this special day.
Piscataway High School art students, Katy and Mia, had their artwork selected for the Art Educators of New Jersey Fall Exhibit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Their artwork is part of a 30 piece exhibit that is hung in the Victoria Theater Lobby displaying k-12 artwork from around the state. Over 6,000 visitors to NJPAC will see their artwork while it is on display. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the PHS students who won the 2017 Teen Media Contest. Jackson won 2nd Place in the hand drawn category in the 2017 Teen Media Contest. This contest is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development. Student entrants were asked to create and submit a piece of artwork, which complements the state’s ongoing advertising and community outreach campaign. The students were honored at a ceremony at the New Jersey Statehouse where their artwork was on view. Jackson’s winning artwork will be included and published in the 2017 New Jersey Child Support Calendar.
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
Only 18 pieces of artwork were selected for this year’s juried exhibit. Piscataway High School visual arts students received 4 of the 18 awards! Christine received 1st Place. Her artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol, along with winning pieces by students from around the country for one year. Neha won 2nd Place and Mariah and Nina each received Honorable Mention. All the students will be honored at the Sixth Congressional District Spring Awards Ceremony.
Congratulation to PHS senior, ChrissyI Chrissy was nominated for the Art Educator's of New Jersey High School Scholarship. After completing the application and submitting her visual arts portfolio she just found out that she was awarded the scholarship. Chrissy will be pursing a career in the visual arts upon graduation.
Special thanks to the AENJ for making great opportunities available for students who care deeply about the visual arts. It is so important for our students to see that there are professional organizations and people beyond our community that feel art is important and valuable.
Congratulations to AP Art Drawing student Chrissy. Her work was selected for the Art Administrators of New Jersey annual Emerging Artist exhibition. Chrissy was one of 42 student artists selected to be part of the exhibit at the James Howe Gallery at Kean University. Chrissy was one of 10 students who was selected to receive an award, honorable mention. She will now submit her art portfolio for a second round of judging that could make her eligible for a scholarship. It was wonderful to see all of the fantastic artwork and wide variety of media at the reception.
Congratulation to, Drawing & Painting II student, Emma ! Emma’s design for the 2017 Art Educators of New Jersey Youth Art Month Design Competition was chosen as one of the six winning entries. The Art Educators of New Jersey join other state art organizations to participate in the YAM Design Competition each year to highlight importance of art in our school and community. Emma’s artwork will be featured on a billboard in NJ and will be displayed at the NJ State YAM Reception in Trenton in March, where she will receive an award.
"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