Drawing & Painting I students have just finished up two watercolor projects. Student began with an abstract watercolor that let them explore different watercolor techniques. Then they worked on their watercolor trees. They learned to used a resist technique to create the tree shapes and used their newly learned watercolor techniques to complete the negative space. Each one has its own feel and mood. Check out the rest on the on-line class galleries.
Drawing & Painting II students just finished their Table Top Tromp L'oeil projects. Students were inspired by their childhood memories of coloring and coloring books to create this mixed media still life works. It was wonderful to watch students make decisions about which material would work best for each object drawn. Students incorporated fun coloring pages by drawing them as part of the table top and even colored them with crayons. /drawing--painting-ii.htmlCheck out the rest in our online class gallery.
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.
AP students just finished these amazing trompe l'oiel mixed media still life drawings...yes they are drawings! Trompe l'oeil is a french term meaning trick of the eye. Trompe l'oeil paintings have a rich history that spans decades and can are often done today as modern side walk drawings (you often see on the internet) Students used the clipboard as a base for building their still life. They cut, clipped, and layered real objects on to a real clip board and used it as reference to create their drawing. Each clipboard has a theme. For instance, one is about a student's grandmother and another is about beauty. Each student made choices about which medium to use and when. These are currently on display in the G-Wing showcase.
Drawing & Painting II students just completed their Skull A Day project. Taking the lead from artists Noah Scalin and his Skull A Day project students used the human skull as inspiration to explore the image using mixed media. Each day students were suprised with a new medium and had a class period to complete the single image. All of the images were put together into a grid composition. Then using smaller digital versions of their artwork they made skull minibooks. Check out the rest of the projects by clicking the Drawing & Painting II above to look at their online gallery.
"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