Drawing and painting II jumped right into drawing with systems. Working in small groups students created a set of actions that corresponded to the roll of a die #1-#6. Roll a 2 and you smear charcoal or roll a 5 and you fold the paper. Each group developed a unique set of actions, using the media of their choice. Some students cut, folded, rotated their papers, while others traced, smeared and overlapped markers, pencil and pastels. When students were done they assembled their drawings to single artwork. This project gave students insight into abstract art and the potential meaning or intent of different artists. Great team work all around!
Today I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the AENJ State Youth Art Month exhibit and reception at the NJ State House. This year we had two PHS students who had their work selected to represent Middlesex County at the exhibit. There were only 6 pieces chosen from our county. Congrats to Sara, Ms. Lentini-Pombrio’s student, and Krisha! Both students were honored today for their outstanding achievement and talent with students from each county in NJ. Special thanks to the AENJ for providing these opportunities.
This weekend my family and I took a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. I know so many people who go every year but we have never been. After parking and braving the whipping winds that seemed to intensify around every corner, we arrived at the Philadelphia Convention Center. As I was walking into the main exhibit area I was immediately in awe of the colorful compositions of flowers, the contrast of textures and the overlapping arrangements of plants. It was like living art. Each exhibit had a theme, title, list of media...hmmmm.. just like artwork found in a museum. I was struck by the interactive nature of the exhibits and clear intentions of each artist. I starting taking pictures and I quickly felt like I couldn’t capture it all.
This year, to celebrate Youth Art Month, our high school students created miniature artworks to be displayed starting in March (and beyond). Then, they picked someone in our Piscataway School community for the artwork to be delivered to, so it could be displayed. Students were so excited to make and send something special to a someone in our Piscataway School Community. Artwork was delivered to each of our schools, K-12, with a small note and easel to display the artwork. We asked the recipient of the artwork to send us a picture to share. My students were so happy to see their artwork proudly displayed. Above are photos are of some of the artwork in classrooms, on desks and in offices throughout the Piscataway School District. More to come!
Drawing & Painting I students finished up their first paintings in acrylic. These monochromatic portraits emphasize the use of values to create the illusion of form. Using a single color and white students had to create 5 different values. Along the way they learned to mix enough paint (because we all know how hard it is to make the same color/vale twice), brush control, when to use a certain brush and managing paint supplies. These newly learned skills will be applied to our next project, painting candy. Students chose their color and pose to create these colorful expressions.
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.
"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