Drawing and painting II students are creating their own stencils to use for a spray paint project. Using high contrast photos and drawings students created acetate stencils. Working on Bristol and incorporating some existing stencils, students used spray paint to overlap and build a colorful ground to add their stencil to. It's great to see students start to mask out areas, overlap colors and think about incorporating text. Just a couple more days left!
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.
The PHS art show was last week and it was great to celebrate all of that our student artists. Students had the opportunity to watch animations, look at sculpture, photography and drawing painting. There was graphic design work and art from our Ap students. Students took photos in our pop art photo booth and sent postcards to friends and classmates. Special thanks to all the students who helped set up and clean up, Ms. Memoli for the great library space, and the faculty and staff who came out to see the show.
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.
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
I had the pleasure of attending a great workshop at the NJ Center for the Visual Arts this week. We started our day with artist Alice Momm. She shared her nature inspired art and discussed her process of creating art with natural materials. Afterwards we toured the galleries and looked at work from other New Jersey based artists. After lunch we walked and we gathered our own bits of nature outside to use to create an original artwork. I created a small handmade book that incorporated some swirly twigs, strung, book pages and watercolor. It was a great day and I walked away with some great ideas to bring back to the classroom.
This is probably one of my most favorite lessons to teach..data inspired art. We look at the work of artists who create what appears to be seemingly abstract art but come to find out it is inspired by data. The data can be as simple as a heart rate or as complicated as the pressure readings inside of a hurricane. This data is represented visually using some art medium. In class, we worked from data we created on site using a die to roll numbers and creating marks using system/key as a guide. Then students, working in small groups, created their own systems to work from. The final project for this lesson is a collaborative data painting. Each student completed a survey about their learning preferences in regards to being right brained or left brained. We represented these answers using a color key. The visually represented data will be put together to create a large painting. Looking at the final artwork, we can investigate the data and look for trends in answers, determine who is more right or left brained and look for similar data profiles.
G115 is full of art! Each AP art student returned from break with their completed portfolio, 7 months of hard work. 24 + pieces of art for each student. Every surface in the room is covered with artwork as they measure, photograph, mat and wrap their work for the AP Exam. We just 3 more class block so to finish up it is a mad dash to the finish line.
Drawing & Painting I students just finished up their second acrylic painting project. They worked on mixed media paper and gridded their reference photo to enlarge the image first. Then using a variety of acrylic techniques, students worked to create a wide range of values and textures while focusing on the subtle changes in highlights and shadows.
Working with our contour line portraits, students are adding colors and adjusting to working on top of black gesso. The first things students notice is how bright the colors can appear when white is added and when they water down the pure hue they create subtle shadows and shades. Everyone's approach is different, some more expressive with color than others. Overall, a fun project to watch develop.
"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