Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Gallery

    Students in Art Room 171 had a busy December learning and creating! Students in the Art 1 2D classes completed their landscape paintings and then learned about different artists and styles of painting. They learned about Realism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism and Pop Art. Some of the artists they learned about included Monet, Renoir, Magritte, Warhol and Picasso. They were asked to select their favorite style and create an original painting in their selected style. It was interesting to see what styles each student selected to interpret. It was also exciting to see the students use many of the skills they learned in past projects in this assignment.
   Below is a painting that interprets Impressionism by Gaby Richards.

   The students in Art 1 3D learned about real world design issues by working on projects in architecture and package design. They learned how design in their everyday lives is influenced by 3D design principles. The students were asked to create a model of an original design for a building located anywhere in the world except New England. Their building could serve any function such as a private home, store or office. Before they created the design they had to research architectural traditions, climate, geography and local materials related to their selected location. They had to combine their research into their final design. They also had to do much problem solving and accurate measuring while building their architecture models.
   Below are some of the students working on their architectural models.

   The students in the advanced art class, Studio Arts continued to work on a variety of projects of their own choice. They also went on a second visit to a local art gallery, Room83Spring for inspiration. Below is a portrait by Ruby Rosenwasser.

   It was so special to have some of my grade 9 students offer to use their art skills to decorate the door to Art Room 171 for the holiday season. Our inspiration for blue and white paper cut-outs was inspired by the master 20th century artist Henri Matisse. Somehow a snowman also made it into the final design too! A title for this door could be "Matisse and Frosty"! All of the students worked together so well in the spirit of the holiday to create a successful design.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Landscape Painting

   Students in both 2D Art classes have already completed projects in color, design and drawing during quarter 1. They are now using what they learned in two different painting projects. The first painting project explored the theme of landscape. Landscape was selected because it allowed the students to use their knowledge of color theory, observation and perspective drawing in a complete composition. The students first viewed landscape paintings by many master artists including Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe. Techniques used by these artists to create different brush strokes were demonstrated in class at the start of the project. How and why do artists create smooth, textured, or transparent areas all in the same painting? This was a key question of this project.
   Why a specific location would have special meaning to an individual artist was also something the students had to think about. The students were asked to select a landscape photo of their own choice and interpret the photo in an landscape painting. It was interesting to see the variety of locations and interpretations the students created.
   Below are a few of the many outstanding landscape paintings created by the Art 1 2D students. These works were created (top to bottom) by Jimena Canales-Alfaro, Kevin Cardoso, Vera Doob, Hibe Hariri, Jon Inacio and Caileigh Sullivan.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

November Gallery

   All of the students in Art Room 171 are now busy creating beautiful artwork. Students in Art 1 2D have just completed landscape paintings that I will showcase in the next blog post. They are now learning about different painting styles and the master artists who created the styles. Art 1 3D students have completed mosaic projects and are now learning about architecture. They are also learning about important 3D artists and designers in an oral report assignment.
   Below are mosaic projects created by Sukeina Attar (top) and Ana Zoubian (bottom).

   The Studio Arts students participated in the quarter 1 critique for the class. Critique sessions provide the students with the opportunity to give and receive helpful advice from each other. This class has quickly become a community of individual young artists and they are as skilled in speaking about their work as they are in creating it. I feel peer feedback is as important as the feedback I provide to all of the students. Below are a few of the many quality artworks in all types of styles and media created for the quarter 1 critique. These works were created by (top to bottom) Anya Gellerman, Emily Koufos, Isabella Vitti, Ruby Rosenwasser, Maria Athanasopoulos and Muhammad Ahad.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Collaboration With The WHS Fab Lab

A wonderful resource at Watertown High School is the WHS Fab Lab in the school library. In this space students can build all types of projects using state of the art technology such as 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters and vinyl cutters. Sewing machines and other traditional tools can also be used in the fab lab. The creative possibilities are endless! Here is the 3D printer with a project in progress.

It has been exciting for my students to have the opportunity to collaborate with Ms. Lloyd and Ms. Piazza in the Fab Lab. They are so skilled and helpful and work to make the fab lab a part of our classroom. All of my classes participate in an introduction class in the WHS Fab Lab during their semester class. It has been exciting to see the creative ideas coming from this collaboration. 

Here are photos of the students learning in the Fab Lab and some of the projects in progress. Evamarie Alessandroni and Ani Manjikian created the projects shown using the laser cutter.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October Gallery

Students in art room 171 are continuing to create art using a variety of techniques.

Studio Arts students are getting ready for an upcoming critique with self-portrait projects and other interesting work of their own design. They also took a field trip to get inspired by the art at the Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston. Art 1 2D students have worked on drawing from observation and perspective drawing. Art 1 3D students created original artists books and mosaic projects. Many of the students used the technology they learned about in the WHS Fab Lab during our introduction class to add interesting elements to their work.

Below are photos of some of the creative projects and activities that happened in art room 171 during the month of October.

                                 Mosaic art by Lauren Amedio and Mia Venezia

                                       Drawing from observation by Sarah Vail.


Self-portrait drawing by Isabella Vitti, Studio Arts

On the return to WHS after our ICA, Boston trip we stopped to view this hand-painted piano created by Watertown artist Dawn Scaltreto. Dawn has visited art room 171 as a guest artist and has worked on public art projects with past WHS students. Here we are viewing and playing Dawn’s most recent work of public art!

Here are some of the Art 1 2D students working with Ms. Lloyd in the WHS Fab Lab.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Gallery

    Students in the Studio Arts, Art 1 2D and Art 1 3D classes are already hard at work perfecting their art skills. Here are a few of the projects created in art room 171 during the month of September.

Muhammad Ahad, grade 11 Studio Arts
“Self-Portrait” created with charcoal on paper.

Nicole Topanian and Lakshmi Thangaraj, grade 9 Art 1 3D
 Imaginary animal sculptures created with paper, plaster and paint.
They were inspired by traditional wood carvings from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Olivia DeKoster, grade 9 Art 1 2D
Drawing from direct observation with pencil on paper.

Eva Alessandroni, grade 12 Studio Arts
 This is a preparation drawing and model for a 3D boat design. 
She created the model in the WHS Fab Lab with a 3D printer. 

Amelia Alison, grade 11 Studio Arts
Logo design for a phone case created using the vinyl cutter in the WHS Fab Lab.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Color Lessons for 2D and 3D Art Classes

   The 2D and 3D Art classes are off to a great start this semester! The students began with a review of shape, pattern and color concepts. Practice in color mixing and paint application skills were important for all students.
   The 3D classes (period 4 and 5) used their knowledge of color and design principles to create an imaginary animal sculpture using paper, plaster and paint. Our inspiration was the folk tradition of animal wood carvings created in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here is a sample of an actual sculpture from Oaxaca that I shared with the students. We also looked at photos and learned about this traditional art form for inspiration.

These sculptures are drying at the end of the school day just waiting to be painted with beautiful colors and patterns.

Everyone is busy creating and refining their work.

The students were required to mix parts of two different animals and interpret this in a creative animal sculpture. Here are a few of the sculptures.

The 2D classes (period 6 and float) created symmetrical pattern designs using organic and geometric shapes and line. Here are the students skillfully mixing colors and painting.

This symmetrical design in progress interprets a primary color composition.

Here are a few of the final designs that interpret primary, monochromatic and analogous colors.

The 2D students are now working on drawing skills and the 3D students are creating artists books. I am looking forward to more great work during this semester!