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!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Visit To Room83Spring

   Community connections are so important for my art students at Watertown High School. We appreciate the support we have received for many years from artists and community members from the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Room83Spring, Watertown Art Association and Watertown Public Arts and Culture. These groups have partnered with us in the creation of local public art and provided classroom and studio visits with professional artists. Our collaborations have resulted in great learning experiences and lasting friendships.

   This year the Studio Arts class will continue our collaboration with Room83Spring, an amazing visual art gallery that is only a few minutes away from our classroom. Last week we went to view their latest exhibit, Fac-sim-i-le. Artists and gallery owners Cathleen Daley and Ellen Wineberg shared the work of five visual artists who use everyday items as the inspiration in their art. Our visits always include an interesting exchange of ideas and interpretations when we view the art together.

  We had to observe carefully to interpret the meaning of all of the art that at first glance looked like everyday objects. Some of the art included these cast rubber molds by artist Judy Haberl and sculpture by Pier Gustafson created using only paper and paint. We brought so much inspiration back to our classroom and are already looking forward to our next visit to Room83Spring.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Studio Art Summer Homework

   All students in the advanced Studio Arts class are required to complete one drawing or painting assignment and to visit one art gallery or museum for summer homework. My goal is to keep the students connected to their art making while they are away from our studio classroom. Some of the art visits included the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Broad Museum, California and art galleries on Cape Cod.

  The students shared their work with each other today in a class critique. Below are a few of the wonderful summer projects they created. I am so excited to start working with them!!!! 

 Painting by Emily Koufos 

 Painting by Anya Gellerman

 Painting by Maria Athanasopoulos

Painting by Isabella Vitti

Monday, September 5, 2016

Scholastic Art Awards 2017

     Professional artists always experience competition for design jobs, grants, commissions and exhibition opportunities. Students also have opportunities to participate in local, state or national student competitions. Participation can be a positive or disappointing experience for students and the choice to enter personal work in a competition should always be a decision students make with advice from their parents or guardians.

   Most of my students are in the beginning stages of their artistic development and I encourage them to enjoy the process of improving their creativity and technique before participating in a competition. I always provide information and support for competition opportunities but there is never a requirement in my classes to participate.

    Students who do choose to enter an art competition often enter the Scholastic Art Awards. It is a very selective competition and a low percentage of entries receive award recognition. Students can enter art in many different categories through the web site www.artandwriting.org until early December 2016. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each work entered and no limit on the number of works entered.

   Below are two works by WHS award winners from the 2016 Massachusetts Scholastic Art Awards.

 Colored pencil drawing by Julia Harrington
Gold Key Award
Watercolor painting by Emily Hart
Honorable Mention Award