Thursday, April 20, 2017

April Gallery

The students in all of the classes in art room 171 continue to create great work and learn new skills in the visual arts. At the end of each quarter the advanced Studio Arts students complete two full classes of group critique. The purpose of the group critique is to share work with each other and to receive constructive feedback. Feedback can include comments to improve technique, composition or style choices. Feedback can also note progress and success for individual student work. Students can also share what they have learned with each other. The students in this class are also required to write reflections of recently completed work and to set new self-directed goals for future work. The students in this class are able to reflect, write, speak and assist one another very thoughtfully. I am so proud of the work they create and how they are able to support each other in the study of visual art.
Below are a few of the many successful projects from the quarter 3 critique created by Eva Alessandroni, Maria Athanasopoulos, Amelia Allison and Anya Gellerman.

Students in the Language and Methods of Art class created beautiful landscape paintings and are now learning about perspective drawing. They learned new ways to apply the paint to create different textures and improved skills in mixing new colors. Below are landscapes by Nelson Marquez and Isaac Mugomba.

The 3D students are almost finished creating artists books about a personal interest theme. They learning simple bookbinding skills and had to use art and design skills to create the design of all the pages in their books. The 2D students worked hard to learn perspective drawing and had to create an imaginary room drawing using perspective and freehand drawing skills. Look for photos of some of the completed results in a future blog post.

Monday, April 3, 2017

March Gallery

March has been a very successful time in Art Room 171! Here are some updates about projects and events that happened last month.

The Art 1 3D class just completed beautiful mosaic projects. Mosaic is a form of art that has been practiced by many different cultures in the world to add pattern and imagery to floors and walls. Traditionally small pieces of ceramic or glass are used but contemporary artists also use seashells, beads, stones and charms. We used all of these materials in our mosaic work and also created some of our mosaic pieces in the WHS Fab Lab! Below are two of the projects created by Mary Cimen(top) and Ben Fandetti(bottom).

The advanced Art 3D 2 class completed the glazing and firing of their ceramic works. It takes a long time to complete a work in ceramics but the great results were worth it. The students in this class also learned about the art of linoleum printing. In this type of art a block is carved with an image and ink is rolled on to the carved block. Paper is then placed on the block and the image transfers on to the paper. All of the students made many different prints using different color papers and ink. Below are ceramic mugs created by Ana Scott and Kelsey Sanchez Coronado. The linoleum print was created by Lauren Cole.

The advanced Studio Arts class has been working on independent projects during their time in class. They also visited our artist/curator friends Cathleen Daley and Ellen Wineberg at their local art gallery, Room83Spring. They saw the work of three talented artists who use observations from their lives to inspire their work. This is a theme that we also explore in much of the work we create in our class. Below are some of the students discussing a work of art with Ellen.

We ended the month with a visit with Mr. Mastro's AP European History class to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We learned about European Art from many countries and time periods and saw how culture and politics can influence the creation of works of art. Many thanks to Mr. Mastro for all the planning of this trip and for Ms. Mulhall for helping us chaperone. Below are a few photos.

The Art 1 2D class and Language and Methods of Art worked on perfecting their drawing skills. Here are drawings from direct observation by Andrea McAdam(top) and Isaac Mugomba(bottom).