Thursday, December 20, 2012

Neighborhood Project Map

Neighborhood Project Map

In ELA, 8th grade students wrote vignettes about their neighborhoods.  In Visual Arts class, they also reflected on their neighborhoods: sketching and writing about neighbors, important events, special places, and their daily path.  Through this preliminary work, each student determined an interesting aspect, or theme, to map.  After determining the best materials to communicate their unique theme, students went about creating a Neighborhood Project Map.  Finally, students reflected on their purpose and process via an artist statement.

From past years:






Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lucie M. (5th): "Discovering a Whole New World"

A 5th grade student entered the Fotodyne Art Contest.  Here is her entry:



Lucie M. (5th): "Discovering a Whole New World"

"When I heard about the contest, I got excited. My mom and I went onto the Fotodyne website and saw some of their interesting products. The microscopes gave me the idea to draw different aspects of life. I immediately gave it some thought and began writing and jotting down ideas. I finally settled on a girl holding the earth and a beaker and to show space and matter. I am a 10 year old in the 5th grade. Some of the things I like to do when I am not in school are swimming, fashion designing, and playing with my friends."

Project Week: Stencils

 Many street artists are using stencils in new and creative ways.

Here are some stencils from student artists:




Project Week: Street Art


Street Art:  The People’s Media
Art.  You might know it from visiting museums and learning about it in school.  You might have seen a play or consider your favorite singer an artist.  But what about displaying art for everyone to see for free?  In the city, art exists at every turn: architecture, graffiti murals, fashion, etc.  Why is it there?  What is the artist trying to convey?  Why did s/he choose that spot to bomb, tag, etc.? In this project, we will be examining two types of street art: Hip Hop Graffiti and Stencil Graffiti.  We will leave APR to experience it, discuss its impact and you will learn how to do it yourself.  In the end, you too will become an artist sharing your message with the world. 





Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jarrel L. (7th grade): Wolf Scratch

Jarrel L. (7th grade): Wolf Scratch

My theme is Wolf Scratch Paint.  I'm doing this because I like wolves and I always wanted to try the paint scratch thing.  The thing that inspired me was my friends.  They said , "you should do wolves" and "do that paint scratching thing, bro".  Haha! Thanks guys.  Anyway, I would combine more pictures next time.  Have four wolves instead of one wolf.  The most important technique that I used was focus.  I really tried on my project.  I will do more when I have art class again.  That is my tip to some one who wants to make similar artwork.  Focus on what you're doing, but have fun doing it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seamus F. (7th grade): Drawing

Seamus F. (7th grade): Drawing

My art project was a huge variety of things I did: architecture, cartoons, styles, ships, and aliens. The reason I think I got so off-track is just that I’m used to 6th grade Art twice a week, so I was still exploring, but I think this project was okay, I got like 1 really good piece of art I like.  It is alike an upper class apartment building.  I made it well just because I’ve always wanted to live in those old Boston brown houses over near Harvard, so I built one with 6 floors.   


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Isabel Z-A (7th grade): Portraits

Isabel Z-A (7th grade): Portraits

Faces inspire me because I see them everyday and I always think, why not make them?  My artwork represents the people who are important to me and the people that I talk to all the time.  I started off just making the head up to the tip of the ribcage of a person, but then I expanded as seen with the portrait of Jessica who is shown with a full body.  I used Sharpies, crayons, and colored pencils to color the face portraits.  My first was a self-portrait, I’m shown glumly because I was suffering a huge headache, but anyways I started off outlining my face and all the other details, when I was done I traced my face with a Sharpie, and then I colored my face and skin color with pink, brown and peach, and the rest of me with different colored pencils.  I think that self-portraits and other face portraits capture the feelings people are feeling all the time.  
 

Chyenne H. (7th grade): Abstract

Chyenne H. (7th grade): Abstract

For my art project theme, I did abstract and first I thought of just drawing abstract ideas, but instead I started to sculpt it by using Model Magic and clay.  I also used construction paper and the confetti paper to make a checkerboard heart with a black background.  I wanted to do abstract work because I wanted to try something different and because I’ve seen abstract work from other people and I liked them so it inspired me to do abstract as my theme.


Daniel C. (8th grade): Creepy Shepard Fairey

Daniel C. (8th grade): Creepy Shepard Fairey

I just tried drawing creepy characters and went with a simple one in different designs that I and Shepard Fairey created.  After sketching with pencil, I traced over it with marker to make it stand out.  By using the “Obey” reference book and remembering my trip to New York.  I mostly took the design and sayings of Shepard Fairey and made them my own.




Jalen B. (7th grade): Skull

Jalen B. (7th grade): Skull

My theme was a clay model of a skull.  It wasn’t very easy because I couldn’t make a lot of the parts.  I got inspired because I saw scientists on TV making skulls of people and things they’ve never seen before and I wanted to do that with my skull.  During the past 6 weeks, I’ve made lots of different skulls because it was formed in lots of different types of ways.  I made it, but it was very hard.  I had made the stand because I made a cylinder to put the skull on.  If I was to suggest anything, I would say that you should look 360 degrees around what you’re making to get every part.

Brandon C. (7th grade): Run BMC

Brandon C. (7th grade): Run BMC

I did a lot of Run BMC last year, and that’s what inspired me. My art represents me and my logo.

Steps:
1. Draw on canvas.
2. Make lines to vanishing point.
3. Color with dry pastels.
4. Spray with fixative.

I don’t feel like I improved at all, although Isabel thinks I did.

Maia M. (6th grade)

Maia M. (6th grade): object in hand sketchings

I’d always thought pencil sketchings looked really cool. I was flipping through ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ and stopped at drawing your hand holding something. I got up, asked for a Graphite Sketching Set, and tried it out with a fake peach. It worked pretty well but looked too plain. It definitely needed some depth. I tried another sketch, but with a flower. I added shading with a 2B, 4B, and 4B pencil. It looked a lot better, but was still missing something. This time, I tried a carrot. I used an HB pencil for the outline (like always) and the linear drawing. I left out the shading, but that was wrong. I started using both lines and shading with my media, pencil. Pencil sketching is definitely a practice, not a perfect.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Ginhaude L. (7th grade): Geo

Ginhaude L. (7th grade): Geo

My theme was geometric shapes..  I was inspired by another art project by Victoria.  At the begnining, I wanted to do origami with it but in the end I painted.  There is a lot of graffiti around my house.  You always see colors in the process.  I first penciled in the shapes, then I colored the lines with black paint and I painted in the shapes with bright colors.  I mixed colors to get the actual color that I wanted.  Tips I would give would be to practice making the shapes.  Next time, I would make the shapes smaller.

Ryan B. (8th grade): Mac Miller

Ryan B. (8th grade): Mac Miller

I drew a picture of Mac Miller because he is my favorite rapper and I love him.  First, I had to print out a picture of him.  Second. I started drawing him.  Third, I shaded in the background to give the picture more pop!  I am proud of my work because it took me weeks of work to complete it since I had to make everything perfect.  I’m going to take a picture of it and tweet it to Mac Miller and hopefully I get a retweet.



Starr M. (8th grade): Bakery

Starr M. (8th grade): Bakery

My project this trimester was a Starbucks-style bakery.  I was originally doing a cupcake project and that idea adapted into a bakery/coffee shop.  I made this project because I wanted to go outside my comfort zone and do something large-scale, but detailed.  First, I created the baked goods out of Sculpey.  I used needles and knives to shape and carve the Sculpey.  I made a variety of cookies, tarts, cupcakes, and doughnuts.  Next, I created a structure to hold the goods. I used a strong cardboard to make a back wall and the same to make shelves.  Also, I created olive-paint outlined trays to plate the treats.  Next, I created a table and chair set.  I printed a cardstock mosaic to cover the table and cash register.  I made the register and table by pinning cardboard together.  Finally, I hot glued the whole project together and finished.  For me, this project is all about detail, proving what an impact detail can make.  And that is my project.




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Maeve J-S (7th): The Human Face


Maeve J-S (7th): The Human Face

Purpose: My purpose was to make a human shaped head collage making the eyes first, then the nose, the mouth, and the ears, so on. At the beginning of the year, I was thinking of doing portraits of people instead. But my project seemed to go another direction. I was drawing eyes too much, so I thought, “ I should just make different parts of the face.” So I did.
Process: One. I made the eyes. As you can see, I made one eye first, the right eye, and then the left eye second. I taped the eyes together, and they (to me) looked like real human eyes.
Two. I made the nose. The nose was more complicated, but with the help of Ms. Tetrault and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing I managed to get the nose near to perfection.
Three. Then I moved on to the lips. They were pretty easy, so I only had one draft of them. (Notice that everything so far is just gray. I didn’t color them in, so I did them only in pencil, and nothing else.)
Four. I moved on to the ears. It was very hard to me, with all of the little details, especially the left ear, but I did both of the ears.
Five. I give the art project to you. You grade it and hand me an earned grade.

Selena C. (8th): Redo Painting




Selena C. (8th): Redo Painting 

In my project Redo Painting, first I drew an Impressionist painting. Next I transferred it into a canvas with a pencil trick Ms. Tetrault showed me. I started with the lady painting her black dress and her hair. Her daughter was painted next adding detail to her dress and white. Lastly I added much detail I would to the background. I added some details I thought it needed like the birds.in this project I learned more about mixing paints than I thought I would. I learned tricks about using the paint brushes and what to do to fix the mistakes I made with the paint. This project taught me patience is key with paint and this is one of my best projects.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Art Studio candids

While I am waiting on a new camera charger (I can't wait to share some of the awesome projects students have been making!), I thought I would share a few of the amazing professional photos that were taken in the Art Room recently.  It is a creative space!










Friday, September 28, 2012

fall still-life

The High School Art Club is off to a roaring start.  With 25 9th-12th grade students in the little Art Studio, we are able to really see each other's progress!

As many students avoid observational drawing on their own time, every Tuesday we have a different workshop with key concepts.  Last week it was contour and value drawing.  We used a still-life of fall fruits (apples and pumpkins) to observe contour and value gradation.











Welcome Back!

The 2012-2013 school year has gotten off to an amazing start!  The 6th grade is so excited to start their art career at APR, and the 7th, 8th, and high school students are ready to continue their artistic journey!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alex B. (7th): Painting What’s Around Us



Alex B. (7th): Painting What’s Around Us
My theme is paintings of nature and the world around us.  I was inspired by the many paintings I saw and by the fact that you could do so much with nature.  Over the weeks all the paintings did connect.  Some paintings had more movement.  The steps I took went something like this: I thought of what I should draw and just drew it and that’s how I came up with that theme.  The whole overall process was to show how there is so many things you could do with nature and show it on paper.  The process was pretty much just painting different parts of nature.  Next time I would like to use better paper.