Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A New Year, A New Start!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!  The Art Studio is open and off to a great start!

Themes for the year:

     - 6th Grade: Explorations

     - 7th Grade: Telling a Story

     - 8th Grade: Personal Identity (All About Me)

     - High School: College Portfolios and Observational Drawing

The Middle School focus is interdisciplinary work, so be read to see some great artwork that makes connections between visual art, other subjects, and the bigger world!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Annual Art Show = Success!

Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers came to the Annual Art Show.

Thanks to all the helpers!

Highlights to come soon!



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Carina T. (8th): Modern Mona Lisa


Carina T. (8th): Modern Mona Lisa

For my project, I decided to do a modernized version of the Mona Lisa. First thing I did was find a picture, it was hard to find one the right size, but after some alterations, I was able to. After that I translated the drawing to a canvas but while I was doing that I did some modern touches. After I mostly transferred the drawings, I started to paint. I used acrylic paint to put on the canvas. The changes I made were changing the dress, hair color, I added makeup, eyelashes and eyebrows, piercings and I kept the background the same. That’s what I did for my project. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Allyah P. (8th grade): The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse




Allyah P. (8th grade): The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

For my project I decided to draw The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I was inspired by the show and I also really enjoyed watching it. At first, I was going to just draw all the cartoon characters. As time went on, I realized that it would be better for me to draw the actual clubhouse because I never trued to draw a form of a building. To start, I first sketched out the clubhouse and figured out what I need to color each part of it. I worked on the shading process and how to make objects that are far away actually seem far away and how to make closer objects seem closer. Then, I re-drew the clubhouse on a separate, clean sheet of paper and colored it using sharpened color pencils. I looked at my finished product and added the small finishing touches like making sure there were no unnecessary white spots. I finished with that, but I had some extra time left and in that extra time, I drew Pluto so the clubhouse can have some company.

Gabe N. (8th): Independent Project





Gabe N. (8th): Independent Project

My art project was a mixture of multiple different album covers consisting of my favorite bands (sum 41, snow patrol, three days grace) to express the visually artistic side of music. I wanted my project to reflect myself, my lifestyle, personality, and thoughts in my everyday life. First, I started to listen to more varieties of music, then picked my favorites then looked up the album pictures, and the bands themselves to see what kind of ego the artists’ give off. I’d also look up the lyrics, then take specific quotes that I thought really caught my attention and make it into visual art. For example, I took the song happiness machine by sum 41, I made the name of the song into graffiti, then placed the lyrics of the songs rearranged around the name. To give it a finishing touch, I drew an oddly deformed skull to the right of the song name, that is rather dark and eerie. The drawing itself sends an ironic message, as the song is called happiness machine the drawing is all black and white, and gives off a dark vibe although the typical way happiness is thought of is the complete opposite. I took multiple songs from different genres and made art out of them,. Like civilian by wye oak, set the fire to the third bar by snow patrol, wolf like me by tv on the radio, happiness machine by sum 41, the kill by thirty seconds to mars, after midnight by blink 182, best of you foo fighters, and down with the sickness by disturbed. I felt like my project was a great success and was one of my favorites

Morgan T. (7th grade): Personality Portraits


Morgan T. (7th grade): Personality Portraits

My theme is personality portraits.  I was inspired by my friends’ personalities.  I chose their personalities out of a children’s book, Miss Princess.  After I chose their personalities, I sketched the pictures.  After I sketched them, I drew them on drawing paper then I colored them.  I think I did a great job capturing their personalities.  For example, i drew my friend Jessica as Little Miss Sunshine because she is sweet and brings sunshine to the day.

Mey P. (6th): Warriors





Mey P. (6th): Warriors
My artwork is about warriors and all of the work is all created with my imagination.  I have been able to put drawings closer to the other drawings. I put a lot of effort on copying the ninjas by just looking at the picture. It also took some thought for me to think of some of the characters like the fire clown or the wolf. It is all in pencil, so there different hues, shadowing and tinted colored lines. My work shows growth because I had a harder time putting drawings closer to each other, but now it has got easy. I think my project shows a lot of work because  the effort on the landscape on my big paper and on another there are tons of ninjas bunched together, also I put a lot of guys on the final scene.

Taylor M. (6th grade): Symbols



Taylor M. (6th grade): Symbols

The reason for my peace sign made out of swords is because at first I made a rainbow with clouds and raindrops and it looked like a frowny face with tears crying, but it was cool because it was a happy image with a sad picture, but it was never supposed to be like that. I made my final picture of the peace sign made of swords by first drawing the peace sign and put swords around it, then I took a brown Sharpie and colored the top of the swords, and then I got a gray marker and colored in the swords after I finished coloring.  Next, I got light pastels and mixed a few colors together and then kept adding all these colors together, and I wanted the texture to be smooth, and that’s just what I did. I also wanted to make the swords to be bold and still be noticeable at the same time. That’s why I made my project and how I made it.

Amanda C. (8th): Ghost Town



Amanda C. (8th): Ghost Town

I mapped my neighborhood as a ghost town. The materials I used were yellow, brown, and black pastel crayons. I also used black paint. My process started with making the road going off into the distance, with the black pastel crayon. I drew the lines going in instead of straight because I wanted it to seem like how you look down a road in real life, the view gets smaller and smaller as you look further down the road. The markers on the gray road are bright yellow because it shows my future and opportunity of leaving my boring neighborhood. The tumbleweed was added because it’s in every traditional ghost town. The houses show how I feel distance from my neighbors. The two gray figures show “ghosts” which are how I see my neighbors. I feel like they’re invisible and not always seen. The gray overcast adds to how depressing my neighborhood can be. Lastly I drew the faded welcome sign to show how unwelcoming my neighborhood can be. The ghost town theme represents how empty my neighborhood is because I barely see anyone on the sidewalk or come out their houses. The grey color is the main color I used because it shows how lifeless my neighborhood is.

Samantha M. (8th): Neighborhood Project Map



Samantha M. (8th): Neighborhood Project Map
For my map project I showed the social clubs, and how we see each other as neighbors, and I also showed how neighbors see my house. To show the social clubs I choose a button for each house and you string to show which neighbors talk to which neighbors. I also used the string to show how we are all connected even though we are all living in different houses. To show how I see my neighbors I put my house popping up and the 2nd most important houses are flat, but smaller than my house, and the 3rd most important houses simple squares. I used the sizes and shapes as a hierarchy on my street. To show how neighbors see my house, I put sayings and little drawings around my house to show what they say. To create my neighborhood project I used a canvas and spilt it in half and used oil pastels. One half of the canvas is green because green is happy and exciting and so I that side of the street. The other side of the street is blue because blue is calm and so is that side of the street. To make the houses I used cardstock paper. To color my house I used markers, to color the 2nd most important houses I used markers and colored pencils, and to fill the 3rd important houses I used metallic paint to color them. Past neighborhood projects inspired me. That is how I created my neighborhood project.

Allyah P. (8th grade): Neighborhood Map


Allyah P. (8th grade): Neighborhood Map

For my neighborhood project I decided to draw a deadly skull in a beautiful, peaceful world. I did this because I interpret my neighborhood as “disturbing the peace”. I live in Mattapan and, to me, I find Mattapan as being very dangerous. There is constant death and a lot of drug deals. So inside the skull, I drew two people smoking a blunt because I see it all the time. I drew a girl holding her phone because she is calling someone to get some weed. also, i drew a man shooting someone with a lot of money because people are always killing or jumping others that have better things than them. In the skull’s teeth I drew people and weapons because those are the innocent ones that die by the misuse of guns and knives. Outside the skull, it’s grassy, bright, and nicer-looking because it’s the peaceful world. To color in my project, I used oil pastels because i find those easier to use and are more vibrant colors.