Our first featured Art Star is Jamil. Jamil is a talented artist who has been working in an independent study program this year. He wanted to focus on color and was influenced by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. According to Jamil, "Being an artist makes me feel good. I like to design different things and I like shading. In independent study I was interested in making different projects." Jamil certainly completed his goal and made many projects including self-portraits, still lives, landscapes, prints, and even a book (see Book Club post). Over the past few years Jamil has achieved many things in art, including receiving an award for his book The Diary of an Astronaut in last year's Ezra Jack Keat's Bookmaking Competition! Jamil has also been a finalist in PS Arts, and has had his animations shown at Big Movies for Little Kids film festival at Cobble Hill Cinema and Governer's Island Figment Festival. This year Jamil also attended classes at Pratt art school which he says "makes me feel special." We are very proud of Jamil here at PS77 and wish him the best of luck as he starts a new school program this February. "I hope they have art at the new school." We do too Jamil, and we look forward to reading about all of your future accomplishments!!!!
A self portrait showing Jamil's talent for shading.
A beautiful painting based on the work of Cezanne.
Jamil working on moving a character in a class stop motion animation: Hyper the Hero.
Jamil's oil pastel drawing of Utica Ave. subway station.
The artist working on an etching.
A page in progress from the sequel to Jamil's book in Book Club.
An etching of the Statue of Liberty.
A beautiful watercolor by Jamil inspired by Japanese paintings.
Jamil with his award winning book.