Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Art Star!

Our featured art star is Brandon!  Brandon is a talented artist who works in all media including digital media and computer graphics.  However, he has a special talent for comic book illustration!  Brandon has been creating his own comic book characters, such as Blue Lizard, for many years and even had his comic book "Awesome Twins" exhibited at the Brooklyn Public Library as part of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition in 2012.  Brandon has also been selected as a semi-finalist for PS Arts several years in a row and has entered work in numerous art contests around the city.  His collaborative animations have screened at MoMa and The Cobble Hill Cinema as part of the Big Movies for Little Kids Film Festival.  And he has had self-portraits exhibited at the Anne Frank Center in Manhattan.  When recently asked about his recent success on the animation "Shadow Dance" Brandon stated that "Being an artist has not made a big difference in my life because I was just born with this talent—and I love it!  Animation was a little more difficult than I thought it would be because it was hard to get the sequencing just right.  However, if I made a mistake, I just watched the animation back and then used the editing process to remove frames." Brandon was certainly born with talent, but he works hard too! Brandon keeps a sketchbook, drawing every day and inspiring his classmates, peers, and teachers.
Great job Brandon...keep up the amazing work!

Page from a comic selected as a school finalist in PS Art 2013.

Brandon with his comic book "Awesome Twins" at Brooklyn Public Library.

A portrait created using a drawing app on the iPad.

An illustration created for the DOE's Calendar Contest.

A colorful penguin made using oil pastels following a lesson on Expressionism.

A page from "Awesome Twins."

A watercolor still life showing great attention to detail and shading.

A self-portrait selected as a semi-finalist for PS Art 2012.

Brandon with his self-portrait on display at the Anne Frank Center.

Brandon shows us his talent for working with clay and 3D media.

Brandon completing a ceramics project.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Students have been creating storyboards for their upcoming animations.  We have been discussing the elements of storytelling in Art, such as setting, character, and plot.  Students in each class voted on where they wanted their animations to take place.  Settings include an amusement park, Alaska, underwater, a haunted forest, and outer space! Our talented young animators then got to work brainstorming ideas and sketching them using a storyboard.  We can't wait to get started animating our stories.  Don't forget to check the blog for the date of our First Annual Animation and Film Festival!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Flip Book Animations!

Students have been creating flip books in Art.  First, students learned about sequence.  Then we watched a demonstration on how to make flip books.  Next, students used Post-It notes to draw their images.  Students drew their image a little differently on each page.  We had so much fun making these pocket size animations!  Check out the AMAZING student animations below!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Congratulations to our Ezra Jack Keats Winners!

Congratulations Alex and Brian!!!
The book New York City by Alex & Brian has won the City Wide award in the Middle School category of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. Their book, along with Inner Beasts by Jesus, will be on display at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch located at Grand Army Plaza from Monday, May 5th to Friday, May 23rd.  Please check it out!