Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month at PS77

Today students at PS77 celebrated the close of Autism Awareness Month with a fun filled afternoon of arts and crafts, music and dancing, and of course...snacks!  Students worked together to decorate beautiful butterflies that they placed on a large spring themed mural created by Ms. Jenny and Ms. Devon.  When they were finished creating, students danced to music played by our DJs Mr. Jeff and Ms. Yevgenia.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Thank you to everyone who helped make today so special!  A special thank you to Mr. Ross and Ms. Merryl, the PTA, and Mr. A's class along with volunteers from Park Place Cares.

Taylor with his butterfly.  Looks great!

Keneshia proudly points to her artwork.

PS77 rocks! One of our creative students combines his love of music with art.

The completed mural looked amazing.  It was so bright and cheerful!

A student hard at work adding details to his butterfly.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lights, Camera, Action!

Before vacation students were working hard in Art class creating their animations.  Over the next few weeks, many classes will continue to work on their projects by animating, directing, writing, and editing.  Our First Annual Film Festival will take place in June, date TBD.  We can't wait to share the finished movies with you!!!

Eric directs his peers by using the clapboard.

Ali helps direct his class animation.

Jesus makes sure the set is ready for filming.

John moves his clay figures on the set of his class animation.

Franklyn sets up his character Zero on the set of the animation he is writing and directing.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Congratulations to our PS Arts Finalists!

Congratulations to all 18 students who collaborated on the animation Shadow Dance, which has been selected as a finalist in this year's PS Art show.  The show will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in June.  For those of you keeping track, along with the MoMa that makes two major NYC museums for these young artists! We are so proud of all of their hard work and dedication.  If you have not yet seen the animation click on the Sun Print Animation link below.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Art in the City

Discover a new “Culture Spot” for yourself every month courtesy of the NYC & Company Foundation. Culture Spot highlights different cultural organizations across the city, from museums and the performing arts to zoos, gardens and historic sites. Every month a different organization creates a special offer available only during the month they are featured. This is an incredible opportunity to sample the vast and exciting range of culture available throughout the five boroughs!*
Learn more about this month’s featured organization by visiting

*Reposted from the NYC DOE website

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Animation Nation

These past couple of weeks students have turned the art room into a full animation studio!  They have been so busy creating sets and clay characters. Their incredible sets include an amusement park, a city scene with an airport, a haunted forest, a red planet, a frozen landscape, and an underwater world.  We have used all sorts of materials to match our creativity: tissue paper, cardboard tubes, sticks, rocks, shells, pipe cleaners, cotton, found objects, you name it!  Students have been working together wonderfully to share materials and communicate ideas. In addition to set design, students have been creating clay characters for the animation.  First, they created an armature, or skeleton, out of pipe cleaner and styrofoam.  Next they molded clay to form their figures.  They look amazing and we can't wait to start animating this week!

Jasmine makes cardboard trees for her class animation about a haunted forest.

This may look like an ordinary camp site...but beware, the forest is haunted!

Jesus molds blue clay around his armature to create a monster for the haunted forest.

Brandon also creates a very scary creature for the haunted forest.

Franklyn with his character "Zero" from Planet Z.

Dave and Keneisha have fun making a yellow submarine using newspaper and tape.

Kimora uses her sketch to create a clay character.

Justin completes the head and face of his character.

The Coney Island set.

Pharoah with his character ready for Coney Island.