Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Can you guess what students used to create these fun Thanksgiving turkeys?  Here's a hint: it might be on your table for dinner.  Students used potatoes and paint to print the turkey's feathers.  We had a lot of fun making them for our school's annual Thanksgiving feast.  We hope that you enjoy them!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

Oil Pastel Landscapes

In some classes this week students experimented with oil pastels.  They used baby oil to move the pastel around on their paper and to mix colors.  Students, like Jasmine pictured above,  created beautiful landscapes as their final project.

Jasmine's beautiful finished landscape.

Anthony's amazing oil pastel scene.

A colorful landscape by Uzair.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Yo Soy…Je Suis…I Am… My Neighborhood

2014 Yo Soy…Je Suis…I Am… My Neighborhood opened this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  For more photographs from the event, please follow the links below.  Congratulations again to Kevin, for having his amazing collage, "Bring Back the Brown M Train to Bay Parkway," selected for the VSA (Very Special Arts) exhibit.

Kevin's artwork on display in Washington D.C.

Installation photos from the VSA programs team:

Event photo from the Department of Education photographer:

Event photos from Kennedy Center photographer:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cooper Hewitt Design Workshop

A student design for a water ride.

Today, two of our classes learned what it was like to become a designer in the Cooper Hewitt Design Workshop.  Our amazing visiting artist, Ms. Pamela, taught students some design basics and gave each class a design challenge.  Students worked in teams of two to create a prototype, or rough model, of their design. Class X01 created a new ride or piece of playground equipment, and Class X02 designed a safe hallway that slowed students down if they tried to run.  Our young designers had a great time working together to brainstorm ideas for their design.  Their prototypes were incredible! When the teams finished with the challenge, they shared their ideas and prototypes with the class.  For more ideas and information about visiting the Cooper Hewitt Design museum click here.

John and Keniesha work together to create a prototype for a swing.

Kimora works on creating speed bumps for her hallway design.

Kevin and Jeremy work together on a video game design.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Share your Dream

Jamie's beautiful watercolor.

Congratulations to our school representatives, Jamie, K, and Anthony, in the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts & Essay Display sponsored by the New York State Education Department.  The exhibition will highlight work from students illustrating Dr. King's Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence.  Work will be displayed in Spring 2015 on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza located in Albany, the state capital.
K's amazing portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King giving a speech.

Anthony's wonderful painting celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's Six Principles of Nonviolence.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sweet Still Life Drawings

This week students have been using oil pastels to create beautiful and delicious looking drawings.  We looked at the artist Wayne Thiebaud in class and discussed how he used repetition in his still life painting.  Students then chose a stencil and traced it several times to create the composition for their drawing.  We discussed how Thiebaud used shadows in his work, and students were encouraged to add shadows to their desserts.  Of course we also talked lots about our favorite flavors of ice cream, donuts, and cake!  Students had so much fun making these drawings and we hope that enjoy them.  They are truly good enough to eat!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

VSA Awards for the NYC Calendar Project

Today students from PS77 were honored with Awards of Excellence at the VSA Award Ceremony for the NYC Calendar Project.  The calendar, a collaboration amongst Marquis Studios, VSA, and District 75 showcases student art from the district.  This year's theme, A Century of Jazz, resulted in many beautiful works of art.

Before the award ceremony students had the opportunity to create artwork.  Some students chose to work on giant masks and some students had the chance to create a portrait from chocolate sauce!!

There were many important guest speakers at the event, including Carmen FariƱa, New York City School Chancellor, Gary Hecht, Superintendent of District 75, Barbara Joseph, Deputy Superintendent of District 75,  Tom Schutte, President of Pratt Institute, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Founder of VSA, and  David Marquis, Founder and Executive Director of Marquis Studios.

Although thirteen students represented our school at the awards, all of our amazing artists contributed to the project.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Painting from Observation

Students practiced drawing and painting from observation in art class.  They looked at an example of a still life in class and discussed composition, foreground and background, and light and shadow.  Students also learned how to use a viewfinder to find the best composition for their paintings.  Some classes used stencils to help find shapes.  We used watercolor and tempera paint to add color.