Thursday, June 18, 2015

Five-Day Exhibition of Art by NYC Public School Students on Iconic Digital Screens in Times Square!

Kashief’s Self-Portrait with Rock and Roll Guitar, will be featured on outdoor digital screens in the heart of Times Square, courtesy of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC.)  Kashief’s work, along with other images of student work from this year's PS Art, will be shown for three minutes every hour from Wednesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 21. Yesterday, a press conference to mark the kickoff of this collaborative project was held in Duffy Square. The event was hosted by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in Partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Department of Education and Studio in a School.  To see Kashief's work go to Times Square’s Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets, and Broadway and Seventh Avenue and look for the American Eagle Outfitters and CNN screens.  Congratulations to Kashief and his family and a big thank you to all of the organizers and everyone that came out to support our talented artist! PRESS UPDATE: Check out the coverage of this great event by WNYC!

Kashief with New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Kashief is congratulated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kashief sees his image appear on the big screen!

Cameras from Pix 11 News, WNYC, and other channels were there to capture the excitement.

Kashief takes a moment to reflect on his fame with his classroom teacher, Sylvia Patterson, and our network leader, Kathleen LeFevre.

Kashief shakes hands with his fans, including our network leader, Kathleen LeFevre and our Principal IA, Susan Cruz.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mural Project

Students have been hard at work over the past few weeks painting a large mural about helping the hungry in their community.  Students were inspired by their peers in our work program who volunteer at the C.H.I.P.S. food pantry in Brooklyn.  The materials for the project were made available from a grant the the school received thanks to Ms. Ellyn.  You can check out a time lapse of the entire process below, and see the mural hanging at our new site next year.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PS ART 2015!

Kashief in front of his colorful self-portrait, chosen from among thousands of entries
to be included in this year's PS Art show.

Last night was the opening reception for PS ART at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I was so happy to celebrate Kashief's hard work and talent with him and his family.  Kashief's watercolor painting, Self-Portrait with Rock and Roll Guitar, was beautifully framed and will be on  display through fall in the museum's education wing.  Kashief also won a scholarship from Studio in a School to attend art classes in the city.  Congratulations Kashief!!  We are so proud of you!

Kashief proudly holds up his scholarship certificate.  The scholarship will allow Kashief to attend art classes at a college or art institution of his choice.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pottery - Making Coiled Pots

Some of the clay pots and sculptures created in art class.

This week students are learning about pot. They looked at examples of pottery from many different cultures and how these art forms have inspired modern artists like Pablo Picasso.  Students were shown various techniques for creating clay sculpture including how to make coiled pots.  First they started their projects by pinching or manipulating the clay until it was soft and workable.  Then, they created a spherical form by rolling the clay in their hands.  Next, students flattened their forms into a cookie or pancake shape to use as the base of their pot.  They then began making snake-like or rope-like forms by rolling out thin strips of clay.  These were coiled around the edge of the base to build up the walls of their pots.  Finally, students were able to use a variety of tools to add texture to their pots if desired. Next week, after their sculptures are dry, students will paint or glaze their work.

Anthony holds up his finished coiled pot.

Jacob begins to add clay walls to his base.

Allison working on an imaginative sculpture of a hamburger.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Our First Annual STEM Fair!

A view of the STEM fair from above.

Everyone had an incredibly fun time at today's first annual STEM Fair/Global Cardboard Challenge.  Inspired by the story of Caine's Arcade, students have been busy working on many different projects built with cardboard or other recycled materials.  They made games, musical instruments, and even a photo-booth!  Thank you to everyone that made this event so wonderful, to all of our designers and students that worked the event, and to all the parents that came and played!

Mickey, President Obama, and Isaiah welcomed visitors to the fair.

Robert showed players how to play the basketball game he designed.

Kimora and Anthony play a round of mini-golf designed by class X01.

Taylor is excited to show his peers how to play the game his class designed.

Alexi measures a stack of cardboard boxes with the help of friends to see who wins the building challenge.
Hector and Keneshia have fun shooting hoops.

Eryk shows off a cardboard pizza he made in the Design Your Own Pizza art center.

Henry demonstrates his pool skills.

Brittany invited others to play with the dinosaurs she created for the Future City set we made in art.

Matthew tells visitors about the sculpture he made as he welcomed them to the X04 museum.

Second Annual PS77 Film Festival

This Monday we held our Second Annual PS77 Film Festival and Matthew did an amazing job hosting for the second year in a row!  Students from many classes shared movies they had created including documentaries, slideshows, puppet plays, and animations.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the films...and popcorn.  If you missed it, please check out a few of the animations below.