Thursday, January 28, 2016


This year several classes in art have been keeping sketchbooks.  Students use their sketchbooks to improve their observational drawing skills, further explore master works of art, take notes on lessons, brainstorm ideas for larger projects, and much more.  Sketchbooks allow students to keep their artwork neatly bound together, and they are able to clearly see their drawing progress from the start.  I will be sharing some of these beautiful sketchbooks with colleagues at an upcoming professional development day at the Met, and wanted to share them with you as well.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Contest School Finalists

Congratulations to Matheus, Willie, Matthew, and Nicholas, our Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Contest School Finalists!

We had many wonderful books this year for the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking contest.  Our middle school winners, Matheus and Willie, created a beautiful book about the sounds of winter.  In this book a young boy moves from Brazil to New York City and experiences many new and exciting noises.

Our high school entry, Adventure in Japan, is a collaboration between Nicholas and Matthew.  This fantastic book is about their future plans for a trip to Japan.  In the story, they imagine all of the things that they will eat, see, and do on their adventure.

Watercolor Still Lives

Students have been working on observational painting in art class.  They looked at the photorealistic still life paintings of artist Audrey Flack and then started drawing their own complex still lives.

Students used the Smartboard to explore Audrey Flack's paintings.  They searched for objects, discussed foreground and background, color, and composition.

Students have been working on observational drawing skills.  During the first week of the project they used viewfinders to decide on a composition.  Then they began carefully drawing what they saw.

Students began by drawing the still life.  They then added watercolor to complete their still lives.  The results are beautiful!

Some students used collage to create their still lives.  They cut out images of objects often found in Audrey Flack's work and then practiced layering to show space through foreground and background.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

P77K Design

Students have been learning about graphic design in art class.  They looked at examples of graphic design from art history, including Bauhaus, Charles and Ray Eames, and Saul Bass.  Then they discussed the principles of design and how designers use these in their creative process.  Students explored balance, variety, emphasis, and repetition.  They also looked at how designers can use color to influence their viewers.  Finally, our young designers applied what they learned to their own designs for a new school logo.  Students used a circular template and a variety of materials to create their designs.  Some classes also explored computer graphics, and used an iPad to digitize their logo.  All logos are hanging in front of the art room and the office and voting will begin this week.  Our top designer will win a gift card as well as have their logo appear on all PS77 letterhead!

Students used the iPads and the app Art Set to translate their design idea into a digital logo.

One of our young designer using cut paper shapes to demonstrate one of the principles of design.

Happy Holidays!