Thursday, March 24, 2016

Drawing With Words

This week to celebrate Women's History Month, students looked at the work of three female artists: Barbara Kruger, Lorna Simpson, and Shirin Neshat, that explore identity through text.  We discussed how artists can integrate text into their work and combine it with imagery.  Students then brainstormed words that they felt best identified their personalities.  They used these words to create text based drawings using an app called Type Drawing.  Students are just getting started learning how to use this fun app by changing font size, type, opacity and color to create their self-portraits.  Here are some of their amazing first drawings.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Art Tessellations

In celebration of Pi day and Albert Einstein's birthday, students week in art class students learned about the artist M.C. Escher, whose work was greatly inspired by math and science.  Escher explored mathematical concepts such as infinity and tessellations in his work.  After looking at examples of tessellations that Escher created, students used the app Amaziograph on the iPad to create their own beautiful math inspired artwork.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pop Art

The artist Andy Warhol once said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."  This week, students in art class explored Warhol's interest in fame and pop culture in learning about his work and the Pop Art movement.  Students learned about silkscreen, the printmaking process Warhol used to create his well known images of Campbell's Soup cans and celebrities like Michael Jackson.  They use the iPad to explore the process further and create a "digital silkscreen" using the app Warhol D.I.Y. from the Andy Warhol Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Some students also looked at Warhol's collaborative work with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and then used the iPad to create a digital collaborative painting with their desk buddy.

Anthony working on his Warhol style digital silkscreen.
Two of our artists using iPads to work on a digital collaborative painting.

The final collaborative paintings during our class "gallery walk" around the art room.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Museum Programs for Teens and Families

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out some of the amazing teen and family programs at one of New York City's amazing museums, including the event "Bad Painting" this Friday at the Whitney Museum of American Art!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Action Painting Week 2

Last week students continued learning about action painting.  They learned about the artist Jackson Pollock, famous for his unique style of drip paintings, and watched a video of the artist working to find out more about his creative process.  Student then created beautiful action paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock.  Some classes worked collaboratively to drip, splatter, and splash paints on a large cardboard canvas (pictured above).  All of our young artists also made their own paintings using marbles.  Students placed paper, a choice of three paint colors, and marbles into a box.  And then it was time for action!  Artists shook their boxes back and forth, causing the marbles to roll around and move the paint in different patterns.  Some students really got into the process, dancing, spinning, and jumping with the box to create their action paintings.  The final paintings are beautiful, and truly capture the style of Pollock's work!