Monday, June 19, 2017

The making of our animation!

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the making of our animation.  Everyone did such an incredible job working together to make this year's film.  Congratulations!

4th Annual Student Film Festival!

Thank you to everyone that made this year's film festival a great success! A special thanks to John P. for hosting the show, and to Mr. Bill for all his technical help. If you were unable to make it, please watch our stop-motion animation "Channel 77 News Report," above, and enjoy some images from other great films below.

In the film "The Mad Scientists" class Y52 creates geyers in Science using soda and mentos!
Hector created a beautiful hand drawn animation about his Best Buddy, Miranda in the after school program.

A scene from our animation.

Students in Y63 rock out in an emotional music video!

Friday, June 16, 2017


Congratulations to all our amazing graduates today! We are so very proud of you!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EJK Awards

Congratulations to our borough award winners, Tadious, Brittany, and Kevin, in this year's Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking competition!  Students were honored on Friday at the the Brooklyn Public Library, where their fantastic books are on display.  We are so proud of all of their hard work, creativity, collaboration, and dedication to the difficult process of bookmaking.  

Digging For Prehistoric Creatures, by Kevin and Brittany, on display at the BPL.
Buck and Flurry: Buck's Surprise! by Tadious, on display at the BPL.

The talented creative team of Kevin and Brittany enjoying their success.
Tadious proudly poses for photos during the EJK reception.

Kevin's dinosaur illustration was featured on the back cover of this year's catalog!!!

Tadious had his beautiful book illustrations featured in the center fold of this year's catalog.

The colorful drawings and text by Brittany and Kevin in this year's catalog.

Ms. Marisa, Ms. Devon, Kevin, Brittany, and Ms. Amie excited to be representing P77K at the EJK awards. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sketchbook Club: Mandalas

Students in Sketchbook Club created beautiful mandalas last week. mandala is an intricate abstract design that is usually circular in form, with a center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.  Our talented young artists created bright colorful mandalas depicting shapes, flowers, elements, and even donuts! Next week students will celebrate their hard work with an end of the year party and take home their incredible sketchbooks.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Congratulations to our VSA artists!

Year of the Rooster by Willie
Congratulations to Willie and Jamie!  Their beautiful watercolors were not only selected this year into the semi-final round of PS Art, but they were also submitted to this year's  VSA International Art Program UBUNTU: Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...Because You Are, sponsored by the Kennedy Center.
My Rose Garden by Jamie

Paper Marbling

This week several classes experienced paper marbling for the first time.  We had so much fun creating beautiful prints thanks to a grant from the Kids in Need Foundation.  Students learned about how this art form started in 12th century Japan and looked at examples from throughout history.  They then prepared to print by mixing special solutions to coat their paper and help the ink adhere.  Next they dripped ink into a tray filled with a water and seaweed solution.  Because the thickened solution causes the inks to float on the surface, students were able to create beautiful designs with tools such as forks, combs, and chopsticks.  They then carefully placed their paper on the surface and pulled a beautiful print filled with swirls of different colors.  Students in sketchbook club used this process to print covers for a new sketchbook.  As one student said, it was like "magic."  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Painting as Process: MoMA Partnership Spring 2017!

This week students in classes Y52 and X06 completed a four week program with Ms. Kirstin from the Museum of Modern Art.  Students learned about examples of action painting and discussed the process that the artists used to create their work.  They looked at several colorful works by the German artist Katerina Grosse and hypothesized how she made different marks such as drips, splatters, folds, and brush strokes.  Students then created their own beautiful paintings using various media, tools, and processes.  Check out their beautiful work and the steps they took below.  Thank you as always to Ms. K and the Museum of Modern Art's Access Programs for a new and exciting experience!

Students started their projects by dropping different colors of ink onto wet areas of their paper.  They then manipulated the direction of each drip by rotating the paper.

Next, students folded their paper several times to create different sections.  They applied various colors of ink using a brayer and then unfolded their paper to see the pattern that they created.

Then, students added masking tape and stickers to their paper and then painted with tempera paint.  Finally, when the paint was dry, they pulled off the masking tape to reveal the lines and shapes that they created and the many layers in their work.

This beautiful painting by Kayla was given the imaginative title "An Ostrich and a Flamingo Dancing With Their Heads Stuck Inside a Box of Spiders."