The bicycle is notorious for being challenging to draw. It is also a tradition for high school students applying to the Rhode Island School of Design to successfully draw a bike as a part of their portfolio submission. In our own Art Techniques courses for Freshmen and Juniors, students took part in drawing a bike from memory. They were surprised at how challenging it was to remember all parts of a bike. Afterwards, a bicycle was rolled out to the middle of the classroom and they compared their drawings to the real thing. Students then took part in viewing the bike from observation and tried drawing it again. We sectioned off each piece of paper to create unique viewpoints of bike details. Students used pencil or charcoal. Here is the outcome!
We all know how much students love their cell phones and we all know their obsession with taking selfies! A recent art project finally embraced the use of cell phones and selfies. Students learned about the history of Pablo Picasso and viewed his works, particularly during his Cubist period, to create their own "Shattered Selfie." Students designed their composition using a variety of materials, such as acrylic paint, colored pencils and metallic sharpies. They then used multiple photographs of themselves in order to assemble fractured collage pieces. Student personalities were apparent in their work. Check out the results!
Every year, students take part in an "Elephant in the Room" classroom mural. The mural is used to explore a variety of topics that are not often discussed yet remain prevalent. Topics often include drug addiction, peer pressure, bullying, social media appearances, stereotypes, global warming, relationship abuse and more. The students have done a great job bringing awareness to such difficult subjects.
Three students from Assabet Valley, Kendra Rodriguez (Junior), Jason Patanao (Sophomore) and Nirran Lachmann (Sophomore) have been selected as semi-finalists for the Arisia 2018 Student Art Show. The contest received a large number of submissions from all across New England. Submissions were chosen with an emphasis on both quality and meaning. Subject matter includes science fiction, fantasy, space, and other speculative subjects, in a wide variety of media.
The final judging took place at the Westin Waterfront in Boston, during MLK weekend. Awards included up to $200 and the opportunity for resume building. Nirran Lachmann was awarded Third Place Winner and Kendra Rodriguez received Honorable Mention. All three students did a fabulous job making it into the show! Congratulations!
This week we made postcards to be sent to the Floating Hospital for Children. A little girl named Ruby Mae Millea has been asking for holiday mail. Ruby recently turned 4 years old and is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 neuroblastoma. We hope all of our mail will keep her smiling!
This past weekend, we attended the 2017 Massachusetts Art Education Conference in Amherst, MA. We both entered our own Encaustic paintings into a jurored show for art educators and, to our surprise, we were accepted into the exhibit. Our paintings are made from melted bees wax and show a variety of techniques using brush, collage, 3D wax building and more. Here we are at the opening reception of the show!
At any given moment, you can walk into the art room and discover something new developing on our mural wall. Currently, Kendra Rodriguez (Junior) is painting her original drawing on the wall. This piece will help with Kendra's art portfolio for college, as well as take part in student art competitions. We are excited to see the finished results! See the progression below.
Students were challenged to think about a book and it how it has served us through out time. They learned about altering the meaning of objects to create art using mixed media. The students then chose from a collection of used books and began their book sculptures. They tore, ripped, cut, painted, folded, collaged and more. It was exciting to watch their projects come to life.