Students in the Computer Graphics course use the fall class time to learn and discover how to create original and thoughtful works of art using Adobe Photoshop.
It is great to see how quickly the students become adept at the program!
Here is some of the great art that they have created so far:
The Art and Italian Classes had a delightful trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! For many of the students it was the first time visiting the museum. Check out the photos of our trip and the art that we saw.
Students had an art lesson on perspective drawing from Boston Artist Arnie Casavant.
Check out the great work that the students created:
Watercolor painting by Afsa, Grade 9
Drawing by Julia, Grade 12
Watercolor painting by Dino, Grade 9
Watercolor painting by Marissa, Grade 11
The Studio Art and Drawing and Painting classes will be going on a field trip to Rockport, MA. Watch this video to learn more about Motif#1
Here is the information about the trip:
The objective of the field trip is to learn how to draw the landscape for observation. Please watch the following video about composition.
Here is a video of an artist painting Motif #1 for you to checkout
This year the Art Club hosted an art contest. The theme of the show was "Multiple Perspectives" Anna Perl was awarded Best of Show for her mixed media drawing and Dove Jimenez was awarded an Honorable Mention for the digital work of art.
The students submitted great works of art you can check them out in the slideshow below.
Special thanks to our Judges Art Educator, Laura Johnson and UX Designer Keith March Mistler.
The Students for Asian Cultural Awareness club took on a wonderful community service project this year.
After discussing how they wanted and need more Asian American content and their curriculum that decided to create book packs of Asian American children's books and donate them to each elementary school.
The students went to Barnes and Noble and read through many books! They looked for stories that they felt were accurate and represented them.
Here is the list of books and reviews of the books that they picked.
Students were asked to share why they want more Asian American Pacific Islander curriculum added and here are some of their responses:
"I think it's important to represent everyone in school Our predominately white curriculum makes many feel outcast in a school and in our country. It puts into our heads that white is the "norm" and can cause many to dislike the minorities because they are different. In a way the erasure contributes to the massive issue of racism" Grade 10 student
"the under representation affects the way non-Asian American children view their Asian American peers. Sometimes in a derogatory and ignorant lens. That lens will most likely cause the sense of low self confidence, poor self image, and trauma. History tends to be "white- washed" in the curriculum, taking away from the true concepts that should be taken from historical context. " Grade 10 student
The Design Challenge for the Web Design students was to create an app that is helpful with solving a problem. The students spent lots of time learning and applying Design Thinking skills.
Before designing the app the students had to write a problem statement, create an empathy map, a user journey and persona for the user. They then sketched ideas for their app design and then created a prototype of the app using Adobe XD.
Check out these great student app designs:
Celeste created an app to help students manage their time efficiently.
Emelie created an app titled "Study Session"
Logan and Akshay worked together to create a Sign Language App. You can check out their app on Logan's Website
Drawing and Painting students apply their knowledge of the art element of line to a variety of assignments including drawing a storm, Inktober challenge and one line drawings.
Quarter 1 is done and behind us! The Architecture students did a wonderful job exploring and creating. Students started out the year with explorations and design challenges.
Students answered the question " What is Architecture"
"I guess to me, architecture is more than just the design of a building, or structure in an urban or specific area. To me, architecture is more about the freedom to express oneself through design, skill, technique, and the passion for it. Art has no set definition, rules, or purpose, and architecture is just another form of that in my opinion. One should not be locked with a set of rules and regulations pertaining to design and creativity. Architecture may have a purpose specifically towards designing structures, but in our world around us, there is even architecture in nature. Architecture is not always accepted in our society though, as not all designs actually get used. Architecture is also very professional, and sometimes even more restrictive than art such as a sculpture, or drawing. In the end however, architecture is really how one looks at it as there is no set definition of what architecture really is."
The first design challenge of the year was to create a sculpture using just white paper and scissors and not adhesives.
Another intro assignment for the students was to use craypas to explore color and shapes in abstract ways. This was a great warm up drawing assignment.
When the weather was nice and warm we went outside and created Andy Goldsworthy style Art Installations.
We also spent time outside drawing the school and studying perspective. The students worked intensely on these drawings!
The last design challenge was to create a Cardboard Relief Sculpture. Students studied architectural styles and took elements from different styles and combined them with Principles of Art to create these abstract works.
Web Design is off to a great start this year. The students are active and engaged learners in the art and design process of learning about Web Design.
The goal at the beginning of the year is to give them a foundation of art elements, principles and vocabulary and to get all students comfortable with working on the computer and understand the internet and history of the internet.
Here are a few of the projects that the students worked on:
Students studied the Elements and Principles of Design and created these drawings. Even though it is a computer class the students enjoyed working on paper and learning art terms. The many of the students have not taken an art course before and this was a great way to introduce art terms to them and practice design and layout.
Students created their own blogs and started blogging. They also started a portfolio section which will grow through out the year. Check out Emelie's Blog
In small groups students worked collaboratively to create presentations on the History of the Internet and how the internet works. The students taught each other the content and information. Students have also researched web design as a career path and the salary and job prospectus.
Students used Adobe Photoshop to create caricatures of themselves. It was a fun project to get them using some new tools and techniques.
Digital Drawing. Students continued to build their skills by creating a digital drawing using Adobe Photoshop. They created works of art that show "growth".
Each student has an Adobe Creative Cloud account. This allows students to be able to create art in school and at home on their own devices and school ipads.
As part of the subscription students had access to the Adobe Max Conference. Students got to attend virtually and watch presentations on technique as well as creativity and featured artists.
Here is a quote from Luke who learned about artist Tom Hegen
"Tom Hegen wants his photographs to encourage people to think about a sustainable future and to value the resources we take for granted. What I learned from this is how different types of sustainable agriculture work, and that if you make a hard topic more presentable than more people will be drawn to that issue and talk about it."