This blog traces my influences, studio practice, learning, and teaching of art.
Two of my graduating seniors, Angelica & Siobhan, have been accepted to Mass Art! They will likely be staying here in the new dorm building. Apparently the architects were inspired by a box of ocher conte crayons. Angelica is going to be studying animation. In the photo below, two of my junior art students display the awards they won from the American Automobile Association. They won a prize for their animation about driving safety.
The Boston Globe Scholastic Art And Writing Awards is an important event for art students and teachers all across the country. In the Boston area alone, 9500 pieces of art work were entered by 1350 art teachers . I am happy that we recieved 5 awards which is 2 more than last year.
|Shirley printed 3 of these plexiglas drypoints and added watercolor.|
|Amy used color pencil on brown paper to create this Fauve style self portrait.|
|Rico excelled at composing this white pencil chiaroscuro self portrait.|
|Siobhan painted a striking cultural portrait of Ann using Indian motifs.|
|Chelsea won a Silver Key Award for her self portrait, "Countenance".|
The finished panels were cleaned and then installed at the Settlers Landing Station in downtown Cleveland. There are a few more panels to be restored. I hope to be able to return to my home town this summer to complete the repairs.
I am lucky to be teaching at one of the best high schools. According to the Washing Post, High School Challenge 2011, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is the 7 th. best in MA! According to Newsweek, MVRCS is the 4 th. best in MA and in the top 10% in the USA. The art room in Massachusetts actually reminds me of my old high school's art room back in Ohio. We used to refer to our art teacher as Mr. Roy G.B.I.V. Houston. The photo above is of me sculpting a coiled ceramic piece, 1969. The man in the background is Mr. Houston.
A globe supports a woman who entices a man to leave his realm.
A plastic travel mug depicts the space shuttle.The sunflower's petals fall.
Derek's "Color Line Array" won a Silver Key Award; It explores prismatic variety using oblique parallel projection. He is applying to colleges with a focus in environmental architecture.
Raphael, a Freshman, chose an expressive color harmony for his "Fauve Self Portrait." Does it make reference to Smurfs and Krishna? No matter, it works because of his sensitive use of high chroma color and his careful control of values.
Anna's mixed media collage was inspired by Romare Bearden. As a Junior, International Baccalaureate Art Student, she is planning her own themes: "American Life" and "Women's Road Trip." She will be exploring a wide variety of two dimensional media including printmaking. (I recently found an old cast iron etching press on Craig's list.)
I attended a four day conference to learn about IB Visual Art standards and evaluation practices. The International Baccalaureate is a wonderful organization whose mission is to promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to national and cultural identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21 st. century. I teach 11th. & 12th. grade high school IB Art: Students experience the creative process as a practicing artist. Research, planning and independent studio production are part of this college level course.