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Friday, May 22, 2015

The 2015 Dada Exhibit

We had an excellent turn out for the opening of our second, non-annual, Dada Exhibit!  Works by Dada Artists currently enrolled in  the Art History class are prominently displayed in the Media Center.

I'll let the work speak for itself but will include the titles below. The show will run till the end of the year which is Friday so see it before it's gone!

Unwanted Nozzle


The Stick of Truth

I Hate My Mom


Stairway to Heaven

My Hopes and Dreams

Two Steps Back

Shoelace in Pckle Jar

The Jessica. 
Medium: Jessica

Thursday, May 21, 2015

More Art Three Happenings

 Down to the last two weeks of school, Art Three students are knocking out their last pieces of art for the year. From the subject to the media, all of the decisions for these works were made by the students.

 Above: acrylic on canvas.

Sculptamold on canvas and watercolor. Exploring texture and color

Charcoal and chalk pastel, exploring perspective and color

Printing. One quarter image repeated and aligned to complete the pattern

Story and illustration for original comic page. Pen and ink on illustration board

Exploring the concept of woman and classical sculptures contrasted with non-flattering poses 

One of a set of original greeting cards. Pen and ink and watercolor

Abstract acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Working in the Streets

The weather was beautiful last week so instead of drawing in a stuffy trailer, we decided to take our art to the street. We formed two groups and selected two images the students had been using for a Computer Art project. Out came the chalks and away they went.

 Of course this only lasted a day as it rained that night. Hope you had a chance to see it live. If not, here are a few pictures of us in action...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sugar Hill Wave : in Bottle Caps!

Several weeks ago, environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck  worked with our Art History class to recreate a work of art using recycled materials. The class chose Magritte's Son of Man as our image.They only had one day to complete this project. afterwards, the bottle caps were placed back in storage. Check out that image here!

Today, we attempt a much larger, more complex image. It's a mix of the Wave and the Sugar Hill Gang logo. This image was 10' x 16' large, and spread out over 8 tables. I use the past tense "was" when describing the mural because we only had one class period to complete it and when we were done, it was entirely dismantled.

Of course working on a project like this can raise many questions. We pondered one question all class long. The question was, "What is Wonder Mike waiting for?" See answer below.

I said a hip hop,
Hippie to the hippie,
The hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it
To the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie,
To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.

In the Video: You have one class to assemble and then dismantle a 10' x 16' mural mashup between the Sugar Hill Gang Logo an The Great Wave off Kanagawa.... using only bottle caps. Go!

the answer to the question, "What is Wonder Mike waiting for?" can be found in the songs fifth verse when Wonder Mike raps the followign lines.. 

"I said, I can't wait 'til the end of the week
When I'm rappin' to the rhythm of a groovy beat."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Putt Putt: Art History 2015

Golfers from around the country... or at least, from around Apex High, lined up in the courtyard to take their shot at being the Putt Putt Champion! With almost nine holes to play, golfers enjoyed a challenging selection of Art History par 3 holes to choose from.

The Egyptian History including Hippo hole


The street art Banksy Rat hole



The Wave

Watch out for the soup can hazards!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fox 50 Lipdub: Ghostbusters!

Today, Fox 50 dropped by Apex High to present a trophy and ginormous check in the amount of $1000.00 to the cast and crew of the Apex Lipdubbers. Apex received "Most Creative" for their lipdub of the song Ghostbusters.

This morning in the courtyard with Fox 50 and friends!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happenings in Art Three

As we move into the last month of school for Art Three, we have shifted from students selecting units  to students designing their own projects. They decide the what, how and why. I help them with materials, technique recommendations and I lend them an ear when they aren't sure which direction to proceed. However, ultimately the decisions are theirs to make. Here are a few of their current projects.

Above: Wasp Nest: plaster, wire and branch.

A collection of prints assembled from one print incorporating repetition, movement and layers.

Perspective drawing in progress. Charcoal on paper

Stella inspired painting in acrylic.

Pencil drawing portrait

Portrait in prisma colors

Fox mount. Crochet.

Triptych abstract painting. acrylics on canvas.

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