Thursday, November 17, 2011

Art 6- Primary Paper Marbling

Art 6 students are getting messy with primary colors! Students are learning a modern day way to do the Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling. They are layering about an inch of shaving cream into a tin cake dish. Then using brushes to paint designs onto the shaving cream. They are using watered down tempra paint in primary colors to create their designs. When their design is the way they like it, they press their paper into the the shaving cream, lift, and scrap excess shaving cream off. The paper has lifted the  design from the shaving cream and now they have a beautiful piece of marbled paper. As a class we discuss how the primary colors mix to make the secondary colors and tertiary colors on their paper. Not one sheet looks alike, every sheet has its own unique design.

Below is Art 6 having Marbling Fun!

Art 6 Messy Marbling

Art 6- Complementary Colors

Art 6 students second color project was Complementary Color Names. Following in the foot steps of Andy Warhol with bright colors, repetition, and unique creativity. Students studied their color wheel and decided on their complementary colors of choice. Using one color students were to fill in every other letter/background. Then in the second color fill in the letters/backgrounds that were left blank. Their final will have the visual effects of a piece of Pop Art.

Below are Pop Art Complementary Color Names

Art 6- Color Wheel

Art 6 students took notes on color, color schemes, tints, shades, warm, and cool colors. Their first project with color was to paint their own color wheel with acrylic paint. Students had to mix all the colors using only the primary colors; red, yellow, and blue.

Below are Art 6 Color Wheels

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Photography II- Photographer's Forum & Nikon

Photography II students have just finished uploading 5 photographs each for:

Photographer's Forum & Nikon Present
32nd Annual Student Photo Contest

This contest has some amazing prizes and we are keeping our fingers crossed! Finalists will be notified by January 27, 2012. Winners notified by February 13, 2012.


$2,000 Best COLLEGE Color or BW
PLUS Nikon D7000 camera and lens system (MSRP $1,200)
$2,000 Best HIGH SCHOOL Color or BW
PLUS Nikon D7000 camera and lens system (MSRP $1,200)

$1,000 cash grant 2nd Place College
$1,000 cash grant 2nd Place High School

$1,000 cash grant 3rd Place College
$1,000 cash grant 3rd Place High School

5 $100 grants to 4th Place College
5 $100 grants to 4th Place High School

100 College and 100 High School Honorable Mentions will be listed in the May 2012 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.

Winning Photos

WINNING PHOTOS will be published in the May 2012 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine , entered into Nikon’s Emerging Photographers Hall of Fame and exhibited at Brooks Institute Gallery 27. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of College Photography 2012. All HIGH SCHOOL winners, honorable mentions and finalists will be showcased in a special section in the book.

Photography II- Dramatic Lighting Portraits

Students are using backdrops and lighting to create dramatic lighting self-portraits. Students are still shooting in manual settings and adjusting the camera according to the light. They are then taking their portraits into Photoshop for editing.

Stay tuned for more photographs. We are planning to post some out-takes and a group shot ;-)

Below are some examples

Photography II- Exaggeration City

In this project you will super-giantize, people, places or things in relation to other objects in the image. The key is exaggeration. The more creative and well executed an image, the better. The twist here is that it must be in a urban setting, cities, towns, neighborhood.. leave the wildlife in the wilds.

The rules of this project are thus: Your image must include an object disproportionately large to what one would expect in an urban setting.

Below are a few examples of student work

Photography II- Multiples

Multiples Short Story
Students had to use themselves at least three different times with-in one photograph to tell a story. The story is left up to the viewer's interpretation.

Below are examples of student photography short stories

Photography I- Mirrors

Students were to use at least one roll of film to shoot reflections with mirrors to create some type of illusion. Students were to be very creative in the way they placed the mirrors. They were to try to hide the edges of the mirror to help create the illusion of space.

Below are a few of the photographs developed in the darkroom by students

Photography I- Circles

Students were to use at least one roll of film to shoot ONLY circles and ovals. They may have other shapes in the photographs as well, but the frame must be dominate by one or more circular shapes. Students were to try and find a variety of compositions using circles and ovals.

Below are a few of the photographs developed in the darkroom by students