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Artist of the Month

May 2015: Sarah Knapp

posted May 18, 2015, 6:22 AM by Tom Reeve

Student: Sarah Knapp
Grade: 12
Teacher: Mr. Shiff
School: Holliston High School
Class: Printmaking

Sarah Knapp completed two of these reduction block prints in Mr. Shiff's printmaking class. A reduction print is a process where the artist alternates between printing and carving. Each time the artist carves more away from the block they print a new color on top of their previous print. This requires that the artist print several different times and carefully plan each step of their printing process. Sarah created numerous prints (each containing several layers of colors) which experimented with a variety of different color and value schemes. When printmakers create reduction prints they need to be very precise and careful in lining up their prints on the same registration in order for the final image to read clearly. It is precisely these skills of precision, planing, and experimentation that makes a great printmaker and which Sarah demonstrated consistently in class. Sarah's work displays the dedication and care that Sarah brings to all of her projects. In addition to her hard work in class Sarah has also contributed greatly to the art department helping organize Art Saves Lives and designing several brochures for events within the school.

April 2015: Sadie Foster

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:06 AM by Tom Reeve

Student: Sadir Foster
Grade: K
School: Placentino Elementary School

Sadie told me she’s been creating art since she’s been two years old. She likes all kinds of art and is willing to participate and use all kinds of media. In this particular lesson after a hard and snowy winter, a day at the beach was the theme. Several large shells from my collection were placed on the tables and kindergarten students used sharpies to trace them. Students then used watercolor paint to fill in the shells and the back ground with color. The goal of the lesson is to have the students experience and learn how to hold a brush, understand how watercolors work, and develop an idea how colors mix. Sadie’s color mixing was very successful.

March 2015: Jenna Ferland

posted Mar 24, 2015, 4:40 AM by Tom Reeve

Student: Jenna Ferland
Grade: 12
Teacher: Doug Lack
School: Holliston High School
Project: The Bicycle

This project was created in Mr. Lack’s Advanced Portfolio Honors Class during first semester. The subject matter (a bicycle) was chosen because it is a required element for her application to the Rhode Island School of Design. She chose to place the bike in a stark environment, and utilized complementary colors to convey contrast in the piece.

February 2015: James Denman

posted Feb 27, 2015, 4:08 AM by Tom Reeve

Student: James Denman
Grade: 10
Teacher: Mr. Blood
School: Holliston High School

In this "Doodle Drawing", students were challenged to create an overall sense of UNITY by organizing elements of art such as color, shape, line, and texture with principles like balance and movement. James began the piece with a simple non‐representational line drawing. The line continued to grow and morph across the paper until it reached all sides. He added watercolor and acrylic paint to successfully complete his composition. Reflecting on his work James is considering adding more pattern in the future in order to enhance the overall effect of UNITY.

January 2015: Mikey McGovern

posted Jan 22, 2015, 10:16 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 10:16 AM ]

Student: Mikey McGovern
Grade: 2
Teacher: Susan Baxter
School: Placentino Elementary School
Lesson: The Lighthouse
Material: Pencils, rulers, drawing paper, oil pastel and. tempera paint and brushes,

Students were asked to create a full and detailed landscape painting of a lighthouse on the edge of a body of water. Students viewed images of lighthouses and discussed the various proposes and designs of lighthouses. Students then created preliminary sketches of their ideas. Triangle and rectangle geometric shapes were used in the creation of the lighthouse organic shapes were used in creating the natural environment. Students placed their lighthouse in theforeground of their work and added detail in the middle ground and background which illustrated the environment, time of day and weather conditions in their work. UNITY was created in the art by repeating colors, shapes and patterns.

December 2014: Elise Miller

posted Jan 22, 2015, 10:15 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 10:15 AM ]

Student: Elise Miller
Grade: 8
Teacher: Katy Taricano
School: Robert Adams Middle School

Elise is an 8th grader at Robert Adams Middle School. For this assignment, students learned about the communicative power of art and how propaganda can be expressed through art to show either the artist’s or the patron’s ideas and beliefs. Students then learned about the proportions of the human face and used those ideas with the power of observation to create a self portrait. Using micography, a technique where the lines and forms are replaced with text, students expressed their own personal propaganda by conveying at least ten positive words about themselves. Elise’s art exemplifies the objectives of this assignment by displaying correct proportions of the face and by creatively applying the words to create a unique self-portrait.

November 2014: Erika Bridges

posted Jan 22, 2015, 10:13 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 10:13 AM ]

Student: Erika Bridges
Course: Painting
Teacher: Zachary Shiff

This assignment asked students to consider their favorite musical genre, and how it could be represented visually. Students were asked to first: create a playlist of artists that related to a specific genre, second: generate several sketches in their sketchbook of different aspects of the musical lifestyle associated with the genre, and lastly: use those sketches as inspiration for a final work. Students were asked to incorporate human figures, musical performance, and an interior or exterior space utilizing either collage or abstract layering of imagery. Erika chose to show her love for arena rock in this piece. Erika used careful observation and reference photography to capture the energy and essence of a crowded music venue, specifically the waving hands of adoring fans. Erika also showcased how an artist needs to take daring risks incorporating everything from concert tickets to fabric to capture the complete experience. Erika's piece is incredibly successful in evoking the bright lights and blaring sound of a rock music concert.

October 2014: Shelby Zaccagnini

posted Oct 24, 2014, 8:13 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 8:13 AM ]

Student: Shelby Zaccagnini
Grade: 4
Teacher: Renee Popek

Shelby is a fourth grader at the Miller school and is very interested and active in art. This lesson involved using water soluble oil pastels to create a paint like quality. Students developed a better understanding regarding the blending and mixing of colors. These water soluble oil pastels are first used to draw and then water is added to turn them into paint. Students need to be aware of color and how it mixes. If the colors that are blended don’t really mix well adding the water gives the picture a muddy look. Understanding the color wheel assists students in making choices that they know will look well together. Shelby is very serious about her art. She pays attention to detail and knows what she wants.

September 2014: Katie Savage

posted Oct 24, 2014, 8:12 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 8:12 AM ]

Student: Kate Savage
Grade: 12
Teacher: Doug Lack
Course: Advanced Portfolio Honors

This piece marks one of my first ventures into mixed media. This project was assigned in my Art III Honors class with Mr. Lack and was supposed to be the mixed media interpretation of a favorite memory or life event. My experiences at summer camp over the years inspired my work as I chose to include elements from the nature that constantly surrounds me at camp. This piece in particular is part of a series of three under the same theme that was awarded a silver key in mixed media for the scholastic art awards. To make this piece interesting, I focused on developing unique textures with modeling paste, acrylic paint, chalk and many paper collage elements. The use of contrasting colors, purple and orange, and varying dark's and lights show the ever changing light in the woods as day turns to night. My two favorite things to do at camp, photography and rifle shooting, are also expressed in this piece. The image of the fern is part of a negative space photogram I made in the darkroom and the target is one I actually shot at camp. All in all, this piece was incredibly fun to make and encouraged me to explore mixed media more in depth.

May 2014: Jack Littlejohn

posted Aug 11, 2014, 12:20 PM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 12:20 PM ]

: Jack Littlejohn
Grade: 4
Teacher: Renee Popek
School: Miller Elementary School

Students used construction paper to create a border around the edge of the paper. The border brought out everyone’s math skills as the students had to determine what shapes would fit and how they could balance the design. Once the border was finished each student had to incorporate part of the border design into the center of the picture. Students were not aware that this was going to be required as they created border. 

Jack is very focused and carefully plans out all of his art work. He treats each new lesson as a problem to be solved and builds up his designs layer by layer, and step by step.

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