Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Senior Art Show!

MHHS seniors will have an opportunity to exhibit their artwork at an actual gallery for this year’s Senior Art Show. Instead of holding the event in the school library, the art show will be held at Arcane Gallery, 52 South Main Street in Castleton on Friday, June 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Awards start at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature student artwork, live music and food. Thank you to gallery owner Jon Verna for allowing the district to use his gallery space to show off student artwork!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2012 OVA!

Congratulations to all of the teams participating in the Olympics of the Visual Arts on May 2nd at the Saratoga City center. There were over 900 students and 30 districts in the competition from the Buffalo region to Long Island. Maple Hill had categories in Fashion Design (Aubrey Kirsch, Brittney Geracitano and Oteria Ludwig), Illustration (Kirsten Geracitano, Jennie Buckley), Photography (Franco Fettuccia and Matthew Fiebke) and Drawing (Ian Myers). Ian Myers took home the second place state award in the Drawing category and Kirsten Geractiano and Jennie Buckley took home second place state award in Illustration. Congrats to them and all of our teams. The problems and solutions can be found in the back of the library for your viewing pleasure. Thanks also to Stuart Allen, Phil Prinzo and Jeremy Hempstead for all of your help!

Congrats to our Middle School Team for also taking home second place in the Middle School Illustration Category!
The Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) program provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. A new series of problems is posed every fall. Students create long-range solutions at their schools, and travel to the Albany area to compete on short-range problems in a day-long celebration of creativity. There are awards for each of the problem categories at every level.

This year was OVA's 30th anniversary. Schodack Central Schools participated in the first OVA 30 years ago! We even had a visit from Mrs. Gregoire and her adorable daughter! All projects can be found in the back of the high school library for your viewing pleasure!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Adv Studio Public Art

Newport News-What is Public Art?

Wikipedia- Public Art

PBS-Richard Serra's Tilted Arc

Public Art Fund

National Endowment for the Arts-Successful Public Art Commissions

Jaume Plensa, Raleigh, NC

Christo and Jeanne Claude- Public or Private?

Watch this video:

Christo and Jeanne Claude-Homepage

Sunday, April 29, 2012

NYC Target Grant- Solomon R. Guggenheim trip

The high school art department was the very proud and thankful recipient of this year's local Target Educational Field Trip Grant for the Arts. This funding with additional funding supplied to us by the Castleton Kiwanis and the Schodack Police Department was used to bring our Advanced level art students to the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum on Friday 4/27. 

As part of this grant our art classes are learned about the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the  current art exhibitions. Here is a link to what is showing currently:

Photos taken by MHHS junior Valeria Quint and Ms. Hovish. 

We saw multiple art exhibitions while at the museum including a retrospective on artist Joseph Chamberlain called CHOICES. This exhibition comprises nearly 100 works, from Chamberlain's earliest monochromatic welded iron-rod sculptures to the large-scale foil creations of recent years.

We also saw a retrospective on photographer Francesca WoodmanMore than thirty years after her death, the moment is ripe for a historical reconsideration of her work and its reception. Woodman’s oeuvre represents a remarkably rich and singular exploration of the human body in space and of the genre of self-portraiture in particular. Her interest in female subjectivity, seriality, Conceptualist practice, and photography’s relationship to both literature and performance are also hallmarks of the heady moment in American photography during which she came of age. Our students really enjoyed this exhibit. 

Another exhibition we saw was called Being Singular Plural. This exhibit offered a unique opportunity to encounter recent and new film, video, and sound-based works by seven of the most innovative and visionary contemporary artists, filmmakers, and media practitioners living and working in India today: Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Sonal Jain, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, Mriganka Madhukaillya, and Kabir Mohanty. Recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings, the selected films, videos, and interactive sound installations invite visitors to reassess conventional boundaries between such categories as fiction and non-fiction, art and cinema, the still and moving image, documentation and poetry, and objectivity and subjectivity. By manipulating sound, image, and text in experimental ways, these practitioners shift viewers’ positions from passive spectatorship to active participation—to places where the “we” of “being together” is in the immediate here and now.

Finally we saw the permanent Thannhauser Collection at the museum. This included works by Cezanne, Picasso, Seurat, and Kandinsky.

On a side note- and in good old NYC fashion- we also saw a celebrity! You will have to ask the students about her though! We were also able to make a brief visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art during lunch. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Annual NYSATA Legislative Art Exhibit

The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). This student art exhibit is held in the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring. Legislators from across the state are invited to share the artistic accomplishments of their aspiring artist constituents at a reception for students, parents and teachers.

Mrs. Pazienza with artists Olivia Baker & Andrew Penn
An opening reception to honor the young artists was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 12:30-2pm at the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Legislators and others began speaking at 1pm.
Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan were among those advocating for strong arts programs.
 Students, art educators, family members, school officials and many New York State Assembly Members and Senators were in attendance.

The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase the artistic achievements of our young artists and to provide state-wide recogntion to students in elementary through high school.

Works of art by students from the Schodack Central School District were selected for this special exhibit in the Legislative Office Building, “Well” area in Albany.

Representing Maple Hill High School were Caitlin Wemetter (grade 12) and Brittni Curtin (grade 12) with their large self-portraits.  Castleton Elementary School was represented by Olivia Baker (grade 3) for her self-portrait painting and Andrew Penn (grade 3) for his mixed media artwork of his house.
Andrew Penn

Olivia Baker

Mrs. Pazienza with Olivia and family.

Brittni Curtin with family and friends.

Caitlin Wemette and Brittni Curtin
The display board had Brittni's self portrait drawing on top and Caitlin's self-portrait on the bottom.
Caitlin Wemette and family with her self-portrait.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

13th Annual High School Juried Regional Exhibition

On Friday March 2nd over 500 people came to the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of St. Rose to celebrate the 13th Annual Juried High School Regional. This year over 500 works from 20 regional school districts were submitted. Only 100 works of art were chosen to display through a special jurying process. Students came to celebrate this accomplishment with family and loved ones and to listen to guest speaker Tim Rollins speak about the importance of a Fine Arts Education and his experience with a group he founded called the K.O.S. crew (Kids of Survival). Maple Hill High School was represented by Brittni Curtin, Caitlin Wemette, Matthew Fiebke, Ian Myers, Samatha Giacomino, Kirsten Geracitano and Alicia Rivers-Barton. This was the second year that both Ian and Matt have been included in this prestigious show. Congratulations to all of the artists and their families. This is a great accomplishment.
Brittni Curtin and family, black and white photo above

Samantha Giacomino and family, self-portrait behind
Caitlin Wemette with mother and sister, photo above
Ian Myers with self-portrait
Alicia Rivers-Barton with family, color digital photograph above
Caitlin Wemette and Ms. Hovish showing off picture (which got cut off)
Ms. Hovish and Kirsten Geracitano with self-portrait
Brittni and Caitlin-Really impressed by the artwork? I think so.
Matt and Ian having a conversation in the gallery

Matthew Fiebke with father and mother, photo above
Guest speaker Tim Rollins discussing student work
Cute Cake!

Gallery Scene
 Kirsten Geracitano with mother and self-portrait