Thursday, October 21, 2010

Land Art 2010!

"I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools--a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn. " ~ Andy Goldsworthy

Advanced Studio in Art did a wonderful job with their Land Art projects yesterday. Take a look at some of the pictures.

Land Art is a modern art movement that explores the relationship between art and the environment in which it exists.

Although Land Art can be seen in museums, it is more commonly found outdoors. It will disappear over time. We call this ephemeral. All of our sculptures will erode in the coming days and months.

Students had to work collaboratively to create site-specific sculptures and document their work with digital photographs.

Land art is often inspired by natural processes. Land artists rejected the commercialization of art, and were also concerned for the environment. Their work reflected a general ‘back-to-the-land’ reaction against the destruction of the countryside through urbanization and industrialization.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Students participate in Empty Bowls

Mrs. Pazienza's ceramics class created bowls for the Empty Bowls in Troy. Empty Bowls is a local organization that raises money for local charities. See links for more information.

Carefully molding clay to create a unique bowl in art class, Maple Hill High School senior Mary Hadden explained the piece she was creating would help raise money for those in need.

“I like working with my hands,” Mary noted. “We’ll let these dry and then kiln dry them and glaze them. Then they’ll go to Empty Bowls in Troy to help others.”

Mary and her classmates in art teacher Suzanne Pazienza’s class have worked in recent weeks to create bowls for Empty Bowls, an event in Troy that raises money for local organizations.

The bowls will be donated, along with hundreds of others created by local schools and artists, to the event scheduled for Sunday, October 3 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center on Fifth Avenue.

At the 6th Annual Empty Bowls event, attendees will purchase one of the handcrafted bowls for $10. Local restaurants will then serve soup, stew or chowder in the bowls which attendees get to keep. All proceeds benefit organizations such as Joseph’s House, St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Troy Larger Parish Food Pantry.

In art class, students formed their bowls around molds and then added unique touches to each by using various techniques they learned. Senior Stephanie Muller, for example, used a paint brush and water to smooth her bowl's edges into layered leaves that resembled a flower.

Ms. Pazienza explained that when she heard about the event, she thought it would be a good way for her students to use the clay molding techniques they’ve learned in art class to create works that will help local charities.

“The Empty Bowls concept started nearly 20 years ago by a Michigan art teacher who’s students wanted to do something specific to address hunger issues,” Ms. Pazienza explained to her students. “Similar events are held nationwide in order to raise money and awareness about hunger.”

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a refreshing summer. New student work will be up soon!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Art Shows!

Exciting news from the Art Dept. at Maple Hill!

On March 31st, Matthew Busdiecker and Stephanie Muller will represent Maple Hill High School at the Questar III High School Art invitational at HVCC. Mary Hadden and Chelsea Stewart will have their work displayed on the second floor lobby of the Questar III offices.

On April 16th, sixteen Maple Hill High School students will exhibit artwork at Proctor's Theatre for the 2010 High School Regional Juried Art Exhibit! This event is held in conjunction with Schenectady's Art Night. Come enjoy some great artwork then see what downtown Schenectady has to offer.

Opening reception is: Friday, April 16, 2010
5:00-9:00 PM, Awards at 7:00
Proctor's Theatre, Fenimore Assett Gallery & Albany International Room
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Students representing Maple Hill are:

Chelsea Stewart
Brighid Docherty
Janet Garcia
Aaron Herr
Kevin Mosher
Kyle Warner
Rena Pazienza
Erin Kayser
Ian Myers
Rebecca Rafferty
Lori Hadjioannou
Anastasia Murphy
Dennis Strainge
Amy Zobre
Jasmine Alexandrea
Hannah Schockmel

This show will be up Friday, April 12th-Sunday, April 28th, 2010.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Arts Advocacy Websites

Get involved! The National Art Education Association has compiled a list of great websites and organizations. Find research, ideas on how to support the arts and other advocacy tools.

Some of my favorite art quotes

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~Pablo Picasso

"Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Monday, March 8, 2010

20th Annual Legislative Art Exhibit

Evan P. posing with Assemblyman Tim Gordon.
Chelsea S. and Assemblyman Tim Gordon having a conversation about Chelsea's future in the arts.

Display of all of Schodack Central Schools artwork. Two students each from CES and MHMS are also displayed.
The New York State Art Teacher's Association Legislative Exhibit is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for Arts in Education. 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 parents, students and teachers.
Congratulations to Chelsea, Evan and Jasmine! We are very proud to have you represent Maple Hill High School.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Congratulations to Evan Peter and Chelsea Stewart! They will be representing Maple Hill High School at NYSATA's 20th Annual Legislative Exhibit. Congratulations are also in order for Jasmine Alexandrea. Her artwork, "Music of My Life" was chosen to be the image on the flyer to sent to all participating schools.

More information and images to follow...