Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Land Art/ Earthworks 2011!

Today was great! We are all exhausted from a full day of Land Art activities. After studying the Land Art movement of the 1960's and 70's, Advanced Studio in Art created site specific, ephemeral sculptures in the woods behind the high school. We specifically studied the works of Robert Smithson and Andy Goldsworthy.

Land Art is a form of contemporary art. Also known also as Earthworks, or Earth Art, this movement emerged when a number of sculptors and painters became determined to heighten public awareness of our relationship with the natural world by intervening in the landscape in a series of thought-provoking constructions.

These (frequently massive) land-based interventions or artworks took a variety of forms, from large-scale land artworks like man-made curtains reaching across vast stretches of landscape, the encirclement of whole islands in coloured fabric, and reshaped waterways and volcanoes, to simple lines of footprints in the earth.

Andy Goldsworthy, is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalistproducing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often include brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole." For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials.

Robert Smithson is most well known for his provocative earthwork, the Spiral Jetty, made in 1970. This monumental earthwork was inspired in part when Smithson saw the Great Serpent Mound, a Pre-Columbian Indian monument in southwestern Ohio. The earthworks were a radical departure from making formal objects situated in a gallery setting.

Thanks again to our lovely Librarian, Mrs. Eustace for her help today!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Alicia B.

Matt F.

Stephanie R.

 Caitlin W.
 Heather G.
 Jeremy H.
Abbey Hines

Brittni C.
Valeria Q.

Stephanie R.

Valeria Q.

Heather G.

Rachie K.
 Photo has been hard at work taking lots of fantastic pictures showing line, shape and texture!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  Our art room is in full swing and pictures will be posted soon.

 If you are at the school, please take some time to look at our display cases. All of our art students have been hard at work. Drawing and Painting recently took a trip to the Clark Institute with French students to visit the "Pissarro's People" exhibition. Check out some pictures in the blog post below.

Clark Art

Maple Hill High School students got a first-hand look at one of the most important artists in the Impressionism art movement on September 21 when they visited the Clark Art Institute to learn about Camille Pissarro.

The class trip provided students in French and Art classes an opportunity to view Pissarro's works, learn about the artist and even try to recreate his paintings to better understand his unique style.

"Camille Pissarro has been called the 'Dean of Impressionism'," explained art teacher Theresa Hovish. "His work embodied Impressionism's radical character more consistently than the paintings of Monet and the other artists associated with the movement."

Lecturers at the museum provided insight into Pissarro's life and works for students.

Students also visited the Clark's permanent collections, which focus almost exclusively on the Institute's founders – Sterling and Francine Clark – interest for European and American painting, sculpture, work on paper and decorative art from the Renaissance to the early 20th Century.

Students sketched a variety of artworks at the institute and the class trip also will be used in the students' studies as they write art criticisms both in English and French.

As part of the Clark Art Institute's committment to education the Institute paid the cost for the trip, including fuel for a bus to transport students. Thank you!