Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Breanna Kisner

A Lone Calf (pen and ink)

             The first piece of art I made consists of a calf sitting in her bed of hay. The sunlight is coming in from the right top corner. The title of my work is A Lone Calf. She was kept alone in her pen.  Value is shown in my work. I tried to make sure the shades of black, grey, and white were the right value. Texture is also shown in the hay. It was tough to figure out how to use ink to show the hay. I created my art work by using pen and ink. I have never used pen and ink before so it was tough, but I don’t mind it now. I involved the techniques of cross hatching within the calf to make her dark spots blacker compared to the other areas on her. Also on the fence I used parallel lines.
This piece of art was inspired by the new life each day at a barn. I saw this calf on a bigger farm in Elizabeth Town. She had to be kept alone from her mother and the light was cradling her like a mother would cradle a baby. The light is used to put a spotlight on the calf since she is the main object in the artwork.
             As an artist I have many goals. My one main goal is to gain knowledge and try new techniques in my artwork. This piece of art did help me get to my goal. I have never tried pen and art before so, this broadened my knowledge. From this piece I have learned if you make mistakes you can turn it into what is suppose to be there. People don’t see your reference photograph, they just see your art. What I am taking from this piece is to be more confident in my work. When I first started this piece I did not think it would turn out as good as it did.

A Reason to Smile (colored pencil and ink)
A Reason to Smile
I decided to draw a flower, but not just any flower. The flower I drew was made to bring out the good part to any bad day you have. At the end of some days you feel like you had such a bad day, but there is always something good. This work of mine represents that to me by having the flower be the focus point in a dark area. When I first saw this flower I thought it was interesting, but when I got coloring the daisy I saw how bright and happy this daisy actually looked. It took a lot over overlaying and blending each color to get it just how I wanted. When I finished my flower I felt proud of myself because I didn’t think I could get those results. The colors and warmth of this flower inspired me to create it. I can take a step back to look at the flower and it gives me a reason to smile. Even if it didn’t make me smile the whole time I was working to finish: I did learn great things take time and patience is the key to success.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Tivon Liguori

Recently I have painted an underwater scene that I found captivating. It depicts a school of French grunt and flame angelfish, against the rough textures of the typical Atlantic Ocean reef.

I used acrylics for my work and it is very heavily laden in the art technique impasto. I used sponge technique to obtain the rough rocky texture along with other methods like blending and glazing in order to enrich the paintings color.

My art was inspired by my somewhat recent trip to the Florida Keys last summer where I served in a marine biology experience with a Professor and Doctor of Marine Science and SCUBA dove several of Florida's reefs.

I wanted to create a piece of art tat reflected the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean areas in which I dove. Unfortunately, my skills are insufficient to paint such fine detail and emotion. I feel this one painting, no matter how well it would have been painted, couldn't begin to capture the raw beauty of our world's oceans.

I found acrylics to be difficult to apply on canvas, blend, and pay attention to fine detail. I also found it difficult to think in layers and plan my project, as I am usually an artist that makes changes and inserts ideas into my artwork as I progress.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Senior Spotlight: Kaidon Winters

Facing the Forge
My artwork is a painting of me by my forge. My whole painting has a dark orange glow and that is one of my favorite parts. I think that best shows the atmosphere and mood of working at my forge.
Facing the Forge (acrylic)
Badge of Distinction Award for Painting 2017,
Endless Mountains Youth Art Awards
My artwork is an acrylic painting. I used a lot of different techniques in this painting. These techniques include glazing, sponge, blending, brush stroke, and scumbling. The tools I used were multiple different bushes, a sponge, paint, and water.
I inspired my artwork. My artwork does not express a personal or social issue but it does express emotion. The emotion it expresses for me is fun and creativity because it reminds me of all the fun I’ve had by myself and with friends making things in the forge.
My goals for this artwork were to improve on my techniques as an artist. This painting helped me improve my blending technique because the colors changed very gradually in it. My sponge technique also got better in this painting. It allowed me to get the texture of coal on the ground correct.  I did reach my goals for this painting and had fun doing it.
In this painting I learned that there are multiple different techniques in acrylic painting and by using them you can create awesome artwork. The final piece was better than I expected. I thought I wasn't going to get the texture and blending right but with the techniques I learned I got them right. I think this piece will make my future artwork better. It help me understand better how paint works.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

AAHS Students Recognized at Endless Mountains Youth Art Competition

Perch by Andy Rosenberger

Several art students from AAHS recently a regional art competition, and their artwork is currently on display in the Gmeiner Art Center in Wellsboro, PA.  Eleven Athens students received awards for their work.
There were 6 categories which were judged by college art instructors and artists from the region. Each judge awarded three awards in their category. Winners will receive embroidered patches. The award is called a Badge of Distinction.
Students from Athens Area High School who were recognized were:
·         Photography and Illustration Award: Felicity Tobbe
·         Director's Choice Awards: Alexa Blackman and Matt Nowacoski
·         Watercolor & Ink Award: Kristine Emerson and Raegen Millard
·         Ceramics Award: Alexis Shea
·         Drawing Award: Seanna Geiger, Erica Hutchinson, and Andy Rosenberger
·         Painting Award: Utah Garris and Kaiden Winters
Eyes by Kristine Emerson
Puddle World by Alexa Blackman
Feeding Time by Seanna Geiger
Beside Himself by Matt Nowacoski
How to Judge a Fish by Alexis Shea
Facing the Forge by Kaidon Winters
The Colors of the Dance by Raegen Millard

Jeep in the Snow by Utah Garris
Lady of the Dead by Felicity Tobbe

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Alexis McDermott

One of my most recent pictures named ¨Elephant in the Room¨ is a more rugged type of look. There is an elephant posing next to a bottle filled with dark liquid. But on the other side of the bottle is a full bloom flower. A lot of elements were used in this picture. I wanted to create maybe an impression of a flawlessly, wild imagination of mesmerizing objects, and represent a social issue at the same time.
I applied multiple techniques using pen and ink, by making smooth straight lines, and applying more coats in certain areas where it was needed.  I would say that it turned out the way I wanted it to.

My artwork has a meaning to it, maybe only some people can see it, for example -- the elephant. The original meaning of the “elephant in the room” is an idiom for an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. The bottle of dark liquid represents the bottled up, problems, and issues, that no one wants to let out. And the flower stand for what happens when you discuss the bad things about life, and it leads to clarity, and positive vibes. 

I did reach a small goal, which was to overcome something I didn’t know I could. Pen & Ink didn’t sound very pleasing to me. But I did it, and I feel accomplished of myself.
Overall, I think I did a good job and I may even consider doing pen and ink again.
The Elephant in the Room (pen and ink)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Kristine Emerson

The pieces I did is of an owl. The eyes are one of the most dominant features in the picture,  So I call this “Eyes”.  I made this by using the medium of pen and ink. I was skeptical about using pen and ink at first and to be honest I still am unsure of it. The inspiration for this piece is a personal issue for me. A person close to me loved owls and they have passed away, so I thought I would draw an owl. In the future maybe this piece could help me. This is because I may enter it in the Endless Mountains art contest and the Artsfest contest. This would help me for college reason which is my goal. For example, last year I won first place in the Artsfest for linoleum block printmaking and by putting that on applications it can help with college. To be honest, I wasn’t too fond of this piece at first and I’m still not to fond of it either as well, but the people around me say otherwise.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ceramics Spotlight -- Alexis Shea

Artist Statement
               Recently I engulfed myself into a project that would open my eyes to problems within today's society. I  envisioned, sketched and designed a coil pot that would reflect today's education system with standardized testing. My coil pot is made out of line coils with a tree blended into the coils. Near the tree is a fish with air bubbles marked A, B, C, and D. A pencil is placed on top to the pot as if someone simply set it down. My pot encourages people to question standardized testing and here's why...
                     I'm going to start by telling you how I created this project, hoping it would influence many people. The first and most important step was the sketch. Coming up with the plan. What social issue I wanted to bring to the table and how exactly I was going to symbolize it. While making my sketch I had to envision the project as it was in front of me which was by far the most difficult part of the entire process. After the sketch was complete, I started by making line coils with the extruder. I used the slab roller to make a circular slab for the base of my pot. With the base ready I cut the coils and formed them into circles using the slip and score technique. After all the circular coils are made I begin to attach them to the base, again with the slip and score technique. After the entire pot is made I then wedged some clay and made a slab to make the tree. I cut out a piece of the coils in order to blend the tree into the coils. Once the tree was in and the pattern was sketched into it I began the process of making the fish and pencil.  The fish was made out of a slab. Detail and design was added to the fish and then simply attached to the outside of the coils with the slip and score technique. The pencil was made out of a single coil and placed on top of the coils again with slip and score. After the tree, pencil, and fish were added I began the smaller detail on the pot which include; the words, a hole in the tree, and the hole that make up the air bubbles from the fish. At this point my pot is ready to be fired in the the kiln. When my pot comes out of the kiln it is at a bisque stage. This is where I sand the pot and make sure everything is how I like and then its glazed and ready to be fired again. Now my pot is complete and ready to send a message.
                  My social issue is standardized testing. I sketched into the pot; “Children have different needs, different thoughts and dreams.” “How can we judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree?” and “Schools care more about the grades we receive rather than education.”. My worries are that every student is different yet were all tested on the same thing. One kid is a math wiz and another is amazing at wood work, yet when they take a math test, one kid believes and are told they are not as smart or smart enough. Our students need to be taken special care of because we are all unique. My symbol is the fish and the tree. I want the audience to think that you cannot judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree and then translate that to you cannot judge a wood worker on their ability to solve algorithms. My hope is that the principals of my school will take my side and begin to attempt to make a change within our schools. I know they may feel as if they do not have a voice but with their help we can spread the word and our knowledge. Our students can be assessed without making them feel worthless.
                    During this project I developed the Artist Habit of the Mind of “Express” and “Engage and Persist.” With this project I was able to express my feelings and concerns about my own and my peers education and even health. Because of my pot I will engage in this issue and persist by making it known that our education system needs work. Thank you.