Monday, December 21, 2015

Scholastic Art Award Participants

A group of students completed works of art and submitted them to the Scholastic Art Competition.  These works of art are being adjudicated digitally by judges who consider entries from students across Pennsylvania and New York.  From around 600 pieces, they accept around 120 for recognition. The pieces that are chosen will be in an exhibit at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. The competition is tough, but these students deserve recognition for representing our school.  If you see these artists, wish them luck!

Students who submitted artwork for this competition include: Sydney Liechty, Lauren Galasso, McKay7lah DeKay, Breanna Forrest, Adam; Hunsinger, Erica Hutchison, Tiegan Stetz, Abigail Cuno, Rachel Hutchison, Hay7leigh Macik, Donna Cardona, Ariana Gambrell, Raegen Millar, and Amanda Sampson.

Below is some information about the Scholastic Art Award program.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Young artists in grades 7 through 12, from public, private, or home schools, can apply in 14 categories of art, ranging from drawing and painting to fashion and jewelry, for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited at the Museum. Submissions are juried by notable professionals in the community involved in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision

Many well-known artists and creative people received their first recognition in the Scholastic program, including Andy Warhol, film-maker Ken Burns, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, Stephen King and John Lithgow.  Who knows what the future holds for these creative students from Athens?

Artist of the Week: Rachel Hutchison

The House of a Friend (acrylic)
I painted a sunset that I took a picture of at my friend's house. It's important to me because it resembles the good times I have with my friend and all the cool things we get to see together. I have grown closer to this friend over the past couple years and it's a nice reminder of how close we have become. This project didn't turn out as awesome as I thought it would be. I'm usually good at painting and I like to do it, but this sunset was pretty difficult for me. The detail of the scattered clouds was hard and I tried to blend multiple colors together, but it just didn't work out. Next time, I will pay more attention to detail and try new techniques. I should ask more questions and take more chances. 

Looking Up (watercolor)
I named this painting Looking Up because I took this picture from the ground, looking up into the fall leaves. This painting was of all of the fall colors in the leaves above me. I used techniques such as wet on wet, layered wash, opaque, puddle painting, lifting, fan brush, and sgrafitto. Also, this painting was done in watercolor. The subject matter of this painting is trees branching out and showing their beautiful autumn leaves. I used my love for the fall season as an inspiration to create this painting. I took this picture after a leaf fell right in front of me as I was walking through the cemetery. I picked it up, looked at it, then looked up into the thousands of other colorful leaves that were right above me. The most important thing I learned from making this watercolor painting is that you can't be afraid to try new things when painting. There were many times that I tried something and it didn't end up looking the way I wanted it to, instead, it made something even cooler. 
Micrograph (marker)
My original photograph expressed my personality well because I'm usually in a good mood or smiling. I used lots of quotes that have significant meaning to me and song lyrics that I like. I have single words that express my physical appearance of my hair, eye color, height, etc. Some of the words I used also show my personality or traits. I made this micrograph by tracing over my face from the original picture to the new piece of paper. I then went over top of the lines with words or phrases with pencil and eventually went over them with sharpie. I decided to darken some parts more than others using different text sizes and boldness. The last step was erasing away all of the pencil marks. I feel okay about this picture because some of the parts of my face look messed up, but I still had fun doing the  project. 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Artist of the Week: Hayleigh Macik

I made a pencil drawing of a calf that I photographed on a nearby dairy farm. I like to spend time with calves, feeding and taking care of them. I wanted to draw this calf because I enjoy making art about animals and nature. I like the way black and white drawings look, especially with animals.

Feeding Time (pencil)

Virginia Sunset
Throughout this painting I learned some new techniques.  I didn't have an order of how I painted.  First I did the sky and then I did the sun and mountains.  I got a layer of paint down and if I didn't like it I could just paint over it.  Next time I would make the sun smaller and a better blend of color.  The painting is important to me because I took the picture when I was on vacation with my family. 
Micrograph (marker)
My original photo expressed me because I was smiling. I try to be a happy person and smile even when I am not in a good mood. I used lots of my favorite song, quotes and hobbies in my work.  They all express who I am and strive to be. While doing this project I learned ways to write in different text to make different effects.I like how it turned out because it resembles the original photo and has some new characteristics.    
Deer Silhouette (watercolor)

The tittle I would give my watercolor is deer silhouette. I would call it that because I wanted the focal point to be the deer with a blend of colors around them.  I used watercolor to make a landscape of trees changing in the fall.  I wanted to paint a deer silhouette because I saw some cool artwork of animals online.  Along the way I used techniques like wet on wet, layered wash, lifting, fan brush, and crayon resist. I learned what techniques worked the best for what I was painting.  I learned to always start with the lighter colors when using watercolor.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Artist of the Week: Jovanni Volmar

Art is how I express myself.  I'm not one for words, so I let my art do the talking.

My original photograph for this expressed me very well because of the sass I naturally have. The text I used in my micrograph is perfect for me because they are quotes that describe my personality, things I say, or things that I enjoy. The choices I made while I worked were very minimal as to where to place the quotes or words I say frequently.
Art is fun and relaxing, I can let my mind drift while I work. I was inspired by the photo I took at big pond. It didn't turn out how I wanted it but I'm happy with it. I was a little heavy with the gray for the clouds.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Artist of the Week: Kaylea Young

I made my micrograph have all of my personal traits, because if you see in the drawing you can see what I like to do, who I am, and how I react with other people.  My final artwork shows off the talent I was born with. In my work I made a clover to show that my birthday is on St. Patrick's Day. To make the micrograph I had someone take a picture of me and then put a background so it can stand out more. I love how my micrograph turned out.

I love to make art because when I am having a rough day I think drawing is one of the best ways to calm me down. I made a sunset that took place at a beach. I thought I did pretty well on the sunset I like it how everything blends together.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Artist of the Week: Richard West

This drawing mainly branches from my odd sense of humor, and how the line Steal like an Artist out of context or apart from background information does sound genuinely funny.  I took a couple photos of my friend pretending to steal this book from the art room -- for the sense of irony. These wouldn't send, so I used a photo of me looking shady and added the book to it. The book itself was written by Austin Kleon and it has a lot of good points that I agree with in terms of plagiarism, the creative process, and the approach to creating. I think the drawing is a good representation of what the book stand for, because I'm "taking" the book and adding my own spin on it, via, a joke.  Overall I enjoyed working on it and I like how it turned out.
Steal Like an Artist (colored pencil)
Photo reference for Steal Like an Artist

Walk in the Fog (pencil)
While I do like admiring all forms of art, I do occasionally attempt to make it. Some reasons why would extend to expression or the sheer pride I feel when I make something that I put a lot of work, effort, and passion into. This specific project in question did turn out the way I expected, not as good as the original picture but not really bad, besides the fact that I did rush through it and I'm not the greatest at shading. But I am proud of it none the less, mainly because of how the tree turned out and the fog in the background looks. 
Console Wars (colored pencil and marker)

While I was jotting down ideas for an old and new combination I came across many like Ancient Egypt and Metal Gear, Man of Bat (long story) in caveman drawings, and Dr. Doom (mainly my profile picture) and the Sphinx. After a couple days I decided to mash up the "Console War" between the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis and the Civil War between the Union and the Confederates. I decided to go for a more cartoon-ish art style mainly because I didn't want to draw every soldier advanced detail otherwise it would take me far longer than it needed to. Overall I enjoy the idea in general and I really liked how the whole thing turned out.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Artist of the Week: Michaela Courtney

 I don’t like to make art -- I love to make art. Whenever I am painting something, it’s like I’m in my own world, and everything else around me fades away. I get obsessed. I never want to stop working on a piece. The bell that rings for second period is a stop sign in my mind. My first piece of art this year is a pencil drawing of an old record player. My dad brought it home to me one day and I instantly fell in love. Music is a passion of mine and nothing intrigues me more than something old or vintage. This piece is important and inspiring to me because it wraps up several of my passions into one piece.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Artist of the Week -- Felicity Tobbe

I love art because it gives me a chance to express myself and be myself. On the outside I'm quite and shy, but when I draw, I feel more loud in a way.  I can do anything or draw anything I choose in black and grey, but I'm trying to get better at everything and to step out of my comfort zones. 

I got the inspiration for this piece from Silent Hill.  It's probably one of my favorite movies.  I posed for a photograph and used that as the reference for the drawing.

For this drawing, I chose to put two things together that I love -- Chinese culture and tattoo designs. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Artmobile! -- Official vehicle of the Athens Artsfest

The Artsfest Club is putting the finishing touches on the Artmobile!  This vehicle is a golf cart donated by the Johnson Family. The fresh paint job was designed by Artsfest officers Kendra Felt and Sydney Liechty and art teacher Dr. Wales.  Artsfest Club members assisted in the painting.  Now the Artsfest staff can travel in style during the Artsfest activities.  Great job, Artsfest Club!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Artist of the Week -- Breanna Forrest

Chloe (pencil)

The drawing I did was of my dog Chloe. My dog inspired my artwork. I love taking photographs of Chloe. She is easy to take pictures of. This piece is important to me because she is my favorite animal that I have. Chloe is an eight-year-old Boston Terrier. She is a great dog that is why I chose to draw her. I make art for many reasons one of the reasons is because it is relaxing. I love to make art even if it is just a doodle on the side of my notes. Making art is also fun to me. I can draw whatever I want. I can express myself through my artwork.

Goddess (pencil & colored pencil)

For this drawing I came up with many ideas. I created a list of both modern and ancient. This drawing was complicated at first, but after I came up with a few ideas I knew what I wanted to draw. I decided to draw Marilyn Monroe as a Greek goddess. Before doing my picture I asked a peer if I should do some colored pencil in my drawing. I then decided to do all of the picture shaded, but make some in colored pencil. I practiced doing the red lips on a separate piece of paper. I did this so I could figure out what I wanted the lips to look. Those were the processes on how I came up with the idea of "Goddess." 

Fly High, Shasta (pencil & pastel)

Friday, October 30, 2015

How do artists paint what doesn't exist?

 In Art 3 and Art 4, we are learning how artists portray the costumed figure. As a guide, we're using a selection from Imaginative Realism: How to Paint what Doesn't Exist by James Gurney. In this way, we're learning what real artists do when they want to portray a fictional scene. We're using models and makeshift costumes to set up imaginary scenarios. Students will use these as sources for drawings.  They'll use other sources for background imagery.
Just imagine a train track here.

We got some help from Mr. Seifert from Information Technology.