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)