Student donations to the Art for Animals Exhibit and Art Auction


We have two students donating art to benefit the Potsdam Humane Society through the help of the Arts Council. Shelby Kelley has donated a photograph and Krystal Arquette has donated a drawing. Thank you girls for your community involvement!


Enjoying the weather while we can!

Today’s studio art class has gotten outside twice now to work on a motorcycle still life. It is so nice to not be confined to the walls of the classroom. We are working on learning how to draw from observation. The students had to pick an interesting angle of the bike. Using their built in view finders (their hands) find an interesting composition that takes up the whole page.

We always start drawing with some warm-up contour practices. The first one we did was a blind contour drawing. This means we do not pick up our pencil (everything is connected) and we cannot look down at our paper. The goal is to really study, look, and observe what you are drawing; see how the different parts interact, connect, and are layered. We worked on noticing little details that at a first glance you don’t notice. These are fun because they are not supposed to look good- it gets everyone a little more relaxed and at ease.

The second warm-up was a regular contour drawing. Here, the goal was to not pick up the pencil but you could look down if needed. More continued observation. I consider these warm-ups the ‘research’ of our ‘paper.’ When writing a paper, it is important to have a rough draft that you can learn from, edit, and re-work to make the final paper that much better. The same goes for drawing. We lightly outlined the basic shapes that we saw. We then added more descriptive lines to create 3-D shapes. Next, adding value to turn those 3-D shapes into form.

We have learned how the elements of art create our work and how to manipulate them to create art that is aesthetically pleasing. The students were also taught how to use line to create value and should be practicing different strokes and techniques taught to add value to their projects. Here are some in progress pictures from class.

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Gorgeous Photographs from a very informative and moving TedTalk

Student work

Here is a sample of some student work that has been created in the last couple weeks.

Color PowerPoint by Sam Kardash

IMG_4530Mixed Media Collage by Emily Theobald

IMG_4531 Mixed Media Collage by Ann Beauchamp

IMG_4534Mixed Media Collage by Noelle Garfield

IMG_4535 Mixed Media Collage by Isabelle Foisy

IMG_4536Mixed Media Collage by Alex Jones

IMG_6196 Sketch by Isabelle Foisy

Artistic Congress

Artistic Congress is off to a great start this year. We have a VERY dedicated group of students that have a ton of ideas for bringing more art to the community. We had a little fun this last week with a nail art session. We talked about craftsmanship, applying the elements and principles into our designs, and trying to be influenced by an art style while we create.

What we learned: we need nail polish remover to help with our craftsmanship!

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Food for thought! Ashton Kutcher gives some great insight!


Welcome back to school! With the 2015-2016 school year, you will see some changes in the art room. We are trying to utilize technology as much as possible to increase your art experience. Instead of finding your assignments on my blog, you will now be able to find your assignments, handouts, etc. in your very own Google Art Classroom. The first week of class, we will go over the access code and how to join the class so you can stay up-to-date on what is due.

The blog will now be used to share more student artwork, local inspirations and art shows, and anything else that I find worthy of sharing out to our art community.

Have a great year and I cannot wait to see you all! Best of luck on your first day.

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