Category Archives: Honors Art

Semiotics: Sketchbook Theme

The final sketchbook theme for the school year is Semiotics. I hope you have fun with it…

by Rene Magritte

by Rene Magritte

Honors Writing Assignment

Please be reminded that Honors Art students had 3 short writing assignments due on Thursday, March, 27. I’ve noticed a few examples of misinterpretation regarding the first assignment. It read as follows:

1. In your own words list and describe 3 examples of surveillance in popular culture & mass media. You can select from Literature, Film and Television. Include title, year and description.

Your examples are to specifically come from literature, film and/or television. Please correct your writing if you did otherwise.

Sketchbooks due Monday, 3.31.14

Please be reminded that the 3rd marking period Sketchbook deadline had been extended to today, Monday, March 31. It was originally due last Monday, March 24. Be reminded that in addition to the week-long extension all students had the first cycle of the semester/marking period to work on their Sketchbooks in class. The sketchbook, as you know is 20% of your marking period grade and failure to complete it will greatly affect your grade. As always it is due when you walk into the class and I don’t accept incomplete Sketchbooks. Please be responsible.

Surveillance: 3 writing assignments

Snow on St Patrick’s Day. Go figure…

You’ve been diligently working on your series of still life observations. A few of you have started the final step in which you are to create a piece that comments on the notion of surveillance through the lens of the still life. This past week we were fortunate to have Mr. Cairns demonstrate the surveillance camera system employed by our school. When asked your opinion many of you were nonchalant, but mentioned that it was a little “creepy” to think that there were close to 60 cameras around the school – watching. You did seem to think the idea was a strong safety action. There was a feeling of surveillance being a necessary evil. As Mr. Cairns & I pointed out your generation has grown up under the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras. My hope is that the demonstration will help you develop your personal commentary for the final step of the investigation.

In keeping with this purpose I have 3 writing assignments for you. They will go on the WRITING page of your WordPress sites. All 3 responses are due Thursday, March 27.

  1. In your own words list and describe 3 examples of surveillance in popular culture & mass media. You can select from Literature, Film and Television. Include title, year and description.
  2. In your own words describe what is meant by Panopticon and how it is intended to function.
  3. Respond to the following prompt question in approximately 250 words. In what way does the media shape our attitudes and actions toward surveillance.
Mr. Cairns demonstrating WHS surveillance network.

Mr. Cairns demonstrating WHS surveillance network.

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month!

Each art instructor will contribute a photo a day of their students for the daily announcements and for the blog located HERE.