Category Archives: Honors Art

Artist Statements

Due: Tuesday, 5.6.14

All students  need to post Artist Statements on the Artist Statement page of their WordPress sites. It should be approximately 250 words (one typed page).  This assignment is for Honors and Portfolio art students. You can find examples on-line and a quick Google search located guides such as Empty Easel and Artist Statement Outline. You can also visit sites of students you know who have been in my course before to see what others have written.

If you already have one posted you are to make sure it still represents your position.

Note: You will be required to post your artist statement on you display at the district art show.

Haiku Box: Identity

How can you represent an aspect of your identity in the form of a haiku box? What are some aspects of identity? Cultural, Familial, Stereotypical, Heroic, Fragmented, Economic, Palimpsestic, Cute/Anti Cute, etc.

I didn’t provide a prompt question or an introduction beyond having students describe the most basic structure of Haiku: three lines, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. I instructed you to construct or appropriate an open-faced box (4 sides and a back) to arrange your Haiku sculpture in. You are to have 5 objects on the top row, 7 objects on the second row and 5 objects on the bottom row. The objects are to be firmly secured to the back panel or on a shelf with glue, screws, etc., and the surface is to be embellished with paint, pigment or collage of some sort. Do not use objects of personal or family value that you wish to return.

You are not expected to write a haiku and then try to represent it. I would rather you did not begin with a written haiku as I would like you to try to think with objects, not words. Your objects can be almost anything. They can be toys and nicknacks and they can be organic items such as rocks, leaves and twigs. As you collect and organize you should try to determine what these things say about you. I will probably have you write haiku’s about each others’ assemblages. Your “box” can range from cardboard constructions to store-bought shadow boxes to re-purposed cases for other objects such as instrument cases and briefcases.

The third entry listed when I Googled the word Haiku explains, “Haiku doesn’t rhyme. A Haiku must ‘paint’ a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in ONLY 17 syllables over just 3 lines of poetry.” In our case we will sculpt or assemble a 3 dimensional mental image in the reader’s mind.

As usual, I’ve enjoyed the classroom banter as you’ve attempted to wrap your minds around something seemingly so simple. Your distrust is entertaining. Perhaps the complexity you fear lies in the poetic simplicity of the endeavor. Consider the process as a meditation. Happy enlightenment…

Surveillance commentary through the lens of the still life wrap up

Due Tuesday, April 29: Written rationale (250 words) for your final piece in which you commented on surveillance through the lens of the still life. You can title it Surveillance through the lens of the still life. Post it to the writing page of your WordPress sites and date it April 29, 2014.

Be prepared to explain your artifact in class on Wednesday (April 30) and Thursday (May 1).

Those of you who are finished are to work on your Haiku Box and/or Sound Sculpture.

Megan Y.: Surveillance through the lens of the still life

Megan Y.: Surveillance through the lens of the still life

Krista M.: Surveillance through the lens of the still life

Krista M.: Surveillance through the lens of the still life


Word Up Wissahickon! US News and World Report

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT rates Wissahickon 9th in the state of Pennsylvania. That is a silver medal. Nice to have good news…


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