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First Thursday Downtown features WHSVisual ARts

First Thursday Downtown features WHSVisual ARts

 

 

The Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department is partnering with the Albion Cultural Exchange to host First Thursday Downtown on June 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  This event will be the last art exhibit for the 2016-2017 school year. It is very exciting to host this event that will feature artwork from juniors, sophomores and freshman art students at WHS. The seniors have left the building and now it is time for the underclassmen to showcase their talents. The projects for this upcoming show have been created in the past 6 weeks since Arts Night which was in April.

“Art students are constantly creating and it is very exciting to be able to show off their most recent work,” said Joy Schilling WHSVisual Arts Coordinator. Included in this exhibit will be cardboard sculptures, linoleum prints, paper maché figures and masks, portraits, graphic design work and ceramics.

First Thursday is a great opportunity for the public to see the great things that are happening in the Wakefield Arts Community. Hope to see you on Thursday night.

Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Fabulous Shoes

Fabulous Shoes

In Ceramics II the students have been hard at work constructing amazing shoes out of clay. Students first designed paper templates. After the paper prototype was constructed students then moved on to clay. Students realized many changes had to be adjusted along the way for the finished product to look  like a realistic shoe. Craftsmanship, and observation were some key components to a successful shoe.

Joined Vessel “MONSTERS”

Joined Vessel “MONSTERS”

Ceramic 1 students have just completed their hand-building unit for term one. To complete the pinch pot unit, students created a joined vessel monster.

Essential Understandings

  • A successful joined vessel should be considered seamless. Additional pieces could be added to establish a stronger emphasis of the overall composition.

Objective of the project:

– Student monsters must have had at least one eye and a mouth for an opening. Craftsmanship is important in this lesson, as you don’t want any of the added details to break off in construction. Both positive and negative space should be emphasized.

-Lastly students were expected to glaze the monster with 3 or more glaze color choices.

  • Art Elements – Form, Space and Color
  • Principles of Design – Emphasis

Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood

WHS ARt featured at “First Thursday Downtown”

WHS ARt featured at “First Thursday Downtown”
1st ThursdayThe inaugural, “First Thursday Downtown” is scheduled for Thursday June 2, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm. at the Albion Cultural Exchange and will feature young up and coming artists from the Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department.
“On May 19 we showcased the work of our graduating seniors and now it’s time to present our upcoming talent.” said Joy Schilling of the Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department and Albion Cultural Exchange Committee.  The Albion Cultural Exchange has an open main floor gallery with natural light pouring in from palladium windows and is in the heart of Downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion Street.
First Thursday’s Downtown is just beginning and the Albion Cultural Exchange is looking to add in various monthly community partners to participate in First Thursday’s Downtown.  If your business or organization is interested in participating, please contact the Cultural Exchange through the website www.albionculturalexchange.org or by attending one of our events.
First Thursday’s Downtown is brought to you by the Albion Cultural Exchange.

Ceramics 2 – Set of Mugs

Ceramics 2 – Set of Mugs

MA Standard: Students will demonstrate their powers of observation, abstraction, invention and expression in a variety of media, materials and techniques.

Expectations: Students will create a set of mugs, either wheel thrown, or hand built. Something is considered a set in many ways, color, form, technique, graphics, use of texture, line or all of the above.

Visual Arts Day/Night Virtual Slideshow

Visual Arts Day/Night Virtual Slideshow

April 7 & 8, 2016

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics students were very busy in Term 1. Students were introduced to clay, wedging, glazing, and hand building techniques such as test tiles, pinch pots, joined vessels, and coil construction. Tactile awareness is essential in clay construction, being able to construct a vessel being 1/4″ thick in most areas, smooth in another, then adding texture to accentuate the form, can really make or break a piece.
Essential Understandings
  • Successful hand building is based on quality craftsmanship. In order for the students to showcase a quality hand built piece quality construction and glazing is vital to the overall craftsmanship.
Objectives to the project
  • Students will utilize the standard hand building qualities which include, wedging of clay, 1/4″ thick walls, smooth on one side, slipping and scoring to adhere a seamless piece. When glazing the glaze must enhance the final product. Selection of glazing is vital to the overall finished product.
  • Elements of art utilized in term 1 projects: Form, Texture, Color
Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood

Visual and Performing Arts Day was a Success

Visual and Performing Arts Day was a Success

On April 15, 2015 the WHS Visual and Performing Art students presented their talents to grades 1-8 during Visual and Performing Arts Day. VPAD is an annual event when students from middle and elementary school get to see the many courses and activities waiting for them in high school. WHS students were pleased to show off their hard work, display their talent and entertain everyone with their creativity and originality.  

VPAD reinforces the positive impact art has on your life and the world you live in.