Sunday, December 29, 2013

Celebrity Collaborations

Building off the theme "Celebrity", the students embarked on a collaborative art making adventure. Each student began a piece based on the theme, and worked on it for two class periods and then switched! And then the students worked on someone else's for two more class periods... and switched again!! The students had to resolve the piece that they received on the third rotation to call "their own".

Students did not work on a piece that was started by someone in the same class period and no one finished the piece they originally began. Here are some of our Art x 3 collaborations. Click here to see more student work. Read the post below to learn more about the assignment.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Art x 3 = U

All 95 of the Creative Arts students are currently participating in a collaborative art making experience around the theme: celebrity. Art x 3 = U will result in a collaborative work of art that is created by the combined aesthetic decisions and contributions of three different students who are known to each other only as a number.

As a reflective aspect of this assignment, students will comment on ONE of the following questions.

1. How does the media (television, internet, magazines etc...) influence what we do or who we become? 

2. Compare creating art in this collaborative way with how we respond to the media and pop culture in our everyday lives.

3. Is there any value in caring about things or people who don’t know or care about you?

4. Reflect on this collaborative activity and the emotions you experienced through the process. Describe any morals or life lessons that you can take from it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pop Culture in the Hue of Blue

After our introduction to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules and artists who collect, each student was asked to select a color. The winner was blue! Inspired by artist, Portia Munson, we each contributed 2 blue items for our class collection. (Many of these pieces of our human life are showing up in our Pop Art Prints.) My students wrote a blog post about what our collection reveals (or doesn't reveal) about us. Check out the links on the right.

Click here to see student prints.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Andy Warhol...

Time Capsules, Pop Art and how we represent our culture through art...

Today we began our exploration of Andy Warhol, specifically his time capsules and Pop Art. We began a conversation about collections and what they represent of our history and culture. Why do we collect things? What types of things do we collect? What do these things say about us?

Andy Warhol used his time capsules, over 600 boxes filled with everyday ephemera, to keep things that he felt he could not throw away. Out of the Box at the Warhol Museum is a new exhibit which features Warhol's time capsules.  Time Capsule 21 is an online resource where the contents have been catalogued and can now be explored.

Other artists use the idea of collecting in their artwork. During this unit we will research and respond to their work, drawing inspiration for our own artwork and how it reflects our popular culture.

The new blog assignment has lists of both Collecting Artists and Pop Artists for your research, plus some questions to help complete your next post. 

More artist links for research:
Joseph Cornell       

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sweet Endings and New Beginnings!

The first marking period came to end on November 6th, coinciding with the completion of our candy drawings - sweet! Here are a few student drawings... Click here to see more!  Looking forward to next marking period.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Art Room 14 = Candy Land

The students are working on colored pencil drawings of a still life of candy. Quite a challenge artistically, but also because it's candy...sitting in front of them for 40 minutes! Ahhh, the torture! The payoff will come in the end with amazing drawings and a tasty treat! Here are some of their drawings in progress! Can't wait to see them finished.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013's just like riding a bike!

Kids amaze me. All 80+ of them are doing some great work, and it's only the 15th day of school!
Click here to see more finished bike drawings.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Student Contact Information

Ms. Kiick's students only: please answer the following questions and hit submit.
Deadline September 19.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

Even for the 24th time, my back-to-school energy is at its peak! 

This year, HTHS has added two additional sections of the Creative Arts Class and a new art teacher, Mrs. Tracy Steele! She will be teaching the MS: 6th and 8th grades, and one section of Creative Arts.  Click here to visit her class and HS students' blogs.

There are many great things to come! I can't wait to get started making messes...and magic!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

4th Marking Period Blog Requirement

Video Portfolio = One Assignment Grade  •  Due by midnight, Friday June 7th

Create a video portfolio of your own art work and upload it onto your blog.  

Slideshow Maker Options in order of easiest first:

OR you may use imovie or any other moving slideshow or video maker that you feel comfortable using and embedding into your blog.
View my "Art is Essential Video" 

Your video must contain:
Minimum 11 slides.  Maximum 20 slides.  
1 shoe drawing
1 Next President Collage
1 Lantern
1 blind contour self-portrait
1 or 2 artist research projects
1 short story project
1 monotype collage
1 tea set
1 metal piece
2 book (1 standing open, 1 open to your favorite page)     

evaluation: quantity and quality of slides, and overall impact of the video

Sunday, May 5, 2013

HS Art Show!

Our high school art show will be on display in the media center until May 24th. The public may view the show at the board of education meeting on May 16th from 7 - 9pm.

A second special showing of high school work will be featured in the media center on June 12th from 6 - 9pm during the district wide Arts Extravaganza! That exhibit will highlight students' visual journals, paper lanterns, ceramic works, a slideshow and their blogs.

Please join us to celebrate the arts in our schools.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Congratulations Amelia!

Sophomore student, Amelia Moore is published! Her drawing is featured in the latest issue of, "Suburban Family" magazine.

Congratulations Amelia!

I'm so proud of you!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Blog Log

Creative Arts Students Only - 

Digital Dialogue: 
Complete the assignments and the form below by midnight, April 23rd.
These tasks equal one assignment grade.

• Read 6 of your classmates' short story blog posts. (keep track of whose)
• Post one meaningful and positive comment on 3 different blog posts.

• Complete the form below to log your interactions and opinions about your classmates' short story blog posts. This information is not public.

You will only earn credit for this assignment when this form is complete.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

3rd Marking Period Requirements

In Class Assignments:
• In progress grade on Tea Set: April 12.

Blog Requirement:
• Writing Inspired by Images:  Short Story Blog Post Due by midnight April 8th.

Students will publish a piece of creative writing (short story) in a blog post that is inspired by a minimum of 3 photos of their choosing. 

The selected images will inspire ideas for character(s), setting, and plot. One picture must be a work by their previously researched artist and the other two will come from the students own image library.

Example Above: Character(s): Marilyns by Andy Warhol - Setting: The Space Needle - Plot: Ladder (an uphill climb)
The story will evolve from there.....starting with the pictures! Have fun!  Let the pictures expand the ideas not limit them. The images will not be literal illustrations of the story - they will be sparks.

Students must include the initial work of art and the 2 – 5 photos in the post along with the published story. (consider using pic stitch or some other collage making app to group your photos into a nice neat presentation.)
Complete List of Requirements & Evaluation Rubric

Sketch Requirement:
• Image Inspired by Writing: Book Page due at the end of class April 12th. 

Students will create a mixed media book page, illustrated sketch or graphic novel that is inspired by their short story blog post. 
The artwork will evolve from there.....starting with the words! 

Four days to work on it in class: April 9, 10, 11 and 12  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fridali Style!

It's never a dull moment in the art room! Kids using their brains and creativity, and having a good time.  Here are two of my students who were voted "Most Artistic" for their senior class having fun with the photograph for the yearbook - "fridali style"!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Filled with Thanks and Gratitude

This past Saturday, we hosted our fourth Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit The Foodbank of South Jersey. Our Empty Bowls Dinners have become quite the community event, and they always leave everyone feeling full inside - not just with yummy food (all donated by community members and businesses) but also full of community spirit and pride. This year, we raised $4,000, bringing our total donations after four dinners to $16,000. (wow) The art students and the swim team hosted this year’s event, but the entire faculty, staff and community are also to thank for making this event so special. Maura McDermott, swim coach and math teacher, is the co-hostess with the mostest! My super fabulous art students contributed their talents, time and efforts in creating over 575 hand-crafted ceramic bowls and also worked the dinner. The keepsake bowl provides a lasting reminder that many people around the world have bowls that remain empty. Below are some pictures from the dinner.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bowl Preview & Sale!

Wednesday February 6th is an all day Bowl Preview & Sale.
Dinner Tickets are $10 and can be reserved with your bowl in advance Wednesday only.

If you can't order in advance - tickets will be sold at the door.
We have over 575 bowls so don't worry, there will be plenty to choose from!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Join us for Dinner!

The HTHS Art Students and 2013 Swim Team are hosting an 
Empty Bowls Dinner! 
Saturday, February 9th from 
5:30 - 8pm in the High School Cafeteria. 

$10 per person
Come join us for a Pasta Pot Luck community dinner and eat from a handmade ceramic bowl of your choice. As a way to remind you that many people's bowls are empty...
you get to keep your bowl!
All monetary proceeds from the event will benefit The Foodbank of South Jersey.

Learn more about the dinner and how to donate food for this community event!

On the Menu: Pasta with sauce, Pasta with cheese, Pasta with veggies, Pasta with meat,
Soup with pasta, plus bread, lemonade and water.