Thursday, April 26, 2012

Steampunk Boxes

If you are not familiar with Steampunk as an art form, you are not alone.  It was not until last year that I was introduced by a student about this fascinating culture/art form.  It combines writings of author H.G. Wells and science fiction/fantasy.  Consider what the world's inventions would look like if we never progressed beyond steam technology.  If you can't picture it, just "Google it" and you will be amazed at the imagery.  More popular to students of today would be Lady Gaga.  Many of her stage costumes are fashioned after this every rising style. 

Students in Art 1 were given the chance to build a Steampunk box out of scrap matte board and duct tape. They then covered the box with polymer clay that they had stamped with rubber stamps both store bought and ones they had made from a previous assignment.  Students were encouraged to add found object such as wire, beads, broken pieces of watches, old keys, etc. All were finished with glazes of brown for leather and silver and gold dusting powder.  They students were enthralled!  With a few minor changes, this lesson will be a keeper.

Pencil v. Camera

Pencil vs. Camera assignments were an interesting mix.  I didn't think students would struggle with the technology as much as they did.  We assume because we see them texting throughout their day, that they are comfortable uploading photos.  Not always true.  Here are just a few more of the responses.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pencil vs.Camera / Part Deux

Sketch Journal Responses based on artist Ben Heine. (  More to follow!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pencil vs. Camera (Hoover High School Style)

Students in Art 2 and Art 3 are in the middle of a sketch journal assignment inspired by European artist Ben Heine. (  His work is an inspiration of his travels and his love of sketching and photography.  The students discussed how he was able to create his work, and what "quick thinking" it must take to work on location w/ each of his wonderful ideas.  Students will be posting and commenting on each other's work over the next few weeks.  Check back soon for more inspired work.  Thanks to Ben!

Artwork: Alyssa Snyder - 10th grade, Hoover High School

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hoover Students Show Their Work

It's that time of year...

A display of an artist's work is an affirmation of their labor.  From now until the weekend of February 3, 2012 several Hoover students have work on display at one of the following venues.  You are encouraged to visit our local shows and support our young artists.

Little Art Gallery @ North Canton Public Library
Now - Feb. 5, 2012 during normal library hours
Works of over forty Hoover students on display in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Scholastic Art Awards @ KSU Stark
Now - Feb 2, 2012 / 8:00am - 8:30 pm M-Th and 8:00am - 6:00 pm Fridays
Work from over 300 students from a four county area are on display.  Students who are recognized with the distinction of "gold key" will have their work judged nationally in NYC later this year.  (See earlier posts w/ Hoover F-3 winners)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2012

Congratulations to our F-3 artists.  Below are photos of students recognized by The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  These awards will open on January 18, 2012 at Kent State Stark.

Gold Key Winners:

Alex Smith - "Second Hand Smoke"

Arianna Horton - "Scary Staircase"

Michael O'Connor - "Talk to the Hand"
Kayli Sommers - "In the Beginning"

Silver Key Winners:
Emily Olszewski - "Tsunami!"
Allison Busby - "Of Titanic Proportion"
Madeline Reffel - "Staircase"

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Honorable Mentions!

We are also very proud of our hnorable mention awards from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Congratulations to Mary Avery (2), Alex Malcolm, Myaar Monier, Katlyn Denisoff, Hannah Gianfagna (2)