Starting Wednesday,4/25, our assignments are moving to Schoology

As the title says, starting this Wednesday (4/25) start looking for our assignments on Schoology.

We will continue to use Schoology, at least until we can return to normal classes.

If you want to get hold of me, I opened up Remind so you should be able to reply to or message me.

You can also contact me through Schoology, and you can of course email me like usual.

If you are a giant nerd and go look at Schoology now, fine.  But PLEASE do not feel like you need to start any assignments before Wednesday.  I will send out a Remind on Wednesday to let you know that online class has started for real.

Hang tough, we can do this.

Posted in Art History, IB Art

AP Exam to be done at home, via internet

About This Year’s AP Exams

Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.

We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

  • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
  • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
  • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.

Test security is a concern.

  • The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
  • Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.

The selected art periods being test are:

Global Prehistory (we covered it)

Ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Egypt, Rome, we covered it)

Early Europe and Colonial Americas through 1750 (we covered it)

Late Europe and Americas through 1980 (NEED TO COVER STILL)

Indigenous Americas (NEED TO COVER STILL)

Art of Africa (we covered it)

 

Guys, this is VERY doable :)  Starting Wednesday next week, I will start giving you info on how we can get you prepared for this.  WE CAN STILL GET YOU COLLEGE CREDIT!  A 45 min online test you can take on your phone HAS to be easier than the 4 hour ordeal you would traditionally face… and I would guess its all multiple choice, and graded easy.

I definitely want you to take care of yourself and your family first.  But if your quarantine is holding, and your family is doing ok… let’s get you some college credit.  For real.

Posted in Art History

Assignments for APAH this week

Hey gang…

So, welcome to the 2nd week of spring break, I guess?  I hope you and all of yours are doing well and embracing the streaming video/online gaming life style.

So we are not real sure how all of this is going to work yet.  There is the possibility of AP exams being pushed to a later date, but they are contingent on a few things… including us being out for more than a week.  Once I know something for certain, I will pass along the information to you.

We still want to get you ready for your AP exam, and honestly, all this craziness is an opportunity for you to get a leg up on the competition.  So with that in mind, take this week to review art of the Indigenous Americas.  Below are some links to help you navigate the material, and the textbook you have never opened can also be very handy.

The slide list for Indigenous Americas

Indigenous American art on Khanacademy

I can’t honestly tell you right now if this material will be used for a test, extra-credit, or the source of some kind of outrageous tableaux-vivant.  For now, just start reviewing the material as if we were still in class, and you had a vocab quiz in the very near future.

So again, take care of yourself and your family.  Teach them all about how Aztecs believed the gods needed human blood in order to live.  It’s fun stuff.

Posted in Art History

Assignments for IB this week

Hey gang…

So, welcome to the 2nd week of spring break, I guess?  I hope you and all of yours are doing well and embracing the streaming video/online gaming life style.

So we are not real sure how all of this is going to work yet.  There is the possibility of deadlines for IB exams being pushed back, but they are contingent on a few things… including us being out for more than a week.  Once I know something for certain, I will pass along the information to you.

If you are an HL2 or SL student, there is still the goal of trying to submit for your IB exam, which may or may not have a later deadline than April 20th.  So, if you have the ability to make any artworks at home, you may want to so you don’t fall behind.  I don’t want anyone feeling like they need to run out to Hobby Lobby or spend a ton on Amazon.  But if you have art supplies at home, and say… a lot of free time… it might be helpful to crank out a piece this week.  Ash, this is the perfect time for you to embrace your digital art ;)

If you are an HL1, don’t worry about it.  For now, focus on your other classes.  If we are out only a short time, we can easily make it up.  If things change, I will let you know.

So again, take care of yourselves, and your family.

Posted in IB Art

AP Extra Credit: The KISD Art Show

Here we go, a chance for you to earn some extra credit!  Each question earned will get you 2 points added to your lowest test grade!!

In order to get credit, what you need is to provide a photo of you with the artwork that is being described (the dreaded “selfie”).

Your horrible clues:

  1. This artwork reminds me how horrible my sinKs are
  2. A Gothic Ariel
  3. If Andy Warhol liked spicy food
  4. Colorful repousse
  5. This metal man has fallen, and can’t get up
  6. My sweet obsession
  7. A triptych in grisailles
  8. A holy trinity of insects
  9. Where the streets have no name

This is extra credit.  It is due in any format you wish, by Monday, March 2nd.

The KISD show is on display at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center.  The show is free of charge.

The art may be viewed at any of the following times:

  • Monday: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Posted in Art History

IB Reflection: Atmospheric Perspective and Figure Drawing

 

Add this to your existing Process Portfolio document.

How to Write a Reflection:

For each artwork (Atmospheric Perspective and Figure Drawing), I want you to create 1-2 pages per artwork (3 if you have a lot to say and plenty of visuals) about the artwork.  On these pages, you can talk about or include any of the following things:

  • Photographs of your artwork, which may include detail shots
  • Photographs of the model, if you had one
  • Any progress photos you had
  • Discussion of what it was like to work with medium, which could include what you found easy, what you found difficult, and any tips or techniques that you learned or discovered along the way
  • Discussion of what it was like to work with your selected technique, which could include what you found easy, what you found difficult, and any tips or techniques that you learned or discovered along the way
  • Discussion of any artistic influences that effected your work
  • A description of what you were trying to depict or show with your artwork
  • Your judgement of how the artwork turned out (was it successful, where did you fall short, what could you do better, etc.)
  • Any potential ideas or goals for future artworks

Note that this is not a definitive list, nor do you have to do everything on the list.  These are merely suggestions to help guide you.

What Your Page(s) Must Have

  • A title or header, so we know what this page is about
  • Something visual on every single page (you can have more than 1 photo per page)
  • A border (do not go edge-to-edge with your work)
  • Text that demonstrates your thinking and/or reflections
  • Citations for any images or quotes that come from someone other than you
  • Transcribing of any handwritten text that is in a photo, but is not legible

Sample Pages

The images below are a collection of sample Process Portfolio pages, to help work as a guide.

Due Date

These reflections are due Monday, 2/24, by 11:00 p.m.  This is a formative grade.  Just have your PowerPoint or Keynote sitting in the shared folder, and I will grade it from there.

Tips on Photographing your Work

For the best photos, photograph your work as it hangs vertically on a surface, and with it evenly lit.  Anything else can cause weird shadows, glare, or strange cambering of your image.

This is most easily done by borrowing a few magnets from me, hanging your work on the whiteboard, and photographing it there, in  class.

It may be necessary, particularly with sculpture, to light it.  We do have a few clamp lights in the classroom just for this purpose.

You may want to crop your photo to just the image, removing any trace of the background surface and/or margin border.

My Role in All of This

I am a facilitator and an editor.  I can help you if you need access to photos, cameras, or software.  I will point out things that are good or bad with your pages.  But in the end, this is completely your work and your submission.  You have final call when it comes to your Process Portfolio, and assembling it is completely your responsibility.  Let me know how I can help so that you can have the best submission possible.

 

Posted in IB Art

AP Find Me: Renaissance and Baroque Concepts

Your assignment is to find images that demonstrate each of the following terms or techniques.  Some of these terms we have covered, but some we have not yet so you will have to do some light researching.

For the images I only want graphic, advertising, popular, or contemporary art.  I do not want any images that could be associated with fine art, your textbook, or anyone who died before 1990.  I want you to see that the art terms we are learning about are still vital and being used today.  Good sources include magazines, comic books and graphic novels, stills from games and movies, and the vast internet.

You may submit this as a PowerPoint, Prezi, Word document, or even as a set of index cards.  However you choose, be sure to include the term, the image, and a brief definition.

  • Contrapposto
  • Fete Galante
  • Genre (the everyday)
  • Portraiture
  • Mechanical Perspective
  • Sfumato
  • Tenebrism
  • An informally balanced composition

Due by Monday, 2/24, by 11 pm.  This is a formative grade.

Posted in Art History

IB High Contrast Photos

This homework assignment is designed to generate more work for your process portfolio and also syncs well with our current in class assignment.

By contrast I mean a visual contrast; a strong difference in color, texture, or value.

If you wish to explore a contrast in visual meaning or subject, that is fine, but try to really hone in on the aesthetic side rather than the content or meaning side of the work.

Some examples of what I am talking about, drawn from art historical as well as contemporary sources.  The examples I chose are predominantly black and white, but color photos can work as well:

Additional Things to Know

  • For this assignment I want you to turn in a total of 5 different photos that demonstrate high contrast.  That will give us the ability to go through your photos and select your best ones to use for your portfolio.
  • Try to keep all your editing down to what you see through the lens of your camera.  You may crop after the fact, but don’t Photoshop, add filters, or in other ways manipulate your image.
  • Look for strong juxtapositions, where the objects/values/colors/textures are in close positions to each other.

This is due Tuesday, 2/18, by 11:00 p.m.  Place these photos in their own folder (that you make) within your Process Portfolio sub-folder.  This is a formative grade.

Posted in IB Art

IB Depth of Field Photo

For this assignment I want you to play around with photography a bit.

You are to take a series of 5 original photos.  Your photos are to have the following characteristics:

  1. Choose subjects where you can play with depth of field. Also sometimes called field of focus, depth of field is an optical effect where some objects in the picture are sharply in focus, and other parts are blurry and out of focus.  Photographers will take advantage of the mechanics of the camera to create interesting photos that can create emphasis, help express distance, and/or lend itself to abstraction.  Depth of Field can be created on most cameras by just focusing on one object in your view finder, and then letting the rest naturally dissolve into out-of-focus shapes and colors.  On an iPhone, the camera will focus on the part of the image that you tap.  Getting close to a subject, or focusing on a far away subject, can also help create this effect.
  2. Submit 5 different photos.  We are submitting several photos so that we can select the best one to include in your Process Portfolio.

This is due Monday, 2/10, by 11 p.m.  This is a formative grade.  Your 5 photos should be placed in your process portfolio, and labeled as  “Depth of Field #”

Bellow are some examples:

 

 

Posted in IB Art

AP Timeline: Rome to Renaissance

You are to construct an original timeline.  The timeline must do the following things:

  • The timeline must include the required artworks, artistic periods, and historic dates listed below.
  • The timeline must demonstrate the sequential nature of some of these events.
  • The timeline must also demonstrate the overlapping nature of some of these events.  How you choose to do this is up to you.
  • The timeline must include dates/centuries/time markers that place each period and each artwork in the correct time frame.  How you choose to do this is up to you.

Your timeline should be clear, concise, and regardless of how it is constructed, submitted electronically through an email or link.  PowerPoint, Word document, jpeg file, Prezi, or even an online timeline creator is fine.  No hard copies. Your textbook does have a timeline at the end of each chapter, which may be helpful.

This is a formative grade and is due by Monday, 2/3, at 11:00 p.m.  Your product will be evaluated not only for its thoroughness, correctness, and clarity.  Your submission should be sent to my school email:  james.elam@killeenisd.org.

Required Artworks

  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Chartres Cathedral
  • David, by Michelangelo
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Lamentation by Giotto
  • Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Reliquary of Sainte-Foy
  • Rottgen Pieta
  • Sacrifice of Isaac by Gilberti
  • Santa Sabina
  • Virgin (Theotokos) and Child between Saints

Required Art Periods

  • Gothic
  • Late Antiquity
  • Romanesque
  • Renaissance

Required Historic Dates

  • 325 CE, Council of Nicea
  • 1066 CE, Battle of Hastings
  • 1337 CE, One Hundred Years’ War begins
  • 1492 CE, Columbus
  • 1648 CE, Treaty of Westphalia
Posted in Art History