“Apple A Day” Drawings

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To help warm up Drawing and Painting and Art Portfolio students, we recently created quick, two-class length drawings of apples. This was an exercise in patience and careful observation. This drawing assignment challenged students to look closely at apples.

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Beyond the obvious noticeable colors – red, green and yellow, they also discovered many subtle colors found in the highlights, midtones and shadows. By patiently overlaying colors, the unique features of the apples in their particular angle have come through. This quick exercise will help us ramp up for a more detailed, complex unit on still life drawing. Stay tuned!

Stop by Main Street at NRHS to check them all out!

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Line Landscapes from Foundations

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Foundations of Art students have recently showcased their first major projects.  “Line Landscapes” are on display on Main Street. Students recreated a landscape – either a place they’ve been or want to go and could only use lines and patterns. The drawings were graded on use of a variety of line, coverage of pattern, creativity and craftsmanship. Click here to see many of the landscapes. Its wonderful to see so many students bringing work home to give their art more time. I’m sure you’ll share in my excitement of this exciting, highly detailed work.

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Keith, Josh and Lyss help present the work

 

 

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Bryana Gonzalez, an admissions counselor at MassArt has kindly shared this information about the upcoming National Portfolio Night. I am hopeful that those individuals interested or possibly interested in pursuing art school can attend.
From Ms. Gonzalez:
National Portfolio Day is a fantastic way for your students to gain feedback on their portfolios…from counselors like myself! Art and Design Schools from all across the country will be represented! 
Below is a list of all the locations in which MassArt will be attending! Best of all, it is a free event! I would encourage you, to encourage your serious art students to attend an NPD nearest them.
Because you are (relatively) local to us, I encourage students to visit schools they can not physically get too…they can always come on campus (and do a tour/see student work) at MassArt to do a review with us. However, if they would like to review with us at a Portfolio Day, they are more than welcome to join us!
A couple of tips:
– Students should show up early! Lines for registration can be long.
– Students should plan to see 3-4 schools. All National Portfolio days run for a max of 4 hours.
– Bigger name schools will have longer lines, best to get into those lines at the beginning.
– Students should plan to bring physical work with them OR uploading their work to a personal laptop/ipad etc. Counselors do not always have laptops available to see work. 
– Students should plan to spend about 10-15 minutes with each prospective school. They should be able to talk about their work in an articulate way. 
National Portfolio Day Dates (Mass Art attending near you):
Hartford NPD (October 21st), Boston NPD (October 22nd), NYC PD (November 12th).
Please click (HERE) to view a full list of dates and locations (scroll to bottom of page)
I will personally be at each of these events and I hope your students are able to take a part of this awesome opportunity!
Additionally, please feel free to take a tour of our campus and facilities via our new Virtual Tour!
I look forward to seeing you in the future!
All the best,
Bryana
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MassArt Visits NRHS

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Bryana Robinson, local MassArt representative visited Art Portfolio and Anatomy and Figure Drawing this past Thursday. Her presentation included admissions information, program offerings and a view into campus life. This was an important presentation for all students because it gave in-depth insight into what a high quality school looks for in a student, beyond raw artistic talent.

 

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Bryana took the time to speak with students about their respective portfolios. It was enjoyable to see the students so engaged in Bryana’s presentation, which, I’m sure sparked many questions and possibly new ideas to each of the students.

 

There is additional information and literature available to students in AR-8.

For more information regarding both schools click on the links below:

MassArt: http://massart.edu/

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Montserrat Visits NRHS

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Jon Bolles, Admissions Councelor from Montserrat visited with Figure Drawing and Art Portfolio students today and plans to return tomorrow to talk to two sections of Drawing and Painting. Mr. Bolles is a 2012 graduate of the school and offered students an intimate view of Montserrat’s artistic expectations as well as insight into what campus life is like.

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Mr. Bolles devoted time to talk with many individual students about their potential portfolio pieces.  He was a large help in giving the students a better understanding of art college expectations and realities.

Fore more information on Montserrat and their undergraduate as well as pre-college art programs click here

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A Contest for Edward Gorey Fans!

Envelope Contest

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And they’re off!!

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Two sections of both Foundations of Art, and Drawing and Painting, and one section of Art Portfolio and Anatomy and Figure Drawing are off to a fast start. In the first week and a half all classes have immersed themselves in a series of drawing exercises designed to encourage the right hemisphere of the brain to perform the drawing tasks. Students worked through “vase face” sketches, blind and semi-blind contour hand sketches, and traditional “upside-down drawing” practices.

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All courses will soon deviate from one another and begin their own respective projects but it has been important to run through some initial drawing exercises to activate the right hemisphere of the brain to better handle the artistic challenges all artists will soon face.

To learn about each drawing exercise, Betty Edward’s popular book, Drawing for the Right Side of the Brain is a great start.  

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