Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time as an Element: Final

 Above, Jessica placed a tea bag into a a maple syrup bottle. Each day, as the water darkened from steeping tea, she painted a new version.


Most works of traditional art capture a moment of time and hold it frozen for as long as the piece survives. There are some modern artists that pushed past the notion of time as static and explored the effect time had on their work.

For example, Monet’s paintings, such as the series of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen, captured the light at different times of the day.

Today’s postmodern and contemporary artists take the concept further by incorporating time into their work as if it were an element of art. Without the element of time, their work would be meaningless at best, nonexistent at worst.

Read about artists who incorporate time into their work in the article: New Ideas in Art: Time as an Element.

The Theme: Time

The theme of this project was Time as an Element. The concept was for the students to create a work of art that incorporated time in some way. That is to say, time must have passed in order for the piece to have been created. this as opposed to representing time i.e. by drawing a clock.

Chase decided to create a long exposure photograph. He placed his camera on a bridge overlooking Highway 64. From there, he took several long time exposures as the cars passed from either direction.

Kimberly wanted to relay the feeling of innocents and joy she experienced as a child playing with paper airplanes. She create several different planes and measured the time and distance of each plane as it flew by a painted background. She captured the event on film.

Elora also used film to capture the time represented by clothing in a laundry basket.

Alayna mixed photography with her own handwriting in this piece titled, "He Loves Me Not". A flower slowly dies over a period of weeks.

Ashley placed a large sketchbook on an easel for this interactive project. Over several weeks, students were encouraged to create a work of art based on their emotion using a color specific to that day.

Anna wanted to combine the concept of time with cooking and eating food. Each piece of toast is a value darker over time. More jelly is spread as the value is increased and more bites are taken as the jelly is increased.

Rachel also wanted to explore the effect of  time and food but choose a more random method. Each pine cone was painted, covered with peanut butter and birdseed and left to see the effect the local wildlife and weather would have on the work.

"All Fall Down" presents time in several ways.. The time it took Ryn to set up the work.. The amount of time that passed before someone accidentally knocked it down.. and the time it takes each domino to fall.

Students in the Art Three class presenting their art to their groups.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kaleidoscope Exhibit at the Cary Town Center

This year for the Kaleidoscope Exhibit at the Cary Town Center we decided to try something a little different. Each year the show provides 12 panels for Apex to hang art. We decided to use six of those panels for an installation.

Each class participated in an origami lesson and each student folded a butterfly. We collected all the butterflies and made them part of the display. The first panel has only one butterfly and then each consecutive panel adds more and more butterflies.

The other six panels contain the art work of Apex students. There will be a reception on Wednesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. for all artists, families and teachers. It will be near the entrance to Dave and Buster's.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Words in Art Exhibit

April 12, 2014 | 3:00p – 7:00p

Join us for an afternoon of wine and cheese, and book and poetry readings. View our April exhibition, Words in Art, including the Apex High School Showcase and meet some of the talented writers and poets working in the Raleigh area. 

Text Art by Emma

Text Art by Lizzie

Text Art by Madyson

Text Art by Curtis

Monday, April 7, 2014


The Zonkey, yes a real animal a hybrid mix of a zebra and a donkey, has been a staple of Apex Art Teacher Mr. Sands' critter drawings. Sands has painted Zonkey on a bus, on a billboard and on his business cards (see below). 

Still, Sands has always had one problem. Translating the 2D drawing to a 3D creation. Though he tried numerous times, he was never successful in his attempts. 

Finally today, the vision of the 3D Zonkey was brought to fruition by student Megan. You may remember Megan from such classes as Art Two.

"Look Sands, Megan's Zonkey is better than yours!" stated (soon to be x-Apex Art Teacher) Kimberly Sudkamp. 

Sands was ecstatic to see such a well created stuffed Zonkey. "I'm ecstatic to see such a well created stuffed Zonkey," stated Sands. "This is the best day of my life!"

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Art with Words: At Blake Street Studios


Art with Words, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 25. This show celebrates words in art and the art of typography. We'll be exhibiting collage work by Hoop&Stick, digital art by Ryan Miller, giant modern paintings by Joe Wright, and textual elements by the students of Apex High School.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So, How Was NAEA14 in San Diego?

For Spring break I flew to sunny San Diego for the 2014 National Art Education Association Conference. That was fun! Here is a quick look at the people, place and presentations I met, went to, was involved with...

The Place:

The conference was held in downtown San Diego right next to the Gaslamp District. It was also pretty close to Pacific Beach (see photo above). I tell you what, I liked this place. Except everyone in California runs.. after a while I felt like yelling at them to sit down and take a break!

San Diego is not far from LA and there is a lot of famous street art in LA.

Now, there is a lot of street art in San Diego...

No, actually I created both these on my iPad on the plane ride back. Virtual street art :)

The People:

On Sunday Morning I joined the old gang for a Davis sponsored coffee Art 2.0 Meet Up. This is an amazing line up of educators including Tricia FuglestadTheresa McGee, Craig Roland and Art 21 Star Samantha Melvin to name a few..

Janine Campbell was there, participating in International Bring A Scone To Art Class Day.. keeping it international because she is from Canada.. well, Michigan, but close enough.

I also had a chance to hang out with a few of my Teaching for Artistic Behaviors friends like Katherine Douglas. Here I am sitting with Nan Hathaway. She is my new BFF as you can tell because she sat right next to me.

I also spent some time with the Art of Education peeps! Cassie Stephens who has a new art related outfit every day, Mr. E who has a new bulletin board every week, and Jessica Balsley to whom I send 4 new articles every month. Wow, I saw a lot of people!

The Presentations:

The one complaint anyone can have about an NAEA conference is that there are too many great sessions to choose from! I'll tell you upfront if there was one session that was my "Wow" session it was Art 21: Teaching With Contemporary Art. It reminded me of all the great things theme based teaching has to offer. So more of that to come! I also sat in on some great TAB/Choice sessions. So yes, more student direct teaching to come.

In between going to sessions I also presented. Above is from the ignite session. it was 20 slides in 5 minutes. The slides change automatically so you have to talk quickly.

Above are a few photos someone took from that same presentation and posted on Twitter.  Interesting, the slides chosen..

* Opening slide,
* International Scone Day slide,
* Nicholas Sparks same stuff inside different shell outside slide,
* and Picasso was a jerk slide.

Photo of the sun setting on the last night in San Diego...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hey! Where Did Mr Sands Go? #NAEA14

If you're looking for me you better be heading to California! This week I will be attending the 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego, CA.

So first, if you’re a convention attendee, you are probably looking for that free book. Well here is the link

Free download: Click Here!

Now, the 2014 NAEA National Convention? What's that you ask? It's a gathering of more than 5,000 visual art teachers, university professors and museum educators. We all get together with the common goal of advancing art education.

Presenting You Say?

Yes! Not only am I attending but I'm also presenting. How exciting, yes I know! Chances are I might even talk about a project you worked on or even show a photo of your art.

On Saturday I'll be co-presenting with Jessica Balsley on a presentation titled Using iPads in the Art Room. Jessica is the founder of the Art of Education blog. Did you know that I was a contributing writing for the Art of Education? See, you learn something new every day!

So Sunday morning, between 11 and 12, I'll be at the Art Of Ed booth #310 for a Meet and Greet! The AOE Team will be representing this year’s NAEA Convention. they  will have 8 great team members in attendance! Alecia Eggers, Derek Balsley, Jessica Balsley, Kelly Berwager, Nic Hahn, Sarah Dougherty,  Sarah Welch and me!.  Stop by and say hi!

On Sunday I'll be co-presenting with Robb Sandagata, Sherri Fisher and Jack Watson. That’s a pretty amazing lineup! We are presenting New Weird Ideas! How appropriate :)

Then, also on Sunday, I’ll be presenting in the main ballroom! Yes, the one that holds everyone! So needless to say, I’m a bit nervous about that one... It’s the Ignite Session. 20 slides in five minutes!

As a special added bonus I'm pretty sure that Davis Publications will be handing out free copies of the April issue of SchoolArts Magazine that just happens to include and article about the Singing Tiger project we did right here at Apex High School! 

So that’s the deal. I’ll be back after Spring Break and if this year is anything like last year, I’ll be coming home with some very innovative ideas that will keep Apex at the Peak of Great Art making!!

Oh, one more thing... Look for my business cards. They come complete with crayons so no matter what, at least you can have fun coloring in the Zonkey!!