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Friday, January 30, 2015

No Paint - Pop Art!

In Art History, we studied prehistoric art and the techniques used to paint cave walls and ceilings. You know, those cave people couldn't stroll down to the local Michael’s and pick up a tube of paint. No! They had to use materials available to them. 

With that in mind, I asked each student to create a Pop Art piece using homemade paint. They could use anything except paint... or blood. No blood cause that's kinda gross.

Here is a partial list of material they used to create these works... Icing, chewed gum, coffee, butter, ketchup, mustard, tomato soup, peanut butter, burned sticks, cookies, cake, more cookies, cornstarch and peas.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year Finalist!

The Art of Education just announced the Finalists for the 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year. Two Apex blogs made the list. Ms Purtee's blog, Thoughts On Arting was nominated for Best Rising Star Art Ed Blogs. This blog, the Art of Apex , was nominated for Best Secondary Art Ed Blogs.Not too shabby! You can view all the nominated blogs here.

To celebrate I thought I would share five of our most viewed pages of all time...

Each unit we developed is based, not solely on making art but on being an artist. We took a long look at what artist do, created a list of possible artist behaviors, and scrubbed the list down to our top seven.


This is an easy yet fun and effective way to turn any photo into strands of see through stuff.


As teachers, we enthusiastically posted the what, why and how of our new process. We received many questions and comments from other teachers. Some shared our excitement while others were more skeptical. However, the one piece that was missing from all this was the student’s reaction.


Gave this typography assignment to my Computer art class and they ran with it.


And the Number One Most Visited Apex HS Art Blog Post is...

Everything you need to know to start Post-it Note muraling today!

Thanks everyone for visiting!

Come Again!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NCMA Teens Inspired

Teens Inspired is an annual contest sponsored by the NC Museum of Art. The contest asks students to explore the museum's permanent exhibit and find a work of art that inspires them. Using this piece, students create their own work that is inspired by, but not necessarily a direct copy of... Theses entries are from our Art One and Art Two students.


"I was inspired by Picasso's painting of the flowers because when I looked at it the theme that popped out to me was sharing v. fighting. We don't know whether Picasso was trying to depict in this painting if somebody was sharing their flowers with someone else, or if that other person was taking the flowers from someone else. In my piece of artwork a girl with no face which is of no real identification is being pulled two different ways by two different significant others. In my mind I think of a child whose parents are going through a divorce and fighting over this girl. In the background her thoughts and feelings are being put out with highlights in different regions of the artwork" ~Riley


"its not really finished finished but that ok. This is inspired by Judith and Holofernes by Kehinde Wiley. ~Emma


 "I am inspired by this piece Rabble  from the Museum's collection because of its distinct large structure and the medium that is used which is paper origami butterflies. Instead of paper origami butterflies I wanted to make a commemoration to the 9/11 memorial by building two wooden towers like the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City.  I then decided to go along with the design of the Rabble by making paper origami airplanes like the two planes that crashed into the Twin Towers as a massive form of terrorism. #NeverForget" ~Andrew


"The piece from the North Carolina Museum of Art that really inspired me was Peruzzi Altarpiece. I saw the Peruzzi Altarpiece on the website and realized that I could replace the religious icons with rap icons. From left to right the rappers that were put into the places were Ghostface Killah, Dr. Dre, 2pac, Snoop Dogg, and The Notorious B.I.G. Once I completed the Photoshop process I decided to mount the finished product on a tri tiered layer of poster board and finally on a piece of wood." ~Zane


"I was inspired by the piece called Beaded Crown from the NCMA's permanent collection. I really liked the texture of the piece and the way the lines were woven together to create texture that was visually pleasing. The woven quality of this piece reminded me of friendship bracelets that I used to make when I was younger, so I decided that I would start making bracelets and create a project out of that. I chose to display the bracelets with a shadow box effect, by ripping off a canvas, and using the wooden frame to display the bracelets. " ~Sadie


"For my piece, I chose a Monet. It is a beautiful painting of his back yard, in these entrancing darks and lights. The main color he used for his piece is blue and I just fell in love with the piece when I saw it. I picked it because it reminded me of calming relaxing days at home. With finals so near and the stress of finals I thought it would be an appropriate twist." ~Abi

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Art of Apex X2 in SchoolArts Magazine!

The February issue of SchoolArts Magazine features not one but two articles spotlighting the Art of Apex! 

The first article, titled Teaching Students to Think Like Artists is an in depth look at the grading and blogging policy being implemented in several of our art classes. The article, co-written by Ms Purtee and Mr Sands features a blog post written by current Apex Art student Rachel Layko. You can check out Rachel's blog here! You can read the entire article online. Click here!

Masking Tape Murals

The second article highlights the masking tape murals that were created last year by our own Art of Apex students! This three page spread features four full color photographs of the art that donned the Apex halls and walls. You can read this article online and view all the images by clicking here!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Art Ed Vision: Open, Flexible, Transparent

As we prepare for 2015, we are setting a new vision for the direction of Art Education in our school and beyond. To develop that vision, I asked our department to consider the three words that would best describe the future art room. Here are the three that I compiled along with an explanation of each...

Open, Flexible, Transparent

Open: Students make all decisions on project complexity, order, media and level. Developing the ability to turn a question, observation or opinion into art.

Flexible: All projects are scalable in scope of complexity, projects are non linear,  project level from beginner to advanced Is adjustable

Transparent: students work, statements, concepts and methods are shared on a global platform

Having a vision is one thing. However, implementing it creates an entirely new set of questions. How does an art program offer students projects in a non linear fashion? How can level, scope and complexity all be adjustable? To answer these questions we are rolling out a pilot of the Apex Portal Version 2.0.

First Look

Please keep in mind when viewing that The Portal Version 2.0 is currently under construction. Some of the content areas have been populated while others are placeholders. Our goal is to have everything in place and ready for a pilot release for the start of the second semester (mid January 2015)

The Units:

Each unit 
(first introduced here) is designed using a four stage process; Introduction, Dig Deeper, Challenges, Your Turn.

The Introduction is a short look at what the unit is about. It will explain to the student the objective and provide example of both traditional and current artists work. The purpose of the Introduction is get the student excited about the possibilities and help them decide if this is a unit they wish to pursue.

Dig Deeper asks the student to research on their own the topic of the unit. This section may require students to watch videos of seek out artists and artworks that relate to the topic.

The Challenges section offers students a choice of small, one or two day projects that will help the student explore the unit through creation and media use.

Finally, the Your Turn section asks the student to design and create a work of art based on what they have learned. This section is designed to help the student with idea generation however, the what and how of the project is left entirely to the student.

Non Linear

It is important to note that the students are free to select (or not select) any unit and in any order they desire. They will not be required to follow any particular sequence. Once they have completed a unit, they are free to choose any other unit they wish to explore.


The Units are placed in three categories. Explore, Engage, Extend. There is built in complexity of these categories starting with basic  in the Explore section and building to more abstract ideas in the Extend section. Again, students are free to explore any of the units regardless of complexity. They will also determine the length of time needed to fulfill the requirements whether it be a quick brush up of a technique or a three week endeavor.

Click here to visit the Portal Version 2.0

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Art That's Made Between the Art

You ever notice how much art is made in art that is not part of an actual project? Or perhaps it was a by product of a project.. or perhaps someone got a bit board with the project and got side tracked.

Throughout the semester, lots of these little side projects are created but none of them ever get the recognition they deserve. So today, I'm dedicating this post to the art that is made between the art!


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