"Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film."
Today is a great day for Seaford students interested in the artistic pursuit of photography.
Beginning within the next two years, students will have the opportunity to take photography classes under the instruction of the art department. After getting a solid foundation of how the camera works in an introductory photo class (Photo 1) from the technology department, interested students will continue their craft in classes taught by art teachers. Our plan is to teach intermediate and advanced photography as creative and conceptual classes teaching not only composition, but as a means for the artist to express themselves, just as a painter paints.
I'm excited to be a part of the development of this new curriculum! Just think about how much better your Instagram feed will look!
Filmmaking 1 class has been taught at Seaford High School since before I started in 2001. I took over shortly after arriving in 2002. There were usually 2 sections (classes) that ran, roughly about 12-19 students per class. In 2007, the students who were taking Film 1 were VERY enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, they proposed to me the idea of starting an advanced Film 2 class. I brought the idea to the principal at the time (Mr. Ragon), and he was very supportive. The first Filmmaking 2 class was born (seen in the photo above).
Since 2008, multiple Seaford alumni have gone on to college to pursue careers in filmmaking. Just this past week, one such student from the first FIlm 2 class came back to Seaford to be the guest artist speaker at the annual National Art Honor Society induction ceremony. It was a bittersweet night. On the one hand, I sat in the audience like a proud father, listening to a former student talk so eloquently about his life as an artist and how much joy it has brought him. On the other, I sat there with the recent knowledge that the film classes at Seaford will not run next year.
We were not able to get enough students to enroll in Filmmaking 1 for next year and for the first time since before I started at Seaford (over 17 years ago), we will not have a film class.
That student who spoke last week at the NAHS induction documented the start to the first Film 2 class, while he was in film school. I thought that video would be a good way for people to see what the students at Seaford will be missing...
Wow, second quarter is over.
So much for the NYSATA Olympics. Only a handful of students were interested, then half of them stopped showing up. We'll give it a go next year.
AP class has been slowly picking up steam (and I mean slowly), but I think we are moving in the right direction. I have big changes for the AP class next year, so if you are interested in taking AP art, be ready to work, hard. I think we have the potential to generate more work, which will ultimately benefit your portfolio selection for the college board.
It's time to sign up for classes, think Graphic Design!
I begin this year with a bit of disappointment. It will be the first year since I took over the Graphic Design class, that it will not run. Not having this class is really a loss for not only the students who signed up for the class (granted, a small number), but also for the rest of the high school community. The Graphic Design class really had their hand in a lot of different projects going on around the building. Hopefully we can agressively promote the class and bring it back next year.
Anyway, everything else is rolling along. Our department goal this year is to attempt the NYSATA Olympics. This is a competition, where art students work on a year long project, and then present the project in upstate NY in the Spring. See the link below. As we put together a plan for how we will attempt this endeavor, announcements will be made to try and generate interest. Keep a look out.
Film Club is heading in a new direction. As you can imagine, getting a bunch of people together who love movies, and asking their opinions, is going to create some interesting conversations. Why not put it on film? If you want to see film fans debate and argue whether Nicholas Cage is a good actor, or whether the Star Wars prequels are worthwhile, then check out the new series called 221 Talks.
This year's AP art class is unique. We have a few students who come to the class with a non-traditional art background. Their focus in art for their high school career has been more towards the computer graphic/graphic design/film classes. Their focus in AP will be what's called a 2-D Design portfolio. Instead of being judged on the quality of drawing and painting, they will be judged on how well their art work uses the elements & principles of art.
If this sounds interesting to you, and you consider yourself creative and interested, AP might be a good fit.
The benefit (so far) I have found this year is the interaction between the "traditional" drawing & painting artists and the 2-D artists. Each group is being exposed to the other form of art and the questions/interactions between the to "factions" (as they like to call themselves) has been productive.
Either way, both groups will be challenged as artists to create a comprehensive concentration based on their own ideas,
It will be exciting to see what they come up with...
It's blogging time...
If you have found your way to this site, it should be apparent that it's still under construction. As I build this site as a resource for my students, I'm open for any suggestions you may have. As of now, I will be posting (hopefully) relevant information about my classes, and probably a few quizzes you can take right on your phone (don't worry, not too many).
I would also like to get some content related discussions going, for instance: How good was Stranger Things?!?