Maya Lin is the artist and architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, Her memorial, “Unchopping a Tree”, is a short video that focuses on how we would feel if deforestation came to the city parks that we love the most.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ART PROGRAM. Not many high school Art programs in Massachusetts have the variety and depth of offerings we do. We have something for everyone. Our courses are hands-on, participator studio classes. Don’t miss out on the chance to do something different that pushes you in a different direction. Your creativity will be in demand, in college and in our global workplace. Put it to work in high school, right here at LHS.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US. The Art teachers want to get to know you, your abilities and your interests. We have a ton of experience with ALL kinds of students. Let us help you discover and reach your goals.
"I LIKE ART BUT I'M NOT TALENTED". Our program is for everyone. The only way to get better is to get in there and learn. There are many skills, techniques and approaches you can LEARN in our classes. Don’t let someone else’s ability discourage you. There’s a lot YOU can learn. We’ll teach you and it’s fun trying.
LEARN TO DRAW. If you think you want to go into any creative field, you should be able to draw. Most colleges, universities and art schools have some observational drawing requirement in their applications. Take a drawing course before your senior year. 2D & 3D Design is a full year course for that student who is fearful of drawing or feels they have little art skill. Drawing and Painting is a more intensive drawing experience for the more serious student. If you feel you “can’t draw,” don’t avoid it. GO FOR IT and learn how to draw what you see. We’re here to help you.
ABOUT OUR COURSES. All art courses are elective but count towards the student's GPA. Our art courses are full year except the half year 2D & 3D. The Honors courses have prerequisites. An exam is given in all art courses. Advanced Placement Portfolio is offered only to seniors -prerequisite is a portfolio and interview.
CONSIDER AP ART AS A SENIOR, IF.... The AP Studio Art course is our highest level Art course. It is rigorous and demanding. We do not discourage people from taking it, but realize it is a full-on commitment and much will be expected of you. We will be there to help along the way, but it all starts with YOU.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
STUDENTS WHO STUDY ART AT LONGMEADOW HIGH SCOOL SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques, media and materials needed to create visual art.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design.
- Demonstrate abilities of observation, abstraction, invention and expression in creating a work of art.
- Demonstrate processes needed in the creation and exhibition of artwork: drafts, critiques, self-assessment, craftsmanship and exhibit preparation.
- Demonstrate ability to describe and analyze artwork of their own and others, verbally and in writing using appropriate visual art vocabulary.
- Demonstrate ability to describe the purposes for which art and architecture were created.
- Demonstrate ability to describe roles of artists and cultural institutions in societies.
- Demonstrate ability to understand artistic styles by identifying their characteristic features.
- Demonstrate ability to describe how artists have used technologies and inventions in their work.
- Apply art knowledge to the study of other disciplines and apply knowledge learned in other disciplines to the creation of a piece of art.
ART DEPARTMENT FACULTY
It’s been a busy Spring, as always, for the LHS Art Department. Let’s pause for a second to catch you up on all that’s been going on with our talented Art students! Every year, we enter the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, the pre-eminent national high school Art competition. Our student work competes against other Massachusetts work. First place Gold Keys, second place Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions are awarded. Gold Key winning works and portfolios go on to the national competition. Students from Art classes got to see the state show of Gold Key winning works on display at Tufts University while on our annual field trip in March. As a side note, Massachusetts is always over-represented in the number of national winning works--a statement on the quality of our Art education statewide and the level of competition in our state. Congratulations to our students who earned recognition. This year’s LHS winners were: Gold Key: Shannon Kingston for her digital photograph Silver Key: Caroline Carmody, Ella Dietz, Maddy Goggin, Lily Grigely, Daniil Gritsenko, Meadow Jacobs, Michael Perez-Gelinas, Ainsley Yorns Honorable Mentions: Madelaine Baker, Izzy Corridan, Vanessa Dailey, Lily Grigely, Olesya Havrylyuk, Sarah Kelly, Shannon Kingston, Isabelle Lewis, Bridgette McAndrews, Michael Perez-Gelinas, Katrina Pohlman, Sarah Reyes, Ruby Rich, Cameron Riordan, Julia Warchol and Audrey Woods
Community-Based Art initiatives.
Art students from across Massachusetts were invited to participate in the 1st Springfield Armory National Historic Site art exhibit. The Springfield Armory played an essential role in the development of mechanized production of interchangeable parts and mass production spurring precision manufacturing and the modern industrial age so this year's theme was “Technological Innovation". Students in Hilary Godin's Honors Art Class submitted seven cyanotype wall hangings. The exhibit will be on view from May 1 - July 31, 2019. Untitled” by Avery Dunaisky, Isabelle Lewis and Bridgette McAndrews
Students in Pottery Club enjoyed a field trip on April 8 to Snow Farm in Williamsburg to participate in a Raku firing. The Pottery Club, run by Mariel Daniels, our Sculpture and Ceramics teacher, raised money via bake sales and pottery sales to help defray the cost of this one-day workshop with local ceramicist Bob Green. Though it was cold and rainy, students LOVED having their work fired in a gas kiln up to the molten stage and then transferring into a pit of sawdust. The results were stunning. Great job kids and Ms. D for making this trip happen!
Area Art students were also invited to participate in Rachel’s Table HUNGER AWARENESS through the ARTS, a juried art show sponsored by Rachel’s Table Teen Board. The Teen Board of Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western MA, sponsored this art show to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our local community. Artwork submitted was supposed to educate others about this topic – possibly including statistics, who is affected and why, and/or inspire us to do what we can to alleviate hunger. Students in Deb Callahan’s Honors Digital Art and Photography class submitted eighteen digital works to this competition. As of this writing, winners have not been announced. Students were shocked at how pervasive food insecurity is in Western Mass and they were glad they participated in this initiative.
K-12 ART CALENDAR
Visual Arts Education inspires students to perceive and shape the visual, spatial, and aesthetic characteristics of the world around them. Using a variety of ways to explore, learn, and communicate, students develop their capacity for imaginative and reflective thinking. The field includes the traditional “fine arts” of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture; the design fields including industrial, ceramic, textile, furniture, and graphic design; and architecture, landscape design and urban, regional, and rural planning. Visual arts is a continuously evolving field that also explores technologies such as film, holography, video, and other electronic forms of image-making.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts Arts Frameworks