Hingham Public Schools:
Bren Bataclan is coming to South School November 3-7th. Now that is something to smile about!
Bren Bataclan is the creator of "The Smile Art Project" which gives away free art in Boston with notes saying "This painting is yours if you promise to smile more often". Bren will be presenting to all grade levels, and then he will work directly with the fifth graders in creating a mural in the kindergarten wing. Thank you to the Hingham Education Foundation for funding this wonderful grant!
21st Century Technology in the Art Room at Foster - Fall, 2014
The Art Teacher at Foster Elementary School is very excited to be implementing a grant funded by The Hingham Education Foundation ("HEF"). The HEF funded 5 iPads, and 6 covers, styli and various iOS applications. The additional cover and stylus is to be used by the additional iPad which was purchased with Artsonia Funds. The 6 iPads will be used to; 1) teach students how to use basic editing tools, such as cropping, editing for contrast and lighting; 2) integrate literacy (see a project here) and mathematics into art (see some math projects here and here); 3) teach students how to write artist statements (listen to/watch students read some here); 4) tie into more cross disciplinary explorations; 5) teach students animation. You can see some examples in the linked images. You can also see what Foster's art teacher has been learning about in an advanced "iPads in the Art Room" class. Two iPads are currently being used, while the remaining iPads will be in service once the correct covers arrive (there was a snafu with sizing when they arrived.)
National Portfolio Day! Boston - October 19th, 2014
A few Hingham High School seniors had their portfolios reviewed by various art schools in this annual prelude to college admissions. Students applying to art schools often have many more requirements to attend to in the admissions timeline. Some colleges require admissions to the college, then subsequently to the art school within the college. Often there are essays specific to the art school. Many art schools do not use the Common App, and there are specific portfolio requirements for each college. National Portfolio Day gives students the opportunity to speak with a few portfolio reviewers. While over 80 colleges attend the day, students narrow their lists to four or five schools, as wait times can be very long.
The lines were indeed long, with students arriving as early as 10 a.m. for the noon opening. By the time the doors to the three auditoriums opened, the line extended as far as you could see and back in the Hynes Convention Center. (The above photo was taken at 11 a.m., with an hour still to go before the reviews began. Students hauled portfolios, huge paintings, laptops and even sculptures.
Hingham students reported that the day was very helpful, as it demonstrated that the various schools have strong preferences and ideas as to what makes a good portfolio for admission into their program. The reviewers were very helpful in guiding students as to what would make their portfolio a better fit for their particular program.
Hingham students appeared to have held their own quite well. One student after a long wait in line reported that her portfolio had "been accepted" by a reviewer (the reviewer shared that this is unusual; the day is for "review" - "accepted portfolios" are a designation which is rarely given.) Another student was observed in deep conversation with a reviewer over her portfolio, and came away very hopeful, as her top choice had such positive comments about her work. Hingham students highly recommend the experience.
Summer Art at Ringling College of Art and Design - July, 2014
Elizabeth "Emma" McKeon-White, a senior, was one of 8 (out of over 150) students to receive Academic Honors at the Pre-College Summer Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. Seniors from around the Globe apply to this college-level summer program. McKeon-White's core classes were in Motion Design and in Stop Motion Animation; to receive Academic Honors, her professors determined that she excelled in both specialties. McKeon-White especially loved the challenge of motion design, a field that combines many different art disciplines, and plans on making it a career.
Massachusetts Art All-State; May 30th & 31st, 2014
Hingham High School is pleased to announce that two of its juniors, Caroline Schuck and Elizabeth “Emma” McKeon-White will be attending the 27th Massachusetts Art All-State on May 30th and 31st at the Worcester Art Museum.
Every year, Art All State competitively selects and brings together the most promising juniors in the visual arts from across the Commonwealth for an intensive two-day experience.
One of the hallmarks of 21st Century Schools is creativity and innovation; Art All State will encompass both of these domains. In the past fewer than 150 students state-wide were selected to participate, and it is a positive reflection on the art education in the Hingham Public Schools that Hingham students were chosen this year. During Art All-State, student artists will collaborate with practicing artists to create installations inspired by the Worcester Art Museum’s collections.
Student participants are selected from schools from across Massachusetts while the artist/mentors come from a variety of art disciplines. Over the course of the two days, students will stay on-site and be immersed in a number of gallery and studio experiences with the goals to inspire the participants to reflect on themselves as artists and for the student artists to become more familiar with ways that art might play a role in their lives after high school. It is sure to be two days of intensive innovation and creative problem solving. Many thanks to Mrs. Papuga for bringing about Hingham High School’s participation in this state wide competitive art program.
2014 All School Art Show: Thursday, April 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Hingham High School Cafeteria
Global Citizens Program Mural:
Ali Weaver & Emma McKeon-White completed a mural in Hingham High School to both welcome and commemorate the Japanese students (who came to play baseball) visiting from Tennoji High School, Japan. The students visited March 22, 2014 – March 29, 2014. This was part of the Hingham High School Global Citizens Program.