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Senior Art Page

On this page are:
Examples of artwork from BHS seniors
Images of senior art installations from past Bedford K-12 Art Shows


Instructions for seniors on: writing an artist's statement
                                 taking slides of your art portfolio for a college art application
                                 senior art installations in the all school art show
                                   




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Anne G., Senior Art Installation, 2013
Amy S., SeniorArt Installation, 2013
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Rita R., Senior Art Installation, 2013
Annika N., Senior Art Installation, 2013


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Karlana F., Senior Art Installation, 2013
Karlana F., Senior Art Installation, 2013


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Cali E., Self Portrait, 2013





SENIOR ART MAJORS
ART SHOW INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
MAY 6-12 2016
SENIORS WHO HAVE BEEN ENROLLED IN ANY ART AS A MAJOR THIS YEAR (OR 2 ART MINOR classes) ARE EXPECTED TO DISPLAY A BODY OF WORK IN A THOUGHTUL, WELL-DESIGNED INSTALLATION. Seniors who are enrolled as minors this year, but have been in the art program are welcome to create an installation if they have enough work, or they may choose to share an installation.

The K-12 Art Exhibit will open Friday night May 6. That is the 2nd week we are back from vacation. You will be doing all of the prep work at BHS during your art class and after school, beginning April 4. You will set up your installation on Friday May 6. It is an "in school field trip" and you will have all day to hang your work. You are expected to be present at the Opening Reception Friday night May 6.

You will take down the display and bring home your work on Thurs or Friday, May 12 or 13, during class time.

Work will be hung on 4' x 8' homosote panels. You may use 1-3 panels. Panels will be nailed together. You will write a proposal describing what you want your installation to be. After we have read your proposal, the Art Dept will assign you a space in the BHS lobby.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SHOW?
This can be a retrospective (how many years going back is up to you!)
OR the work can follow a theme
OR you can organize it by medium or subject matter or time or place
OR .....whatever comes to mind.
Please give a lot of thought to the design of your panels. The design should complement your work. You may use paint or cut paper or both. We will have black and white latex primer. We will also have acrylic paint to paint a design and your name.If you want anything exotic - you will have to provide it.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO PAINT PANELS YOU MAY PAINT DURING X-BLOCK, YOUR CLASS BLOCK IF THERE IS SPACE ANYWHERE, OR AFTER SCHOOL – WE CANNOT STORE WET PANELS IN THE NEW ART HALLWAY.

IMPORTANT DATES:
MARCH 21 – INSTALLATION PROPOSAL TO YOUR ART TEACHER
        1. WRITTEN PLAN WITH VISUAL DIAGRAM FOR 2D & 3D WORK (plan something that you can execute- if your friends or family can help – fine, but we can't excuse your friends from school on May 6)
        2. THEME / DESIGN MOTIF
        3. IDENTIFY WORK TO BE INCLUDED

April 1- PENDING APPROVAL START WORK ON PANELS

APRIL 18 - ARTIST’S STATEMENT DUE TO YOUR ART TEACHER                        
                  ARTIST’S GUESTBOOK MADE OR PURCHASED (will discuss)

APRIL 30 -  PANELS FINISHED

MAY 2 -      SHOW SET UP –ALL DAY AT BHS

MAY 2 -      EVENING – BE PRESENT FOR  THE OPENING RECEPTION







Writing an Artist’s Statement

You will be writing an artist’s statement for your senior installation, and you can write about a number of things, as in an autobiography.  Begin by researching other artists’ statements, then consider what it is you want to say about yourself and your artwork, what do you consider important.  It should be at least a half page typed, and doesn't need to be longer than a full page typed. The following are suggestions of possible questions you can answer:

1. A description of the meaning of your artworks
2. Where your ideas come from, what/who inspires you
3. Describe HOW you made them (i.e. with what materials; with a lot of planning, or improvised, from observation, from imagination, etc)
4. Describe WHY you made them, (i.e. the assignments, or what your own motivation was)
5. A narrative of your development as an artist from a young age.
6. How has your art changed over the last few years?
7. What did you learn from making the artworks? (i.e. specific techniques, process, mistakes made, how you developed ideas, etc.)
8. What would you like to do in the future? (individual artworks or general artmaking/career)
9. What are your plans for next year?
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?







Preparing your art portfolio and making slides for applying to an art program in an art school, college or university.

I will be reviewing with seniors individually in October to see what artwork you have done that is suitable for a portfolio and what work you still need to complete. You need to make an appt with me at least a week in advance. Please bring in all your artworks that you think have the potential to be included, and I will consult with you and make suggestions.

We will be shooting slides for your art portfolio in early January (unless you make other arrangements with me). You need to have your work finished and collected together by then. It needs to be your VERY BEST artwork. You should have at least 15 pieces. This can include drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, digital art, developed drawings from a sketchbook, sculpture, ceramics, etc. It is good to include a wide variety of work in terms of size, media, style, subject. You should also have a few pieces (at least 3-4) that are drawings or paintings from done from direct observation, not from photographs.

First, check with each school that you will be applying to for what they want in terms of portfolio content, number of works, and format of presentation – e.g. what kind and size digital files, on CD or email or web, original works, etc. Some schools give assignments to be completed in the fall, so check early.

You will help me with the photo shoot. We will make an appointment for X block or after school. It should take about 1-2 hours at the most. You need to make an appt with me for the photo shoot at least a week in advance.

I will save both high and low resolution versions of each image. You need to find out from each school exactly what format and what size file they require, and if they require you to name the files a particular way.  If they don’t specify, you can send them a high resolution tiff.

You should also type up and be prepared to send or upload a descriptive list of the images.
Example:
NAME

Title                           Medium                  Size            Year

1. Self Portrait                Acrylic on Paper                18” x 24”   2011

Some schools also ask for a more in depth description of your artworks, check carefully your application materials to see if they require it.


Preparing your art portfolio and making slides for a portfolio as a supplement to a general college application (not as an art major.)

The requirements for this are much less rigorous and specific. You can put together a portfolio of your best work in any art media, generally schools recommend around 15 pieces. Check for the specifics for each school, but they may just ask for your best creative work without any specific requirements.

        You will help me with the photo shoot. We will make an appointment for X block or after school. It should take about    1-2 hours at the most. You need to make an appt with me at least a week in advance.










MAY 3RD       AFTERNOON – TAKE DOWN YOUR INSTALLATION, BRING WORK HOME

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