Friday, March 30, 2012

artroom playlist for this week

wondering what you heard this week? here it is:

the civil wars - barton hollow
digable planets - reachin'
digable planets - blowout comb
efterklang - magic chairs
great lake swimmers - lost channels
haydn - symphonies #45, 94, 101, & 104
mazzy star - so tonight that i might see
mozart - violin concertos #1-5
the postal service - give up
ryan adams & the cardinals - cold roses
the shins - my classroom mix
the xx - s/t
zero 7 - another late night (dj compilation)
zero 7 - simple things
'the hunger games' soundtrack
my 'focus' mix
my 'wait, snow?' mix

Thursday, March 29, 2012

friday wisdom.

i found this to be quite true as i have been working on the surreal collage drawing for the last few weeks. while working on it, i find myself deep in thought about the meaning of the piece and all that it entails in my life.

thanks to cokie bee for the heads up on this one.

Friday, March 23, 2012

artroom playlist for this week

curious what you've been hearing in class this week?

dawes - nothing is wrong
the delkany string quartet - haydn's string quartet in c major
the head and the heart - s/t
jose gonzalez - in our nature
junip - fields
moby - play
tuatara - breaking the ethers
the wooden birds - magnolia
zero 7 - simple things
zero 7 - when it falls
the hunger games soundtrack
my 'wayfarers' mix
my 'first sun again' mix

Thursday, March 22, 2012

drawing 2 :: surrealist collage drawing

drawing 2 is currently doing a figurative surrealist collage drawing based on the work of the szekely sisters and rené magritte.

our art department goal this year deals with the intentional use of color. i am using this artwork to fulfill the goal. in class, we are talking about the value and intensity of colors and how they influence how a viewer sees a work. we are using different magazines from different eras to give a variety of values, intensities, and color ranges.

here is the example that i am working on, along with one piece each from the szekelys and magritte.

friday wisdom.

the artroom needed this message this week.

artist of the week :: rené magritte

currently in drawing 2 we are doing a surrealist drawing based on the work of the szekely sisters (see the previous post about them here) and this week's artist of the week, rené magritte.

magritte's work takes surrealism in a very playful, dada-inspired direction rather than the seriously dramatic work of his contemporary, salvador dalí.

his use of silhouettes and surreal textural elements play with the viewers perception of reality and create a definite dream-like world.

you can find a great deal more work by magritte at

the black keys x shepard fairey

sometimes great things happen... the collision of two of my favorite artistic entities. shepard fairey designed two posters commemorating the black keys first headlining dates at madison square garden.

super sweet.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

new mix.

sun and summer weather in spring inspired this new mix. let me know if you want a copy.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

AP art show 2012

on monday night, march 12, webster thomas high school's AP ART class will be hosting an opening for our art exhibit, which will take place at the owl house.
we would love if it you would join us for a night of great art, food, and company.

adam milne game. be there!

so my basketball experience is not that deep. i mean, gym class in school, HORSE in the driveway, and most recently some razorsharks games.
this friday night I'm taking my skills to the court (for the second straight year) as WTHS teachers take on IHS teachers in the annual adam milne game.

it is a great event that raises (a lot of) money for the leukemia and lymphoma society. i designed the tshirts this year. bring in $5 and join TEAM STAHL. you'll have to cheer extra hard because i'll probably only be playing for about 5 minutes.

friday night - 7pm - webster thomas high school

Monday, March 5, 2012

empathy and creativity

this website was just brought to my attention, and it has really inspired me... so much so that i want to share it with all of you.

here is his bio, from his blog:
Seung Chan Lim, better known as Slim, holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under the late Dr. Randy Pausch. He also holds an MBA from Point Park University and has recently graduated with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
For nearly a decade he has worked as both a Human-Centered Design consultant and a Software Systems Researcher. He has helped numerous fortune 500 companies design innovative products and services, and have authored papers on software systems and human-computer interaction.
Products he have helped design have won a number of awards including the AIGA 365, CES Innovation award, EC&M Product of the Year, and Infoworld Top 100 IT Project of the Year.
In his spare time he directs dance performances, and mixes, remixes, composes, produces, and performs electronic music.