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Chittenango Middle School
Art Department

8th grade Art & 8th grade Studio in Art

Karen Tashkovski

(315) 687-2800
EXTENSION 5116

email: ktashkovski@chittenangoschools.org
Here are the entries for the 2014-2015 Lions Club Peace Poster contest.  The theme was "Peace, Love and Understanding".

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First semester 2014-2015 Art-8 students created these fluorescent paintings of the Statue of Liberty.

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First semester 2014-2015 Art-8 students used acrylic paint to create these 16" x 20" cow paintings on canvas panel.

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?Art-8 students used clay and fluorescent paint to create these Frozen Faces.

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First semester 2014-2015 2014-2015 Studio in Art students created these paratroopers.  They used plaster of Paris, fabric and metallic paint for the parachute and various found objects for the humanoid - Barbie doll parts, wood, sponges, cinnamon sticks, rulers and other miscellaneous items.  

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The 2014-2015 8th grade Studio in Art students created these barn landscapes using acrylic paint in the style of Wolf Kahn.

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Click here to see the 2014-2015 8th grade celebrity portraits
 
 
Here are the 2014 celebrity portraits.  Can you guess who they are?
Studio in Art students used pencil and followed the directive to get their darks dark!  These value studies are some of the best ever!

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Art club created a Chistmas tree, which was donated to the Everson Museum for the annual Festval of Trees.  On Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, we went on a field trip to see the tree.

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Fall 2013 Art-8 students created these horse paintings as part of the SLO testing.  They are based on the work of Jaune Quick to See Smith - a mixed media piece including magazine collage, acrylic paint and encaustic.

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2013-2014 Studio in Art students created posters for the Lions Club peace poster contest.  This year's theme was "Our World, Our Future." 


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The 2014 Lions Club Peace Posters were due on Friday, November 1st,  judged on Monday, November 4th with the art reception on Wednesday, November 6th.  The Lions Club awarded prizes - First place and $100 went to Victoria K.  Second place and $50 went to Kaylee H.  Third place and $25 went to Kiera B.  Seven others were voted honorable mentions.  Victoria's poster won at the Lions Club regional meeting as well.  Every student received a participation certificate at the reception.  Congratulations on a job well done!

See pictures of the judging, the exhibit and the party here!

 
The Fall 2013 Art-8 students exhibited artwork at the Sullivan Library during the month of December 2013.  There was an artist reception on Sunday, December 8th in the Community Room of the library.

See pictures of the artwork at the library and of the party here!
Students in Fall 2013 Art-8 created sculptures using a styrofoam head form.  The lesson was called Beauty & the Beast.  They chose their own assessment based on details, pinciples of art and the degree of beautiful and ugly imagery they chose creating emotion in their work of art.  They used plaster of Paris over a cardboard and aluminum foil armature then added Celluclay, tissue paper and unique details.

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Four artists exhibited artwork at the CMS library during the 2013-2014 school year.  Jacqueline Adamo - September-November, Karen Tashkovski -November- February, Jan Navales - February- April, and Rachel Barry - May-June

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Studio in Art still life!
Here are the 2013-2014 Studio in Art still life paintings!

These horse paintings by 2014 second semester Art-8 students were based on the work of surrealist artist Vasko Taskovski.  Students learned to draw horses then placed them into a surrealistic composition and painted with acrylics!

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These 2014 second semester Art-8 students used tissue paper collage for the texture in these horse compositions. 

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Students used slab and sculpture to create these "frozen" faces, loosely based on Medusa of Greek mythology.  They glow in the dark!

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Children's book illustrator and author Jason Chin visited the CMS library on May 14. 2014 to speak to 8th grade Studio in Art students about his work including his latest work entitled Gravity.

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Horses-horses-horses.  See more oil pastel horses here!

Students in the 2012-2013 Studio in Art class created these still life paintings using acrylic on canvas panel. 

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2013 Studio in Art students created these celebrity portraits from photographs found on the internet.  Students endured thousands of "Get your darks dark!" but the results are spectacular.  See if you can guess who they are!

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2013 Studio in Art students created these vessels using animals of the Chinese zodiac.  First they made a pinch pot using the technique they used in 1st grade.  They built the shape of the vessel by adding coils then used sculpture techniques to add the animal.  Vessels were painted with fluorescent acrylics.

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Spring 2013 Art-8 students used oil pastel to create their horse art.  Like other students, they used a reference to draw a horse.  They cut out a stencil from the drawing to make an interesting composition then used oil pastels and blended colors.

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2013 Studio in Art students created these mixed media pieces - called barn landscape with cows.  They used internet photos of barns and had to add a cow from the reference photos provided.  Then we broke up the space into six sections and used a different medium in each.  It was a fun way to revisit favorites (colored pencil) and try out new techniques (India ink).

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2013 Art-8 students created these barn drawings based on the work of American artist Wolf Kahn.  They used black paint to outline the drawing and oil pastels for color.

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Spring 2012 Art-8 students created two sculptures.  The first was in clay.  Students used Hokusai prints to depict Japanese landscapes then painted them with fluorescents.  The second was a reductive sculpture of a bird.  They achieved amazing results with both sculptural techniques!

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Spring 2013 Art-8 students used India Ink to decorate horses in a Persian Pottery pattern-inspired composition.  This was part of the SLO testing.

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Four artists held exhibitions in the CMS library during the 2012-2013 school year.  Ms. Tashkovski exhibited encaustic paintings of horses, cows and crowns.  Tom Huff curated an exhibit of Native American art from his personal collection.  Michael Cody exhibited paintings of Green Lakes State Park.  And Kendra Stenger showed us what it is like to be a college student studying art with her massive oil paintings and charcoal drawings plus prints and photographs. 
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Spring 2013 Art-8 students created these clay faces.  They decorated them with Greek patterns and painted with fluorescent paints for glow in the dark fun!

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2012-2013 Studio in Art students created these mixed media projects loosely based on the iconic painting American Gothic by Grant Wood.

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Fall 2012 Art-8 students created these acrylic and encaustic paintings based on Ms. Tashkovski's own artwork, which had been displayed in the school library.  It was the basis for the first SLO exams.

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Fall 2012 Art-8 students made these clay plates and on them more horses, another lesson to complete the SLO exams.

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Fall 2012 Art-8 students also created these intricate drawings loosely based on Medusa of Greek Mythology.

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2012-2013 Studio in Art students worked closely with the Chittenango Lions club who offered a prize for the best Peace Poster.  Students created these posters in colored pencil.  After they were judged, a reception took place on November 8, 2012.  An exhibit followed during the month of December at the Sullivan Library.

See more artwork plus party and art exhibit photos here!
Fall 2012 Art-8 students paid homage to American Artist Sandy Skoglund with these photo installations.  Students created rat sculptures and contributed them to each individual photograph.

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Spring 2012 Art-8 students created these still life drawings with the help of Syracuse University student teacher Allison Cobb.  They applied tissue paper to the surface then added Sharpie marker.

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2011-2012 Studio in Art students created these celebrity portraits in pencil.

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Spring 2012 Art-8 students learned to produce subtractive or reductive sculptures.  They widdled with clay tools on foam blocks to carve these birds.

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2011-2012 Art-8 students learned about American Artist George Rodrigue.  These "blue dog" pictures had the added element of some type of clothing.  Students used oil pastel and black paint on black paper.

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See the art displayed on George Rodrigue's Foundation of the Arts page here!
2011-2012 Art-8 students in two classes used acylic paint on canvas to create paintings based on the work of American Artist George Rodrigue.  They used references from other famous works of art to add to the background of the famous "blue dog".

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See the art displayed on George Rodrigue's Foundation of the Arts website here!
Regional contemporary artists have been exhibiting their artwork in the Chittenango Middle School Library for several years.  They give a presentation to students during tenth period on a Tuesday to coincide with Art Club meetings.  

See more pictures of the event here!
Three 2011-2012 Studio in Art students donated artwork to an event called Pawcasso to benefit animals.  Their work was sold at a silent auction where several thousand dollars was raised.

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2011-2012 Studio in Art students created these mixed media pieces loosely based on American Gothic by American Artist Grant Wood.  

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Students in 2011-2012 Studio in Art created these mixed media sculptures.  They are Frida Kahlo dolls based on the painting The Two Fridas.  The heads are made of clay and a soda cup from Wendy's completes the armature.  Thank you goes out to Mrs. Perriello for providing the fabric.

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Syracuse University student teacher Christopher Gilligan worked with Spring 2011 Art-8 students to create these tissue paper murals of fish.

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Art-8 students created these photographed installations based on American artist Sandy Skoglund.

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Each year, Ms. Tashkovski exhibits student artwork at the Sullivan Library in Chittenango.

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Nicolle  A.and her sister Rachel created these digital drawings for the Doodle for Google contest.  Their work was also selected to compete at the Scholastic Art Awards competition!
Art-8 students created clay faces!  They painted them with fluorescent paint.  Scary when they glow in the dark!

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Studio in Art students provide the drawings for the Oztravaganza coloring contest.  The Oz committee selects six or secen drawings.  Elementary school children color them and the winners are displayed in the windows of businesses in town.
Students in Art-8 created these Happy Faces.  They were displayed at the Gollisano Children's Hospital January-March 2011.  Students were encouraged to sell the art and four students became professional artists! 

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Syracuse University student teacher Christopher Gilligan created this lesson - a Public Servie Announcement (PSA) cartoon about art materials!

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Art-8 students created reductive sculptures of birds.

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2011 Studio in Art students travelled to OCC to see the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition.

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Students in Studio in Art created these Sandy Skoglund inspired works.

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Students in Art-8 looked at the work of American Artist Wayne Thiebaud to create these images of desserts in colored pencil on Canton paper.

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And here!
Here are images of the Happy Faces!  Students used an armature of newspaper, foamboard, masking tape and aluminum foil then added plaster and tissue paper.

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Ms. Tashkovski runs a Harry Potter club.  We play Scene It for prizes and talk about everything from wizarding to Quidditch to Harry Potter World at Universal studios.

See pictures of the CMS HP club here!
Chittenango Lions Club peace poster contest!  The theme was Children Know Peace.

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Studio in Art students created these still life paintings using acrylic on canvas paper. We displayed them in glass frames.

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This was an oil pastel lesson based on the work of Amedeo Modigliani.

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These Art-8 students created acrylic paintings of barns and landscapes based on the work of Wolf Kahn.

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Students in Spring 2012 ans Spring 2013 Art-8 created these Greek Urns.  They used an armature of assorted plastic cups, masking tape and aluminum foil, as well as two bowl molds.  The result was plastered and painted with Greek patterns!

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2011 Art-8 students began the year with an Aboriginal Art theme - of lizards.  They either drew them or made them out of clay.  Students added patterns after viewing images from Aboriginal culture.
Art was displayed at the Sullivan Library.

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2009-2010 Studio in Art students finished a unit on the
self-portrait.They used colored pencil.They were inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt.

On October 9, 2009, thirty-eight Studio in Art students
took a field trip to four different art venues:

The Everson Museum of Art
Delavan Center

Syracuse University's Shaffer Art Center
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park


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Each year four art exhibitions take place in the Chittenango Middle School Library.  For the 2010-2011 school year the artists were Karen Tashkovski, Lorraine Savidge, Michael Moody, and Sheri D'Elia.  For the 2009-2010 school year the
following art shows were planned:  CHS Senior Selection, Laura Reeder,Barbara Conte Gaugel (February),Carol Boyer (April)
 
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Ms. Tashkovski sponsored a Twilight Club.  Students made dream catchers, wrote fan letters and shared their love of the books and movies.

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