Welcome to the Pewaukee High School Visual Art Department. You will find many visual art resources, links to our programs, classes and more.
This website includes a great deal of helpful information. At the top you will find tabs and drop-down tabs for many of the outstanding programs and classes we offer. Students will find their assignments embedded in the class pages for each of the classes we teach. For syllabi and standards information click the Classes tab. There are lots of art galleries within this site. If you click on the class tab at the top a drop down menu will show all the classes we offer in the Visual Art Department. Each of those pages has a gallery of some of the works created by students in the course, (except for those that are new courses). There is also a chart of all the courses offered that may be helpful to plan your art future.
SAVE the Date!
College and Career Readiness Field Trip for AP Studio Art Class
Students in Mrs. Bjork's AP Studio Art class continued their classroom understanding and development of college and careers related to art with a Guest Speaker and Field trip. Cari Dulan is an admissions counselor from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and spoke to students about how to build a college level portfolio, scholarships, and career possibilities for those who choose an art school path.
This classroom visit was followed the next class by a tour of MIAD in the Third Ward. This field trip day also featured visits to Gallery 2o7 and Oil Paint Gallery. Students met with artists Jeanne Olivieri and Hal Koenig to learn more about running a gallery and how to be a professional fine artist. Students also had a chance to see and visit several PHS alumni who are students at MIAD.
Students also sketched and photographed the architecture and other sites in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.
Art Students Visit Chicago
Mr. Lamp's AP Art History and Art History classes along with Mrs. Bjork's AP Studio Art class visited Chicago on Friday, November 10. The classes experienced a 4.5 hour bus ride with a lake effect snow shower slowing Chicago traffic to a snarled pace. Once the class arrived in Chicago it was none stop art for the remainder of the day. Students saw many masterpieces at the Chicago Art Institute including "American Gothic" by Grant Wood, "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin. A bustling walk up the Miracle Mile through Millennium Park and then onto the Museum of Contemporary to view more current works by many artists including Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Doris Salcedo and David Salle. Students enjoyed dinner at the Water Tower shops and then a much quicker bus ride back to Pewaukee. The experience was fantastic and art-filled.
Mrs. Bjork Presents at Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference
Mrs. Bjork is presenting two sessions at the state art education conference on October 27-28th. Both of the presentations highlight Digital Photography techniques she teaches students in the Digital Photography 1 and 2 classes at PHS. Mrs. Bjork is also a practicing artist herself and employs many of these techniques in her own work. The presentations will feature hands on examples of PHS student art and Mrs. Bjork's own art.
Digital Gets Dirty-Alternative Printmaking Techniques discusses the many alternative ways to create a photographic print including transfers to wood, glass metal and even tortillas! This session was also presented at the National Art Education Association's spring National conference in Chicago, IL in March 2016 and at WAEA State Conference in 2014. The presentation is titled: Digital Gets Dirty-Experimental Printmaking Processes with Digital Photography. An article about the topic was also written by Ms. Bjork and featured in the May/June issue of Davis Publications School Arts Magazine in 2016. To download a handout from the presentation click here.
The second presentation Making Magic-Light Painting Photography explores slow shutter photographic techniques that allow students to create unusual works of art that glow and illuminate the page. An article about this topic was written by Ms. Bjork and featured in the October issue of Davis Publications School Arts Magazine in 2017 To download a copy of the handout from this presentation click here.
October Issue of SchoolArts Magazine Features Digital Photography Program
Mrs. Bjork was recently invited to write an article on the Digital Photography 2 unit about Light Photography for Davis Publications SchoolArts magazine. The article features the PHS Digital Photography class and their work with slow shutter speeds and light painting through digital slr cameras. It discusses the playful and inventive approach used during the unit and class. To read the full article visit the SchoolArts Online page
Mrs. Bjork Receive Grant for Art
Mrs. Bjork received a $100.00 mini-grant from the Wisconsin Art Education Association and the Heart of Canal Potawatomi Grants program. Jeanne and several other WAEA members received the grant for their volunteer work with the WAEA Board. The grant has been used to further the development of the visual arts printmaking program.
PHS Art Department Set to Travel to Italy Again in 2018
Recently the Visual Art Department presented their Italy trip to the PSD School Board. The presentation featured Mr. Lamp, Mrs. Bjork, ACMS teacher Candace Greupnink and students Jenna Anderson, Ashley Hohnstein, Emma Steiler and Macey Wolfe discussing the summer of 2016 trip. Students and teachers discussed the value of traveling abroad including the impact it had on learning about art and art history, the rich connections students made and much more. The School Board then heard the rationale for the PHS Visual Art planning the 2018 Italy trip. They unanimously approved this plan. Please watch for future details about this incredible opportunity for students.
Currently the travel abroad opportunity is open to AP Studio, AP Art History and Art History students first. We will consider opening up to additional students if we have space.
The informational Meeting was held March 22, 2017. If you would like to learn more about the Travel Abroad opportunity and you missed the meeting please contact Mr. Lamp.
Mrs. Bjork Presents in New York City at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention
PHS Art Teacher and department head Mrs. Jeanne Bjork attended and presented at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York City March 1 - 4. The Convention was attended by art educators from around the world teaching students as ranging from 3 years old to adult. There were more than 7000 people attending the convention that featured presentations, art museum tours and the latest cutting edge technology as it relates to art. Mrs. Bjork presented the topic Everything Old Is New Again, which highlighted the Digital Photography program at Pewaukee High School. Through these classes students merge old and new technologies to explore experimental photography techniques including anthotypes, cyanotypes and more. The session was attended by close to 200 participants who eagerly viewed the artwork of Bjork and her digital photography students. For more on this presentation see the linked handout shared with attendees. Program Brochures from March 3, 2017
PHS Visual Art Students Win in State Scholastic Art Competition
Pewaukee High School Visual Art Department was recently notified that five students won six Honorable Mention awards at the State Scholastic Art Competition. Scholastic is a highly competitive State Exhibit that awards students for their exemplary efforts in Visual Art.
There are 3 levels of awards in Scholastic: Gold Key is the top award and has works being considered for National recognition, Silver Key is the next award with works being awarded at the State Level and Honorable Mention is the third State Level award. Gold and Silver Key works are exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum Scholastic exhibit in February-March.
There is a public reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, February 11, which honors all recipients including Honorable Mention. Students get to walk across stage and have their name and award announced in the Calatrava Atrium space at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Congratulations to the following PHS Visual Arts Students for their awards:
Miriam John, grade 10, Honorable Mention for her Sculpture, Mr. Lamp teacher
Miriam John, grade 10 Honorable Mention for her Digital Art, Mr Lamp teacher
Alex Mauch, grade 12 Honorable Mention for his Sculpture, Mr. Lamp teacher
Megan Wilborn, grade 11 Honorable Mention for her Digital Art, Mrs. Bjork teacher
Macey Wolfe, grade 12 Honorable Mention for her Animation, Mrs. Bjork teacher
Jordan Zimmer, grade 11 Honorable Mention for his Photography, Mrs. Bjork teacher
PHS Animation Program Featured in Published Article in School Arts, National art education Magazine
PHS Visual Art program was recently featured in the December issue of School Arts magazine, a national publication for art educators. The article featured details on the Rotoscope process used by Mrs. Bjork's animation students in the Animation and Experimental Video classes at PHS in the mac lab. To view the article click here and go to page 14.
PHS AP Art Program Featured in National Podcast for The Art of Education
On the second to last day of school 2016 Mrs. Bjork recorded a podcast with The Art of Education, a national organization for professional development and resources for art teachers. The interview and podcast were all about the AP Studio Art program at Pewaukee High School and general AP Art tips and ideas.
Check out the podcast here and also the article that corresponds to the podcast. If you use iTunes you can download the podcast there too. It is episode 20, "Unlocking the Secrets of AP Studio Art"
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