Media Presentations, December 12, 2010, Visual Art Gallery

The structure for media presentations was adjusted this past trimester, to better reflect the resulting student work. For the first time, media presentations, which occurred on Friday, December 10, was extended beyond the walls of the auditorium, into a visual gallery space in the school. In the morning, the entire school gathered in the auditorium and enjoyed live, performance-based presentations from the media classes, especially the dance classes. In the afternoon, students traveled in grades, to a brand new space at the school, which was converted into a visual gallery, showcasing, stop-motions, videos, prints, collages and the very popular ‘Captain Fitness’, from the various media classes.

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Printmaking, Trimester 2, Final Projects – Feminism


‘A woman’s place is in the kitchen’, Takaeya Joseph


‘Iron my shirt woman’, Takaeya Joseph

Because a woman’s work is never done, and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired, and what we look like is more important than what we do, and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and “unfeminine” and if we don’t we’re typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate, safe, contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons, we are part of the women’s liberation movement. ~Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September 1987

Sexist means having attitudes or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender. When you believe a person’s gender determines his or her physical or mental abilities in many areas like driving, logic, math, artistic sensibility, etc, etc, you are being sexist. When you believe there are “boy toys” and “girl toys” you are thinking like a sexist. This is not to say there are no differences between the sexes or that more girls than boys will enjoy certain activities or toys or types of movies. But by the time you go from that understanding to assuming that not only is it inherent in women or girls to be good at A because they are female, and simply can’t do B for the same reason, and should be prevented at all cost from trying since it is a foregone conclusion that they have not the ability, you have gone deep into sexist territory.

I basically picked this topic because I feel like we live in a very sexist world and it will never change. Society shows women a certain way and other people believe if society can portray it as the right way to live then it is the right way. I basically am tired of people saying that woman belong in the kitchen. Or women belong in the house I wanted to portray my hatred for sexism through art. I think that this is one of the topics that I could go on and on about because of the way so many people live. Like for example how could we tell that the typical house wife is satisfied with her life? We won’t ever know because she has to much respect for her husband to speak up. It’s like she’s stuck in a world where it is impossible to move up. I also picked this topic because if I grow up to have children I don’t want my children to be sexist. I don’t want my Daughter to think that she has to listen to a man or be a house wife. I want her to be able to go out in the world and get a job and work hard and get paid for how hard she works. If I have a son I want him to be able to know how to treat his wife and let her make her own choices.

The reason behind me sharing this topic is to show that sexism is happening in our everyday life and I want everyone to know that it’s okay to be yourself and follow your own rules.

Printmaking, Trimester 2, Final Projects – Animal Abuse


‘Elephant Target’, Crystal Lopez


‘Monkey Target’, Crystal Lopez


‘Rabbit Target’, Crystal Lopez


‘Horse Target’, Crystal Lopez


‘Animal Prints’, Crystal Lopez

Printmaking, Trimester 2, Final Projects – Human Trafficking


‘Alex Smith, ‘Handle With Care’, Shyra, Deivi, Andreas


‘Alex Smith, ‘First Class’, Shyra, Deivi, Andreas


‘Alex Smith, ‘Fragile’, Shyra, Deivi, Andreas

Printmaking, Trimester 2, Final Projects – Hunger / Obesity


‘Over-stuffed’, Gisvet, Cheryl, Katherine, James


‘Under-fed’, Gisvet, Cheryl, Katherine, James


‘Over-stuffed’, Gisvet, Cheryl, Katherine, James


‘Under-fed’, Gisvet, Cheryl, Katherine, James

”If you can’t feed a hundreds people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

“Another country is scrap is another country is meal”- The New York Times states that wasting foods is something everyone know they shouldn’t do, but do it anyway.

We choose this topic because of all the food we have seen being wasted and how when you go to the a restaurant they pile your plate with food knowing that you’re not going to eat everything, while daily, in the same city, we come in contact with people who are suffering from severe hunger.

Restaurants throw out so much food daily, untouched, just because “they are afraid of someone getting sick from it and filing a law suit.

In our print making class we choose to contrast hunger and obesity. Two of our prints represent how people eat much more food than they need and how they greedily pick an amount of food they know their not going to eat. To illustrate this, we drew big, obese thighs and arms, filled with food, exploding out of them. To contrast these two prints about obesity, our hunger print has a skeleton showing empty plate with falling utensils, indicating that he is hungry.

According to the New York Times, “The department of agriculture estimates that recovering just 5% of food that is wasted could feed four million of people a day; recovering 25% would feed 20 million people.”

Our process in this class was unbalanced. Our weakness consisted of an initial lack of imagination and drawing skills. We didn’t really know how to draw objects that involve shades and light, on paper. Priyanka, our teacher, taught us how to draw and design our concepts, and apply our every day life and experiences, to our art. She taught us how to make art more relevant to reality.

What we want the audience to realize from this is that hunger is not just in Africa or in those poor countries far away from here. Hunger exists here, in New York City, when your walk into McDonald and a homeless person holds the door for you and asks you for $0.25, or the people sleeping on the floor on the street ask for your help.

Printmaking, Trimester 2, Final Projects – Economic Racism


‘Checkmate’, James, Harris, Aaron, Jaquan


‘The Chickens’, James, Harris, Aaron, Jaquan


‘The House on the Green’, James, Harris, Aaron, Jaquan

Racism and discrimination, two sad elements that go hand and hand throughout the worlds history, noted as early as the first civilizations of time. Our group came across a modernized, recent face of racism and discrimination lurking around the city and decided to explore this through our artwork. We noticed many people from diverse minority groups (Black, Hispanic, West indian, etc) pushing white babies in strollers. We observed the lack of respect and manners, and watched these elder woman simply listen to the demands made of them while they continued to suppress the stress of their difficult careers. This topic was first brought into class through an intriguing conversation but then transformed into our main focus as we began to spill out more ideas for logos and final prints. One of the related topics we’ve embarked across since, is environmental racism, and economic racism. Environmental racism is defined as racism that is exists in one neighborhood/environment, and the reasons for this is largely economic.

Racism today, environmental or economic, is hard to see with the untrained eye. It’s unseen due to the more recent terms associated with it, which have replaced it. For example, as more Caucasians move into black neighborhoods and rent is raised, it is politely referred to as ‘gentrification’. Seeing more, fast reacting police officers in African American communities may be confused as protection, but its only protection for the whites because if one were to look at past events, on July 13, 2009, on the corner of 159th street, a 19 year old father, Darkel Cooper, was stabbed and left for dead as he waited a half hour for his ambulance to pronounce him D.O.A (dead on arrival). This happened 10 blocks from one precinct, 8 blocks from another and 16 blocks from the closest hospital. Darkel could have been alive today if he lived on 149th street and Broadway, which is just as gang infested as 159th street but two crucial elements were missing – white neighbors and two police officers every three blocks to “watch” the streets. In a similar neighborhood just a few blocks south, garbage and litter is collected much more frequently than the rat infested streets of Washington Heights or Harlem. The presence of police and city management became heavier in black neighborhoods after Caucasians moved in, but even blacks cannot profit off of these benefits because continue to remain the target.

According to Paul Kivel in Where We Stand: Racism Today, “The children of color are already experiencing racism from the white children. The white children are already building identities of superiority and entitlement. It is clear that by the end of elementary school every child in the United States will know his or her place in the racial hierarchy and is negotiating racial identities on a daily basis.”

Printmaking and Critical Thinking – Trimester 2

In the second trimester, students in ‘Printmaking and Process’ are working in groups, to create a portfolio of prints accompanied by artist statements, related to a chosen social or political issue.  At this point in the trimester, students have researched their topics in newspapers, and on the Internet, collecting information that has helped them generate visual ideas for their final prints, and a logo that represents their topic.  Students’ are required to combine text and image in their prints, demonstrating a clear understanding of their topic, the principles of design, and ultimately sharing their individual voices in an effective, creative and cohesive fashion.  In the course of the trimester, students have engaged in regular critiques of their work in progress and learned from one another. 


Students are also required to make decisions about how they plan to share their work from this class, at media presentations, and as a result, have presented and explained their ideas for this, to a panel of evaluators, the previous week. Alongside researching and creating their prints, students are regularly exposed to the work of contemporary artists, to observe and reflect upon these individuals’ distinct, yet effective, ways of communicating their concerns, in order to inform their own process.

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