Let’s Talk About the POSITIVE for a moment – and then we can consider the NEGATIVE

What is positive in your life right now? What is negative?

What is the POSITIVE SPACE in this print by American Artist JASPER JOHNS?

What is the NEGATIVE SPACE?

“Cup 2 Picasso” (1973), Credit…
Jasper Johns and ULAE/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Published by Universal Limited Art Editions. All rights reserved. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/nyregion/a-marriage-of-visual-masters.html More About Jasper Johns HERE!

Go out and get a BRANCH from the ground (or two) and let’s look a little deeper into the IDEAS of the POSITIVE and NEGATIVE spaces we all interact with (and more often than not) often miss. CLICK HERE for your activity!

Enjoy!

It’s the END OF THE YEAR as we know it… and I feel fine.

Thank you to EVERYONE for working so hard and focused at becoming stronger and stronger artists. I know that I can challenge you to really think about the work you are making. Challenge you with techniques and ideas that are a little outside of your comfort zone. Push the ideas of self reflection and assessment until you are to the point of wanting to just make “pretty pictures.” But these are things we do as artists. SO… GREAT JOB!

Today we made EXQUISITE CORPSES. Below are out images from the day and below that is the video that started us off from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Thanks again and enjoy the art and the summer!

Assignment from the Museum of Modern Art! Exquisite Corpse!

Thank you Artists. Thank you all for a great year. This is the end for the year so… what will the future hold?

While I have tried to teach you many techniques and ideas and rules… these are 10 that I personally feel are ESSENTIAL to put into your practice. Thank you Sister Mary Corita Kent for the guidance.

We are going to CRITIQUE and REFLECT and SURVEY in all the classes. I hope that this final semester was fulfilling and productive for you all.

Please keep in mind the 7 parts of our standards and how you have been aware and practicing them. These are how we, as artists, continue to become stronger artists in our studios and our practices – no matter what we do are where they are.

  • Planning / Ideation
  • Concept
  • Technique
  • Composition
  • Craftsmanship
  • Studio Habits
  • Critique

Keep making art. Make art over the summer. Make art for yourself about yourself and about the things that are important to you. Thank you all.

Advanced Painting: Critique and Cleaning

Advanced Digital Art: Photography Book Critique and Clean your Drive.

Art Foundations: Collage and Poetry – self assess!

Intro to Painting: Cleaning and Survey.

Intro to Digital Art: Survey and Clean your Drives.

We are OUT of FULL WEEKS OF SCHOOL. The 2021-2022 year is ALMOST OVER! Keep working and stay focused on the artmaking.

What can we say about the rest of the year. Below I will simply tell you what is on the horizon. That is all. Thank you for the INCREDIBLE WORK this year. The struggles in art are real BUT… it is all about showing up and getting the work done. Rule #7 is a FOCAL POINT of it ALL – The ONLY rule is WORK!

Advanced Painting: Figurative Work FINISH IT UP!

https://www.sothebys.com/en/slideshows/the-enduring-appeal-of-figurative-art-from-the-1940s-to-today

Make USE of the class period and studio time. Critique of one work on Thursday – the rest next week – and then we CLEAN!

Here is the ASSIGNMENT: Figurative Art!

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Handbook Cover Design – then we finish the PHOTO BOOKS

HANDBOOK COVER – this week we are cranking up our working habits and pushing to a fast deadline – welcome to the world of graphic design and deadlines – HARD AND FAST DEADLINES.

It feels lik eMondrian made a huge impact on the DESIGN WORLD as well as the painting world.

HERE is the larger Photography Book assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas.

Art Foundations: Collage (and Poetry)

We are beginning to work on our COLLAGES! This is a FUN activity that allows one to play with the SPACE and FORM in a way that is loose and free (or tight and specific). Let’s learn about Romare Bearden and Della Wells in the process.

Thank you Della Wells for filling the space with SO MUCH to look at and take in. Collage and CONTEXT!

COLLAGE and SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Intro to Painting: HAND BOUND BOOKS!

The making of one’s own hand bound book can be a lot of fun and very rewarding so… be attentive to the process we are going to be teaching and work at making this a worthwhile project.

Watercolor or drawing paper is up to you.

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: MONEY comes next… I mean LOGO Design Comes Next!

LOGO Design is the final project. We are finishing this up and presenting on WEDNESDAY. What to do with the remainder of the year? We will find out soon.

Some online artist selling their fast and fast logos… It is NOT that easy… But good on them for making money and a living. Gotta hustle!

What FRUSTRATES me about the idea of ONLINE LOGO DESIGN services is that they make it seem so instant, so easy. The REAL design takes time and thought and introspection as well as revision and revision and revision… It takes an ARTIST to do the work. This is not STRONG logo design… your designs are!

We are getting CLOSE to the END… But we are NOT THERE YET! Do Not Lose Steam! Do Not Stop Making the BEST ART YOU CAN!

Advanced Painting: Figurative Work Continued

Just so you are aware… the process of the figurative work has taken a lot longer than anticipated and we are going to continue this through the rest of the term. The figure is HARD. The canvases we built were CHALLENGING and the ideas that you are communicating are PERSONAL.

Make USE of the class period and studio time.

NO EXCUSES!

Doron Langburg “Daniel Reading” 2019

Last week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast deals specifically with an exhibition about the figure and HERE IT IS! Remember that we are listening and seeing artwork that is dealing with contemporary issues and you are in the Advanced levels of making art.

  • What are you being challenged with?
  • How is this DIFFICULT?
  • What did you take away form last weeks Mid-Crit?
  • How are you moving forward?

Here is the ASSIGNMENT: Figurative Art!

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Handbook Cover Design – then we finish the PHOTO BOOKS

HE HANDBOOK COVER – this week we are cranking up our working habits and pushing to a fast deadline – welcome to the world of graphic design and deadlines – HARD AND FAST DEADLINES.

We are not in LIVERPOOL but… look at how the Mondrian Approach can be used!

While we do not live in Liverpool, the ideas of a layout are consistent wherever you live. Are you working:

  • Type Heavy?
  • Silhouette?
  • Mondrian?
  • What other ideas are you playing with?
  • HERE is a link for the 10 Basic Ideas.

HERE is the larger photography assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas.

Art Foundations: Collage – YEAH – and Poetry

We are beginning to work on our COLLAGES! This is a FUN activity that allows one to play with the SPACE and FORM in a way that is loose and free (or tight and specific). Let’s learn about Romare Bearden and Della Wells in the process.

COLLAGE and SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Romare Bearden, Mills Hand Lunch Bucket

Intro to Painting: Plein Air art – We wrap up LANDSCAPE and WATERCOLORS and begin HAND BINDING BOOKS!

WIDEWALLS article on Plein Air and how it has advanced what we do as artists.

Japanese Stab Bound Books – We are going to be working in this direction so be ready to PAY ATTENTION!

The making of one’s own hand bound book can be a lot of fun and very rewarding so… be attentive to the process we are going to be teaching and work at making this a worthwhile project.

Watercolor or drawing paper is up to you.

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: MONEY comes next… I mean LOGO Design Comes Next!

Logo Design this week That is what we are doing. What are your initial sketches?

Let’s look at the ideas that Paul Rand has about the creation of a strong logo and continue from there.

Paul Rand’s most famous and lasting designs (some of them)
  • “A logo derives meaning from the quality of the thing it symbolizes, not the other way around.”
  • “The only mandate in logo design is that they be distinctive, memorable and clear.”
  • “Presentation is key.”
  • “Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.”

LOGO Design is next and we have a commission – this is a first. If you are interested in earning $40 – put your best foot forward (and I will try to get a little more out of the deal for 2nd and 3rd place).

Logo Design Assignment

Happy Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday) of Art. Plein Air is in the air!

Advanced Painting: Figurative Work

What have you begun with the figurative work? This is the most challenging genre to work with – the figure. We all have one. We have all drawn / painted one. We know when things look right and we know when things look wrong. Make use of your time… we have about 5 sessions left with one another… make good use of the time.

Do you want something to listen to? This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast deals specifically with an exhibition about the figure and HERE IT IS! Remember that we are listening and seeing artwork that is dealing with contemporary issues and you are in the Advanced levels of making art.

Aubrey Levinthal, Antiques Enthusiast, 2018.
  • What are you doing with your figure?
  • How has your visit with the Degas and the Van Gogh Scholastic Arts Magazines challenged your thinking on what you can do?
  • How will you use DETAILS or GESTURES to construct your composition?
  • What are you going to do to FOCUS on MARK MAKING?

How are you thinking about the Figurative imagery that you are going to be placing in the unique shapes?

Here is the ASSIGNMENT: Figurative Art!

Alice Neel on the Modern Art Notes Podcast – GREAT INTERVIEW.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Books and InDesign – Let’s look at the process of BUILDING our books.

This is the last week we have with this work. BE prepared to pull it all together by the end of the week. We are going to look at the FINAL project – THE HANDBOOK COVER – this week so that you can begin planning out your ideas.

Ted Orland – “Blizzard Trees”
  • Page Numbers?
  • Titles (front of book and pages)?
  • Name on the pages?
  • Use of MASTER (Parent) Pages and then the pages in the body of the book?

HERE is the larger photography assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas.

Art Foundations: Metals and Jewelry – Etching, Jump Rings, Rivets

What are your FAVORITE plans – the most successful ones in the planning stages? Let’s look at the RUBRIC and assess our planning straight away and then we will move into the DEMO of the etching process.

VERY detailed… what can you do?

Intro to Painting: Plein Air art – We continue to work with LANDSCAPE and WATERCOLORS!

BIG TO SMALL – GENERAL TO DETAIL – WASHES TO SPECIFICS

David Hockney and his Plein Air Oil Painting

WIDEWALLS article on Plein Air and how it has advanced what we do as artists.

Be sure to be:

  • LOOKING at the trees and landscape
  • Working from that OBSERVATION and SEEING what you are looking at.
  • PAINT what you SEE and NOT what you think. The brain is a liar and the EYES are the truth tellers
  • Outside this week to draw and paint
  • Dress appropriately!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: MONEY comes next… I mean LOGO Design Comes Next!

We are CRITIQUING the Literature Straight away and then we are going to get into the LOGO PROJECT! There is a lot to go through and we have a limited amount of time so… BE PREPARED TO WORK!

5 tips – these are good – to improving your logo designs… and the first SHOULD be PLAN REALLY WELL with a lot of ideas and modifications to the ideas – and… as much as color matters – so does your FONT choice…

LOGO Design is next and we have a commission – this is a first. If you are interested in earning $40 – put your best foot forward (and I will try to get a little more out of the deal for 2nd and 3rd place).

Logo Design Assignment

Jigsaw on the Logo Designs by 7 famous designers

See you on TUESDAY! Enjoy the posts and thoughts of what is up and coming!

So you know that I spent some time working on becoming a better artist and teacher – here are my photographs from the Hirshhorn Art Museum in Washington DC. I saw some of my favorites and some I was unfamiliar with… as you should ALWAYS do.

Advanced Painting: Canvas Building and Figurative Work

Construction on the Canvases continues Tuesday and the ideas of the Figurative work move forward as well.

  • What are you doing with your figure?
  • How has your visit with the Degas and the Van Gogh Scholastic Arts Magazines challenged your thinking on what you can do?
  • How will you use DETAILS or GESTURES to construct your composition?
  • What are you going to do to FOCUS on MARK MAKING?

How are you thinking about the Figurative imagery that you are going to be placing in the unique shapes?

Here is the ASSIGNMENT: Figurative Art!

PLAN PLAN PLAN and PAINT PAINT PAINT

Alice Neel on the Modern Art Notes Podcast – GREAT INTERVIEW.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Books and InDesign – Let’s look at the process of BUILDING our books.

How is your PLANNING on the construction of the BOOKS and the LAYOUT working? Have you thought about:

  • Page Numbers?
  • Titles (front of book and pages)?
  • Name on the pages?
  • Use of MASTER (Parent) Pages and then the pages in the body of the book?
Not Exactly a BOOK per say buy Marcel Duchamp went through the layout of miniature works of his in a similar fashion and created a BOX SET of these pieces. What do you see him having done to make sure the LAYOUT was unified throughout? And he DIDN’T have InDesign to work with.

HERE is the larger photography assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas.

Art Foundations: The Still Life and the Critique! Welcome to the final artworks!

Today we are CRITIQUING and then we are working into the ideas of METALS!

From and artists hands and eyes is a GREAT example of EXACTLY what you will be doing with SHARPIE and METAL and TAPE. If you need a chain you will have to get that yourself. https://www.pinterest.com/bcainoconnor/stencilsetching/ is a pinterest page for IDEAS – NO COPYING!

With the DRAWINGS (and in the end the next work as well) As we have been talking about previously, keep in mind:

Intro to Painting: The LANDSCAPE and WATERCOLORS! Time for a WALKING FIELD TRIP – REMEMBER TO BRING A COAT – it might be cold!

From my Hotel Window – Day 1

REMEMBER the TECHNIQUES we learned as Art Foundations artists

Be sure to be:

  • LOOKING at the trees and landscape
  • Working from that OBSERVATION and SEEING what you are looking at.
  • PAINT what you SEE and NOT what you think. The brain is a liar and the EYES are the truth tellers
  • Outside this week to draw and paint\
  • Dress appropriately!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: We are REALLY WRAPPING up the Literature work this week. MONEY comes next… I mean LOGOS!

LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Let’s share the ideas that you have developed so far! Pull your images up, make a screen shot and then we can talk about the images. Ok? Once we are done with our MID-CRIT – it is back to work. This week we work – Monday is your last day in class to WRAP THINGS UP – turn it in on Wednesday.

5 tips – these are good – to improving your logo designs… and the first SHOULD be PLAN REALLY WELL with a lot of ideas and modifications to the ideas – and… as much as color matters – so doeeyour FONT choice…

LOGO Design is next and we have a commission – this is a first. If you are interested in earning $40 – put your best foot forward (and I will try to get a little more out of the deal for 2nd and 3rd place).

Remember the LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Review it so you are aware of the ideas.

This week as we work through our 2nd 3rd of the final ART quarter… whoa that went fast.

What can you do with your “canvas?”

Advanced Painting: Critique and Canvas Building

Mark Tansey inspired narrative paintings critique on Monday and then we construct our unique shaped canvases.

Set your paintings up in the front of the classroom on the easels and let’s CRITIQUE!

How are you thinking about the Figurative imagery that you are going to be placing in the unique shapes?

While we build and construct… Let’s listen in on the ideas of one of America’s foremost figurative artists Alice Neel. Remember where we are headed – Figurative Art! Be ready to PLAN and PAINT. BE PREPARED TO WORK! PLAN PLAN PLAN!

Alice Neel on the Modern Art Notes Podcast – GREAT INTERVIEW.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Books and InDesign – Let’s look at the process of BUILDING our books.

Thank you Ted for your friendship and inspiration…

How are the PHOTOGRAPHS you are making turning out? Wednesday we will look at the current ones you have started. 5 should be your goal for Wednesday. Friday is a WORK DAY as I will be in DC!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRt8kpjO0aeNjg5q2Kw7qQWs5l5G9N2Xx8xk-D9_Mw273PrjQEKIAtD9E02TnvFLaMna5oXlA3PzxDL/embed?start=falseu0026amp;loop=falseu0026amp;delayms=3000

HERE is the larger photography assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas.

Art Foundations: The Still Life and building it up – back to front, large to small, general to specific, DETAILS SAVED TO LAST!

Famous Hyper-real Artists – DRAWINGS in PENCIL that began when the artists were young like you!

This week we are working. Tuesday of NEXT WEEK we are CRITIQUING and TURNING THEM IN! We are also going to ASSESS and CRITIQUE our CERAMICS works Wednesday so we can get them in the grade book – and more importantly reflect on the skills we are learning and developing.

Like I posted LAST WEEK, keep the below in mind:

Intro to Painting: The LANDSCAPE and WATERCOLORS! Time for a WALKING FIELD TRIP – Make sure you bring a coat – it might be cold!

We experimented with watercolors to review the TECHNIQUES we learned as Art Foundations artists… This week we are going to go outside and 1) DRAW a tree and then 2) Paint a tree. The most important part of this is the LOOKING at the tree and working from that OBSERVATION. Outside Tuesday to draw and paint and then on THURSDAY to make photographs to develop our compositions. Dress appropriately!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: We are WRAPPING up the Literature work this week and then onto the idea of TEXT and LOGOS – this is a paid competition this time… MONEY!

Bring back the illustrated book – from the New Yorker – February 2013

LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Let’s share the ideas that you have developed so far! Pull your images up, make a screen shot and then we can talk about the images. Ok? Once we are done with our MID-CRIT – it is back to work. This week we work – Monday is your last day in class to WRAP THINGS UP – turn it in and CRITIQUE next Wednesday.

Remember the LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Review it so you are aware of the ideas.

Week 5! It is really hard to believe that we are THIS FAR into the final quarter and we still have SO much to do.

https://yourartpath.com/60-best-art-quotes

Advanced Painting: Do you have your unique shapes drawn for your canvases?

FINAL 2 DAYS TO PAINT on your Narrative Painting Assignment with Mark Tansey as an impetus – look at the REALISM! We are going to work in OILS when we get back.

Set your paintings up in the front of the classroom on the 6 easels and let’s take 5 minutes to look at them from afar. What stands out as needing work. What stands out as being successful. Stick notes in hand – write out a SOLID POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT for each work.

https://magazine.artland.com/top-10-pioneers-of-the-shaped-canvas/

From here we will be painting. How about the unique canvas shapes you have drawn? We are going to be MEASURING and SCALING THINGS UP as well as reading angles so… be prepared to do some geometry and algebra!

And this is where we are headed… Figurative Art! Be ready to PLAN and PAINT. BE PREPARED TO WORK! PLAN PLAN PLAN!

Alice Neel on the Modern Art Notes Podcast – GREAT INTERVIEW.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: Photography and Adobe InDesign

HERE is the assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas. Make sure you have all of your photographs from last time in hand and ready to 1) edit in Photoshop and 2) insert into Adobe InDesign. This is a series of works you are going to have to create MOSTLY outside of class and then edit mostly INSIDE of class – so BALANCE your time wisely. We have 3 more weeks on this entire work so be ready to WORK!

Art Foundations: The Still Life and Mark Making – Let’s look at a variety of ways to make marks.

Mr. Korb’s CLOSED COMPOSITION… you are doing an OPEN COMPOSITION. How is that DIFFERENT?

Intro to Painting: We have VERY little time to work… one day in and whatever you need at night. We CRITIQUE midweek!

https://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1078231/grimms-9-worst-and-most-frightening-fairy-tales-youve-never-heard-of/

NARRATIVE PAINTING ASSIGNMENT – Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Let’s Use THIS link and you can choose your own Fairy Tale. Think about the imagery that comes to mind and work up a FEW sketches so you are READY TO ROLL with the painting when we come back.

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: Time to CRITIQUE and then Print. Thank you for all the hard work… NEXT UP… Wait for it… Literature!

http://artfcity.com/2010/06/24/work-of-art-judging-this-book-by-its-cover/

WORK OF ART – Judge a Book by its Cover – This is the first 45 minutes of our day two class so bring a snack! – Give me a moment to get this up to speed…

What LITERATURE have you brought to work on? We are going to look at and share the ideas of the works of art with Mr. Korb as we begin. HOWEVER… let’s be inspred for 40 minutes by artists who are making art for a BOOK COVER. Pay attention to those who have READ THE BOOKS and those who have NOT READ THE BOOKS (prepared and not prepared). I want YOU to be prepared.

LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – This is where we are headed next. I want you to think about the necessity of LITERATURE in life. You are choosing the work to illustrate and you are going to choose to see how you choose to do that illustration. KNOW that you will have some text worked into the piece BUT… it is not something that has to look like a page from a book… We will talk more about this later. First let’s critique.

HERE is the LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Let’s look it over first so that you can begin thinking about the assignment. Then we critique…

Thanks for the hard and dedicated work! Now… I am back to teach and hover! Har Har.

What have you been up to? There is much to cover and look at. Let’s get the work out and we will step back and reflect. Donuts are on me.

Advanced Painting: Figurative work and a unique shaped canvas. Think about this and think about GEOMETRY! We are going to practice our math skills…

Narrative Painting Assignment with Mark Tansey as an impetus – look at the REALISM! We are going to work in OILS when we get back.

Alice Neel – One of America’s Greatest Portraitists

And this is where we are headed… Figurative Art! Be ready to PLAN and PAINT. BE PREPARED TO WORK! PLAN PLAN PLAN!

Alice Neel on the Modern Art Notes Podcast – GREAT INTERVIEW.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: RUBRIC and Portraits – BE READY TO THINK!

Mike Bailey-Gates: We have a GREAT number of portrait photographers out there… you are one of them. Let us see how we can push your skills at thinking about and setting up the idea of a strong portrait. THESE ARE NOT SNAPCHAT or SNAPSHOTS!

HERE IS THE PHOTOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT! Portraits.

Lawrence Von Thomas

and Article / Interview – Primary Source Research! – What are 3 things you took away from this interview?

If You Leave on Tumbler
If You Leave: 96 Ways of Capturing “Perfect Loneliness” (4:17)


HERE is the assignment – Let’s talk about the process and the layout ideas. There is a lot to learn. The Poster Assignment. I feel as though we have a RUBRIC coming up…

Art Foundations: The Still Life and Mark Making – Let’s look at a variety of ways to make marks.

2 point perspective – Disney storyboard… There is a career out there if you can get a strong understanding of the ideas of perspective.
What are your thoughts going to be about the still life you are going to be making? We are also going to look at the ideas of MARK MAKING!

Intro to Painting: Narrative ACRYLIC Paintings are moving along and we are critiquing – mid critiquing…

NARRATIVE PAINTING ASSIGNMENT – Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Let’s Use THIS link and you can choose your own Fairy Tale. Think about the imagery that comes to mind and work up a FEW sketches so you are READY TO ROLL with the painting when we come back.

  • What are the strengths of the piece?
  • Where are you still struggling with your painting?
  • What is the FOCAL POINT and how are you using the composition to draw the viewers eyes around the composition.

NEXT TIME… This is important to think about as we begin our last days of working.

  • Focal Point – where do your eyes go first?
  • Contrast – is there a good sense of light versus dark? Smooth versus textured?
  • Are your marks specific and intentional?
  • Flip it upside down and step back… what seems wrong? What stands out?
  • Finally – look at the edges of the picture plane and make sure that you are dealing with the edge, the corners, the sides?

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: Time to CRITIQUE and then Print. Thank you for all the hard work… NEXT UP… Wait for it… Literature!

LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – This is where we are headed next. I want you to think about the necessity of LITERATURE in life. You are choosing the work to illustrate and you are going to choose to see how you choose to do that illustration. KNOW that you will have some text worked into the piece BUT… it is not something that has to look like a page from a book… We will talk more about this later. First let’s critique.

WORK OF ART – Judge a Book by its Cover – This is the first 45 minutes of our day two class so bring a snack!

Here in an illustration inspired by Mo Willems… What are you going to do with the upcoming assignment.

Make sure you consider your choice of literature? What is literature for you? We will go over the assignment first thing day one. Make sure you take the time to THINK ABOUT WHAT LITERATURE IS and how you can be inspired by it.

HERE is the LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT – Let’s look it over first so that you can begin thinking about the assignment. Then we critique…

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