Two Days and then a MUCH NEEDED BREAK! Stay Focused!

 

“There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes, No, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” Milton Glaser


THANK YOU for respecting the NO FOOD – NO DRINK – BE ON TIME – WORK – STAY ON TASK – NO WARNINGS ON CELL PHONES. We have, in one week, seen strong improvements in studio habits and work.


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life – Time to work

William H. Johnson, Still Life–Fruit, Bottles, ca. 1938-1939, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.916

BIG REMINDER – Work time folks. Remember that you need to be aware of:

Let us put our experiences to use. Abstraction can help you focus on the techniques of the acrylics as well as being able to play with the ideas of the abstraction of the images. This is also a series of LIFELONG SKILLS that one can use always as they paint – this is something that is more than just a today assignment.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Illustration and Literature

This is NEW and YOUR Choice in how you approach it. Illustrator? Photoshop? Using Photographs or your own Drawings? This is ALL YOU. Let’s look at how Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems was developed and worked on!

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

Today we do the RUBRIC AND ASSESSMENT for the Adobe Illustrator Architecture Illustrations.


Art Foundations – CERAMICS and the Slab and Coil

Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Let’s QUICKLY visit the OLDEST works that we can look at and then some contemporary works by Native American Maria Martinez. The links here are just like last week but we are going to look at them this week. Briefly!

Pay attention to the requirements and the way in which one has to take care of the clay as you work and as you store it.

Contemporary ceramic vessels – pretty traditional feeling. Very traditional in the process and the cultural importance. Maria Martinez. Let’s take a look – Thanks Khan Academy and PBS

Ms. Crow will be moving forward and Mr. Korb will be stepping back … you are all in GREAT HANDS! (Korb will never be too far away but don’t come to him to start with, ok?)

 

REMEMBER FOLKS: YOUTH ART MONTH – Coming SOON to a mall near you! DOWNLOAD THIS and get the images to us by Dec 1.

Click to DOWNLOAD the Youth Art Month Flag Entry Form.

NO FOOD – NO DRINK – BE ON TIME – WORK – STAY ON TASK – NO WARNINGS ON CELL PHONES


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life

BIG REMINDER – There are a lot of you with the ACRYLIC PRACTICE PAINTINGS still missing. After this week – those 2 weeks of practice will go in as a NP – Not Proficient and will be locked in as a 50%. Yikes. This does NOT represent your true skills but I cannot wait on these any longer.

Jen Evenhus – Cheerful Cherries ‐ Pastel ‐ Archival Sanded Pastel Paper ‐ 8 x 8 ‐ Sold WEBSITE

It is time to put the experiences to use. Abstraction will help us focus on the techniques of the acrylics as well as being able to play with the ideas of the abstraction of the images. What are you focusing on as it comes to Analytical Cubism? Remember to SIMPLIFY and COMPLICATE. We are looking at the images from MANY DIFFERENT ANGLES.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – FINAL DAYS of Adobe Illustrator and Architecture.

What are you doing to make this YOUR OWN? What tools, techniques, approaches are you using to make this successful? Be aware of the timeline and the end product. Make sure that you are staying on top of your time. Come in during ET and work on it at home.

REMEMBER: Always consider the below points as you are working in Illustrator (or any other digital or traditional medium / media) . The assignment is HERE as it is also in Google Classroom. Pay attention to the process and the requirements and really use your Studio Habits to stay on task and focused.

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

RUBRIC AND ASSESSMENT are coming up VERY soon!


Art Foundations – CERAMICS! YEAH! – Ms. Crow – YEAH!

Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Moving ahead into a NEW (but really ancient) approach to making work – and this can be FUNCTIONAL versus decorative) – CERAMICS!

Pay attention to the requirements and the way in which one has to take care of the clay as you work and as you store it.

Contemporary ceramic vessels – pretty traditional feeling. Very traditional in the process and the cultural importance. Maria Martinez. Let’s take a look – Thanks Khan Academy and PBS

WELCOME Ms. Crow! Thanks for joining the FAHS Family. We look forward to working with and learning from you during 2nd quarter!

REMEMBER FOLKS: YOUTH ART MONTH – Coming SOON to a mall near you!

Click to DOWNLOAD the Youth Art Month Flag Entry Form.

Before we start … Let’s revisit the expectations for the department.


#69: Color is not Neutral: It has an emotional component. Certain colors have specific associations and induce certain responses. Learn what they are. When you use color, try to determine and understand the accompanying emotional response and how to use it effectively. Color has a visceral impact.” Kit White 101 Things I Learned in Art School

How do YOU use color?

Intro to Painting – Another Book? Yes… but FAST!

We looked at a HUGE variety of techniques in acrylic painting. We are going to BIND them so that we have them together. From here we are going to explore the idea of the STILL LIFE. Below is the assignment (and in your Google Classroom). Make sure you watch and THINK ABOUT how Corey D’Augustine broke hid interpretation of Analytical Cubism.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Solid week of working with Adobe Illustrator and Architecture.

HOW ARE YOU MAKING THIS YOUR OWN WORK? Style? Colors? Simplifications? Complexity? The images are yours – some are more personal than others (were you prepared?). This is a WEEK TO WORK and we will be doing a MID CRIT at the end of this week. BE PREPARED to talk about the status and things you have learner / artist.

https://images.all-free-download.com/images/graphiclarge/architecture_paintings_colored_classic_sketch_6848756.jpg

REMEMBER: Always consider the below points as you are working in Illustrator (or any other digital or traditional medium / media) . The assignment is HERE as it is also in Google Classroom. Pay attention to the process and the requirements and really use your Studio Habits to stay on task and focused.

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

Art Foundations – Giorgio Morandi and the Still Life!

https://www.domusweb.it/content/dam/domusweb/it/from-the-archive/2020/06/02/due-passi-a-casa-di-giorgio-morandi-il-pittore-che-trasforma-lambiente-in-unopera-darte/domus-morandi-01.jpg.foto.rmedium.jpg

Setting up a still life of your own can be challenging. Here is a video that shows how even the simplest of objects can make a GREAT composition.

Lets play this at 2x so you can see the images in a shorter timeframe.

DID YOU COME PREPARED WITH:

  • Having the objects to use
  • Did you make a variety of photographs
  • Is your drawing large enough
  • Are you drawing lightly enough to start with
  • Are you being engaged throughout the process
  • Are you covering the whole of the picture plane
  • Remember to be using all of the mark making techniques
  • What else?

HERE is the ASSIGNMENT. Make sure that you are prepared with your photographs and thumbnails: 7 Photographs and at least 3 Thumbnails for sure. Consider the lighting of the image. Can you use the light in the classroom? Do you need to use the spotlight at your table? How can you make this interesting with values and angles?

We ARE looking at the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi

  • Blocks
  • Small jar / cup
  • Circular / spherical objects
  • Reflective objects
  • Transparent and opaque objects
  • Piece of fabric with pattern (dots, stripes, plaid… patterns)
  • Some small things that you can carry with you or set up in front of you and are not fragile. 4 or 5 objects total.

Pay attention to everything that is in the still life – lighting is part of it as well.

This is where we are headed.

WELCOME to 2nd Quarter. Let’s review some OLD STUFF and look at some NEW STUFF too!

Second Quarter Begins TODAY! (Well Tuesday for the Day 1 of lessons. B Day is still in the mindset of 1st Quarter).

YOUTH ART MONTH – Coming SOON to a mall near you!

Click to DOWNLOAD the Youth Art Month Flag Entry Form.

Before we start … Let’s revisit the expectations for the department.

Let’s Visit this in Google Classroom

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” — Julie Andrews


Intro to Painting – Binding and Painting in AcrylicsSPHERES!

As we move forward, make photographs of the images as you finish them and build up a Google Presentation to store the images in. This is the LAST WEEK TO WORK. Be ready for the STILL LIFE next week. We will be watching the FIRST 11 minutes of this as we get into the ideas of the still life in acrylic. We are ABSTRACTING the objects so that you can focus on the SKILLS and TECHNIQUES of the paints we are finishing up this week.

This is where we are headed.

We are going to begin to use ACRYLIC PAINTS (Techniques Here) as well and the first SERIES of paintings are going to be based on you watching me online and following along. Each painting will take some time so do not think you will be done in the 33 minutes the video takes. Be prepared to work and experiment and work and reflect. These skills are the foundation for all the paintings you will make from here on out.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Introduction to Architecture and Frank Gehry – All he knows how to do with a computer is to “Throw it at someone.”

Adobe Illustrator and YOUR Architecture!

Always consider the below points as you are working in Illustrator (or any other digital or traditional medium / media) . The assignment is HERE as it is also in Google Classroom. Pay attention to the process and the requirements and really use your Studio HAbits to stay on task and focused.

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

This week will be about learning the basics of the Adobe Illustrator program. Over the long weekend you will be making photographs of architecture using a variety of the compositional formats that we have spoken about. You will get the assignment in Google Classroom and I will discuss it in class before we wrap up the week. ASK ME QUESTIONS as we go along. This is going to be a deep dive into ILLUSTRATOR and you will get better at using it.

To Start See Below. This SHOULD be done DAY 1 as you are reading this.

  • Make photographs of ARCHITECTURE that are Interesting or Important to you from the area.
    • Home
    • Local Businesses
    • Nearby buildings that are interesting or otherwise important to you.
  • Daytime or Nighttime (have strong lighting if it is at night)
  • Multiple Compositional Approaches
    • not just one photograph of the whole building. Try a variety of POV and get the BEST SERIES (10 Minimum) of Photographs – your first show of the building is probably not going to be the best
  • UPLOADED to your files to your computer before class next week so that we can begin using ILLUSTRATOR to create the image as well as talk about them with one another so that we can use the most successful image you have made.
    • THIS SKILL will help you create your own digital art using not only Illustrator but all other programs you come into contact with
  • YOU WILL and YOU WILL BE assessed on the photographs as photographs as well as using them as ideas. MAKE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS – 10 minimum.
Illustrated on the Computer – Perhaps Illustrator – if not, it could have been. https://s3.gomedia.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/gomediabuilding.jpg

Art Foundations – Giorgio Morandi and the Still Life!

Setting up a still life of your own can be challenging. Here is a video that shows how even the simplest of objects can make a GREAT composition.

  • Having the objects to use
  • What objects to use
  • Making photographs
  • Drawing large enough
  • Drawing lightly enough
  • Being engaged throughout the process
  • Covering the whole of the picture plane
  • Using all of the mark making techniques
  • What else?

HERE is the ASSIGNMENT. Make sure that you are prepared with your photographs and thumbnails: 7 Photographs and at least 3 Thumbnails for sure. Consider the lighting of the image. Can you use the light in the classroom? Do you need to use the spotlight at your table? How can you make this interesting with values and angles?

We ARE looking at the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi

  • Blocks
  • Small jar / cup
  • Circular / spherical objects
  • Reflective objects
  • Transparent and opaque objects
  • Piece of fabric with pattern (dots, stripes, plaid… patterns)
  • Some small things that you can carry with you or set up in front of you and are not fragile. 4 or 5 objects total.

Pay attention to everything that is in the still life – lighting is part of it as well.

This is where we are headed.

#EndOfTheQuarer – Do you have all of your late work in? I have not had a chance to look at the LATE work yet so BE PATIENT with me as I have been with you.

What is Art For?


Intro to Painting – Binding and Painting in AcrylicsSPHERES!

This is what we are working on. Ours are on separate pieces of paper. This canvas is in the studio atop the whiteboard. Take a look at the techniques and how it was all assembled.

This is where we are headed.

We are going to begin to use ACRYLIC PAINTS as well and the first SERIES of paintings are going to be based on you watching me online and following along. Each painting will take some time so do not think you will be done in the 33 minutes the video takes. Be prepared to work and experiment and work and reflect. These skills are the foundation for all the paintings you will make from here on out.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Art History and Adobe Illustrator – Hilma Af Klint!

Hilma Af Klint and Adobe Illustrator – there is a lot to learn and it is a NEW APPROACH to making the works… Be Patient. BE PATIENT!

We are wrapping up the critiques of the Portraits inspired by Art History. Then we move into Adobe Illustrator. The first EXPERIMENT will be using – ART HISTORY. Investigate Hilma Auf Klint and find one of her works that you truly enjoy. We are going to be thinking about the shapes that she used and building it up using AI.

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

This week will be about learning the basics of the Adobe Illustrator program. Over the long weekend you will be making photographs of architecture using a variety of the compositional formats that we have spoken about. You will get the assignment in Google Classroom and I will discuss it in class before we wrap up the week. ASK ME QUESTIONS as we go along. This is going to be a deep dive into ILLUSTRATOR and you will get better at using it.

Architectural Photography Assignment for the Weekend: See Google Classroom as well.

Practice with Himla Af Klint
  • Make photographs of ARCHITECTURE that are Interesting or Important to you from the area.
    • Home
    • Local Businesses
    • Nearby buildings that are interesting or otherwise important to you.
  • Daytime or Nighttime (have strong lighting if it is at night)
  • Multiple Compositional Approaches
    • not just one photograph of the whole building. Try a variety of POV and get the BEST SERIES (10 Minimum) of Photographs – your first show of the building is probably not going to be the best
  • UPLOADED to your files to your computer before class next week so that we can begin using ILLUSTRATOR to create the image as well as talk about them with one another so that we can use the most successful image you have made.
    • THIS SKILL will help you create your own digital art using not only Illustrator but all other programs you come into contact with
  • YOU WILL and YOU WILL BE assessed on the photographs as photographs as well as using them as ideas. MAKE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS – 10 minimum.

Art Foundations – One and Two Point Perspective and the Still Life!

Setting up a still life of your own can be challenging.

  • Having the objects to use
  • What objects to use
  • Making photographs
  • Drawing large enough
  • Drawing lightly enough
  • Being engaged throughout the process
  • Covering the whole of the picture plane
  • Using all of the mark making techniques
  • What else?

Photographs and Thumbnails are first. Consider the lighting of the image. Can you use the light in the classroom? Do you need to use the spotlight at your table? How can you make this interesting with values and angles?

We ARE looking at the Italian Artist Giorgio Morandi

  • Blocks
  • Small jar / cup
  • Circular / spherical objects
  • Reflective objects
  • Transparent and opaque objects
  • Piece of fabric with pattern (dots, stripes, plaid… patterns)
  • Some small things that you can carry with you or set up in front of you and are not fragile. 4 or 5 objects total.

Pay attention to everything that is in the still life – lighting is part of it as well.

This is where we are headed.
  • Still Life Examples:
    • One – Art Foundations
    • Two – Drawing
    • Three Shoes – Art Foundations

Mr. Korb is away and the Artists will… WORK HARDER THAN IF HER WERE IN THE ROOM!

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~ Neil Gaiman


For audio issue in B107 – it should all be set but… the RECEIVER SHOULD BE SET TO AUDIO 1 and one can help with the volume. STUDENTS – Help out if it is needed.

Intro to Painting – Book Binding and Plein Air Paintings


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Photoshop and Art History and Portraits.


Art Foundations – Perspective and Value – Look at the GOOGLE CLASSROOM for the assignment

  • Still Life Examples:
    • One – Art Foundations
    • Two – Drawing
    • Three Shoes – Art Foundations

#AuthenticObsessions -Frank Korb

Check Out The NEW Episode! Your’s Truly.

This doesn’t happen often – TWO POSTS in ONE WEEK! It is a busy week. If you are looking for this weeks LESSONS and PLANS for the Classroom Studio… Scroll below.

Follow all the episodes HERE at Authentic Obsessions website or listen wherever you get your podcasts.

Frank Korb – Planning & Preparing Materials

Patient, purposeful and persistent, high school arts educator and abstract painter Frank Korb is fascinated with building frames, stretching canvases, and preparing his materials. Frank focuses on the formal elements and principles of art and the push and pull of relationships. Frank starts each work by laying down bible pages to add texture and text. Frank is in his studio every day, often spending only 45 minutes each session, but his persistence pays off!

Disclaimer: If you are listening to this podcast as a student, parent or guardian of Mr. Korb’s remember that this is Frank Korb the artist speaking not Mr. Korb the teacher. The ideas and beliefs presented in the podcast are not the same as what is taught in the classroom.

https://authentic-obsessions.simplecast.com/episodes/frank-korb-planning-preparing-materials https://www.authenticobsessions.com/

#WAEAStateConvention and Korb will be out for TWO DAYS! Use your best #StudioHabits as you make your best #Art!

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~ Neil Gaiman

2021 WAEA Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year

2021 WAEA Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year

Intro to Painting – Binding and Painting in AcrylicsSPHERES!

LET’S BEGIN BY HANDING OUT THE NEW SUPPLIES AND PREPPING OURSELVES FOR SUCCESS FOR THE WEEK! – Frank, Don’t Forget!

This is where we are headed.

We are wrapping up the binding of the books and completing TWO RUBRICS: One for the paintings and the other for the book. Please use your time wisely to make sure these get done. Homework? In the Studio?

We are going to begin to use ACRYLIC PAINTS as well and the first SERIES of paintings are going to be based on you watching me online and following along. Each painting will take some time so do not think you will be done in the 30 minutes the video takes. Be prepared to work and experiment and work and reflect. These skills are the foundation for all the paintings you will make from here on out.

This is where we will go to for the next week or so – after the books are done.

Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Art History and Adobe Illustrator – Hilma Af Klint!

CRITIQUE: Make sure you are ready to speak about the work – an elevator pitch – 30 seconds to 1 minute to explain your work. Take the time to think about the skills you are developing. Think about the challenges that you are overcoming with this process. Tell us about the work and where it came from. Tell us about the tools and the skills you developed. Tell us about the challenges you had and how you overcame them. This work is TIME and TOOLS… how are you using and preparing for the time we have together?

Next: Hilma Af Klint and Adobe Illustrator – there is a lot to learn and it is a NEW APPROACH to making the works… Be Patient. BE PATIENT!

We are wrapping up the critiques of the Portraits inspired by Art History. Then we move into Adobe Illustrator. The first EXPERIMENT will be using – ART HISTORY. Investigate Hilma Auf Klint and find one of her works that you truly enjoy. We are going to be thinking about the shapes that she used and building it up using AI.

  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)

Art Foundations – One and Two Point Perspective and the Still Life!

The Value Scales, the Spheres and Polyhedrons are DONE and now we are working on the idea of perspective. How is your understanding?

After we have all finished these videos we will then begin to think about and develop the ideas of the still life. Make sure you have all the necessary objects for the work. This is important because YOU ARE GOING TO WORK ON THIS FOR SOME TIME! This is going to be all about the placements, the space, the marks, the positive and negative space, the values, the composition. This is YOUR WORK – not mine.

We ARE looking at the Italian Artist Giorgio Morandi

  • Blocks
  • Small jar / cup
  • Circular / spherical objects
  • Reflective objects
  • Transparent and opaque objects
  • Piece of fabric with pattern (dots, stripes, plaid… patterns)
  • Some small things that you can carry with you or set up in front of you and are not fragile. 4 or 5 objects total.

Pay attention to everything that is in the still life – lighting is part of it as well.

This is where we are headed.
  • Still Life Examples:
    • One – Art Foundations
    • Two – Drawing
    • Three Shoes – Art Foundations

#Creativity and #WorkHabits… how are yours? Let’s see as we #work on work and #critiques… and #VALUESCALES!

“Creativity is a Habit, and the Best Creativity is the Result of Good Work Habits.” Twyla Tharp https://businessinrhyme.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/tharp.jpg


Intro to Painting – Book Binding and Plein Air Paintings

This week we are painting and / or BUILDING our books. Remember that this is a process and that we are learning how to do this. The steps are many, the measurements are important, and the skills developed are lifelong. Please pay attention to the instructions and demos. The image above allows you to see that there are MANY approaches to the binding style… I make it simple and give just a few. You have options so allow yourself that time to think about it.

HERE is the assignment!

Keep thinking about COMPOSITION and the Elements and Principles as you design and plan your paintings.

We wrap up the painting this week and the books as well… I hope. This will be a great series of works to look back upon in the near and distant future.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Photoshop and Art History and Portraits.

Art At Home in the days of the Covid 19 Pandemic gave a lot of time for art history! Thanks pandemic!

We are CRITIQUING our Self Portraits in the style of a masterpiece this week and then moving into LOGO Design and Adobe Illustrator. The use of Illustrator is EQUALLY as important as Photoshop. IT used DIFFERENT skills and similar tools. BE PATIENT with yourself as we work through the challenges that it entails.

Make sure you are ready to speak about the work – an elevator pitch – 30 seconds to 1 minute to explain your work. Take the time to think about the skills you are developing. Think about the challenges that you are overcoming with this process. Tell us about the work and where it came from. Tell us about the tools and the skills you developed. Tell us about the challenges you had and how you overcame them. This work is TIME and TOOLS… how are you using and preparing for the time we have together?


Art Foundations – Value, Space, Mark Making and now… PERSPECTIVE!

Note how Donald Sultan uses the negative space and positive space in new and unique ways? How are you understanding the ideas of Negative and Positive Space?

DO YOU HAVE YOUR VALUE SCALES DONE? I will be coming around during work time as you continue to work on your positive negative compositions to assess and evaluate as IDEATION / PLANNING stages to the still life. Are you willing to plan? Are you willing to come up with NEW IDEAS? I hope so.

Everything that you have known about space and marks and values has been challenged and we are going to continue to challenge that this week. Wrapping up the ideas of the Positive and Negative space compositions is one thing but we are also – and you are also – going to be working on the ideas of PERSPECTIVE. Sit back and buckle up – the videos will walk you through the processes and you will ALSO become pros in the ideas of one and two point perspective… ALL of this adds up to larger things.

What Else?

  • Still Life Examples:
    • One – Art Foundations
    • Two – Drawing
    • Three Shoes – Art Foundations

We are pretty deep into the quarter. #Assessments are in and #work is continuing. What are you doing to crush those #standards and #expectations?

#17 Drawing is About Mark Making “Every mark has a distinct character and quality.Every mark is a signature. Variations in pressure and weight is the visual equivalent of intonation. Marks, or lines, of consistent weight or thickness surrounding a figure or object will flatten the image. Tapering or breaking a line in a curve can connote a highlight or make the curve flow. Also, a tentative line will read as such. Give every mark or line authority and make sure it serves a purpose. Try to use only the marks you need.” 101 Things Learned in Art School, Kit White, 2011, MIT Press


Intro to Painting – Book Binding and Plein Air Paintings

Did you get the TWO ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS done over the weekend? One day this week we will talk about the book and take a break form the painting – get started on cutting the covers. Then we will finish with a day of painting so we can assemble the books next week. You need to have 8 – 12 paintings finished and ready to go for next week (12 is better than 8).

HERE is the assignment!

Keep thinking about COMPOSITION and the Elements and Principles as you design and plan your paintings.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Photoshop and Art History and Portraits.

This week – week 3 in the process – is about finishing up the portrait. There is a lot that you need to consider. Think about the photograph you made but also consider the original painting / artwork that you worked up from. How can you include the ideas of the negative space, the brushwork, the textures into the final “painting” of yours?

Critique first thing next week – self assessment as well. This work will be modifying the assessment scale to a 4 point scale to help transition into a TRUE standards based class. I want to help you understand this process.

Make sure you are ready to speak about the work – an elevator pitch – 30 seconds to 1 minute to explain your work. Take the time to think about the skills you are developing. Think about the challenges that you are overcoming with this process.


Art Foundations – Values and Space and Mark Making

Value and mark making is out plan for the week. Make sure you have your tools ready to for the work ahead of us. This is ALL IN PLANNING for the upcoming still life experience where you will be exploring ALL of the techniques that we have used. Hatching and cross-hatching are looking a little shaky right now… as is stippling – we will work on that together.

Positive and Negative space are a true struggle for many artists and it is important to know how to work with them together as we work through our compositions. We will be going outside and working with nature / trees in tack or branches we find on the ground to develop our understanding of how space works.

Some Simple Examples are HERE!