Staying One Day Ahead of the Kids Can Leave Me WEEKS Behind in Posts

That is the state of this site for now. The virtual classes are keeping the mind away from the posting of what’s been happening. Things are moving forward well however. A lot of drawing being done, a lot a TON of Art History being covered, and the ideas of a series of works is something that my students are either understanding or have at least experienced.

A small Art Foundations Demonstration of Shadows…

Books and watercolor paintings have been the focus of the Painting class and while we begin collage today… the series of paintings has given them a larger grouping of works that they should be proud of. I hope the books come to e on Thursday.

Digital Arts and Photography have made 36 (or more) solid photographs that have explored the ideas of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design as well as ways in which COMPOSITION dominates the work we do.

Art Foundations has DRAWN and DRAWN and DRAWN… and now we begin a drawing. Our first still life as we study the work of Giorgio Morandi. Sketches and thumbnails and techniques have abounded!

APAH – AHHHHH! Thousands of years in 6 weeks. I need to plan a test now.

Thank you for all the Arts Support. I wish I had kids work to share right now but the works are not in hand yet… Here is a drawing of mine from Art Foundations… the kids are just as nice.

Stay Safe – Mask Up – 6 Feet!


And We’re Virtual…

As with most predictions for many school districts, the SDFA has gone virtual for a while now. We will be operating from our classrooms or homes and the education will continue. This gives us an opportunity to evaluate the time we spend and the importance we place on our own education. Think about that opportunity. It is going to be a difficult transaction for sure for some, but as we have all been saying since the beginning – we are all in this together.


What does it look like? We MUST be in our classes. It is MANDATORY to be here. You MUST be attending class through the ZOOM platform (or whatever your teacher is using). BE THERE.

A class schedule will be going out so keep an eye on the email.

My classes will run the SAME AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE! We have a lot to do and the time we have will be the same. Begin in the Google Classroom and work from the DAILY ASSIGNMENT PAGE! Find the right date and go from there.

Art Foundations: VALUE SCALES and Mark Making

Digital Art and Photography: The Compositional Approach to making Photographs – Photos and the Google Presentation Research Project

Painting: Plein Air – Go Outside and PAINT!

AP Art History: The Ancient Mediterranean and the like – I am working HARD and FAST to get this going smoothly.

Questions, Comments, Concerns… EMAIL ME!

Here are a couple of ART FOUNDATIONS videos to help entertain you and tech you about the use of a RULER and the application of VALUES!

Stay Safe – Mask Up – Register to Vote! (National Voter Registration Day!)


Welcome to Week 3 and Monday is Back to School Night!

Welcome back to school and to week 3. It’s about time that ALL of us are now in the midst of making and learning about the making of art.

  • Art Foundations is getting into the creation of our Art Elements and Principles Art Trading Cards.
  • Intro to Digital Art and Photography are also working on the ideas of the Elements and Principles with a photography unit of the same nature.
  • Intro to Painting is developing some techniques in watercolors and then we are off to the outdoors to paint a series of works based on the practice of Plein Air (out of doors) painting.
  • Finally – AP Art History is going back in time to 26,000 BCE to study the Paleolithic and Mesolithic time periods as we look into where humanity and the arts all started from.

Monday night is Back to School Night and from 5:30 – 7:30 PM parents and students alike are welcome to visit me via ZOOM and see the inside of my home studio and ask questions about the courses we have to offer.

Thanks for visiting – I hope you have a great week. Stay Safe, Mask Up, Make Art!

Frank Korb

Getting our Art Kits and getting started with the studies! Let’s Go and MAKE ART!

I’ve posted a few times so far, and we will be learning how things work as the use of works for us all. I know that we are going to be using the GOOGLE CLASSROOM as the starting point – but I hope to use this as a place to look at images and be inspired by. If you have any questions, comments, concerns and the like – please reach out to me.

Mr. Korb

What is Art?

Anges Martin “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Art In America (p.124, 1996)

AP Art History: Introduction, Logging In, Starting to Study

Art Foundations: Art Elements and Principles

Digital Art and Photography: Pnotographs!

Intro to Painting: Watercolors and Plein Air – Techniques First!

Welcome Back – What IS Art?

Hello and welcome back. We will be getting into the swing of things fast, but let’s take it slow in the beginning. Here is the schedule for today!

What does Art Mean to YOU?


Have your ideas changed?

What about NOW? Click HERE and go to the SECOND page and add a NEW definition – or maybe the same one – of “What Is Art?”

If you have been here before – it’s great to see you again. If this is your first time – WELCOME. We are going to approach it DIFFERENT as classes this year and use our Google Classrooms as the first starting point. We WILL however be posting the larger ideas here for the week.

Welcome Back to the Art Department and the 2020 – 21 School Year

Hello and welcome back. We are, at the writing of this post, still a number of days away from seeing one another. However we are doing that when we do that, whether face-to-face or via ZOOM, we are going to have a GREAT semester and year as we work to learn about and make successful and personal art.

Please enjoy my intro video – I will have a new one as the year begins. In this video I talk about the supplies we are going to have as well as some things to look at and subscribe to.

Press PLAY and reach out to me with any questions.

The attached document (HERE) is from the SDFA Administration regarding the HS Back to School Guidelines.

Questions – Comments – Concerns: You know that you can always reach out to me at

Ok? Ok. See you soon.

Frank Korb

Waterford 7+ with Georgia O’Keeffe, Jim Dine, and Joan Miro. Making Art that is THEIRS and theirs alone.

The Waterford 7+ has been working very hard this summer to explore the ideas of modern and (more so) contemporary artists. This past week we wrapped up our investigation of Georgia O’Keeffe (modern) and Jim Dine (contemporary) as they worked out their observational flower paintings.

Next… we explored some fine motor skills and created out own die to ROLL for MIRO and we created the beginnings of Joan Miro inspired abstractions. Figurative (sort of) and full of colors. We will be wrapping up the art making next week and sending them all off with hand crafted sketchbooks to fill with their own inspired art making!

Thank you Waterford 7+, Connie Lelivelt, and all the wonderful assistants that make this such a wonderful way to (Covid-19 aside) work with artists face-to-face. Thank you ALSO to Bruno’s in Waterford for the AMPLE SPACE to spread out and make art safely.

Waterford Seven+ and Contemporary Artists #NathanielRussell, #JulieGreen, and #MichelleGrabner with Artist/Educator/Advocate #SarahUristGreen and the @ArtAssignment #ArtAssignment the book #YouAreAnArtist

What a great body of work and workers! This group has done some strong artistic work and choices. Please enjoy the work and offer us your feedback! Thank you Connie for the opportunity to work with this group again – and no arm in a sling this year! 🙂

Have a GREAT SUMMER and MAKE ART (and be safe. AND respect others).

#YouAreAnArtist – Has it really been 2 weeks since the last post? #PBS @theArtAssignment#SarahUristGreen

So much time goes by and it seems like the days don’t matter. It is Whateverday and tomorrow is Anotherday, after that is… well… I’mNotSureaday…

To start the week we are making CareSlips, thanks to #ArtWorksForMilwaukee. We are creating some Post Cards and sending them off to people who need a Pick – Me – Up… and believe me howdy… I know about people who need that about now.

  • Postcard artwork to start with
  • Postcard size paper
  • Pen or sharpie
  • Something to add color to the finished work.

Start with THIS RECORDING. (I am NOT a trained or even untrained meditative anything. I have listened to CALM on my phone for a while and took some notes from another site. BUT… this gives one a few minutes to SIT and SHUSH and BE THERE for ONESELF.) Goals are to sit back and create a work of art that will help you focus for 30 minutes on the act of making art and then to send it off to someone who might need a pick me up. Photograph and document the finished artwork and insert it into the slideshow. If you get Any feedback from the person you gave it to, please share that with the slideshow. NO JUDGING HERE AT ALL.

  1. Listen to the recording and RELAX
  2. Think about the movement of your mind and body from the previous 5 minutes and allow the ball point pen or sharpie marker to travel all over the paper wherever it goes is fine. Take 3 minutes to do this – keep the pen moving. 
  3. Using colors – and think about a scheme or small gathering of colors – let’s take 7 minutes to add color to the work – however you want. No right no wrong, just think balance and fill the space.
  4. On a separate piece of paper – write down all that you experienced in the work. What movements, what directions, what does it remind you of? What does it remind you NOT of? This is all good. 
  5. On the back of the card, as it has dried, write out a short little message about the imagery on the front. Perhaps ask a question – make a statement.
  6. Lastly – Photograph this card – front and back, insert it into the slide show for this week. Then mail it off to someone you think needs a little pick me up! Make sure to sign it and address it properly. Stick a stamp on it and send it off.

What’s been keeping you active? I’ve been watching a bit of the PBS Art Assignment and have stolen – procured – a few assignments for myself and my kids at school. Here are a couple of their episodes for you to watch and I ENCOURAGE you to SUBSCRIBE to their site… and buy Sarah’s new book “You Are An Artist” as well.

I also believe that CREATIVITY is overrated – as is TALENT. Just go and MAKE stuff!
Time to make a BOOK!