Welcome to 2nd Semester – Stay in Class and Stay on Task

If you find yourself with questions or concerns – talk to me. I cannot be the one who cares the most about the work you are doing. You need to be the person who wants success… I am the one who will help you see it and achieve it! – Korb

Advanced Painting – Gouache and the Still Life

Gouache – how do you even pronounce this? We are going to be learning not only how to say it but also how to work with it. The assignment is below. We are working through a lot of new materials and you are going to do great!

Gouache Experimental Assignment is HERE

Advanced Digital Art and Photography – Doodle for Google

DOODLE for GOOGLE is the starting place. The only instructions I have is what Google is telling me. The approach and techniques are all up to you! Are you READY to WIN? YES!

Art Foundations – Photography and the Elements and Principles

We are introducing the ideas of the Elements and Principles of Art to you. You are ALSO using something that you are really good with (or at least really into) and that is PHOTOGRAPHY. There is a Google Presentation that we are going to be working with and you will be using to build your knowledge base of the elements and principles.

Elements and Principles are HERE in HANDOUT form.

Intro to Painting: Acrylics and Techniques

It is ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE. Remember that in order to learn how to use the materials you need to make sure that you work with them as often as you can. Make a LOT of work and be in the studio as often as you can!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: Compositions and Photography

Ted Orland – Thanks Ted – “Guard Dog and Gate.” What kind of compositional format is this photograph?

We are introducing the ideas of the Photography (not snapshots but rather Photographs) to you. The use of PHOTOGRAPHY is something that you are going to utilize in most ALL of the semester – even when we are focused on Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign… MAKE STRONG PHOTOGRAPHS. There is a Google Presentation that we are going to be working with and you will be using to build your knowledge base of the elements and principles.

Compositional styles are HERE in HANDOUT form.

Assignment is HERE.

4 Days, 2 Class Periods, LATE WORK DUE on MONDAY!

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. 

If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. ―  Michelangelo

Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: CRITIQUE – Let’s have a GREAT conversation and then clean things up.

“The Blue Flannel Shirt,” Frank Korb, Inspired by “Rebecca” by Nancy Werth, Compilation of Short Stories “Telling Tales: original Stories Inspired by Original Art: Scott Hunt,” Acrylic on Canvas, 17 3/8″ x 12 1/8″, 2022.

Narrative artwork tells a story… what story did you have? I had “Rebecca” by Nancy Werth. What was your story about? What were your struggles? What were your successes? What SYMBOLISM did you bring into the piece? Have you gotten it in the SLIDESHOW? I hope so!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography: Advertising and our FINAL CRITIQUE

Some of us created BILLBOARDS and others created Magazine Advertisements. What did you do?

As we do our final oral critique – aloud in class – where everyone participates, think about the following list of things to talk about (Thank you Ms. Crow for compiling this great list to work from).

  1. What product did you pick and why?
  2. What compositional layout did you choose?
  3. What Adobe program did you use the most of and why?
  4. What was the most challenging part of learning Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop?
  5. What did you enjoy most about this project?
  6. What tools do you find yourself using the most?
  7. What elements and principles of design did you focus on the most?

Art Foundations – Watercolors, Abstraction, and Critique

“Monuments Waiting With Patience and Anticipation,” Frank Korb, Gouache on Paper, 10 1/2″ x 9″, 2022.

As we begin our first run at a final oral critique – aloud in class – where everyone participates, think about the following list of things to talk about (Thank you Ms. Crow for compiling this great list to work from).

  • What was the biggest challenge for you as an artist in this project?
  • What did you like best about painting using watercolor?
  • What were some benefits of painting abstractly instead of realistically?
  • What is the focal point of your work (where does your eye get drawn to immediately)? Why?
  • What were two watercolor techniques you enjoyed using the most? Why?
  • What color scheme did you use?
  • What elements and principles did you focus on?

1… More… Week… That is all.

THERE IS NO LATE WORK ON OUR FINAL PROJECTS. They are either done or there is No Evidence or they are Not Proficient. That is it. Those are the options.

“Each generation gets to reinvent art in its own image.” Because art is an act of description, it is inevitable that what it describes will reflect every generation’s bias of the moment. It is not a strict reflection of a time but an interpretation rendered in a language that is always in a state of transformation.” Kit White © 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kit White


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: Canvas building and Narrative Painting

Dana Schutz: https://metafigure.wordpress.com/stories-told-narrative-in-painting/

This is a SOLID SOLID week of painting. Figure we have 3 hours of time together… that’s not a lot of studio time so… mke sure you are signing up for ET as well (study halls if you have them) and consider taking the work home.

Part of our final critique will be a collaborative Google Slide so that we can share this collection (and the book) with one another as well as the artist Scott hunt and the authors of our stories.

Be ready ALSO for a brief mid crit – pair share document… WORK. 15 minutes TOPS!


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Logo Research and Advertising

Is this a PICTURE WINDOW advertisement? Whatever it is the movie was pretty good!

Advertising and SKILLS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT are what we are working with this week. What processes are you using? What programs are you focusing on? How are you using the skills that you have developed over the semester to put this final task to demonstrate all you have learned?

This is going to be a final oral critique at the end of the term so make sure you have a lot to talk about. Think about the type of advertising composition you chose to use as well as the tools you put to good use in the creation of your images. Photographs? Illustrator? Photoshop? What were the tools you used in each of these techniques?

We have ZERO TIME for late work. Period.


Art Foundations – Watercolors, Abstraction (and Ceramics Glazing)

The abstraction is the BIGGEST goal this week. Remember to stick to a COLOR SCHEME on this painting. What is YOUR COLOR SCHEME? Also, remember that you have 4 watercolor techniques that you need to work into the piece. Wet on Wet? Wet on Dry?Even Wash? Gradient? Salt? What are your plans?

We have a couple / few days to work. Glazing has been completed and the pots / vessels are in the kiln. Maybe out of the kiln by the time you see this. We are excited to see what comes out.


Welcome Back! We have a LOT to do in the next 2 weeks! Get ready because here it comes!

“It’s all improvised, on the spot… That exists, that’s real, What you see there is real. It’s real. I pretend it’s real, which is the same thing.” Paula Rego in response to her “still life” setups of figurative constructs for her drawings and paintings – her narrative work.


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: Canvas building and Narrative Painting

Neo Rausch “The Retreat”
https://onlineartlessons.com/tutorial/what-is-narrative-art/ – Let’s visit this article briefly…

If you are not ready to roll with the constructed canvas – you are BEHIND. Get this done with skill and precision and care. Schedule yourself in during ET. This is a required skill to learn in Intro to painting.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Logo Research and Advertising

What products do you use on a regular basis? Me? Look below and this explains my EVERYDAY!

Looking at Google Classroom and the assignment we are going to explore what we use on a regular basis as well. From this research we are going to create some advertising about that / those products. There are a number of things we need to consider as we move forward so buckle up and hold on tight!

Keep your eyes on TIME and DEADLINES – we have ZERO TIME for latework. Period.


Art Foundations – Watercolors, Abstraction (and Ceramics Glazing)

How many Photographs of LANDSCAPES did you make over break! These are what we are using as the images to abstract. The abstraction takes time and the process of painting does as well. DO NOT RUN OUT OF TIME! Think about the neighborhoods, city, trees and other landscapes that you might run across. This was HOMEWORK over break remember.

GLAZING the POTTERY is still on the docket and MUST get done ASAP! It may take a day after break to finish so… make sure that you are making notes about the colors that you are using.

  • 3 coats of glaze!
  • Careful application
  • DO NOT GLAZE THE BOTTOM
  • Wipe a thin bit off the VERY BOTTOM so they do not stick to the Kiln Shelf.

I hope you had a great winter break. My little grandoggy Warren was certainly worn out.

Yep… Maybe not…

We are STILL ON BREAK! There are things to do however… make sure you are getting done what you need to.

“I think of the art as dead when it leaves my studio. I don’t even own it anymore. Installing in a museum or a show that’s coming up, I’m not allowed to touch my own work ever. It just seems strange to me. If somebody puts me in front of my drawings, I’d put more text in it. It’s never finished, but none of my work is ever finished.”

— Kaari Upson, artist, born 1970 (Read the obituary.)


We only have 2 1/2 weeks left of classes after our break. Make sure you are ready to work and be prepared with your final projects!

Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: Canvas building and preparation for the final painting

I hope you have read your story and the ideas are moving forward. The canvas being built will have helped you as we get back. If you are not done building and stretching your canvas that is the first thing to do when you get back.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Illustration and Literature

Sit Tight Folks… nothing to see here – unless you are not done with the literature illustration.


Art Foundations – MANY THINGS TO DO – Your landscape photograph is the first!

Make Photographs of LANDSCAPES over break! Think about the neighborhoods, city, trees and other landscapes that you might run across. HOMEWORK.

Have a GREAT BREAK!

Yep… Maybe not…

3 Days this week. B Day from last week and then an A and B day… Crazy A / B Days. Then BREAK!

“Each generation gets to reinvent art in its own image.” Because art is an act of description, it is inevitable that what it describes will reflect every generation’s bias of the moment. It is not a strict reflection of a time but an interpretation rendered in a language that is always in a state of transformation. Kit White © 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kit White


We only have 2 1/2 weeks left of classes after our break. Make sure you are ready to work and be prepared with your final projects!

Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: Canvas building and preparation for the final painting

This week we continue to BUILD our canvases so that they are ready to take home and get started on. This is a lot of responsibility for you so… make sure you are coming in and getting the work done. If you do not this week there is going to be a lot more to do when you come back. Sign up for ET or Study Halls.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Illustration and Literature _ RUBRIC and DONE!

https://ebookfriendly.com/best-illustrations-books-reading/

Make sure you are ready to CRITIQUE the final illustration based on your choice in literature. This was a VERY OPEN ENDED work of art for you to demonstrate your skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign… All of these skills will pay off down the road. Have your RUBRIC FILLED OUT so that you are able to get the CRITIQUE points to demonstrate your knowledge of the process of self reflection. Also be prepared to TALK about your classmates work – success and struggle (with suggestions).


Art Foundations – Metals Wrap up, Rubric, and Ceramics Glazing

https://potterycrafters.com/how-to-brush-glaze-pottery-tips-tools-and-ideas/ to see more from this artist’s ceramic work.

CRITIQUE the METALS WORK and then GLAZE the POTTERY. It may take a day after break to finish so… make sure that you are making notes about the colors that you are using.

  • 3 coats of glaze!
  • Careful application
  • DO NOT GLAZE THE BOTTOM
  • Wipe a thin bit off the VERY BOTTOM so they do not stick to the Kiln Shelf.

Make Photographs of LANDSCAPES over break! Think about the neighborhoods, city, trees and other landscapes that you might run across. HOMEWORK.

Have a GREAT BREAK!

Yep… Maybe not…

A lot of CRITIQUES and NEW WORKS this week. Canvas building, metals work, illustrations about literature…

“All art is quite useless.” — Oscar Wilde: Art isn’t utilitarian, and if it is, perhaps it isn’t art. Art serves a non-practical role in our lives, but that does not mean that it is not vital or necessary. One’s individual identity and our collective identity as a culture have no clear serviceability, but they are critical to our ability to function as a society. Kit White © 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kit White


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life: Critique and then Canvas building.

Oral Critique

Artist:

  • Introduction: Hi, I am “NAME HERE”… the Title of my work is and the objects I chose to use were this and that and this is why…
  • The techniques I used were… and this is where one can see them very specifically.
  • The strengths of the work are… and why.
  • The areas I struggled with are this and that and this is why.
  • Anything else that you might want to add.

Audience:

  • Positive aspects of the image and why.
  • Critical responses to the work and why with solutions.
  • Anything else that you feel will be worthwhile.
  • THERE WILL BE NO:
    • I like’s
    • It’s Cool, beautiful, ugly, etc… no empty comments without specific commentary and evidence to back it up.
  • Each person will contribute to the conversation at least 2 times.

Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Illustration and Literature

How do you look at the work of art and how do you talk about it?

SMALL GROUPS OF 3 or 4 – move around to individual computers to share the images. Korb will assign the groups. WHAT IS A CRITIQUE?  Hand this out for kids to consider.

ARTIST – On the YELLOW Sticky Note

  1. Hi, I am “NAME HERE” and my choice of literature is THIS… I chose this work of literature BECAUSE and this is how I am tying the assignment of the illustration into this work of literature.
  2. The plans I have been following with the program(s) have been THIS…
  3. The challenges I have been having are THIS…
  4. What are you doing NEXT? What are your plans for the work as you continue to move forward?
  5. What is the text you have chosen and why? Where and how are you planning on including this in the image?

AUDIENCE

As the VIEWER be ready to ask questions that pop into your mind and then… round table kind of questioning / suggestions.

  1. What is the first thing that pops into your line of sight that is a successful element to the work? Why and / or How?
  2. What is the one thing that stands out as needing attention? Why and / or How?
  3. Suggestions with solutions…

ARTIST – On the Blue Sticky Note

  • What are 3 things that your classmates said about your work that you are proud of and agree with?
  • What are 2 things that your classmates said in critique or suggestions that you heard and are taking into consideration as you move forward with your artwork?
  • What is 1 thing that you feel you need to do in order to resolve the image / idea that you have in front of you now to make it more successful?

Make photographs of your sticky notes and insert them into your slideshow as MID CRITS!


Art Foundations – CERAMICS Rubric and Metals introduction

  • Demonstration of using sharpie on copper to create a design and blocking out copper with tape.
THIS IS REALLY GOOD! https://blog.rings-things.com/2011/12/diy-copper-etching-tutorial
  • Students get their metal shapes and draw their design using a sharpie on copper.
  • Students will tape off the back of their copper pieces.

Rubrics, Planning, Working, Studio Habits… we are all over the place this week in our various studios.

“The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.” – Paul Rand


Intro to Painting – Abstract Acrylic Still Life – LAST WEEK TO WORK

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


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!

HERE ARE SOME MORE!

Let’s keep looking at the illustrations that we are seeing in the illustration of LITERATURE and what are you doing to make your illustrations STRONG and WOW!
  • Layers
  • Gradients
  • Colors
  • Similarities and Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Assignment is HERE (and in Google Classroom)
  • MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE SKILLS WE DEVELOPED IN THE PREVIOUS LESSONS!

Art Foundations – CERAMICS Rubric and Metals introduction

What is your slab and coil like?
Go to GOOGLE CLASSROOM and open your rubric.

WE are beginning the work on the METALS UNIT and we are wrapping up the CERAMICS BUILDING STAGE. We will be coming back to the glazing in a couple of weeks.

We hope your break was #refreshing. We also hope that you had some time to #MAKESOMEART. We did…

 


The Art Studio is a DEEP THINKING SPACE. Keep the PHONES AWAY and STAY ON TASK. If you want to be inspired by DEEP THINKING – Listen to this podcast about it. Thanks Hidden Brain and Shankar Vedantam.


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

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

Frank Korb, Analytical Cubism approach to the still life. Be ready to work on yours!

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)

Art Foundations – CERAMICS and the Slab and Coil

Andile Dyalvane in the studio! Look at the DRAWINGS on the back wall! Link to the Friedman Benda Gallery of his works. Visit HIS website to see more works.

Hopefully your clay has been in good shape with the LONG WEEKEND that we all had. Be aware of the requirements and techniques that are part of this assignment. there is more to the project that simply playing with clay. This is all about the process that we go through to make art.

Remember Maria Martinez? Her work was about the community. What symbolism, images, are you using in the work? Are you able to tie this work into your personal life experiences?

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

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