While I may not be (I am definitely not) Giorgio Morandi, nor is the work I create in his vein, the process of looking, obsering, and drawing is essential to the practice of being a better artist. Here are some of the works that we are working through in Art Foundations.
Below are some examples of the early stages of the student work. We are in day 2. The process is all about open or closed composition; shading, hatching and cross hatching, scumbling, and stippling; sighting in; positive and negative space; line variation; and subtleties in values.
Hard to believe that for almost 10 years this was the place I began each and every class period. With the pandemic, and the necessity for utilizing Google Classroom on the daily, this has taken a backseat. Unfortunate. The goals of this website was to not only be that launching pad for my classes but also to be a resource for other artists, teachers, students to find information as well as gather ideas. It is still that place, but the posts are much fewer adn more far between.
What’s up recently?
I’ve looked into the Merzbau for one of my classes – one of my students specifically. The idea was to modify a lesson in watercolors and collage. Little do they know it will be as challenging as a watercolor painting alone. by using precut shapes of mat board, the idea of a random image from a magazine that will be put and pasted onto the segment of board (colors are on one side, white is on the other. The color side is left alone and the images are painted and glued onto the white side. From there that same image will be painted in watercolor on another card. Finally, when all the pieces are done, the cards will be assembled and hot glued together to create a Merzbau inspired sculpture!
Art Foundations is going to get into the ideas of Line and Value and the ideas behind Sol LeWitt’s works.
Here is the first half of a project about using observation and real life drawing skills to look at and make changes to recognizable objects and locations. We will follow up with a painting unit in Art Foundations class – but here you go to enjoy! Thanks. – Frank
I picked up this series of exercises a number of years ago and have been using them religiously in class. If you’ve got an interest in painting… here is what we are going to be working through. Acrylic Painting Techniques. Click on the links for further instructions.
Hard to believe that this site was populated DAILY for YEARS and now… not as much. The pandemic has truly changed the way the world works. In person this was the place to begin classes. Now. Google Classroom and a very thorough Google Document of Lesson Plans has been the launching pad.
Thank you parents for working to help keep the kids engaged as we work to do the same. Thank you students for showing up (screens off in more cases than not but…) and trying SO hard to stay engaged. It is tough. I hear you. Thank you teachers for continuing to demonstrate the care and concern for all the kids you are seeing – virtually or in real life.
Thank you all.
What have WE been up to? Still Life Drawings, Collages, Watercolors, Digital Portraits and Photographs… and THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF AP ART HISTORY.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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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!