Let’s keep at this thing called #GRIT and #Art

#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

Art Foundations: Putting it all together

  • G: 2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.
  • A: What technique have you learned when it comes to drawing something in 3 dimensions? What are different techniques you know? 
  • G: What is ONE thing you are CERTAIN you did successfully with your drawing today? What is ONE THING you are CERTAIN you need to focus on in order to create a more realistic / successfully accurate observation draw with tomorrow?

Intro to painting: What’s Working? What’s Not?

  • D.D.Cr.12.h: Make Develop unique, well crafted works of art utilizing deliberate choice of media, tools, and techniques.
  • A: Open your handbooks to the week 6 page, set up your painting as it is right now, and step back from the composition. Alright… what is jumping out at you IMMEDIATELY that is either working GREAT or is in obvious need of revision? Are you using the exact colors of the objects or are you allowing yourself to be loose with them? Write out your thoughts for the next 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • G: What accomplishments did you have in the work today? How are you going to be using ET to come in and resolve the work? REMEMBER THAT MID CRIT is NEXT TUESDAY!

Advanced Painting: LAst day to paint

  • G: 2.2Ad: Demonstrate understanding of the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images, materials, tools, and equipment in the creation and circulation of creative work.
  • A: Today and Friday are the LAST DAYS to work in the studio. We will talk about / read over / get you to understand the next major artwork. Canvas building is going to be done QUICKLY – now that you know what we are doing – size is UP TO YOU! Oil Painting. Sketches and planning are ESSENTIAL! Literature is the basis and I have the literature to choose from – coming soon! I story today – I hope the books are here. I’ll hand things out to you on Friday to READ and begin drawing ideas from. Sit and listen. As you listen, write out your ideas as they come to your mind. 
  • G: With one more day to work – what are your goals and plans? We critique on MONDAY – have your work done and the food brought in! How do you intend on achieving your goals?

Introduction to drawing and printmaking: Digital images and Gridding – once again…

  • G: D.D.Cr.12.h: Make Develop unique, well crafted works of art utilizing deliberate choice of media, tools, and techniques.
  • A: Working with our photographs from last time, what are the strongest areas of deep shadows that you can find? Where are the lightest areas of highlights that you can find? Talk to your neighbor and look at one another’s images and chat about how you will use it successfully and how you might need to modify the image to make for a stronger drawing. Where are the shapes that you see in the image? We can simplify the shapes with the viewfinders that we came up with AND we can simplify the shapes in the photograph with another outlining technique… What are the biggest shapes you see right now?
  • G: What successes do you find in today’s work? What are you going to be doing next time to make sure you are ready to roll?

INTRO TO DIGITAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY: What’s Happening with YOUR progress?

Andrej Ujhazy, Untitled, 2015. Photoshop painting. Courtesy the artist.

BRUSHES: An Exhibit at the New Museum: http://media.rhizome.org/brushes/index.html#section-1

  • G: D.D.Cr.12.h: Make Develop unique, well crafted works of art utilizing deliberate choice of media, tools, and techniques.
  • A: Open up your RESEARCH about the Digital Artists that you have researched. Pair up with the person who has the same digital artist name that you do (given upon entering the room). Sit with one another and have a sincere conversation about the works that you are looking to create in the Digital environment. Then – let’s each take a look at one of the artists in the link above – Brushes. You have been given a name to read about and then converse about. Then you will have 1 minute to share that artist with the class and give your thoughts… Ready – Set – GO!
  • Any questions about the work you have in front of you? Where are you going and what do you need to do to prepare or continue to move forward? Have you come prepared or is this all back burner and do it on the fly when you get into the studio? That’s a bad approach…

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