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.

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