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 ArtWithKorb.com 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?

GO TO HERE: bit.ly/2EUtTQP

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?” bit.ly/2EUtTQP

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. korbf@fortschools.org

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 korbf@fortschools.org.

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!

Been a LONG while…

What’s been happening? It has been a long while since the last post. How have you been? Staying safe? Staying sane? Making art?

We’ve been working on ENGAGEMENT in the studio. Our classes have been a little low in numbers, and the technology has gotten the best of me. TIP – if you are using a camera as a demonstration tool, log into ZOOM first with the computer or you may miss the kids in the waiting room (so sorry folks… I hope you watched my video of 5B Art Foundations class from Tuesday. [Ok… as of this post 1 person has and that might have been me]).

In the end, it is the engagement of oneself in their education that is important. Being in the studio is important and being engaged in one’s learning is to. If you’ve gotten this far I am probably preaching to the choir – and those at this point in world history are pretty small – except maybe the ZOOM choirs, they are doing fine.

I hope you are safe and well. Join us for class – check in with your Google Classroom and click the link. Friday we are meeting with Milwaukee Artist Nicole Shaver in our weekly Friday Art Lunch Bunch. Hope you can join us.


P.S. If you want to check out some masterful blending techniques… here’s how to blend colors with your’s truly.

Friday Art Lunch Bunch: #TedOrland #ArtAndFear #FrankKorb

Sit back and enjoy the FIRST, the INAUGURAL Friday Art Lunch Bunch gathering with Ted Orland. Ted is a photographer based out of California with a wealth of knowledge and experience. A great conversation about the ideas of ISOLATION and all we are coping with. Sit back, grab your lunch, and join us in the recording of Friday Art Lunch Lunch with Ted Orland. Next week – Brett Roberts ceramicist.

Art Foundations: Color Schemes!

Birk and the Color Wheel
  1. Introduction to COLOR SCHEMES and review HANDOUTS. This is ALL REVIEW from some point in life.
  2. Explanation of DIGITAL ART assignment 
    1. 1 Strong photograph of your own Color Wheel using Objects in your home.
    2. 3 photographs of COLOR SCHEMES you find naturally in life. You can choose from ANY of the color schemes we talked about or that are on the page HERE.

Intro to Drawing: Positive and Negative Space

  1. Introduction to Positive Space and Negative Space. Let’s talk about the video to watch below and then go over the process with REAL OBJECTS and PHOTOGRAPHS.
  2. A. Gather up a wonderfully interesting branch from the GROUND – DO NOT PICK IT OFF OF A TREE.
    1. Set it against a white or solid colored surface.
    2. Look at the NEGATIVE SPACE – not the branches themselves but the space between the branches.
  3. B. Make a photograph looking up into a tree with bare branches.
    1. REPEAT the process by using the photograph as your reference material.
  4. REPEAT the drawing process two more times – once with branches, once with a photograph. AT LEAST 4 well observed drawings.
  5. UPLOAD to the NEW Google Slide and explain the challenges that you had and the successes as well.

Advanced Digital Art and Photography: What is it to be QUARANTINED?

Carry Out – Nope CURB SIDE – Put that mask on properly!
  1. Introduction to Photography and the use of the Elements and Principles as well as how to compose a strong Photograph
  2. Explanation of DIGITAL ART assignment 
    1. 3 Strong Photographs that speak to what it is to be YOU during this time of isolation / quarantine / 6 feet apart.
    2. A brief explanation of the CONCEPT of your work in the slide show. 

UPLOAD to the NEW Google Slide and explain the concept that you have in your photographs.

Compositional Styles in Photography

Intro to Painting: Edward Hopper and Loneliness

Edward Hopper Drawing of Study for Morning Sun: http://aphelis.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HOPPER_1952_Chalk_study_for_Morning_Sun_WM_70-244.jpg
Edward Hopper Drawing of Study for Morning Sun: http://aphelis.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HOPPER_1952_Chalk_study_for_Morning_Sun_WM_70-244.jpg
  1. Edward Hopper and his works. The loneliness that his works have illustrated and depicted. Sometimes they are people in rooms together but they are generally apart.
  2. Sketches and IDEAS for the time.

Let’s go over the assignment sheet HERE.

Edward Hopper Resources:

Advanced Painting: Fauvism or YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!

  1. Sketches for NEXT painting – FAUVISM Part II – OR – Your own painting based on the style or technique YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
  2. NOTE – Sometimes it is easier for a young (or old) artist to be successful when they are given a specific direction to travel with their work. If following my instructions helps you succeed – use them. If you choose to follow your own path… Great!
  3. Please PLAN before you move into the painting. This week’s assignment will be the PLANNING stages – the sketches. 
    1. This doesn’t mean you can’t begin the final painting… it just means that the planning is the assignment to turn in.

Read the instruction sheet HERE.

Thanks for the following and staying on top of one’s own COVID-19 Quarantine. STAY AT HOME! While the posting seems to have died down QUITE A BIT over the past 3 weeks, know full well that the educating hasn’t. The initial intent of ArtWithKorb.com was to help share out ideas and resources to EVERYONE. It has done that as well as being a launching pad for all of the daily classes in the classroom. Well… we’re not there anymore.

As with EVERYONE we are all teaching out of our own homes and studios right now. I’ve switched all of the digital day to day to Google Classrrom – which stinks for the sharing of ideas. The time it takes to update… in the classroom it is all set, for the home studio, as you may or may not know, it takes a lot longer.

Thank you for following and supporting the ideas.

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