We are pretty deep into the quarter. #Assessments are in and #work is continuing. What are you doing to crush those #standards and #expectations?

#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


Intro to Painting – Book Binding and Plein Air Paintings

Did you get the TWO ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS done over the weekend? One day this week we will talk about the book and take a break form the painting – get started on cutting the covers. Then we will finish with a day of painting so we can assemble the books next week. You need to have 8 – 12 paintings finished and ready to go for next week (12 is better than 8).

HERE is the assignment!

Keep thinking about COMPOSITION and the Elements and Principles as you design and plan your paintings.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography – Photoshop and Art History and Portraits.

This week – week 3 in the process – is about finishing up the portrait. There is a lot that you need to consider. Think about the photograph you made but also consider the original painting / artwork that you worked up from. How can you include the ideas of the negative space, the brushwork, the textures into the final “painting” of yours?

Critique first thing next week – self assessment as well. This work will be modifying the assessment scale to a 4 point scale to help transition into a TRUE standards based class. I want to help you understand this process.

Make sure you are ready to speak about the work – an elevator pitch – 30 seconds to 1 minute to explain your work. Take the time to think about the skills you are developing. Think about the challenges that you are overcoming with this process.


Art Foundations – Values and Space and Mark Making

Value and mark making is out plan for the week. Make sure you have your tools ready to for the work ahead of us. This is ALL IN PLANNING for the upcoming still life experience where you will be exploring ALL of the techniques that we have used. Hatching and cross-hatching are looking a little shaky right now… as is stippling – we will work on that together.

Positive and Negative space are a true struggle for many artists and it is important to know how to work with them together as we work through our compositions. We will be going outside and working with nature / trees in tack or branches we find on the ground to develop our understanding of how space works.

Some Simple Examples are HERE!

The #artworks are moving forward and becoming VERY #personal.

Chuck Close “What difference does it make whether you’re looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.”

Chuck Close 1940 – 2021

Intro to Painting

Paul Cezanne: Mont. St. Victoire

The goals and expectations for our days outside are to create at least one work of art every day that we are outside. Your job over the upcoming weekend is to make two artworks.

HERE is the assignment!

Before we do anything OUTSIDE – we desperately need to talk about COMPOSITION again…


Intro to Digital Art and Photography

Masterpiece in Photography and Photoshop. What is the masterpiece you have begun? Who inspires you enough to make a photograph based on and then invest the time to make it into a painted photoshop image?

“Boy with a basket of fruit”, Caravaggio - remake by Guido Ricci

“Boy with a basket of fruit”, Caravaggio – remake by Guido Ricci

Mid-Critique during the second day of the week! Make sure you are ready to speak about the work that you are making. Take the time to think about the skills you are developing. Think about the challenges that you are overcoming with this process.


Art Foundations

In addition to Collage and Poetry, we are begining the ideas and techniques in VALUE and SHADING.


September 20 – Woah – How Quickly the School Year is Moving Forward – Week 4!

Intro to Painting

Hockney working with OILS Plein Air – we are dealing with Watercolors.

The scale of your paintings will be smaller than the page of a sketchbook. Tearing the paper will allow us to get more pages into our finished hand bound books. We will be painting from observation as we are outside and the GOAL is to get one solid painting PER DAY!

HERE is the assignment!

Intro to Digital Art and Photography

What image have you created and what was the inspiration for it?

One on One conversations and it is work time – SHARE with me the work you are doing in Adobe Photoshop when we meet.Remember to work this in LAYERS in Photoshop so that we can put it all together neatly and in an organized fashion.

Mid-Critique at the end of the week! Woah! know what your tools and techniques are and have been!

Art Foundations

How Did Romare BEarden use TEXTURES and SHAPES to build his figures and space?

What challenges do you think you will face as it comes to the idea of an INTERESTING collage?

What are you doing to SUCCESSFULLY create a REAL sense of SPACE in your COMPOSITION? This is the last day to cut and paste into the collage. WRAP it up TODAY!

Week 3 and we are deep in the art making process.

“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” Brian Tracy

https://www.actioncoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Eat_that_Frog.jpg

Intro to Painting

Charles Reid and Watercolors.

Watercolor Techniques have been reviewed and we are working on a still life. How are you doing? What is your COMPOSITION?

Remember to…

  • Reset the original in class as best you can and work from photographs on your own.
  • Use your ET as often as possible in the studio so you are ready to critique next week Tuesday.
  • Look carefully
  • Begin large to small
  • General to detail
  • Overlap and layer frequently
  • Be patient.
  • Make daily photographs of the progress of the work. If you do a major thing, make a photograph and document it.
  • Work some of EACH of the techniques in to the final composition(s).
  • Begin with a LIGHT SKETCH (if you so choose) before you begin the final painting.
  • Allow for the pentimenti of the work to be in the final work… this demonstrates the process… or don’t.

This is a SOLID WORK WEEK so – check my lesson plans and Google Classroom for more information if you need to.


Intro to Digital Art and Photography

We are still using PHOTOGRAPHY as the start of our work, but we are also using art history as inspiration and then… PHOTOSHOP to paint it once again! WOW!

Adobe Photoshop Portrait in the composition of a FAMOUS work of art. Due in TWO WEEKS. 

HERE is the assignment – it is also in Google Classroom

  • Research Paintings
  • Make a HANDFUL of Photographs to get things rolling
  • Begin to use Photoshop and work with: Painting, Drawing, Layering, Filter Tools in Photoshop to RECREATE the Image as a Digital Drawing / Painting.

Art Foundations

This week we begin the idea of COLLAGE.

Della Wells – Milwaukee Collage Artist VIMEO Mamboland

Take a look at a good friend of mine in Della Wells – how has she used COLLAGE to communicate a message? Did she use ONE IMAGE or a BUNCH of IMAGES to develop her work? This is a hunting and gathering process and then we are going to be working hard to develop the images and perfect them. What is your social topic?

If you need your own magazines…. bring them in.

We are all working! Let’s review and then get our hands dirty in the making of art!

My mom sent me this! Perfect for Day 1. But I forgot to talk about it in each class.

Intro to Painting

Let’s look at Watercolor Techniques that we might have learned in Art Foundations.

Let’s ALSO take a look at the idea of COMPOSITION.

The above are REALLY IMPORTANT in what we are going to be doing this semester. The end result is yours, but we are here together to learn and know that we all have skills to develop.

The STILL LIFE is in our sights for the week – a series of still lives – from direct observation AND from photographs we have created.

http://www.belindadelpesco.com

Intro to Digital Art and Photography

This year is going to begin with reviewing the ideas of COMPOSITION. How do we set up an image in our picture plane to create a successful work of art and / or photograph. There are CERTAIN approaches we can focus on and we will talk about a number of them.

Richard Drew – AP Photographer. Instagram

IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING with this project. think about how you are making images. Look at the world from a unique POINT OF VIEW. Think about the images as creating a SERIES OF IMAGES. TELL A STORY with your images. Think about STAGING your compositions. Look at finding people and make images that are CANDID. There are MILLIONS and MILLIONS of images uploaded EVERYDAY… you can add to the QUALITY of these by being focused on your composition.

Jessica Todd Harper
  • What is going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can you find?

Art Foundations

Let’s get into the ARTIST TRADING CARDS project. Two days and a weekend!

Sol LeWitt Inspiration! Simplicity and Complication

The Elements and Principles of art are what we are beginning with. Be ready to explore and experiment with ideas, images, colors and the like. Worry not however, this is just a dipping our toes into the waters of art making.

This is what comes up when I Googled Artist Trading Cards, start here (?) to begin some ideas? Maybe think about what you like to make art about… What do you draw? Paint? Look at for inspiration? These are ALL ABOUT YOUR INTERPRETATION of the pairing of the Elements and Principles.

HERE is a place to visit the Elements and Principles

Artist Trading Cards based on the Elements and Principles of Art!

Welcome to the Art Department and 2021 – 2022

My mom sent me this! Perfect for Day 1.

Intro to Painting

We are going to be learning a lot about OBSERVATION and WATERCOLORS for the first work of art. Don’t worry though – you will be fine.

Still Life and Watercolor techniques. The first painting is all on your own and then we will talk techniques.

https://www.belindadelpesco.com/

Intro to Digital Art and Photography

This year is going to begin with reviewing the ideas of COMPOSITION. How do we set up an image in our picture plane to create a successful work of art and / or photograph. There are CERTAIN approaches we can focus on and we will talk about a number of them.

No Horizon and Left Heavy

Art Foundations

The Elements and Principles of art are what we are beginning with. Be ready to explore and experiment with ideas, images, colors and the like. Worry not however, this is just a dipping our toes into the waters of art making.

HERE is a place to visit the Elements and Principles

Artist Trading Cards based on the Elements and Principles of Art!

Link Day – Welcome Freshmen!

  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are 3 people you want on your team?
  • What is your most used emoji? BE CAREFUL HERE!
  • If you could change one thing about school, what would it be and why?
  • What was the worst haircut you ever had?
  • What is the name of a famous artist that you know about?
  • If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?
  • What is your absolute dream job?
  • What is something you HOPE to learn in our class?
  • What is something you will contribute to the class?
  • What is your cellphone wallpaper?
  • If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite art making material?
  • If you could donate a million dollars to any charity, what cause would you choose?
  • What is one thing you want older generations to know about teenagers today?

Mr. Korb has Gallery Representation in our nation’s capitol – the Gallery NK!

Thank you to the Nihal and the Gallery NK. We had a great meeting in the gallery as I showed a number of paintings on paper and canvas and my newest sculptures. 5 works will be exhibited in a show at Gallery B at the end of April – time to frame and ship. The following 2 works will be in their space until then.

Still Life in the Style of Morandi

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.

Remember when this was the launching pad for the day?

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.

Grid Demo HERE.

Value Demo HERE.

So… Stay tuned. More ideas and images to follow.

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