Back from #Chicago and #TwoDaysLeft – LET’S #Art it up!

“If you don’t like change, you’ll like irrelevance even less”

General Eric Shinseki

Taliesin – Frank LLoyd Wright’s Home and School. A look at my weekend HERE!


What are YOU looking at? I hope it is your artwork.


  • Communication and Collaboration – Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and to the learning of others.
  • What are two things that are successful in your artwork? What is one thing that you still need to work on in the drawing (or would change)? What is the color scheme you are using? Share this with your neighbor.
    • TODAY! We are going to 1) make photographs of the work we have RIGHT NOW and 2) go to the COMPUTER LAB (Laptops). Fill out the Google Form and then 3) insert images from today into the GOOGLE DOCUMENT.

Reflection: How  do you feel that starting with a WRITTEN CRITIQUE can help you develop a stronger ORAL critique through the use of the GOOGLE FORM?

Studio Art 360: The Grid – Let’s Review…


  • 1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
  • How is BREAKING the image down to basic shapes going to make the process of creating a memorable and successful work of art easier?

Reflection: What challenges did you have today with the transferring of the portrait up to the canvas? Two struggles?

HERE’s where were headed with this! Andy Warhol at MoMA.

AP Studio Art: Senior Exhibition Time!

Click on the image above to see works by the residents of Waterford Senior Living – these are the works we are going to be INSPIRED by… Working with our hands as they worked with theirs:


  • 2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
  • Now that we are done with the AP Testing – time to move forward. Looking over the past year and the development of the works you created… what 2 skills did you develop and put into your Art Toolbox over the course of the year?

Reflection: How are you approaching the drawing in your own fashion? 

Advanced Drawing: 

Baby drawing by Jim Dine –


  • 4.2Ad: Critique, justify, and present choices in the process of analyzing, selecting, curating, and presenting artwork for a specific exhibit or event.
  • Having had a day or so away from the critique (and we will wrap up today I HOPE) what 1) observation and 2) Question would you like to make or receive about your work or another artist’s work?

Reflection: How will you carry the skills you have learned in this class forward as you create new and exciting works of art for yourself?

March 21, 2013 – Thursday

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch


Art Foundations: Develop Picture Plane for Cityscape. Discuss the use of chiaroscuro and your drawing. Finish lesson 4 – Chapter 5.

Two Point Perspective Cityscape… What can you add to yours? Where is your horizon line going to be? What sort of city would you like to create? What CHANGES to the project would you be interested in bringing?


  1.  5.1 identify the rationale behind making art
  2. 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to history and cultures.

As we begin the process of creating this cityscape, what challenges do you see in front of you? Where do you see the potential for struggle? How can you overcome the difficulties that are coming your way?


Drawing: Continue with the Figure / Paper drawing.

How is this artist handling the background? How are you? what about the FIGURE / GROUND relationships?


  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.3 an awareness so that your ideas are executed well
  2. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges

Consider the challenges you are facing – what are you doing with the background? How are you handling the use of value and form in the drawings? What are the changes you will need to make to the drawing to help it become more successful – pair up and take the OPPORTUNITY to talk this through.


Blue Mountain Coffee - Thanks Savannah - BEST COFFEE EVER!
Blue Mountain Coffee – Thanks Savannah – BEST COFFEE EVER!

AP Studio Art: Finish up any mounting of your work that you need to. Continue on any work you may be needing to finish / clean up / complete… whatever.

What is YOUR body of work developing into?


  1. apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

What challenges do you have in front of you for the continuing your upload, photography, creation of works? Take 7 minutes and REVIEW your thoughts about the 2 questions from the AP Poster – How are you responding?

March 20, 2013 – Wednesday

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch


MC Escher… Where have you see this kind of artwork before? Is this use of 2 point perspective even possible?

ART FOUNDATIONS: What interests you? What is your passion? What do you do to keep yourself entertained? What do you do that you are proud of? Think of something that you can use as the basis for your cityscape.

We have learned it all… where to go from here. Take a moment and, with a partner, look at this and see if you can figure out all the different techniques we have learned and how you can draw them out.


  1. 1.2 create 2 point perspective cityscape that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.3 processes you use
  2. 6.3 use the principles and techniques of art with those from other discipline

Review with your partner / neighbor the process of drawing in 2 Point Perspective – what do you struggle with still? How did you work through the problems you had?


DRAWING: Figure and Wrinkled Paper Drawing. What can you use from YESTERDAY’s exercise with GESTURE and SIGHTING IN and GUIDELINES that might help you continue to refine your current drawing?

Wrinkled paper in a sketchbook? What a GREAT assignment! Notice the incredible ______________, ______________, and ______________ that help give this work it’s sense of form. (What are they? The 3 things that this artist used to create the form? First 3 people to e-mail me get 10 extra credit points in the sketchbook Character portion of the book!)


  1. 2.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of your artwork
  2. (1.2) Create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to materials, techniques and process.

How much fun was it to take a break from your work yesterday and Monday? Review my comments with your neighbor and write it down in the GOALS sheet. Write out a response to the comments as to how you might work to improve the use og guidelines and gesture drawings OR a general response to the ideas I presented to you in the past 2 days.


AP STUDIO ART: Let’s take a look at the boards from yesterday and see how you did. Get them out, set them all in a row in the front of the room – QUICK GRADE!

OLD SCHOOL looking at the slides… what have you done to update the process in YOUR work?


  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*

What have you learned and improved upon in the process of mounting a work of art? Why is it important to present your work in the best way possible? What challenges do you still have in front of you? Can you teach this process? I hope so – 2 of your classmates were gone – guess who is the teacher now?

March 15, 2013 – Friday – Hello Janie Pollock and Everyone at the ASCD Conference!


Shane Koyczan – TED Talk “To This Day”... for the Bullied and Beautiful… “If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s something inside you that make you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit.”

TED Talks are GREAT INSPIRATIONAL TALKS that can add a great deal to your day.


Collaboration and Sketchbooks – THIS WEEK we will be having a 5 minute conversation about the collaborative PEER / SELF Evaluation regarding your sketchbooks for the week. 10 minute before class ends, we will pair up with someone NEW and Self / Peer evaluate – and then hand them in!

  • What is the benefit of sharing your sketchbook with your classmate?
  • How can you learn to speak about your own sketches and ideas?
  • How can you share your ideas with others?


Art Foundations 2D: Challenge with Staircases. You thought ROOFS were hard? HA! Wait until you try stairs.

How about this for 2 point perspective? Can you imagine drawing stairs like this? Learn the basics and you can draw anything!


  1. 1.4 create, and solve 2 Point Perspective STAIRS using 1.4.1 analysis (and a friend).

Review with neighbors the RULES of THUMB and discuss the Differences in one and two point perspective. What was the most challenging part of the stairs? What did you find similar in the process of drawing stairs that you have learned in drawing other objects in 2 point perspective?


Drawing: We critiqued yesterday – what did you take away from the process? What do you remember as being impressive or successful about the work you saw from others? How can you use some of the same ideas that your classmates have expressed?

This IS a drawing – YES it is! I am not kidding. What does it do that your’s doesn’t? What does it do that your drawing does?


  1. 2.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of your artwork (What is working? What needs working on?)
  2. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges (How are you approaching the solution to the crinkled paper?)

Pair / Share – self – evaluation of the day – back of the goal sheet. Can you begin to see / hear a story in the work?  What do you think the character in your drawing might be up to with that piece of paper? Write down your thoughts in today’s Goals Page –  Journal Section.


AP Studio Art: Continue to work on the HUGE body of work that you are developing. This is great. I am REALLY happy to see you challenging yourselves. Keep it up! No excuses though – work hard.

Brian – This one is for you… you get a lot of stuff today. Wow, lucky Brian. Romare Bearden created this collage based on Homer’s fictional epic stories. What can you take away from his work that may help you maneuver down your own path of using allusion in your artwork? Hmmmm?


  1.  2.2 PEER-evaluate the effectiveness of artworks
  2. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges

With 5 minutes left… what are you needing to do this weekend. Write down what you need to accomplish over the two days. How much art do you need to take home? Do we have a sketchbook assignment for next week?

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