Relationships are the KEY to Life… and art.

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” Zig Ziglar

Art Foundations: Color Theory – Color Wheel – Color Schemes

What are the DOMINANT COLORS that were used in this magazine cover?

Goals:

  1. 1.4 Define color schemes using analysis (what are the colors that we, as painters / drawers use to make all the other colors?)

Review with your neighbors the relationships of the colors on the color wheel – what are the color schemes that we have discussed today?

Advanced Drawing: Gesture Drawing

Rembrandt used gesture drawings as preliminary idea drawings. How can you use them?

Lets begin with a drawing of the human form from MEMORY – 8 minutes… what do you remember a person looking like? GO!

Goals:

  1. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making gesture drawings
  2. 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value

What was the most challenging way to draw? Why was this most difficult way to go? How OFF were you from the original that you drew from your memory? What is most important about drawing when it comes to observation?

AP Studio Art: What are you doing with Art and Fear? How goes the Website?

While Miley Cyrus is terrifying enough… this is really frightening. What make you fearful? Art?

Goals:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how your art differs and describe how it relates to the Breadth you have begun.
  2. 3.3 describe the creation of your images and ideas and how they work with your breadth work.

As we begin – stop and talk to your neighbors and discuss the Art and Fear Chapter – get FEEDBACK – and talk about the WEBSITE. How’s it going?

What did you accomplish today? What do you need to do tomorrow?  What are your challenges as we progess forward with the 

Space… the Final Frontier… stART Class ARTerprise in on the way!

DUDE.. Catch a wave with all your MAD SKILLS… WORD! http://www.popfi.com

Remember…

“The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.”

— Frank Hamilton

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Art Foundations: Let’s wrap up the Portrait! Then… SPACE!

What is MISSING from this picture? How did that happen? 2.bp.blogspot.com

GOALS:

  1. 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements)

What did you find as the most difficult aspect of the creation of the drawing? What was the hardest? What was the easiest? Are you able to see the negative space in the 1 – drawing, 2 – actual object?

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Advanced Drawing: Last day of the CRIT… Let’s do a great job here. SHARE THE WEALTH in CONVERSATION!

GOALS:

  1. (3.3) Describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value (Oral Crit).
  2. (4.3) Compare relationships in visual art in terms of (4.3.2) aesthetics.

Ok guys and gals… what are you taking into the written crit from what your classmates have said? Make sure you are using the opportunity to write as a strength to the development of your artwork.

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AP Studio Art: Final Crit – ONTO THE IDEAS OF CONCENTRATION –  DESIGNING A CONCENTRATION Worksheets – HERE

Another – One MORE – CRIT. uaa.alaska.edu

GOALS:

  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks.

  2. 5.3 describe meanings of artworks by analyzing 5.3.1 techniques.

What did you take away from the critique today? Write down what you have taken from the crit. How are you going to improve your work in the future and really improve your abilities?

Work WITH and THROUGH your materials. 10 Things the Arts Teach Children.

“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin – Subtle work, no?

10 Things the Arts do for children – Click Here for the Binder insert – go to the table of contents and click on the page.

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Advanced Drawing: MID CRIT – How is your continuous line contour drawing coming? Background, foreground? How is it?

What mediums did this artist use and are they AWARE of the materials? Are they thinking with and THROUGH the materials?

Goals:

  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.1 skill and 1.1.2 confidence.

What do you feel was the MAJOR aspect of the crit that YOU NEED TO WORK ON? What do you see as the benefit of the Crit. What do you see as a downfall / challenge?

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Art Foundations: PBIS Poster – CHAPTER 4 in the textbook.

Lines, Limes, Everywhere there’s line…

Goals: 

  1. 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements of LINE)

What were the challenges you have had with the PBIS poster? What was fun about the process? What kinds of lines were you “Drawn” to?

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AP Studio Art: Concentration works – how’s the progress on the mini-critique?What were the challenges you had with the line drawing What was fun about the process? What kinds of lines were you “Drawn” to?

Watercolors… how are you attempting to use the materials that are made available to you?

Goals:

  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with (1.1.3) an awareness so that your ideas are executed well.
  2. 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the (1.2.1) materials.

What are the biggest challenges you are having? How many works have you FINISHED? 3 are DUE on Monday!

InterActive 2013 Learning Conference Ends… Workshop begins.

My webpage has been ranked on Teach 100… Thanks for the badge! Let’s work to move the rating up the list!

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A HUGE word of thanks to all those who attended my sessions over the past two days at InterActive Learning Conference at UW-Whitewater. The sessions I had were well attended and had a lot of great feedback. Links to ALL of my sessions are available to the RIGHT of this post under PAGES: IntertActiv 2013.

Thanks to Scott Christensen and the entire InterActive Learning Team, all the vendors, the presenters, and UW-Whitewater’s Tech crew for a fantastic couple of days.

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Comments from Survey: Thanks All!

  • Enjoyed your energy. All your communication with parents. I need to get my staff to do that more. I will share all your tools.
  • Putting goals out there for my students. Right now, they just have to guess… and most of them don’t try, oddly 🙂
  • I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Learned a lot. It’s been great to have some time to work and experiment with WordPress.
  • I liked that it setting up a blog is easy and free.

And Even…

  • I think you over-explained and I grew bored.
  • It seemed sort of self-promotional.

I appreciate ALL the comments. I enjoyed working with each group and learning form other experts in their own fields. Criticism in essential in the learning process and I appreciate all the work and reflections from everyone. Your thoughts about my sessions… HERE.

InterActiv 2013 – Day 2 – Technology in the Classroom!

Technology and Communication in the 21st Century Classroom: SURVEY – HELP me (and your contemporaries) with your thoughts! Survey is HERE.

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Please FOLLOW my GOALS PAGE by entering your e-mail address (see the right of the screen) to get daily updates, ideas, and inspirations. Share, Retweet, Facebook me… however you can share me…

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Self-Portraits and Reflection on oneself... charcoal on paper.
Self-Portraits and Reflection on oneself… charcoal on paper. What do you think about when you reflect on the lessons you teach? The ideas the kids walk away with? Reflection is essential to the process of learning – them and us.

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Goals:

  • Walk away with a new set of tools, skills, and connections to help your students (and yourself) become stronger and more self-aware / driven learners (and teachers).
  • Share the ideas and skills about technology that you are great at and help others become more knowledgeable in technology.

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My 3 sessions at the InterActiv 2013 Technology Conference are listed below. The links to the Google Presentations are below also. I am ALWAYS looking for your feedback.

What are your thoughts about my sessions? What are things you enjoyed or learned from? What would you have liked to have learned more about? While this survey is “mostly” about my sessions… I am happy to share your responses about anything that you feel needs addressing. Thanks. Survey is HERE.

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Kids will say the Darndest Things…

Knowing that sketchbooks and goals will ALWAYS be part of the courses, what is one suggestion that you have to offer for future classes? What are some suggestions you may have to help the class become even stronger or more fulfilling than it already is? These require explanation please.

  • “Make the goals so that everyone does them and doesn’t slack. It helps my brain learn from the beginning of class and I know it will help others.”
  • “To take the goals and understand them not just write them down.”
  • “The goals were kind of hard to understand when looking back at them. It’s easy to understand when you explain. but the way they are written down is tricky to look back at.”

WELCOME to InterActiv 2013 – Technology & Education

Welcome to  InterActiv 2013 Technology Conference ! Over the next 2 (or 4) days you will have MANY opportunities to learn new techniques, tools, technologies that can help you make your classroom even more effective towards the goal if IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING!

  • Technology and Communication in the 21st Century Classroom: SURVEY – HELP me (and your contemporaries) with your thoughts! Survey is HERE.
  •  Please follow my GOALS PAGE by entering your e-mail address (see the right of the screen) to get daily updates, ideas, and inspirations. Share, Retweet, Facebook… however you can share me…
  • MY NOTES FROM THE CONFERENCE – If you are interested – Comments are welcome – HERE.
"Dream," Matthew Jacob, oil on canvas, 15" by 19.75", 2013
“Dream,” Matthew Jacob, oil on canvas, 15″ by 19.75″, 2013 – How far from your box can the new ideas you will be exposed to this week take you?

Goals:

  • Walk away with a new set of tools, skills, and connections to help your students (and yourself) become stronger and more self-aware / driven learners (and teachers).
  • Share the ideas and skills about technology that you are great at and help others become more knowledgeable in technology.

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My 3 sessions at the InterActiv 2013 Technology Conference are listed below. The links to the Google Presentations are below also. I am ALWAYS looking for your feedback.

After having had an opportunity to visit the conference… what are your thoughts about the session? What are things you enjoyed or learned from? What would you have liked to have learned more about? While this survey is “mostly” about my sessions… I am happy to share your responses about anything that you feel needs addressing. Thanks. Survey is HERE.

Wisdom from Art Foundations Students

Tech In Class: Google Form – HELP me with your thoughts! http://goo.gl/kZSWQ

 Please follow me by entering your e-mail address (see the right of the screen) to get daily updates, ideas, and inspirations. Share, Retweet – however you can share me…

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Micah Reflects  Melanie Modic, Pencil, 12" x 20.55" 2012-2013
Micah Reflects
Melanie Modic, Pencil, 12″ x 20.55″
2012-2013

Art Students say the Darndest Things…

  • What was the one thing that you feel you will be able to take into your next course or carry on into the next stage of your artistic development.
    • “When we got to work on projects. Being able to do our own things” – Art Foundations 2013
    • “paying more attention to realizing importance of art rather than what I just see.” – Art Foundations 2013
    • “I will know how to better place things out on paper. Social Skills.”– Art Foundations 2013
    • “Work Ethic” – Art Foundations 2013
    • “Do the thing even if you do not enjoy the beginning. Probably, when you are done, you’ll discover the reason of what you did it and tool for opportunities.” – Art Foundations 2013

These kids FLOORED me with their insights and thoughts about all that they learned in an Art Class… I knew it was happening… I am PROUD that they saw it in the end too.

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This week : I will be presenting 3 sessions at the InterActiv Technology Conference at UW-Whitewater.

April 12, 2013 – FRIDAY

“Employing your imagination is the first step to the fulfillment of any dream.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Art Foundaitions: If you can IMAGINE your ultimate building… what would your building have in it? What would your building be for? What type of business, house, environment, atmosphere would best describe the house? What are you doing to change the building to make it inspired by Frank Gehry?

Click on the above image to see a 4:28 video of Frank Gehry since 1997 at the Vitra Museum.

Cityscape Instructions – 2013 Spring Semester

GOALS:

  1. (1.2) Create 2 point perspective city that demonstrates how your ideas demonstrate your understanding of the media, techniques (VALUE) and processes you use. (P)
  2. (2.3) Create artworks that uses organization and function to solve specific visual challenges.

Knowing that this drawing is DUE on Tuesday of next week, what do you need to do in order to be at a finished point? How do you intend on working this drawing so that you ARE done and it is up to your best ability? We are NOT going to be able to shade the entire drawing (necessarily). What can you do to EMPHASIZE the idea of creating FORM through the use of CHIAROSCURO?

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Drawing: We have critiqued for a good number of days (6th hour has one more class time to critique). Today we are going to to be 3rd hour: polishing the drawings so that they are up to the par that you would like them to be – photograph – work on the papers and 6th hour: Wrap up the critique and if there is time continue to polish the work and prepare it for being done.

What do you have to do to WRAP IT UP and MAKE IT PERFECT?

GOALS:

  1. 3.3 describe the creation of images and explain why they are of value.
  2. 1.4 solve visual challenges using analysis.

What was it that you learned through the process of critiquing that you will CARRY INTO the next project. What skills will you use to make your next work stronger and more successful as a well thought out work?

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AP Studio Art: We have looked at and worked on the CONCENTRATION art pieces for QUITE SOME TIME… What have you been accomplishing with them that you are particularly proud of? What have you done that has caused you stress and anxiety? How do you feel that you can use the pride and frustration to advance and critique the works that you have to finish?

GOALS:

  1. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

What do you have to do this weekend in order to be finished with your 3 works on Monday? We are going to CRIT. on Monday and Tuesday. Take a minute and find someone REALLY FAR AWAY FROM YOU right now (in the classroom) and take ONE WORK that you are struggling with… take the 3 minutes Bryan has announced to us and WRAP UP THE WEEK together (document your thoughts in the journaling portion of the binder).

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Study Hall: What have you done in each of your classes today? 1st hour, 2nd hour, 3rd hour, 4th hour, 5ABC, 6th hour, 7th hour, and what have you brought to 8th hour to work on? Take a moment and consider the work you saw as incomplete on Monday when we sat down with you. Think about what you have accomplished this week and all that you have to still complete. Write down all that you have done to accomplish what you have missed in the first 2 weeks and what you have not finished.

Do you have your work planned out for today? For the weekend?

GOAL:

  1. Remember to Bring Your Homework to School
  2. What have you brought to work on and get finished for the weekend?

What have you accomplished this week that makes you proud? What is something that someone else has done that you have been impressed with? Did you see some of those cool roller-coasters? How about the awesome smelling foods that were coming into our classroom this past week? Check out some of the fantastic drawings made in art class! What is your most memorable class event this week?

April 11, 2013 – Thursday

“Employing your imagination is the first step to the fulfillment of any dream.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Art Foundations: Who is Frank Gehry? We will introduce you to some of his works of Architecture and a bit about him… DRAW, DRAW, DRAW!!!

Oldenburg / Van Bruggen / Frank O. Ghery collaborative effort for business center.

Cityscape Instructions – 2013 Spring Semester

GOALS:

  1. (1.2.2 and 3) Create 2 point perspective drawings that demonstrate an understanding of how your ideas relate to technique and process.
  2. (5.1) Identify the intentions and purposes in creating 2 point perspective / use of values to create form.

How did you enjoy the architecture of Frank Gehry? What was it that interested you in the style of his buildings? What might you do to CHANGE the work you have in front of you and make your architecture more Gehry’esque?

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Drawing: FINAL DAY OF CRIT? Not for ALL of the classes. Make sure you have your PAPERS worked on and the final changes made to your artwork.

Agnes Martin – One of my favorites… Take a moment and have a conversation with your neighbor about these 4 works. What are your THOUGHTS, RESPONSES, REACTIONS, and EDUCATED CRITIQUES? 2 minute Conversation… GO!

GOALS:

  1. 3.5 Evaluate and defend the manner in which subject matter, symbols, and images are used.
  2. 2.4 compare different points of view regarding composition and meaning in artwork.

You have HOPEFULLY taken a lot of learning and experience from the critiques so far. What is the one thing that you have learned about the workings of drawings, the building of a composition, and the making of QUALITY ART? Number ONE thing you walk away with and HOW will you put that gained knowledge to your future works?

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AP Studio Art: WORK – That’t it… WORK on Making, Critiquing, Writing, Photographing, Editing, Uploading, etc…

Hong Kong International School… Social Commentary!

GOALS:

  1. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

What is going well? What can you share about the process you are going through RIGHT NOW? Go to the person in this room that is the FURTHEST AWAY from you and have a SOLID conversation about the work you are making and ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

April 10, 2013 – Wednesday – Hello Janie!

“Employing your imagination is the first step to the fulfillment of any dream.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Art Foundations: What object from your POPular Culture did you bring in? Today we are going to draw it a number of times and then incorporate it into the final composition.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Oldenberg Van Bruggen Website

Cityscape Instructions – 2013 Spring Semester

GOALS:

  1. (1.2.2 and 3) Create 2 point perspective drawings that demonstrate an understanding of how your ideas relate to technique and process (P).
  2. (5.1) Identify the intentions and purposes in creating 2 point perspective / Values. (D)

What aspect of your OBJECT drawing demonstrates your ability to OBSERVE and DRAW? What is the most successful aspect of your drawing? What are you most proud of? Share this with your classmate.

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Drawing: Critique today – have you shared your file with me? I am not 100% convinced…

What is an element or principle of art that you feel is the DOMINANT factor in this Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois? What questions about it might you have?

GOALS:

  1. 3.5 Evaluate and defend the manner in which subject matter, symbols, and images are used.
  2. 2.4 compare different points of view regarding composition and meaning in artwork.

What did you hear from today’s critique session that you had a differing opinion regarding? Were you able to voice your opinion without any fear of being wrong? What do you feel is an important aspect of listening and participating in an oral critique?

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AP Studio Art: WORK on your body of work. You have made me proud. What amount of works do you need to deal with as it comes to MOUNTING art and UPLOADING art?

Nina Kwon, Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, Calif. Score: 5

GOALS:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context.
  2. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

What is your biggest accomplishment as you look back at your collection of artworks from this year? Where have you grown the most? Where do you still feel you’d like to improve your skills and abilities?