“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good…” Ira Glass
Plein Air at the Fair
Drawing: Let’s Go and DRAW!
2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
Let’s get rolling and get outside to draw from 2 – 5 feet away. One page and one drawing. That’s the goal.!
Once again… What is your feeling about the process of drawing outside with a book that you made and a particular goal of filling it with observational drawings?
Studio Art 360: Painting of a Portrait!
7.1Ac: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
What are two reasons the simplification of the portrait makes the process less intimidating and more approachable? What is one thing in your life outside of art that you could see this relating to?
What part of the process of tracing and transferring the image up to the canvas did you struggle with? Name 2 things that were challenging for you in this process. Sit and share with the table and then the class.
Advanced Drawing: No Molly – but Photos of her!
2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
RESOLUTION of the figure drawing is today. What are three strengths that are happening in your drawing? How are you going to build on those strengths and develop the final drawing?
Step back – how did it turn out? Give a thought here – think about your work and step back with pride in the process.
AP Studio Art: Portraits and the PORTFOLIO
2.2Ad: Demonstrate understanding of the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images, materials, tools, and equipment in the creation and circulation of creative work.
Have you attempted to work OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE? Please explain how you have done this?
How do you feel this portrait is talking about the person MORE SO than just a recreation of an image you made with a camera?
Welcome to the 2017 SE WI Youth Art Month portion of the State Closing Reception. The final awards ceremony was held at the Capitol Building in Madison WI on March 31. This was a fantastic way to celebrate the final day of a fantastic month long celebration of the Youth in the Visual Arts. Thank you to all the artists, parents and guardians, family, teachers, school administrators and boards for celebrating and supporting the visual arts. Congratulations to all the young artists who participated.
… and the SE WI Regional YAM Show at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
Hello All (and especially acash93) – I got an inquisitive question about roof design from acash93 on YouTube this morning (hello again) and rather than a simple reply (which they did get back from me and a redirect to here) I drew out the explanation for a better understanding. I hope this helps.
If you are interested in seeing more explanations of drawing in perspective, please visit more of my videos on my YouTube Channel Instructional Videos HERE: https://goo.gl/8lT00x or on my website to the right of the screen near the bottom – Videos and Prezis.
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 makes you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit.”
Drawing: MUSIC and ART!
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 are 2 skills about the materials have you taken away from this project? What is ONE HUGE LESSON you learned about creating MEANING behind your own artwork?
Reflection: As you look at the FINISHED DRAWING (unless you have to take it home and work it this weekend) what is ONE THING you would REDO and WHY?
Studio Art 360: TEXTURE – COLLAGE it Ernst Style
2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.
What TEXTURES do you like best from yesterday? Why?
Reflection: Write a ONE PARAGRAPH EXPLANATION about your work on the BACK of the collage. Describe how you used Frottage, Grattage, and Decalcomania in the work. I am looking at this on MONDAY!
6.1Ac: Make, explain, and justify connections between artists or artwork and social, cultural, and political history.
I’m GONE TODAY… You are ON YOUR OWN… How are you going to FINISH THIS DRAWING UP? How are you going to ATTACH this drawing TO the drawing? This is an ESSENTIAL ELEMENT to the COMPOSITION… What have you considered?
Reflection: Do you need to take anything home to RESOLVE THIS DRAWING and be ready to WRITE on MONDAY? 3 things that your are PLEASE WITH and one thing you wish went differently?
Advanced Drawing: 50 Sheets of Paper!
7. Stretch & Explore: Learning to reach beyond one’s capacities, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes.
Last day this week… What are two things you are planning on doing TODAY to get a good deal of work planned and begun for today? How are you working in the OBSERVATION part of this requirement?
Reflection: MONDAY we are going to HANG THEM UP and LOOK… do you need to try and work this weekend? EXPLAIN in 140 characters (using # to emphasize the important terms and phrases) what you are HAPPIEST WITH and WHY!
Thursday evening I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with Todd Mrozinski about his artwork. In addition to the work in his “Shadow Series,” which consisted of 20+ (must be hundreds of paintings), Todd shared the Pop-Up Gallery installation in a former boutique at the Pfister. His work as well as the works of Timothy Westbrook’s are on display and the opening reception is this evening (Friday, June 12). Thank you to Todd and his wife Renee Bebeau as well as Pamela Anderson (from Milwaukee’s Plaid Tuba Gallery) and her husband Steven Kaishian for the wonderful conversation.
Also below is a great review of student created art inspired by the works of Midwest Artists from Frank Juarez’s (Sheboygan Artist / Educator) book Midwest Artist Studios (MAS). The link to the original site it here, but you can read my excerpt below. Please explore at all the student’s working and works HERE.
A Midwest Artist StudiosReflection, by Frank Juarez (and Frank Korb) – Here
Reflection on Todd Mrozinski and Silhouette Drawings
Written by Frank Korb, art teacher
2015 Drawing Class – Waterford Union High School
I introduced my students to Todd Mrozinski through theMidwestern Artist Studios Project workbook designed by Frank Juarez. In order to help my students better understand who Todd Mrozinski is, I used Frank Juarez’s writing and interview with Todd from the M.A.S. Workbook as well as looking at Todd’s website and video prepared as his application for the Pfister Artist in Residence. From there, we discussed the ideas and history behind diptychs and triptychs. The ideas behind the works were planned around the idea of working with a partner, learning about them as individuals and then working together to create works about one another through the same ideas of Todd – working with the Silhouette of one another and also working with the ideas of shadows cast from plants or trees. Originally, we were going to be creating a triptych and including the shadow of a person made object, one chosen by the partner in the pair, but because of time limitations we only had one artist get that far with the drawing.
In the very beginning, we introduced one another through learning the ideas behind the elevator pitch. Using an elevator pitch approach to introduce themselves gave them a good understanding about who they are, what they believe in, how they make art, what their ideas about life and art. From there we all went outside and looked at shadows and the partners worked together to choose which types of plant shadows to trace. The artist traced the shadow their partner liked or felt symbolized them. They then traced the sitters silhouette. From there we all worked in studio and created these wonderful images through the use of oil pastels. Over these quick 2 weeks or so, a large assortment of strong and conversation starting compositions were created. Works were focused on the positive and negative space the silhouettes created while also being built up upon the idea of color scheme. Working together gave the artwork a collaborative element that previous works did not have. Students were a bit apprehensive about the use of oil pastels, but this was a good choice as time was of a concern. Oils have a quality that really show the mark of the artist and this showed through in many of the works. A few thoughts about the next time that this lesson is taught are to allow more time to work, a mid-critique, as well as a field trip to Todd’s studio in Milwaukee.
Each class period began with a virtual trip to Todd’s gallery and discussion about a few works. Personal written reflection happened at the end of each day with students thinking about and responding to the successes and failures that they were experiencing in the work. When we had about a week left, I provided an online written critique (google forms) for them to use as their final exam. All said and done – kids came into the final exam period with their finished artwork, Skype TV turned on, and Todd, my students, and myself I met up online to talk about the ideas and works that were created.
Over the course of two days and two separate classes, 20 kids each, a 1 1/2 hour time period we had GREAT critiques, conversation, and reinforcement of many words I spoke of earlier. Todd added a lot of new ideas about intention and symbolism, compositional ideas that were new ideas for the students. The young artists were very interested in Todd’s comments, critique, and support about the work. Discussion of the works was very strong and the students took to the conversation with elements and principles in mind with interpretation becoming even more a highlight. I sincerely hope that the ideas spoken about are carried forward into the individual student work.
During the first week of summer vacation, I put out a brief survey to the kids that asked four questions. 1) What are THREE (3) highlights that you found, experienced, or achieved in the working on your shadow / color scheme drawings? 2) What are TWO (2) suggestions you suggest for the next time this artwork / experience gets taught? 3) What is the ONE (1) thing that you feel you will remember / use in the future that you learned from this work of art? 4) Do you have ANYTHING ELSE that you would like to add? Please let me hear more of your thoughts. Survey resultsHERE. While I am not expecting a lot of responses, summer vacation having started, I do hope to get a few comments in about the project. My students works as well as images of the kids in the process of working and critiquing can be seen through this link: https://goo.gl/UgFmbo.
TheMidwest Artist Studios™ Project is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc and the Wisconsin Art Education Association.
Listen to the SAGE words of Advice to Art Students by Art Critic and Writier Jerry Saltz as read by your favorite (or at least top 3) art teacher Frank Korb. PLEASE play for all classes before their individual videos. Thanks.
AP Studio Art: PREPARE for the PRESENTATION on MONDAY! Gallery?
7.2Ad: Determine the commonalities within a group of artists or visual images attributed to a particular type of art, timeframe, or culture.
Looking at the work you’ve been creating, what do you need to do in order to not get voted out of the Art Studio? How is your work challenging and innovative?
How does this work offer you the opportunity to thing outside of the normal “art” supplies and “art” ideas?
Advanced Drawing: PAPER BAGS and Watercolor!
1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements) 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges.
What skills do you feel you are able to be falling back onto as you move into this drawing?
What has been your most successful are of this drawing today? How are you COMMUNICATING a MESSAGE about your CULTURE or SELF?
2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
What skill / technique do you feel that you REALLY gained in the last still life drawing? How are you GROWING as an artist SO FAR?
One day drawing – what was successful? What was a fail? These are your SKETCHBOOKS for next week – what can you do to make it BETTER from this point forward?
Studio Art 360: Thumbnails and IDEAS! – VALUE TOO!
7.1P: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
What are THREE things you struggle with when it comes to using VALUE in your drawings that you can focus SINCERE attention on today?
Look back on the THREE areas of improvement, how did you do? Choose one and write 3 sentences about the success or failure!
How about COMPOSITIONS? Looking for ideas? Let’s Look HERE!
Thanks for the nod towards my thoughts on communicating with Parents, Students and the WORLD on Teach.Com. I appreciate the recognition.
~~~ “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
Studio Art 360 – Collage, Frottage, Grattage, and Decalcomania
LARGE GROUP Slide Show Project – Let’s SEE it HERE!
1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
What are the MAJOR textures you are hoping to work into your BAS – RELIEF sculpture? How will they help create the idea of SPACE in a somewhat flat (low-relief) picture plane?
What was successful in the design and creation of your collage today? Where are you struggling?
Painting – Build your CANVASES! Consider the Continuous Line Contour Drawings for the PAINTING!
5.1Ac: Evaluate, select, and apply methods or processes appropriate to display artwork in a specific place.
What differences do you know about ACRYLIC Paints and OIL Paints? Today we are DEMONSTRATING the differences. We NEED to be AWARE of STORING THEM in the YELLOW RACK – Safer in there than on the TOPS OF THE LOCKERS.
What differences do you NOW KNOW about acrylic paint and oil paint?
Ah… The days of summer are quickly flying by. As I sit and listen to the neighbors mowing their lawns, the robins chirping in the trees, the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, and my daughter asking, “You still work over the summer break?,” I appreciate the time a bit more. “Yes, I still work over the summer break.” With the Common Core State Standards making significant changes to the rigor and curriculum of the core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) the elective courses (hardly a term I enjoy when I think of the importance of all of our classes) are also in need of review.
As a professional artist and educator, one who firmly believes and practices looking at standards and setting goals, I was pleased to see that the National Arts Education Association was deep in the thick of it rewriting the National Standards for the Visual (and the rest of the) Arts. Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts all got a good going through in the redesign. What I especially enjoyed about the National Standards prior to 2014 was the ease in which they were laid out and written. While some students and I (along with a wonderful Student Teacher) met and worked to unpack the old standards a few years ago, we got a good feeling as to what they all meant. The ideas and philosophy behind the 6 over arching ideas. The NEW standards are broken into 4 sections with a few more standards underneath each heading… a total of 11 (which can be found on my site HERE, in the NAEA site HERE and HERE) give a bit more to think about.
Using the GANAG method of lesson planning (Goals, Accessing Prior Knowledge, New Information, Applying New Information, and Generalizing – Janie Pollock at Learning Horizon, http://www.learninghorizon.net/) is the tried and true process I have been using to plan and structure my lessons and the day to day of my classroom, the new Standards are going to ask a bit more of me this year. I am not complaining in the least. Do not get me wrong. The best thing any of us can do is look back at the progress we have made and revisit the ideas with new eyes and new goals (or at the least reconsidered old goals). The new standards will give me the opportunity to see that the art works my students are creating give them the larger picture of the importance of art in their lives and culture, as well as the skills and grit that are required to become successful artists and members of the larger society. As I have rewritten my webpage on the National Standards in the Visual Arts, I realized that the ideas that are behind them are very important, not only as a student of the arts (or teacher) but also in what the artist ought to be aware of as a professional. I know that I will be working to make certain that each and every day of the school year, the standards are the jumping off point for my art students and that they are fully aware of the importance and direction we, as a class, are heading in the pursuit of realizing and grasping those standards.