April 17, 2013 – Wednesday, Waffle Wednesday

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~ Neil Gaiman


Art Foundations: FINAL DAY to work on your cityscapes. What do you need to do to make it more AWESOME? Do it today!

What might this architect have been thinking when he designed this structure? What is ONE thing that you did that you see in this drawing – ONE THING?


  1. 2.1 Form criticism about 2 point perspective drawings that work to accomplish personal meanings.
  2. 5.3 Describe meanings of artworks by analyzing 5.3.1 techniques of linear perspective.

10 minutes before the end of class – Self – evaluation of the writing for the day – What did you find NEW in your work that you forgot you did well or struggled with? PREZI Self – Evaluation



Drawing: How’d your eyes turn  out yesterday? How about drawing a set of lips? A Mouth? Let’s give it a shot.

What is the GROUND of your image going to be? Let’s try to find something that relates to YOU and is a NEW ground for you to work on.


  1. 3.3 describe the creation of facial features and ideas behind them and explain why they are of value
  2. 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges of facial features using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements)

What successes did YOU have in the drawings of the EYES and MOUTH? What is one area that you really felt were unsuccessful when it came to the areas you struggled? Be explicit and specific – PLEASE!


AP Studio Art: Critique

Deborah Butterfield – Early work…
Late Work…


  1. 3.3 describe the creation of your concentration and ideas and explain why they are of value.
  2. 4.5 look at the qualities of art from the rest of your classmates / cultures to judge works of art – What is similar in the qualities and successes?

What did you go through mentally in building your concentration? What is the earliest memory of the decision? What were the stumbling blocks that you REMEMBER as being in front of you? Where were the support systems that helped you out of the pits of self-doubt etc…?


Study Hall: What was the ONE thing you learned or struggled with or wrote down at the end of yesterday’s class? What is your response to it today?



  1. Work to accomplish the current homework or missing work you have in your classes.
  2. Understand that the responsibility lies with you – but that you have a lot of people willing and working to help you.

How much time are you putting into your schoolwork OUTSIDE of school? What is the biggest challenge for you at home? What are you doing to hold yourself accountable for the work you need to accomplish?

April 16, 2013 – Tuesday

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Make Mistakes… Mkae Mjoar Misktes…


Art Foundations: 2 more days to work on the city scape. What is your plan of action for the last 2 days? Value? Perspective? ACCURACY?

Oldenburg / van Bruggen and Gehry works together!


  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks
  2. 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to history and cultures

What have you done today to move your drawing forward toward completion? What is the STRONGEST aspect of your drawing? The thing you are most proud of? What are you in need of working on STILL? It is ok… but what still needs work?


Drawing: Today – Eyes, Nose, Mouth, and Ears – Find 4 examples of each – larger than OR about the same size as REAL eyes from MAGAZINES that we have in the classroom – Slightly smaller if necessary, but… try to go large. Cut them out and GLUE them into your sketchbook. We are looking at the face this week…

Lovely No?


  1. 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value
  2. 3.4 evaluate and defend the validity of sources for ideas

What mistakes did YOU make – how bad were they when it came to eyes?

Homework: Collect images from the newspaper or magazines that represent you or that you feel are important to you in today’s social environment. The images MUST be in your sketchbook at the beginning of class tomorrow!


AP Studio Art: CRITIQUE of the Works you have accomplished SO FAR… ALMOST DONE!!! Bring out one of your EARLIEST concentration works and set it along side of the 3 most recent works we are looking at today.

Early Stuart Davis
Mid Career Stuart Davis
Late Career Stuart Davis


  1. 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value.
  2. 4.5 look at the qualities of art from various times and cultures to judge works of art.

Ok… By Wednesday – You will have your 2 questions worked out for the upload of the projects to AP College Board… WE NEED TO SHARE THESE ALOUD and HELP ONE ANOTHER. What do you feel about the work you have created here?


Study Hall: What are the classes you KNOW – before we meet with you – that you have missing work in?

What have you got in your backpack? What should be in your teachers’ hands?


  1.  Bring everything you need, nothing you don’t
  2. What do you need to accomplish today? Write BOTH of these goals down and BE AWARE OF THEM AS YOU WORK TODAY!

What was ONE NEW THING you learned today in ONE of your classes – be particular about the facts and information. How does it tie into what you will be able to use tomorrow? What is one thing you heard about today that you are not 100% sure on? Why might it be important tomorrow or in the future for your classes?

April 13, 2013 – Saturday


Frank Korb

There are 6 OVERARCHING GOALS that all of my art students work toward and focus on during the year in all of my art classes. The goals are referred to on a daily basis and are been modified, but not “dumbed down,” from the National Standards for the Visual Arts so that they make more sense to the students who are working with them through their art making and other art experiences.

The use of GOALS in my classroom (in any classroom for that matter) is an essential part of the process of running a high energy and well planned / focused classroom. The introduction of the GOALS, and the interaction of the student with that goal, literally fires up and activates the neurons in the brain and gets the young artist (student, teacher, whomever) focused on the work that will be undertaken. This OPENS THE FOLDER to learning.

Over the next six weeks, we will be looking at and unpacking the goals so that they are more easily understood. It is important to note that, when the goals are given to the students, they are restructured (a smidgen) so that they are meaningful and pertinent to the day’s activity. Notice, they are not agenda items but rather bigger thinking topics.

1.      Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.

2.      Using knowledge of principles and functions.

3.      Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

4.      Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

5.      Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of the visual arts.

6.      Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

One last note about the day to day activities in the class and GOALS specifically is that when we wrap up the class – the last couple of minutes, we take time to reflect, to GENERALIZE the relationship to the goals and the day’s work. This is the CLOSING THE FOLDER that allows the neurons to settle down and pack away the learning, the experiences, until the following day.

You can find these (and more) in my Visual Arts Handbook HERE.

Thanks –


March 16, 2013 – Saturday – ABC’s Art 2013

A special note of thanks to my friend Janie Pollock for bringing me into the ASCD Conference in Chicago, IL on March 15 to talk about my ideas and uses of technology in the classroom as a means of interaction with students, parents, and the world at large.


The Newest ABC of the Arts: S and T
By: Frank Korb

Frank Korb

Frank Korb

In 2002 and again in 2007, John Tusa of The Guardian wrote the ABC’s of what was facing the world of the arts and how to deal with them. Inspired by his ABC’s, these are my 26 thoughts on the importance of support of the arts in school systems and communities across the country / world.


S is for Society – Art has defined, redefined, reflected, and changed society since the beginning of humankind. The arts challenge our perceptions and help us see the world in new and creative ways (Sixteen Trend: Their Profound Impact on Pur Future, p 170). From the cave paintings at Lascaux, where the artists painted their ceremony and day to day activities to the Renaissance artists where Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni defined what it was to create perfection and question the status quo. Pablo Picasso and his , the visual representation of the horror, bloodshed, and devastation of the small Basque Country village of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.  Society of the past would not be known without the arts and the society of today requires the same.

T is for Teamwork – By working together, students, faculty, community members can create exhibitions,  build collections, and develop relationships, “conceive of ideas, products, services, performances and pathways to peace and understanding. The arts can help us find common ground (170)”. They can build the skills to really understand what it’s like to work as a team and come up with extraordinary results.


NEXT WEEK: U, V, and W

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