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10 Things CREATIVE people do – Have you ever wondered why some people are more creative than others? Did you ever wish that you had more of that particular gene? The good news is that research shows that happiness and creativity are not only related, they can be developed. Here are 10 ways to jumpstart your creativity, starting now:

7. Seek Out Challenging Tasks: Just for fun, challenge yourself with projects that don’t have solutions, like how to make a horse fly (no — we’re not talking unicorns) or build a perfect model of a part of the body. This opens the mind for all types of strategies, which helps generate fresh ideas.

8. Surround Yourself With Interesting People and Things: Spend time with diverse friends, listen to new music, see new exhibitions to broaden your horizons. Having unusual objects around you also helps you develop original ideas.

– Randy Taran


Drawing: MUSIC and ART!

Improvisation #30 (Cannons) Vasily Kandinsky French, born Russia, 1866–1944 Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), 1913 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


  • 1.2Ac: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.
  • What ideas did you come up with about COLOR and SHAPE in art you are creating? We will have some conversation and learning about the ideas of Wassily Kandinsky today?

Reflection: What NEW ideas do you have about COLOR and Shape in the art you are creating now that we have had some conversation and learning about the ideas of Wassily Kandinsky?

Studio Art 360: Sculpture.

Donald Judd Sculpture: AUDIO HERE! http://www.moma.org/collection_images/resized/130/w500h420/CRI_158130.jpg


  • 7.1P: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
  • What is ONE things that you might think if you saw a grouping of cylinders, cubes, and pyramids all grouped together?.

Reflection: Last 10 minutes of class. Set out your GOALS PAGE and the CRITIQUE SHEET I gave you. Walk Clockwise and in serpentine fashion (I’ll demonstrate) around the room and take in the work that is in front of you. Like musical chairs, stop when I say stop and make 5 REAL COMMENTS on 5 different classmates work. What is working? What is NOT working? Last 3 minutes… Read your comments – write a BRIEF response to a classmates comments

AP Studio Art: 

What is YOUR big idea? http://big-idea.biz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Whats-the-big-idea.jpg


  • 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.
  • How do you see the growth of your work? What are TWO things that you see as STRONG developments as you have moved forward in your CONCENTRATION? How are you DEVELOPING your work? Is it stagnant? Static?

Reflection: How many more pieces do you need to get started for this batch of 3 concentration works? How would you DESCRIBE HOW you are DEVELOPING in the process of CREATING your CONCENTRATION?

Advanced Drawing: 50 Sheets of Paper!

Jennifer Bartlett – How MIGHT this be based on OBSERVATION? https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.collageplatform.com.prod/image_cache/600x345_fit/558176bf278e1af86c88ecaf/e18793c7e3a92b23f6abe463082d793a.jpeg


  • 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.
  • Looking at YESTERDAY… what are 3 things you hope to accomplish with this VERY INDEPENDENT (but subtly guided) drawing? EXPLAIN! 

Reflection: What is working for you in this drawing SO FAR? List 3 things that you see as positive attributes to your drawing today.

Thursday before break… how can you continue ARTing over break?

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.” – David Bayles and Ted Orland

Art Foundations: PAINT your POP



  1. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WELL with the application of your ACRYLIC PAINT – Give yourself that thought today! PAINT OUT AND WORK!

What is the most successful aspect of your painting? What is the least successful part of the painting? Stop and think – explain your feelings so  you can look back on this when we come back.

Drawing: RULES of the PORTRAIT! HERE!

How are you going to use the idea of the PORTRAIT to make your work successful? Rules in a minute… http://www.abcgallery.com/M/matisse/matisse80.JPG


  1. Know about solving visual challenges (making art) using analysis (breaking the work into its parts).

How are you going to work on the ideas behind the portrait over the break? What FAMOUS images come to mind when you think of ART HISTORY? You are going to use ideas from Art History in the final work… What worries do you have?

AP Studio Art: Log In and Log On… AP is WAITING to hear from you!

WHAT? Look at the WORK here! WOW!


  1.  3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges – WHAT ARE YOUR CHALLENGES?

Which works are you most proud of and why? What is working with the pieces that you would choose as your “quality” works? Why do the other ones NOT work?  What do you have to do over break?

May 13, 2013 – Monday

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.” – David Bayles and Ted Orland

What do you to get off the starting blocks? What do you do to keep going?


Art Foundations: How are you using the grid to help you create your art? Is it helping you or is it making it too hard? This is something that some of you have spoken about… it being difficult… it being easy… Analysis!

Imagine using the grid as the basis for your artwork. How can you use the grid as the basis for an abstract work?


  1. 1.1 apply media (colored pencil), techniques (grid), and processes (one square at a time) with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

What is the most successful aspect of your drawing? Did the slowing down and working one square at a time help you to better understand the image you were drawing? Why or why not?


Drawing: Fauvism – How much are you enjoying, hating, challenged by, made easier with the use of the WILD BEAST-like colors and REAL observation behind the image? I am THRILLED!

Mid Crit – DUE NEXT MONDAY – CRITIQUE 3 DAYS NEXT WEEK – PAPER DUE Thursday Beginning of class next week… COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS DUE WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK – WRITE OUT 10 sentences (one paragraph) about your partners work – good / bad / suggestions – make it worth their while.

3rd Hour MidCrit Artworks to UPLOAD by WEDNESDAY

6th Hour MidCrit Artworks to UPLOAD by WEDNESDAY

How does looking at the work at this stage help you? Help your classmates?


  1. 1.4.3 evaluation [critique] (formative and summative reflections about your artwork) 2.1 form criticism about artworks that work to accomplish
  2. 2.1.2 personal 2.1.3 communal (societal) 2.1.4 or other meanings

Write out what you have learned about the work you have produced. 4 minutes of SOLID writing – this will help you begin tomorrow and write your paper later this week (next week).


AP Studio Art – 

Get Ready for the Artist Statement.

 Writing an artist’s Statement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mgnr69bpmbrqCUk74QbNpEq8GCeFrXZTpX3I_MMs23E/edit#


  1. 2.1 form criticism about artworks that work to accomplish 2.1.1 commercial 2.1.2 personal

What hurdles are you facing that stop you from writing about your artwork? What gets in the way? Why are words so hard?

May 10, 2013

Welcome Home Mom? – For sure thought it was the 9th…


Please note the time change for publication… 6:30 am. I am looking for your feedback – parents, teachers, students, artists, leaders, and anyone else who is following my page. In addition, please share me with your friends and colleagues.



“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”  — Arthur Christopher Benson


Art Foundations: 2 full class periods to work on the Grid Drawing – Today and Monday… then onto  MORE color – and PAINT and TEXTURE and more…

How else can an artist use GRIDS to make successful art? Next week we will be using grids as FORMATS for our work.


  1. Apply media (colored pencil), techniques (grid), and processes (one square at a time) with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas (modifying the photo to one specific color scheme) are executed well .
  2. 2.2 evaluate the drawing with colored pencils and the technique of ONE SQUARE at a TIME in your artworks.

Knowing that you have 1 more day to work in class – what are you going to have to do in order to get this drawing done?




Maurice Vlaminck “Portrait of a Woman” 1906


  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well
  2. 2.2 evaluate the drawing with pastels and the Fauvist technique in your drawings.

What has been your biggest sense of PROGRESS in the FAUVIST DRAWINGS for this week?


AP Studio Art: Well… Have you burned your finger making art this week? I did! Make sure you have ACCESS TO YOUR 72 DPI images for MONDAY! DEMO and then YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! Lots more to do next week!

What is the work worth displaying? How are you preparing for this?


  1. With your ART and FEAR Book and IDEAS in your head – 3.5 evaluate and defend how 3.5.1 subject matter and 3.5.2 symbols are used in art.
  2. 1.3 As you create your ART and FEAR works make sure you communicate your ideas clearly.

What works have you been thinking about for the ART EXHIBITION? How are you planning to display them? We have not spoken about that yet… Which works are the MOST important to express your ideas and abilities? BEST WORKS – not favorites, not biggest, not most controversial – BEST. What makes it your BEST?

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