January 31, 2013 – Thursday

There is a fine line between hard work, skill, and ‘talent’ Make sure the time you are using is dedicated toward the improvement of your skill and not sitting on your “talents” waiting for them to take you somewhere.


Art Foundations – Chapter 4: Lesson 2 (wrap up lesson 1), Continuous Line Contour Drawings – Blind Continuous Line Drawings

Continuous Line Contour of the hand… looks easy enough – right? (Actually – it is the left).


  1. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art

What did you take away from the various types and qualities of line and how can you use them in your artwork? What was the most challenging aspect to today’s in class exercises? What was fun? What was NOT fun?


Drawing  Grids and Math. Use MATH to grid off a large sheet of drawing paper. Use pencil to create the grid. Make photographs of the entire figure or portrait. Discuss the use of the grid in art history (Renaissance to NOW).

Grids and the use of MATH. We are NOT doing cartoons – no worries there.
Here is a great example of the potential for the grid and the portrait!


  1. (3.2) Apply subjects and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenge.
  2. (1.4) Create and solve visual challenges using analysis (break the photograph down) and synthesize (put it back together)

What is difficult about the process? Make sure your neighbor is correct in the ratio and the measurements. Were you able to properly use the ruler with the math? Inches? Centimeters? How did you GRID the paper off?


AP Studio Art – Time to work VERY dedicated and THINK about the use of our time as we have been working. Are you using it wisely?

Piet Mondrian in his Studio. How does THIS compare with Francis Bacon’s? Yikes – the differences are staggering.


  1. Work on (1.2) concentration works that demonstrate how your ideas relate to the materials and techniques that you use. (P)
  2. (1.1) Apply media, technique, and process with skill and confidence (P).

Where are you flying forward? Where are you stuck? Why do you have ideas on THURSDAY and not a concentration solidly begun? Did your collage really take as long as it has? Share with your neighbor the plans and advancements for this and the next piece.  

January 30, 2013 – Wednesday

All of the works we complete are just stepping stones between your next work. What are you doing with this work that will carry you into the next work and make you create a stronger work? Be aware of what you are doing and how it will make you a better artist?


Art Foundations: Finish chapter 1 and begin chapter 4. Hands on with line and CONTOUR LINE DRAWING.


  1. (4.2) describe the purpose and meaning of art objects within different cultures, times, and places.
Picasso and his drawing of Igor Stravinsky – LINE!

What were the different types of lines drawings that you worked on today? What are different qualities of lines and what messages can they communicate to an audience? What were your responses to the drawings that we worked on and why? Reflect with your neighbors about the drawings you did in class today and be able to identify the variety of different lines.


Drawing:  LAST DAY to RESOLVE the still life drawings – 20 minutes. CRITIQUE (Video) of work.


  1. (2.1) form criticism about drawings inspired from real objects.
  2. (3.3) describe the creation of drawings and ideas and explain why they are of value.
Critiquing a work of art… let’s get some thoughts on your work.

What are the differences with the three types of Pencils? What do YOU find useful from today’s exercise? What is the ONE THING you are going to carry forward that you have learned from this first in class exercise?


AP Studio Art: Reflect on the work you are doing. What is working? What wall are you hitting?


  1. (5.5) Evaluate responses to works of art (from others thoughts).
  2. (2.4) compare different points of view regarding composition and meaning.
Francis Bacon’s Studio – What a mess? His works are AWESOME and MOVING! Woah!

What bit of advice did you get from your classmates that you will be able to put to use? What bit of advice did you give that might be used elsewhere? What are your goals for the next work(s) that will show your development? 

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