Monday is where we are… Friday is where we want to be. Let’s make ART to get us through it all.

Andy Warhol used REPETITION and COLOR in his PORTRAITS - Even if all it was is Marilyn Monroe's Lips:

PLEIN AIR ART CLASS: Summer Opportunity!

Summer Plein Air Art
Summer Plein Air Art – Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright – Spring Green, WI Click HERE to see more photos. Sign up in the Guidance Office to join in the Summer Artmaking Fun!

If you don’t like change, you’ll like irrelevance even less” General Eric Shinseki

Drawing: Plein Air Painters

2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

Tri-Dorms at Ripon College. Abby's last Sunday of her Freshman year.
Tri-Dorms at Ripon College. Abby’s last Sunday of her Freshman year.

Let’s get rolling and get outside to draw from 5-10 feet away. One page and one drawing. That’s the goal!

Let's look to David Hockney for our inspiration in our landscapes!
Let’s look to David Hockney for our inspiration in our landscapes!

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: Portrait Paintings

7.1Ac: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.

What is the aspect of your personality that the COLOR USE and POSE OF THE SELFIE are representing?

Andy Warhol used REPETITION and COLOR in his PORTRAITS - Even if all it was is Marilyn Monroe's Lips:
Andy Warhol used REPETITION and COLOR in his PORTRAITS – Even if all it was is Marilyn Monroe’s Lips:

What are the COLOR Sand the COLOR SCHEME you are using in your painting?

Advanced Drawing: Hopper / Kahlo

1.2Ac: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

When it comes to the FACE and the FIGURE, what are the biggest difficulties that you have faced in the past?

Body Parts and Edward Hopper:
Body Parts and Edward Hopper:

What did you have a hard time with today? What was holding you back? DESCRIBE THE CHALLENGES on page 23

Handouts for next week:

AP Studio Art: Critique of the Portraits

4.2Ad: Critique, justify, and present choices in the process of analyzing, selecting, curating, and presenting artwork for a specific exhibit or event.

Based on the conversations you had at the beginning of this artwork, what are some of the qualities / characteristics you worked into the final portrait of your classmate? Would this be something that an audience would learn / see from simply looking at the work?


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Vincent Van Gogh Portrait: Let's See Yours:
Vincent Van Gogh Portrait: Let’s See Yours:

ure this gets photographed and put into your website… Maybe another heading… OTHER ARTWORKS?

#Wednesday and #PleinAir #Painting – #Resolution

Plein Air Painting

Michael Pintar painting: watercolor on Paper:
  • NVAS: 7.1P: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
  • Question to begin with: How have you changed your views of Waterford and the surrounding areas over the past four weeks? Please explain your answer. How do you feel your VIEWERS will think about Waterford based on the images you have created? Why?

End of the Day (CLASS) Reflection (use Google Drive to answer this one): TONIGHT… Think about ALL that we have done these past four weeks. Stop and consider EVERYTHING that you have learned from these experiences. I am concerned about the experiences and opportunities you have had, taken, made, experienced… all of it. With a one page paper (Google Drive: Share it with, 12 point font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, Standard Margins) and write out three paragraphs. First paragraph – is about all that you were hoping to learn and experience in the course. Second paragraph is about WHAT you REALLY learned and experienced (allow yourself to use you past reflections and writing as well as examples of artwork from your body of work to better explain yourself). Final paragraph is a concluding statement – what you hope to continue doing, using, experimenting, exploring, etc… with your artwork. It doesn’t matter if you EVER paint en plein air again, this experience is going to put you over the top! Top of the paper – CENTERED and BOLD – type: Your First and Last name and then under it type Artist’s Statement. Like this:

#Week2 – #EnPleinAir Painting

Plein Air Paintings – How are you doing outside?

Figure on a Porch, Richard Dibenkorn, 1959.
  • NVAS: 1.1P: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Question to begin with: Read over the thoughts I’ve added and look over your paintings from last week. Take a minute and think about it all – what are 3 things that stand out to you as you look at the works as being STRONG elements of the work? What are 2 things that stand out to you as areas that are WEAKER in nature and require additional efforts. What is 1 thing you are REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO this week?

End of the Day Reflection (use the back of this page for more reflection space): How has the first painting from today helped you to develop the second painting for the day? Elaborate with examples from your paintings. We looked at the different types of compositions (8?) and then went out and painted, how did looking at the various types of compositions help you develop (or simply be more aware) of the compositions you set up today?

#EndOTheWeek for you… time to PAINT!

Plein Air Painting: A Day For Yourself?

This Weekend in NYC at the Whitney… Edward Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning” Click on the PAINTING to listen about THIS painting… then let’s look at more of Hopper’s Work.
  • NVAS: 3.1Ac: Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
  • Question to begin with: How have you seen a dramatic change in your approach to painting since you began this class? Are you tighter with your painting or looser? Are you more anxious about the process or have you relaxed about the process? Explain your answers please.

End of the Day Reflection (use the back of this page for more reflection space): As you look back on the paintings and reflections from the week, what are you most proud of? What are the three strongest aspects of the paintings that you have completed this week? What are two compositional styles that you are really seeing as dominant in how you set up your paintings? What is one thing you would like to focus on as you create a couple of plein air paintings this weekend? Homework is 2 or more plein air paintings all on your own. Remember that this is suppose to be FUN – so get out there and enjoy your works.

It’s a beauty… and I am talking about your art, not the car.

“In not stating the goal to the students, they are like a family going on a trip with Dad in the driver’s seat and him not sharing what the destination is. Dad knows where he’s going, but the rest of the family has no clue.” – Lori Wildeman

How much does it cost and what is the gas mileage?

Art Foundations 2D

Guggy 14
Guggenheim Bilbao Spain by: Rosa Cobos – Guess what were going to do? Seriously, guess!


  1. 1.2 create 2 point perspective cityscape that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.3 processes you use
  2. 6.3 use the principles and techniques of art as a city planner, or architect might.

What part of the two point perspective CITYSCAPE, NEIGHBORHOOD, or INTERIOR did you begin to struggle with? What came easy? What are you going to be incorporating into it that will make it your own?

Advanced Drawing

Pierre Bonnard – What was his COLOR SCHEME? How did he change the idea of the OBSERVATION and make it his own?


  1. 1.1 apply media (Oil Pastels), techniques (6 of them), and processes with an awareness so that your ideas are executed well.
  2. 2.6 create multiple solutions to visual challenges that show understanding in relationships between composition and meaning of artwork.
Finger Blend, Paper Towel, Tortillion, Pastel over Pastel, Solvent (with Q-Tip and Brush)
Finger Blend, Paper Towel, Tortillion, Pastel over Pastel, Solvent (with Q-Tip and Brush)

What was the success in today’s drawing? What was the challenge?  Looking ahead, what are you hoping to accomplish in the remaining 2 days before we hit the halls?

AP Studio Art

Let’s go to the HELLHOLE and see what we can see!


  1. 1.2 Create works of visual Art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 media, 1.2.2 technique 1.2.3 and process you use. (What is the message, the materials and what you need to do to get you there?)
  2. 2.3 Create artworks that use organizational structures and functions to solve specific visual art problems. COMPOSITION! Planning!

Where are you with the ADVENTURES illustration? Where are you with your CONCENTRATION work? I am hoping you are making STRONG progress in the development of the CONCENTRATION. Where are you in Chapter 6 of Art and Fear? What is your plan for accomplishing this amount of work in the short time allowed? What was the struggle you had in the past 2 weeks? What struggled? What soared? What will you have to do to adjust your working schedule?

May 24, 2013 – Friday – Happy Birthday Abby!

“A dream only becomes overrated when not pursued by the dreamer.” ― Courtney Hickman


Art Foundations: Collage and build the ABSTRACT IMAGE based on your personal life and feelings…

Simplicity in the use of ELEMENTS of ART can make an abstraction – what are you doing? What are your textures?


  1. 1.3 communicate your thoughts on social topics clearly
  2. 4.3 compare relationships in visual art in terms of 4.3.3 your culture as it relates to your own art.

What have you learned about the creation of ABSTRACT ART? What have you learned about the important things in your life THROUGH the creation of your ABSTRACT ART PROCESS?


DRAWING: 1) Perspective and 2) Critiques… 6th hour is going to have to hustle ONE DAY tocatch up. PHOTOGRAPHS will HAVE TO BE a part of the process. THESE Photos are going to be UPLOADED to the FINAL CRITIQUE for the FINAL EXAM… make sure you are documenting the process.

EVOL, “DRESDEN 09”, 2010 Spray paint on cardboard, 61 x 76 cm —> High Resolution… How can you do this… GOUACHE, GESSO, PENCIL!


  1. 5.1 Identify the rationale behind making art.
  2. 1.4 Create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.1 Analysis (how do you see the perspective in your drawing?)

Where did you struggle in remembering perspective? How can you use the skills of sighting in to refresh your memory and heighten your skills? THIS IS A FAST PROJECT that IS the basis of the FINAL EXAM. If you do not finish the drawing in the time allotted – you will have a hard time passing the final exam. HOW can you make this YOUR own special drawing? Your locker? Your favorite hallway / doorway / classroom?


AP Studio Art: CONGRATULATIONS! Let’s get out there and be proud of the 9 months of ART MAKING!

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  1. 2.5 defend personal evaluations
  2. 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value Work at the (AP) Art Exhibition.

What did you contribute to the cultural end of the school day? What questions came up? What controversy came up? Who do you impress and why? What were your thoughts as the day / hour went by? Good job folks… One more week of Art Making and then the end…

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