#Progress of #Society and Progress in the #Arts

“There is a connection between the progress of a society and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was the age of Shakespeare.” Toby Zieger – Communications Director of the White House – The West Wing, “Gone Quiet” (Season 3, Episode 6).

Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Communications Director for President Bartlett. http://41.media.tumblr.com/5d31fd4883ea26718f80a178f648b77f/tumblr_my9u61apsD1qcvqr2o1_1280.jpg

While these words were spoken by the fictional Communications Director Toby Ziegler on the TV series The West Wing, the words still ring true. Great moments and movements in history were also the great moments and movements in the arts. Throughout history the visual, musical, written, dramatic arts were alive, abundant, and supported by the societies they were part of.

The arts carry the messages of the society with them as time moves forward. The ideas, passions, troubles, victories, tragedies, inventions, failures, and people of the times are represented by the arts. While academics are essential in school; memorizing dates and formulas, the important people, places, things, and ideas in society are necessary to a quality education, there is much more to the learning process than that. Dealing with the development of observation of the world around us, the creation of new and imagined objects and materials, the process hind the development of a product versus simply the end product are aspects of life that the arts offer those who study it.

Through the arts there is an expectation and desire for struggle, failure, discovery, frustration, the unknown, and, finally, success in the learning that happens in a very different way than in other courses of study. The arts, in all their shapes and sizes, means and methods, are essential in the development of the keen and well educated mind.

Deadlines are here. Concentration is required. What’s your perspective? Can you see the abstract?

Time is up… at 3:00 that is. What have you got to turn in? Anything?

There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”

—Og Mandino (Paul Mark Sutherland http://goalhabits.com/2013/10/12/goal-achievement-quote-oct-12-2013/)


Art Foundations 2D: 2 Point Perspective and NON LINEAR perspective. TEXTBOOK!

Notice how Leonardo DaVinci has used the vanishing point to help draw the viewers eyes into the focal point of the painting? What is SOME of the symbolism behind his painting? CLICK ON THE PAINTING FOR MORE INFORMATION!

GOALS: Are you REALLY understanding these goals? Do they MEAN anything to you or are you writing them simply because I am asking you?

  1. 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements).

Review with neighbors the RULES of THUMB and discuss the Differences in one and two point perspective.


Advanced Drawing: Non-Objective Value Drawing based on Observation… How’s it going? Share your ideas with your classmates – FIRST THING! Set out your sketchbooks and write out your thoughts on your classmates works. MAKE A PHOTOGRAPH of the progress of yours.

How's this ABSTRACTED? How are YOU dealing with this idea?
How’s this ABSTRACTED? How are YOU dealing with this idea?
Richard Diebenkorn’s ABSTRACT Non-Objective artwork based on REAL LIFE observations of his surroundings. What is so difficult for you?


  1. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges
  2. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art

What are your BIGGEST CHALLENGES with this drawing? What are YOU learning with and through this project of direct-observation?


AP Studio Art: Concentration #1 – THINK THINK THINK!

What are you DOING in your sketchbook? How are you USING it to develop your IDEAS?


  1. 1.4 create and define, visual challenges (your concentrations)  using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements)

What is your plan for the ENTIRE body of work? What is your plan for your first work? Take the last 7 minutes to TALK WITH A GROUP about the progress – without me involved. I want to see you discuss with one another the ideas.

March 18, 2013 – Monday

Jasper Johns set his goals in POP art to the TARGET and HIT IT BIG with his images. Where are your ideas and goals in the art room? In life? When you reach them… set more and set them higher!

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch  Jasper Johns “Target


Art Foundations: Ellipses – how do you use the ideas you have learned in perspective center and cantilevers to create the ideas of manhold covers, bicycle wheels, or awnings? Hmmm…

Two point perspective and ellipses… lets see how we can use perspective center to figure this one out.


  1. 1.4 create, and solve 2 Point Perspective ELLIPSE drawings using 1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the subject matter to basic elements)

Review with neighbors the RULES of THUMB and discuss the Differences in one and two point perspective. What do you think you can create with the ideas behind an ellipse?


Drawing: BREAK FROM CURRENT DRAWING – Let’s talk about proportion. Take 20 minutes to draw your thoughts of the human based on the observation of a life size mannequin.

Who drew this? What were some aspects of the body you think they learned and shared with us 600 years later?


  1. 3.3 describe the creation of images and explain why they are of value.
  2. 1.4 solve visual challenges using analysis.

Where were you close to accurate in your drawing, where were you really off in the drawing of the human figure?


AP Studio Art: Mount your QUALITY works to black board and cover sheet it for protection.

How do you present yourself? Does your presentation of yourself relate to the way you can present your artwork?


  1. 6.3 use techniques of art with those from other disciplines and present your work
  2. 5.2 stand behind your criticism of art in which works you choose as “Quality”

Where else in life is the professionalism of what you present important? Do you believe that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover when it comes to your work?