#30Minutes x 8 and you are out the door. #MakeItWork!

20 “Clear sight makes clear art.” Observation lies at the heart of the art process. Whether your art derives from mimicking nature or extrapolating a mental construct, your powers of observation are critical. Unless you can see what lies before you, you cannot describe it. Train yourself to eliminate preconceptions and received understandings when observing anything. Try to see what is before you, not what you think you see or want to see.  Kit White 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Drawing: Masterworks

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

What struggles do you personally find in the making of a continuous line contour drawing? Two things you are challenged by – full sentences.

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Write out all that you have accomplished today. When we come back we are going to be looking at landscapes and observation of that space as well as how we use line. Vincent Van Gogh and the Impressionist Drawings may be a starting point for our final artworks.

Studio Art 360: Painting

1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

What are two things that are helping you EMPHASIZING the idea of  YOU as you create this self portrait?

What is one way that you feel ART be used to discuss IMPORTANT things in culture?

AP Studio Art: Concentration and WHAT ARE YOU TAKING HOME?

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

Best part of yesterday? Plans for today? How’s it coming?

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Masterly crafted art by an AP Studio Artist. Good to see the work. http://redoakart.weebly.com/uploads/8/6/9/2/8692977/7947222.jpg?768

How are you moving forward in the process of developing a series of works based on someone else’s work? How are you keeping the images the SAME and how are you changing the ideas?

#MidWeek in the #Studio – but it’s only #Day2!

I hope that as we move along in the ART MAKING process – you are able to understand why we are creating what we are creating and how as artists we have gotten to the point we are at in contemporary art. The ideas at times seem simple but the ideas that they are based on are deep. Line, perspective, simple objects… all have a deeper history than simply the ideas of a high school art teacher working to help you push a pencil across paper. Let’s take a look at the ideas that move us toward intriguing and thought provoking art. Have you found us on Facebook? Twitter? Subscribed via Remind? Subscribed HERE?


What is Art? Anges Martin “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Art In America (p.124, 1996)


Drawing: What did we start yesterday with PERSPECTIVE? Can you remember the ideas? How about some VIDEOS on the process?

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

Most young artists work with their FIRST idea and that’s it. What might the benefit be to begin with MORE ideas? When you sketch in your binders / homework… where do you mostly get your ideas from?  How do you define OBSERVATION?

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An observed STACK of BOOKS – not much different than what you are going to be working at. https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/3984244810_ae2be970dd_z.jpg

What do you hope to come up with this year in Drawing? What do you feel you will be able to improve on regarding the skills you have currently?


Studio Art 360: Lines are EVERYWHERE! What artists use LINE to create the work they do? Keith Haring. Sol LeWitt. Andy Warhol. David Hockney. Alice Neel. And SO MANY MORE. We are thinking about the line as a line however.

2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

What is a balance? What is a pattern? What kinds of LINES are we using? What patterns and balance are you drawn to?

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Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing: http://www.gwarlingo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/sol-lewitt-wall-drawing-85.jpg

What challenges did you have in the ideas of drawing out a pattern – repeat the simple image over and over and over?

Line Drawing Website: http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/line-drawings

MassMOCA Sol LeWitt: http://massmoca.org/sol-lewitt/


AP Studio Art: One object 25 times? Yes. And the more you can be interested in it as YOUR object the more interesting it is going to be.

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.

What materials are you NOT using yet? Make sure that in the body of work you are making (about 1 object) you try things you are not comfortable with. How are you going to PRESENT this in the end? You need to THINK about the process and the product

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What is THIS object and how has the artist chosen to make it an interesting STUDY over a long period of works? If we have 25 to complete in 10 days, how many do you need to work out each day? https://i.pinimg.com/736x/38/b0/69/38b06984d5f7125c88d0c2ecf5985a73–drawing-projects-art-projects.jpg

What mediums are you afraid of using. If not afraid – haven’t used because you are not used in the past?

Let’s Get to #MakingArt

“Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.” – Barack Obama, SOTU 2014 

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Difficult Task – https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAUJAAAAJDJkZDM3MzYyLTU0YmEtNDRiNy1hYThkLTRmNTU0ODJjZDY4Mg.jpg

Drawing: Books and Oil Pastels

Reflect: Learning to think and talk with others about an aspect of one’s work or working process, and learning to judge one’s own work and working process and the work of others.

What have you learned today about how to push / pull / develop space using perspective? What have you accomplished with pencil? Pastel? Charcoal?

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Anselm Kiefer and BOOKS: https://italianintransito.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/anselm-kiefer-naglfar.jpg

How have you accomplished success today? 3 things.


Studio Art 360: Balance and Ideas

2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

What is a balance? What is a pattern? What patterns and balance are you drawn to? What were your favorite designs from last week’s work with Sol LeWitt?

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What challenges did you have in the ideas of drawing out a pattern – repeat the simple image over and over and over?


Advanced Drawing: Begin with Fast Food

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

What has been the hardest part of using values for you? Share this with your neighbor and write your struggles in your goals page.

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Audrey Flack – Transparency: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsym88JAWm1qgl98no1_1280.jpg

What is the progress of the thumbnails thus far? What are you doing successfully? Where are you struggling? Have you come up with a composition that you can GLUE DOWN on the WHITE ILLUSTRATION BOARD so the ideas are the same tomorrow?


AP Studio Art: Mid Crit – HANDS and Object

SHORT PARAGRAPHS PLEASE – The paragraphs are nice to see in the Art and Fear images on the website – short little descriptions to help the image along. We are always working to help our viewers understand. Where else do you need to explain your images? The AP TEST! This is practice!

3.1Ad: Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

As last week progressed, how did your personal study of the hand and still life object worked? Is there a relationship between the objects? A story to tell? A demonstration of skills that are being built?

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Michael Hensley Hands grabbing Cloth: http://michaelmhensley.com/Images/Drawings,%20Human%20Hand/fullsize/Michael_Hensley_Drawings,_Human_Hands_3_fs.jpg

Successes learned today? New techniques? New materials this week? New techniques at all?  Michael Hensley

Welcome to the #SecondSemester and #StudioArt!

What is Art? Agnes Martin “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Art In America (p.124, 1996)

Agnes Martin at Work: https://i0.wp.com/www.guggenheim.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/gen-video-agnes-martin-video-still.jpg
Agnes Martin at Work: https://i0.wp.com/www.guggenheim.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/gen-video-agnes-martin-video-still.jpg

Drawing: Welcome to O.P.P. (Observation, Pencils, and Perspective).

1.1Ac: Individually or collaboratively formulate new creative problems based on student’s existing artwork.

What is it that you think about when you think about what IS art? (SHARE WITH FRIEND) What is it you think about when you think about making art?

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Big Stack of Books: https://img.clipartfest.com/677bd72a0fa47ab97b4bd48f10007673_the-greatest-book-of-wisdom-pictures-of-stack-of-books_1536-1024.jpeg

What are 3 challenges or successes you had with your first few thumbnail drawings about the STACK of BOOKS – Huge in the center of the room? THINK COMPOSITION.


Studio Art 360: Lines and Sol LeWitt

2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

What kinds of lines do YOU see in this series of drawings?

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Sol LeWitt Drawing of LINES – What are we going to do? http://a398.idata.over-blog.com/429×423/1/96/04/42/s-rie-F/LeWitt-S.-Four-Basic-Kinds-of-Straight-Lines-69.jpg

STICKY NOTES… What are 3 things you hope to learn in this room? END OF CLASS – Stand up – Think about what you are hoping to learn – in ONE WORD (and you cannot repeat another person’s comment) Your name and then your word. Sol LeWitt: Line Drawings in Pencil:  Assignment Handout LINK: https://goo.gl/nZo3qY



Advanced Drawing

2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

What are a FEW THINGS that visually stand out to you from this artwork by Janet Fish? List 3 please.

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Janet Fish – Still Life Objects – Transparency: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/9c/96/c5/9c96c5ecec44ad028dc7e5da34a52521.jpg

What are 3 things you hope to learn in this Class? END OF CLASS – Stand up in a circle – Think about what you are hoping to learn – in ONE WORD (and you cannot repeat another person’s comment) Your name and then your word. That’s it. Speak it out loud.

ASSIGNMENT FOR WEDNESDAY – Fast Food Bags and Packaging for first still life drawing.


AP Studio Art: Hands and Still Life – Photography – Let’s CRIT first!

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

What is ONE THING you really want to explain about the work you have created regarding the Art and Fear Chapter you chose. Write this out so you have a starting place to talk when you explain your work.

What 2 things are you most pleased with regarding the works you see / made out Art and Fear? ASSIGNMENT – Symbolism and BREADTH – You need to bring in a couple of still life objects that can easily be held in your hand (which will be photographed and then printed) to practice the ideas of observation. What have you got that you can bring in that helps to really tell about yourself, your interests, your passions? The practice of the still life – observation – is a skill that readers (AP and the rest of the art viewing world) recognize as important to the building of the skills of an artist. How can you demonstrate those skills? Many drawings? One Drawing? How can you use the time to really build your BREADTH?

@WhiteHouse with @POTUS on #Tuesday #Sketchbooks #StudioArt 360

“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

Check out the new wall hanging straight from the interweb of the White House to my phone… Go ahead – read it over!

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From the White House to My House – Go Arts Education!

Studio Art 360: Sketchbook Tuesday

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Lines all over the place: http://geek.focalcurve.com/images/pics/inklines.png
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Katherin Hilten’s Art: http://www.kathrinhilten.com/users/kathrinhilten4713/kathrinhilten47131331024.jpg

Q: Challenges and struggles? Are you going to take it home and REFINE it?

Painting: Encaustics – Let’s get rolling!

This is a GREAT movie to watch in its entirety. I’ll leave the link up for your viewing pleasure.

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Jasper Johns Encaustic – Let’s get started!

Q: What was the most challenging part of the first bit of the encaustic ideas?

Drawing: Charcoal, Pastels: Oil and Soft Still Life / Collage

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Anselm Kiefer – Books are inspiration! https://italianintransito.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/anselm-kiefer-naglfar.jpg

Q: Have you improved your drawings skills over the past few days?  What is the biggest success you have accomplished this week? Where are you struggling?

AP Studio Art: Critique – Let’s look at the RUBRIC! Then talk about your works.

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Robert Chabet uses apples as a concentration. Let’s eat ours (if they are still good) while we talk about the rubric and develop some conversation.

Q: What did you take away from the critique?

Parents… have you eaten YOUR frog yet this morning?

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

Good Luck Eating THIS frog in the morning… YUCK!

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Advanced Drawing: Drawing Paper – Figure and Paper Bag Drawing – Relationships and Meaning – HOW ARE GOING BIGGER?!

What element do you think is emphasized in this drawing? Tell your neighbor.
  1. 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials
  2. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly

Talk to your neighbor / partner about the meaning behind your work. What SKILLS are you hoping to develop in this drawing? What MESSAGE are you hoping to communicate through this work?

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Art Foundations: Contour Line Drawings and Chapter 1

PATTERN – CHAPTER 7 – What type of pattern describes YOU?
  1. Work on (1.1.1, 3) applying media and techniques with skill and awareness (of HOW you are using line).
  2. (2.2) Evaluate the effectiveness of how line is working to define your portrait.

What types of lines are you using? Where do you find it easiest to use the idea of line / contour to represent the face / form? What is the most challenging portion of the face to successfully create? Share with your classmates.

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AP STUDIO ART: PLANTS and JIM DINE – PACE Gallery Press Release –  PACE GALLERY SITE

Inspired by the workings of Jim Dine… http://createthreesixty5.com/ is a blog by an art student who KNOWS what it is to be inspired by nature (and other artists).
  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks.
  2. 5.3 describe meanings of artworks by analyzing 5.3.1 techniques.

Do you find meaning in your work? Do you find something interesting in the plants? What is challenging you?

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