#Friday for you. #Thursday for me. Hope to see you at #ParentTecher Conferences

 “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”  —Og Mandino

Happy Youth Art Month:

Happy Birthday to Alexander-Gabriel Decamps (March 3, 1803 – 1860)

Self-Portrait: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/wcm/connect/a9346c6e-ae82-4972-a323-91ab04fb6464/WOA_IMAGE_1.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=050f5b88-58e9-4e29-8062-35e576761023

Drawing: MUSIC and ART!

Paul Klee: Let’s READ ALOUD and then let you decide about Deviant Art? You Decide… https://d3l2rivt3pqnj2.cloudfront.net/i/prints/lg/1/6/163099.jpg  AND http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/3/13/1394725009303/Paul-Klee-1879-1940-The-A-001.jpg

Goals:

  • 7.1Ac: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
  • Look at YESTERDAY’s beginning goal… write down what you wrote YESTERDAY and ELABORATE on your idea.
    • THEN… STICKY NOTE TIME: Looking at your classmates work – what’s the BEST Thing you see? Write it out – name and all – then at SOME POINT TODAY – go and tell them.

Reflection: 

What does reflecting on a daily basis about this (or other artworks) do for YOU? NOT FOR ME, but for you? Give 3 ideas you  will carry forward in your Artist Habits.

How does your art compare with the work of “professionals” and how can you work to create a better understanding of your approach / intent / ideas?)

Studio Art 360: Sculpture Critique / Color

Sculpture by Senkang: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Sengkang_Sculpture_Park_6,_Nov_05.JPG

Goals:

  • 9.1P: Establish relevant criteria in order to evaluate a work of art or collection of works.
  • Look at YESTERDAY’s beginning goal… write down what you wrote YESTERDAY and ELABORATE on your idea.
    • Looking at the forms you created – what is the STRONGEST / MOST SUCCESSFUL aspect of these four objects? What is the WEAKEST / LEAST SUCCESSFUL aspect of these four objects? 

Reflection: 

What does reflecting on a daily basis about this (or other artworks) do for YOU? NOT FOR ME, but for you? Give 3 ideas you  will carry forward in your Artist Habits.

What form was the most challenging for you to create with the DRAWING or the CARDBOARD? Why do you feel that was the biggest challenge? Use the ART TERMS that you know (Form, Shape, Effort, Execution…). How can you use the IDEAS, TECHNIQUES, PROCESS that we went through in ART CLASS in another part of your life / school?

AP Studio Art: 

Edit this cry out of the baby’s face: http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/If-I-Could-Use-Photoshop-in-Real-Life-1.jpg

Goals:

  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making (Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.)
  • Look at YESTERDAY’s beginning goal… write down what you wrote YESTERDAY and ELABORATE on your idea.
    • What images have you made photographs of so far? What images have you yet to make photographs of? Why is this taking you so long? What issues are you having?

Reflection: What was the problem that you had today with the editing of the images? Can you do this on your own? Do you need help in the process of making the needed updates to your website? Questions? WHAT? Plan on beginning a NEW CONCENTRATION next week. ALSO begin to look through some BREADTH possibilities from PAST CLASSES… Should we do a couple of BREADTH WORKS instead on MONDAY?

Advanced Drawing: 50 Sheets of Paper!

Anselm Kiefer: Midgard: http://collection.mam.org/vmedia/tms768/r_m1987_1.jpg

Goals:

  • 6.1Ac: Make, explain, and justify connections between artists or artwork and social, cultural, and political history.
  • Look at YESTERDAY’s beginning goal… write down what you wrote YESTERDAY and ELABORATE on your idea.
    • What pages are you using to satisfy the 50 pages? What is your imagery? Why are you using what you are using?  WHAT IS THE MESSAGE / RATIONALE / PERSONAL  / SOCIETAL meaning you are working to COMMUNICATE?

Reflection: What does reflecting on a daily basis about this (or other artworks) do for YOU? NOT FOR ME, but for you? Give 3 ideas you  will carry forward in your Artist Habits.

#MidWeekWednesday – #3DaysToWork

“An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” – Brian Tracy

”Even talent is rarely indistinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work.” Ted Orland and David Bayles – Art and Fear

Painting and Advanced Painting: STAY ON TARGET!

How’s the critique go for Ferris? What are you thinking about in your work? http://99designs.com/designer-blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ferrismuseum.jpg

Goals: 

  • 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.
  • There are four parts to a well written critique. Description, Analysis, Interpretation, and Judgement. What challenges do YOU have when it comes to the WRITING about art? Your Art? Writing in general…
  • Folder to upload from is HERE.

Reflection: Reviewing the 4 parts of the critique – what challenges do you see coming your way? What seems to be the most challenging part of the process?

ONLINE CRITIQUE HERE!

Studio Art 360: PAINT your POP!

EXAMPLES from LAST YEAR!

VISUAL EXAMPLE of SETTING UP YOUR IMAGE.

Andy Warhol and HIS GENIUS! http://www.quotationof.com/images/andy-warhol-quotes-2.jpg

Goals

  • 1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
  • What seems to be the one LARGEST CHALLENGE you are facing with your acrylic paintings?

Reflection:  What color scheme is your MOST SUCCESSFUL ONE at this point and WHY?

AP Studio Art: CRIT Today! How’s your WEBSITE?

http://frankjuarezpaintings.com/

Frank Juarez: http://frankjuarez.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/indiana-green-by-frank-juarez.jpg?w=299&h=300

Goals:

  • 4.2Ad: Critique, justify, and present choices in the process of analyzing, selecting, curating, and presenting artwork for a specific exhibit or event.
  • What are you doing to RESEARCH your work? This is the SECOND QUESTION on the exam (1350 characters). You will be presenting your 2 questions and the works to the WORLD in the ONLINE Blog – THIS IS YOUR EXAM. Mid-Term exam GRADES WILL BE MADE ON YOUR online presentation. 

Reflection: What have you learned about the work that you are creating? Is there anything you feel that has really advanced and developed? Something that you have really GROWN from?

Drawing: Wrap up by FRIDAY?

LOLA – Alexi van Jawlenski: http://en.wahooart.com/Art.nsf/O/8YDE4Y/$File/Alexei-Jawlensky-Lola.JPG

Goals:

  • 1.1Ac: Individually or collaboratively formulate new creative problems based on student’s existing artwork.
  • This is it folks – last day – Every square inch needs pastel. What’s holding you back? What has propelled you forward in the process?
  • Folder to UPLOAD FROM is HERE

Reflection: Are you taking pastels home? Where are you going to work on the drawing? What has been the HARDEST PART of the drawing?

ONLINE CRITIQUE HERE!

#Painting and #Drawing in the #Studio of #Artists – 4 reasons you should make #ART

“An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” – Brian Tracy

”Even talent is rarely indistinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work.” Ted Orland and David Bayles – Art and Fear

Painting and Advanced Painting: STAY ON TARGET!

How are you using PAINTS in a NEW way? http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb300/20100827/Multi-Coloured-Oil-Paints-1643908.jpg

Goals: 

  • 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • How do you FEEL about the act of oil painting again? The time away and the time returned? What did the BREAK do for the act of painting for you?
  • Folder to upload from is HERE.

Reflection: What is the STRENGTH of your work that you are especially proud of? 

ONLINE CRITIQUE HERE!

Studio Art 360: PAINT your POP!

EXAMPLES from LAST YEAR!

VISUAL EXAMPLE of SETTING UP YOUR IMAGE.

Robert Rauschenberg and his White Paintings: http://www.barbican.org.uk/duchamp/images/rauschenberg_slide_1.jpg

Goals

  • 1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
  • Look at YESTERDAY’s PAINTING and write out THREE THINGS you either STRUGGLED with or SUCCEEDED with. . Rauschenberg White Paintings: 

Reflection: What do  YOU do to communicate the important things in YOUR Life? List a few. Remember that ART be used to discuss IMPORTANT things in culture?

AP Studio Art: CRIT Today! How’s your WEBSITE?

Frank Juarez – MORE of his works… https://www.artsinmilwaukee.org/hold/galleries/171/171_p172p43r66p4t8gnlfe1ivglu25.jpg

http://frankjuarezpaintings.com/

Goals:

  • 1.2Ad: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.
  • Are you able to INTELLIGENTLY and ARTISTICALLY describe the works that you are creating? What IS the answer to the first question ? What is the central idea to your concentration?

Reflection: Discuss the 2 questions with your classmates – can you answer them successfully and convincingly? Do your answers clearly demonstrate your ideas and growth?

Drawing: Wrap up by FRIDAY?

Alexi van Jawlensky (MAM owns one) Girl with Green Eyes. http://www.allpaintings.org/d/34361-2/Alexej+von+Jawlensky+-+Young+Girl+with+Green+Eyes.jpg

Goals:

  • 1.1Ac: Individually or collaboratively formulate new creative problems based on student’s existing artwork.
  • Step back – yesterday you looked at the class work and got some feedback from them. Take a HARD LOOK AT YOUR DRAWING and determine what you need to focus on in the next 46 minutes. WRITE IT OUT!
  • Folder to UPLOAD FROM is HERE

Reflection: ONE MORE DAY to work in class. What is working successfully in your drawing? WHY?

ONLINE CRITIQUE HERE!

#Monday in the #Artroom – Ready to #MidCrit?

10 Things Creative People Do By: Randy Taran

10. Know Your Strengths and Passions: Get to know what makes your heart soar, what makes you feel most alive and energized, and use it as fuel for the creative process.

AP Studio Art: Concentration!

Are you listening to me? http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/06/09/article-0-1A39E2CE000005DC-812_634x356.jpg

Goals:

  • 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 has been your biggest challenge from the past week worth of making art.  Today – get together for 10 minutes and talk with one another about the current work.

What were the biggest impressions you had from the classmate’s works? What were the most difficult things you felt as you presented your work? 

Advanced Drawing: Composition and Meaning of a PAPER BAG.

What’s in your PAPER BAG? https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5045/5381295922_20eeedcb36.jpg

Goals:

  • 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.
  • Prop your images up and walk around the room WITH your goals page. Write out two things you see that you’d like to try and incorporate into your image. Add a comment to the sticky note in front of your classmates work.

How to you feel about the idea of getting feedback from your classmates? Did their comments HELP you? how or how NOT? 

Drawing: Color, Shape, Meaning, and MUSIC!

Kandinsky – Let’s look at the Milwaukee Art Museum Show too! https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/13570248174_0cb6714488_z.jpg

By The Way… Share your STILL LIFE DRAWINGS by visiting them HERE.

Goals:

  • 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to history and cultures 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges.
  • Of the shapes we are using, which one is STRONG and why? Which shape describes a passive quality? Why?

How are you beginning to use the ideas of color and shape to communicate your ideas from your song?

Studio Art 360: Drawing of the Still Life

Georgio Morandi in his studio… Look at the work you are doing!

Goals:

  • 7.1P: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
  • What skills have you developed as you are creating your CUBE, CYLINDER, PYRAMID and LETTER in the drawing?

Given the opportunity to SELF EVALUATE… BASED ON CRITERIA you may set up for yourself… what grade would you say you have earned SO far in the drawing? 2 COMPLETE THOUGHTS as to WHY?

How about COMPSITIONS? Looking for ideas? Let’s Look HERE!

#Wednesday… what happened? #LateOnWednesday

 “Power will accomplish much, but perseverance more.”  —William Scott Downey

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Studio Art 360 – Thank you! Let’s Talk Photography…

William Eggleston (American, b. 1939). Huntsville, Alabama, 1978.

Goals:

  • 7.2P: Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
  • Of the images you collected YESTERDAY, what do you think the photographers from National Geographic were trying to explain to the readers that looked at and read about the photograph?

Of all the images you have collected, and all the work you have EVER CREATED, what type of composition do you feel that you have used the most? Why has this been your approach?

POP ART GALLERY IMAGES HERE.

AP Studio Art – Concentration – 3 new works – PLAN and DEVELOP! Investigate!

Michael Berryhill – What does DECADES of studio work do that a year cannot? ARTICLE HERE.

Goals:

  • 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 IS the central idea behind your work and HOW does what you are doing demonstrate that? N: Continue to work on the concentration. A: WORK – keep thinking about the CHALLENGES you are faced with and WHAT YOU HAVE in front of you

3 things that were successful today… can you talk about them?

Painting – Mid Crit on Thursday – FINAL Crit. Wednesday – Friday of NEXT WEEK!

Sean Scully at work.

Goals:

  • 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • Second week – MId – week – of the painting. What do you hope to accomplish today so that you are in a good spot for a mid-crit tomorrow?

Looking at your painting today… what DID you accomplish? What are you pleased with and what are you NOT happy with? What will you begin to talk about when it is your turn to present?

2 Great #ART shows to visit! #MAM and #WaterfordUnionHighSchool

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

As the summer comes upon us, I took in the opportunity to see a couple of wonderful art shows (and to help celebrate my Birthday – 42 if you are keeping score). The first exhibition I saw was the WASSILY KANDINSKY exhibition (Link Here) at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This was a GREAT exhibition of works from the early part of his career while he was experimenting with Impressionism and Post-Impressionism up through the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), back to the Impressionist works through his works as a Bauhaus teacher and artist. WHEN you get a chance to go and see the work (there is NO OPTION here… you HAVE to go and see it – ask for family / student discounts). ALSO – Here is the LINK to the Kandinsky Inspired works the artists of our class created on Oil Pastels earlier in the school year. I bought the exhibition catalog (of course) and was NOT able to make photographs in the show so… (shhhhh…) here are a couple of images from the catalog.

 Waterford Public Library -Waterford, WI

And the OTHER Show – This is a bit more local and accessible for everyone in Waterford, WI… I have taken the Drawing Student’s COMMUNITY Art Exhibition, special thanks to the Library Director Pam Belden and the library staff, and installed the COMMUNITY EXHIBITION (Link Here). The final works for the 2014 school year are based on the artists of the American Regionalists (Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper to name a few) as well as their personal photographs and studies of the community of Waterford, WI. Some of the images are VERY recognizable – Waterford ICONS – as well as images that are more PERSONAL to the individual artists. Please visit the official website (Link Here) to read more and go to the Waterford Public Library to see the works in person!

PLEASE – Give our artists some of your thoughts on the bottom of the page (comments). I will share your thoughts with the artists as the new school year starts up! ALSO – Subscribe to my blog page and continue to follow the arts and ideas as the summer goes along and the new school year begins up! Enjoy the summer!

The Art Student (and the lessons you can learn)

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ― Robert Henri

What a great day at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It has been FAR too long. Oh to get back into the looking at the visual arts (and a lot of it at that). I was very happy to have changed my approach and began with the European Art from the Baroque era and worked my way forward. Of course, I ended in the Bradley Collection with a look at the Alex Katz painting of “Sunny” but… it wouldn’t be a trip to MAM if I didn’t end there.

As an art teacher, I look to Robert Henri as one of THE art teachers to look up to. Color Theory, Art Theory, Aesthetics, History, Art Making… if one knows me, the ideas behind the art are as (if not more) important than the final product itself. Here you go… and if you are an art student, her you are…

10 Things the Arts Teach Students

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.