A #NewSchoolYear! #Art is #AWESOME


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What is Art?

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

Agnes Martin at the Tate in London: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/images/work/T/T01/T01866_10.jpg

I Could do that

Folder: Everyone – Page 6. Let’s talk about SUCCESS in ART.

Painting and Advanced Painting: Let’s Start With Watercolors

Turner (Bio) – Norham Castle at Sunrise (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/images/work/D/D40/D40191_10.jpg)


  • 1.2Ac: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.
  • What techniques do  you remember from your earlier classes about WATERCOLOR PAINTS?

Reflection / Evaluation: 

  • What difficulties do you see with your painting AT THIS MOMENT?

Studio Art 360: Observation Anyone?

Robert Indiana (Bio): Numbers: (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/1750965577_f7ee03962d.jpg)


  • 2.1P: Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.
  • How do you draw something in 3 dimensions? What are different techniques you know? Sit with your neighbor and BEGIN with a box, a cylinder, a pyramid, and the first letter of your first or last name. NO OBSERVATION – Talk about and visually demonstrate the ideas in your GOALS PAGE!

Reflection / Evaluation: 

  • 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. That’s it. Speak it out loud.

AP Studio Art: Bag of Ideas?

Wayne Thiebauld : Cakes. http://thumbs.media.smithsonianmag.com//filer/thiebaud-cakes-631.jpg__800x600_q85_crop.jpg


  • 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.
  • What is your understanding of AP Art? How do you plan on using your skills to make the best you can? Talk to your classmates about this – write this in your GOALS folder.

Reflection / Evaluation: 

  • Art From OBSERVATION – What are / were you able to create from the materials in your bag of ideas? This is what you will use to create a small body of works this week… Drawing / Painting / Photography / Sculpture / Whatever? What is the interesting – worthwhile object(s) and how do you relate to it? 5 different artworks – all from the same focus / visual starting point.

Drawing: Observation and Pencils?

Group of Boxes: What can you do to make an interesting COMPOSITION? http://jetantonio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/box.jpg


  • 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?

Reflection / Evaluation: 

  • What are 3 challenges or successes you had with your first few thumbnail drawings about the boxes? THINK COMPOSITION.

What is your observation of the space around you?

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” Zig Ziglar

How do YOU cover your sense of being overwhelmed?

Art Foundations: Color Theory – Color Wheel – Color Schemes

Our color wheel as well as the tints, shades, and tones.


  1. 1.4 Define color schemes and uses using analysis to define color relationships.
  2. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.1 skill 1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

List as many of the color schemes and examples of colors in the scheme with your neighbor.

Advanced Drawing: Gesture Drawings on the move…

From the sketchbook – Real People – Real Fast.


  1. 1.4 Define, and solve QUICK and UNAWARE FIGURES through GESTURE DRAWINGS using skills of (1.4.1) analysis (.2) synthesis.
  2. 1.4 Initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems using skills of (1.4.1) analysis (.2) synthesis (.3) evaluation.

Think about and compare the drawings we did yesterday – fast and furious. What were the major differences between then and today? Have a conversation with your neighbor about that and then… write the comments down so you can reflect on them later.

AP Studio Art: Computer and Website / Edit images

What are you doing? What have you NOT done? Why is a deadline important?


  1. 1. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations (how to use and organize your files in Google Drive and on WordPress).

What is the biggest challenge you see in the process of developing and keeping a website up and running for yourself? What steps are you afraid to ask about? Write that down so you can give yourself permission to ask those questions later.

May 10, 2013 – Monday

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting—in the trying, not the triumph.”
—Zig Ziglar 


“Not all of our best students are our “A” students. I have had “C” students who I consider excellent  students because they were so engaged into the educational process. I really don’t think it has to do with a letter grade, it has to do with enthusiasm.” – Charles Rineheimer – NPR – Talk of the Nation Interview LINK HERE: The Students That Keep Teachers Inspired


What has inspired me? Hard Work – New Thinking, Hallways…

More Hallway inspirations… HERE