Self Reflection Time… what have you learned about yourself?

“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

Advanced Drawing: Portraits and Rubrics

Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid demonstrates many of the requirements of our assignment. Does YOUR drawing?


  1. (2.3) Create artworks that use organization and function to solve specific visual challenges. (P).
  2. (5.1)Identify the intentions and purposes behind making art.

What are the specific visual problems that you are in need of solving? What is the intention you have behind making this final work of art?

Art Foundations: Painting / Texture / Collage / Social Commentary

What does “Celestial” mean to you? Let’s take a moment and read about the ideas here.×1024.jpg


  1. 2.6 Work on creating multiple solutions to solve Non-Objective Abstract Compositions.
  2. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges.

What are the / is the social topic that you are focusing on with the ideas of the Abstraction Artwork? Why is this the important topic that you have chosen?

“The Golden Age of Abstraction” ARTnews, April 2013:

AP Studio Art: Concentration 5 and 6 (or 6 and 7)

How are you focusing on the day to day, work to work pieces as you develop the body of work?


  1. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art
  2. 5.2 stand behind your criticism of art (have a conversation with one another BEFORE we begin to talk about the most recent compositions you have for your concentration).

What have you learned about yourself? What have you learned about others?

AP Extra Credit – Through Friday at Midnight – Click Here!

Focused Goals – Keep Working and Stay on Task.

Special Thanks to the Teachers at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida. I had a great time speaking with you all. If I can help out in any way… please feel free to contact me! Frank


“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

5 Days of Class… then EXAMS… let’s stay FOCUSED folks!

Advanced Drawing: Portraits – Continue to work

Jan van Eyke – Arnolfini Wedding – interior / Exterior – Even the PAINTER is in the painting…


  1. (2.3) Create artworks that use organization and function to solve specific visual challenges.
  2. (5.1) Identify the intentions and purposes behind making art. (D)

What has been the most challenging thing for you so far? How do you feel about the progress of your work so far? What do you need to do in order to finish? This will take us up to EXAM DAY… Rubric is DUE on exam day – critique will be the exam.

Art Foundations: Color Wheel and Color Mixing with Acrylic Paint

Color Wheel and Texture – What do you remember about color mixing? Talk to your neighbor about HOW to mix, paint, clean… etc…—Transparent.png


  1. 1.1 apply acrylic paint, color mixing techniques, and painting processes with 1.1.1 skill, 1.1.2 confidence, 1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas of the color wheel are executed well
  2. 1.2 create painting techniques (grattage and decalcomania that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use.

“The Golden Age of Abstraction” ARTnews, April 2013:

What color did you find as very difficult to make? What color was easy (and not RY or B)?

AP Studio Art: Concentration Work and “Of Sailors and Whales” – DUE TODAY

What is a concentration? Frank Juarez is a Sheboygan artist – here’s his site! Enjoy!


  1. 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials 1.2.2 techniques 1.2.3 and processes you use
  2. 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value

What are the works that need work? What are you doing with the time you are in here? Should I be writing you passes for your study halls? If I am, should I continue?

My lunch (and art) at Cafe LuLu with my family in Bay View, Milwaukee

Once again, but with a moving twist, I offer a brief glimpse of the works currently on display (and for sale) at Cafe LuLu in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI. When you happen to be in the neighborhood – please stop in and take a look. My family and I had a great lunch there and this is a short video of the works. Please, stop in and check out the works, have a GREAT MEAL, and contact me when you are interested in the works. Also… mark your calendars for September 27 when the ENTIRE BAY VIEW Neighborhood opens their artistic doors to celebrate the artwork, artists, art galleries, and art spaces that Bay View, Milwaukee has to offer. I will be at Café LuLu to talk and chat… I hope to see you, and all your friends, there!

Failure is always an option! How are you “failing” and learning from your failure?

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
Woody Allen


On Saturday morning, while in South Africa, and through the wonders of modern technology via Google Hangouts and YouTube, First Lady Michelle Obama joined a large group of international students, teachers, and community leaders and discussed the importance of education to move education and learning forward. One of the threads that was strung throughout the conversation was the potential of failure in the process of learning. This is an aspect that it seems current educators, administrators, students, and parents are often missing as an important aspect of the process in learning. As a parent, I miss the important aspect of failure because the failures directly affect the grades that are brought home. As a teacher, failure is an important part of my student’s learning experience and is highly encourages as it does NOT affect the grades (directly) that are taken home. PROCESS!

Failure is part of the process. Take risks, be daring!

Taking risks and failing are an essential aspect of the world of the arts. In the great scheme of things though, the audience the artist creates for has little concern of the mistakes and process that the artist went through to get to the final product. The same can be said of the process that students go through in the learning of the materials that they are challenged with in the academics. There is a process my kids go through in the visual arts classes: Preliminary ideas (thumbnail sketches). These are the initial ideas. Great ideas, awful ideas, as well as ideas that may sprout legs and carry the artist to different places. The preliminary ideas get a lot of discussion and conversation between students and then, from that conversation, the next stage… rough drawing. Generally, even in a class like PAINTING, the drawing process comes long before the final product. There is a composition that needs to be thought through, a set of challenges that must be visually resolved before the final art work is begun. How can an idea be roughed out in another subject? In the working world? In a job or career?

From the rough drawings, the final product is then developed. Through the final drawing there is still the suggestion, the encouragement for risk taking, experimentation, failure, and then resolution. It is very important that the students, the artists challenge the ideas they come up with and take the risks that are in front of them. The second part of a final grade in the visual arts classes includes a small portion on EXPERIMENTATION. The encouragement to try something, fail, try something else, fail, try something else, until something is resolved is a key component in the process. Even when the final product is resolved and in the museum, gallery, or more importantly for the artist, the collector’s home, the imperfections are what make the artwork what it is. The slight misses, the “False Starts,” the problems that may be continued into the next work… the unresolved issues and questions that make art so interesting.

In a sketchbook note from the early 1960’s, Jasper Johns wrote, “Take an object, do something to it. Do something else to it.” A sketchbook is the perfect place to experiment and take risks. In the 1960’s, just after the AbEx movement of the 1950’s, popular culture and images was a risk, and a banal object, like a target, was truly a risk.

Jasper Johns “Target”

So… all that said… how are you taking risks? how are  you challenging the status quo? How are you being a positive deviant in your environment, leading the way to innovation and positive change? What are you doing to an object? What else are you doing to it? What else are you doing to it? When have you finally got something?

– Frank