This Summer is all about: Develop Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, artistic conventions; and learning to care for tools, materials, and space.
Landscapes and simplification of the space – far off space. Looking at the work of Paul Cezanne and the works of the Post-Impressionists – What simplification do we see in the work they have created? Be aware of the breaking up of the space and shapes into a simple fashion, but also consider the ideas of adding details and specific shapes.
Working out in the wilderness and taking the campground into consideration. Are you looking out at the vast expanse or are you looking close?
How do you enjoy / struggle with the new ideas that you took in today?
Plein Air Painting: Post Impressionism – Paul Cezanne
NVAS: 1.2P: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
Question to begin with: How did simplifying the shapes and forms of the landscape help you to see the space differently than if you were simply looking at the landscape as a gathering of trees, fields, roads, etc? How do you think you can to to use these “abstract ideas” to make the real space that you are seeing happen on your watercolor paper as representational paintings versus abstractions? Of the techniques you experimented with yesterday, what few stood out to you as approaches you’d like to continue with (and don’t forget the ever important WHY behind that answer)?
End of the Day Reflection (use the back of this page for more reflection space): From the day of being off campus – what were the areas of town that you were most drawn to? Why? From the abstractions yesterday, how did you use those ideas (did you) to start with and then move on from there to a more “representational” landscape in the finished paintings of today? Explain your answers. Lastly… what challenges did you find yourself really struggling with visually today in your paintings? Why? How did you work to solve them? Explain.