#PostImpressionist and #Landscapes en Plein Air Paintings

Plein Air Painting: Post Impressionism – Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne – L’Estaque (1879-83), MoMA, Oil on canvas. http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A1053&page_number=2&template_id=1&sort_order=1

  • 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.

It’s a beauty… and I am talking about your art, not the car.

“In not stating the goal to the students, they are like a family going on a trip with Dad in the driver’s seat and him not sharing what the destination is. Dad knows where he’s going, but the rest of the family has no clue.” – Lori Wildeman

How much does it cost and what is the gas mileage?

Art Foundations 2D

Guggy 14
Guggenheim Bilbao Spain by: Rosa Cobos – Guess what were going to do? Seriously, guess!


  1. 1.2 create 2 point perspective cityscape that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.3 processes you use
  2. 6.3 use the principles and techniques of art as a city planner, or architect might.

What part of the two point perspective CITYSCAPE, NEIGHBORHOOD, or INTERIOR did you begin to struggle with? What came easy? What are you going to be incorporating into it that will make it your own?

Advanced Drawing

Pierre Bonnard – What was his COLOR SCHEME? How did he change the idea of the OBSERVATION and make it his own?


  1. 1.1 apply media (Oil Pastels), techniques (6 of them), and processes with an awareness so that your ideas are executed well.
  2. 2.6 create multiple solutions to visual challenges that show understanding in relationships between composition and meaning of artwork.
Finger Blend, Paper Towel, Tortillion, Pastel over Pastel, Solvent (with Q-Tip and Brush)
Finger Blend, Paper Towel, Tortillion, Pastel over Pastel, Solvent (with Q-Tip and Brush)

What was the success in today’s drawing? What was the challenge?  Looking ahead, what are you hoping to accomplish in the remaining 2 days before we hit the halls?

AP Studio Art

Let’s go to the HELLHOLE and see what we can see!


  1. 1.2 Create works of visual Art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 media, 1.2.2 technique 1.2.3 and process you use. (What is the message, the materials and what you need to do to get you there?)
  2. 2.3 Create artworks that use organizational structures and functions to solve specific visual art problems. COMPOSITION! Planning!

Where are you with the ADVENTURES illustration? Where are you with your CONCENTRATION work? I am hoping you are making STRONG progress in the development of the CONCENTRATION. Where are you in Chapter 6 of Art and Fear? What is your plan for accomplishing this amount of work in the short time allowed? What was the struggle you had in the past 2 weeks? What struggled? What soared? What will you have to do to adjust your working schedule?

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