#Summer #PleinAir #StudioArt #Concentration and #ArtShow

“Selection is the invention of the landscape painter.” – Henry Fuseli

  • Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
  • Enduring Understanding: Through art-making, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness of perceptions, knowledge, and experiences.
  • Essential Question(s): How does engaging in creating art enrich people’s lives? How does making art attune people to their surroundings? How do people contribute to awareness and understanding of their lives and the lives of their communities through art-making?20170706_094832

9.1P: Establish relevant criteria in order to evaluate a work of art or collection of works.

Alright – One day in and 2 more to go – 6 hours. What are your plans for the day? How do you see the works CONNECTING to one another to create a SERIES of works that relate to one another? This is what we, as artists, do to make a body of work. This is our plan for the week.

Continue of the plans of works for the week and shoot for the series. You are choosing the works and places, materials and ideas. This is all up to you.

What are three things that you see yourself doing to keep the works tied together? Important folks.

Plein Air at the State Fair

Last times I am sharing this information. I would LOVE for you to join me and the other artists at the WI State Fair during the Plein Air event! HERE you go.




Welcome to #PleinAir #SummerStudio!

American Plein Air Watercolorist Winslow Homer: http://wwwcdn.artistdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/1641.Winslow_5F00_Homer_5F002D005F00_Artists_5F00_Sketching_5F00_in_5F00_the_5F00_White_5F00_Mountains.jpg

Week 1: Mix it Up – Let’s Try a bit of everything Pencil, Pastels (Oil and Soft), Conté, Charcoal, Watercolor, and Acrylic (for those returning).

“Everything in nature is harmony; a little too much, or else too little, disturbs the scale and makes a false note. One must reach the point of singing true with the pencil or with brush quite as much as with the voice; rightness of forms is like rightness of sounds.” – Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

I am really excited to be getting together with you all this summer to do some painting and drawing and making of art outside (plein air). Thank you for enrolling in this summer studio experience. This is all about having fun and experiencing new approaches and ideas. I am well planned for this and there are specific things I do want you to walk away with, so be patient with me and know I have plans. That said… be ABSOLUTELY FREE to try new ideas of your own. None of you are married to a style or technique yet so be ready to make new and exciting work.

G: Develop Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, artistic conventions; and learning to care for tools, materials, and space.

Today we will get out and try a few different mediums. The goal will be to get 4 or 5 works done in the short amount of time we have together. Out in the Environmental Center with pencils, watercolors, colored pencils, oil and soft pastels. Of these… which materials are you most drawn to? Which do you struggle with the most? Watch Mr. Korb for a smidge and then we’re off to the races.

Working outside with no set assignment in mind just 4 – 5 works of art and a variety of materials End with a quick conversation and outline of the rest of the summer.

American Plein Air Watercolorist Winslow Homer: http://wwwcdn.artistdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/1641.Winslow_5F00_Homer_5F002D005F00_Artists_5F00_Sketching_5F00_in_5F00_the_5F00_White_5F00_Mountains.jpg
American Plein Air Watercolorist Winslow Homer: http://wwwcdn.artistdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/1641.Winslow_5F00_Homer_5F002D005F00_Artists_5F00_Sketching_5F00_in_5F00_the_5F00_White_5F00_Mountains.jpg

Conversation around the artworks? Problems? Successes? Solutions? Challenges?

#SummerSchool is HERE! As is #PleinAir #Art!

Welcome to the SUMMER and to the Plein Air Art Course at WUHS! We are off to a GREAT START with 8 students taking the opportunity to get some painting and drawing in for the next 4 weeks. We talked a bit today about the process of going out and painting and then we did just that. Watercolors were the first day’s medium (and first week for that matter) and we will talk technique Tuesday – and then PAINT! Hope for NO RAIN!

I need a couple of permission slips to get off campus so… please use the FORM BELOW if you are one of the three parents who need to enter information! THANKS!


#HelloSummer! #PleinAirPainting on June 13!


Welcome to summer vacation. It has been a great school year with a lot of incredible artworks being made. There was a lot of artwork left in the studio last week and, against my better judgement (or best judgement) I am going to let it all stay in the room for the weeks of the summer school painting class.

Plein Air painting is going to be a great painting activity. We are going to be doing a lot of work from Watercolors to acrylics to pastels – maybe even a print or two. NEW MATERIALS WEEKLY and then… YOU get your choice of materials! Woo Hoo! I am in the works of speaking with the Taliesin Preservation Organization in Spring Green, WI and looking forward to a long day of driving, touring, painting, drawing, and a brown bag lunch and dinner on the way home.


If you have any art questions – high minded questions, basic technique questions, purchasing of easels or anything else… let me know!

Mr. Korb

#LastDayOfClass with the #PleinAirPainting class at #Waterford #HighSchool #WI

Plein Air Painting: Last day out there! What are you doing? How do you WRAP IT UP?

  • NVAS: 7.1P: 6.1P: Analyze and describe the impact that an exhibition or collection has on personal awareness of social, cultural, or political beliefs and understandings.
  • Question to begin with: Yesterday you thought about how your 4 weeks of painting have changed your views, maybe even enhanced your view of Waterford. As you continue through the art making experiences, I hope that the “artist’s eye” has really begun to open up in you. No question today… no deep reflection right now… just take an opportunity to consider that idea of “artist’s eye.” I think about it in how we, as artists, see the world through a different set of lenses than others. Please continue working through your painting today and look through those “artist’s eyes.” I lied… How are you seeing things differently today than you were 4 weeks ago.

Thank you for ALL your hard work over these past 4 weeks. Continue to be focused and WORK on your WORK. There is nothing better than working on work to get better at making work. You have all had great successes as well as aspects of the work that has been, well, not so successful – failure may be the better word.

#Wednesday and #PleinAir #Painting – #Resolution

Plein Air Painting

Michael Pintar painting: watercolor on Paper: http://www.michaelpintar.com/uploads/5/9/7/7/5977541/4948591_orig.jpg
  • NVAS: 7.1P: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
  • Question to begin with: How have you changed your views of Waterford and the surrounding areas over the past four weeks? Please explain your answer. How do you feel your VIEWERS will think about Waterford based on the images you have created? Why?

End of the Day (CLASS) Reflection (use Google Drive to answer this one): TONIGHT… Think about ALL that we have done these past four weeks. Stop and consider EVERYTHING that you have learned from these experiences. I am concerned about the experiences and opportunities you have had, taken, made, experienced… all of it. With a one page paper (Google Drive: Share it with fkorb@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us, 12 point font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, Standard Margins) and write out three paragraphs. First paragraph – is about all that you were hoping to learn and experience in the course. Second paragraph is about WHAT you REALLY learned and experienced (allow yourself to use you past reflections and writing as well as examples of artwork from your body of work to better explain yourself). Final paragraph is a concluding statement – what you hope to continue doing, using, experimenting, exploring, etc… with your artwork. It doesn’t matter if you EVER paint en plein air again, this experience is going to put you over the top! Top of the paper – CENTERED and BOLD – type: Your First and Last name and then under it type Artist’s Statement. Like this:

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