Summer School #Watercolor Techniques – #PleinAirPainting

Plein Air Painting: Richard Dibenkorn and the Bay Arts Figurists

Watercolor Sample Sheet

Click on the image above to visit the link to the watercolor technique experiments.

Click HERE to Listen to the 7 minute interview from NPR with Richard Dibenkorn and take a look at how Diebenkorn breaks up the space into the shapes and colors – not recognizable forms (trees, streets, houses etc…) and think about those shapes as you paint today. Look at the images on the website as examples. You will have examples to take with you out with you to reference. Make sure you are working with the techniques that the first part of the class gave you – image above and videos we have just watched.

Richard Diebenkorn “Ocean Park Series” – view from his studio…
  • NVAS: 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • Question to begin with: What is it you KNOW about watercolors at this point in your art making career? Stop and think about this for a moment. Don’t RUSH your answer. Take a few minutes…
Here is my Richard Diebenkorn”esque” painting from yesterday. I am no Diebenkorn, but the ideas help me, well, let’s see what the ideas help you do first.

End of the Day Reflection (use the back of your page for more reflection space): How did you use the techniques / experiments from the video and the examples from Richard Diebenkorn to create compositions that reflect your observations from the day? Make sure you elaborate on the answers – not just one comment that is vague – think about it!

#MakingPhotographs in #StudioArt 360 – and #DEFENDING YOUR #ARTWORK!

 “Power will accomplish much, but perseverance more.”  —William Scott Downey


Studio Art 360 – Let’s Talk Photography and the In’s and Out’s

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Tenant Farmer Wife (Allie Mae Burroughs), 1936.


  • 1.1P: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • What do you think about making visual choices as you make photographs versus taking pictures? Does this mean anything to you?

What was the biggest success you found in MAKING a photograph versus TAKING a picture? Anything? Explain your thoughts.


AP Studio Art – Concentration – 3 new works – PLAN and DEVELOP! Investigate!

Michael Berryhill:


  • 2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
  • Considering the ideas you are developing… how are you trying to tie the art works together? I am REALLY Emphasizing the unifying approach here…

Imagine yourself in front of the AP BOARD… how would you, in 30 seconds, defend your body of work so far?

MONDAY – CHAPTER 2 in Art and Fear Responses DUE on the BLOG.

Painting – Mid Crit TODAY! FINAL Crit. Wednesday – Friday of NEXT WEEK!

Sean Scully in the Studio TALKING about the work! CRIT!


  • 3.1Ac: Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
  • MID-CRIT – What do you HOPE to see / learn / take away from the experience today?

Well… what did you take away from the critique today? Did you see anything in your classmates work that you can put into your own work?

While the teacher is away, the children will WORK EVEN HARDER!

I am so sorry that I cannot be with you today. I have important meetings all day. This is your opportunity to be REALLY focused on the tasks at hand (and maybe earn cookies for FRIDAY!

REMEMBER“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Agnes Martin


Advanced Drawing:

What materials dod this artist use to make this continuous line portrait?


  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks

What did you see in your neighbor’s drawings that were successful / needed work?


Art Foundations:

What types of LINE did Pablo Picasso use in this drawing?


  1. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly (how are you communicating your PBIS message?)
  2. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges (what techniques, style, approach are you taking with your poster design?)

What were the different types of lines drawings that you worked on today? What are different kinds of lines and what sorts of messages can they communicate to an audience? Talk about all 5 types with your neighbor and write down which type of line you think best describes you and WHY


AP Studio Art:

What is the same about these works? What is different?


  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with (1.1.3) an awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

What materials have you challenged yourself with today? What are you struggling with? What are you succeeding with? Share your thoughts with a NEW neighbor… not the same person you go to usually.

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