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.
Conversation around the artworks? Problems? Successes? Solutions? Challenges?
NVAS: 1.1P: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
Question to begin with: VERY Windy yesterday – how do you feel about the painting from yesterday? We thought about it at the end of the class – I get that – but you are a day removed. Give some examples and some real consideration – maybe about the compositions, maybe about the technique, maybe about something entirely else… River painting today – how do you feel the WATER will be a challenge? How might it be solved? Think about the technique… Ok – Let’s get our stuff and GO PAINT!
End of the Day Reflection (use the back of this page for more reflection space): TODAY we had two paintings… (I hope as of the writing of this piece. How did the first painting from today help you develop the second painting? (The questions will work today – weather pending.) Elaborate with examples from your paintings. We considered the different types of compositions (8?) and then went out and painted – right? How did looking at the various types of compositions help you develop (or simply be more aware) of the compositions you set up today?
2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
Four parts to this week’s project. What are you most comfortable with? Pencil, Charcoal, Pastel, or Paint? Why?
What materials have you used today? How are the projects coming along?
Painting: Collage, Critique, Sketch, Research…
2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
What challenges did you have with the watercolors last week when it came to OBSERVATION of the REAL WORLD around you.
What are 5 images you gathered today that say something about you?
Here are the artists to research: Winslow Homer, Charles Demuth, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Dong Kingman, Reginald Marsh, Charles Sheeler, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keefe, James Whistler, or Andrew Wyeth