Art 3 – Bones – Georgia O’Keeffe – 8/16

  1. Look at the way O’Keeffe uses bones to play with figure and ground, and form and space.  Consider the effect this has on the viewer, whether or not it is symbolic or purely formal. Watch the video and consider the music that Fogelberg created as tribute to O’Keeffe.
  2. Take a moment to “free write” all your responses to the work. What does it makes you think, feel, consider, contemplate (artistically, symbolically, personally, culturally)…

3. Look carefully at the works from the search below of O’Keeffe’s art work using bones.


4. Read and take notes in your sketchbook about her use of bones in each of the articles below:

5. Take notes on the advice from the article below.  Note at least one bullet point under each heading that you list.

6. Sketch a page full of thumbnails for your observational bone drawing.  Start thinking about your creative extension.




Art 2 – Mondrian’s Chrysanthemum – 8/16


Look at this link for an introduction to Mondrian’s Chrysanthemum and some of his artistic influences:

Search with the following words for some more insights into his Chrysanthemum drawings:

(mondrian master drawings smith college museum of art)

Choose Google Book and scroll page 236 and read both indented quotes, especially the last, from Mondrian about his intentions, followed by another image of a Chrysanthemum on page 237.

Here is a link for the video summary of his life, art, and some more art historical information:

In your sketchbook, note what is interesting about this artist, his artistic development, the Chrysanthemum drawings, and his use of media and line to create form and space. Next, in your sketchbook, copy a portion of one of his Chrysanthemum drawings.

Photo: Portfolio Prep – Journals


A photo journal is a way to reflect upon your photographic interests, your contemplation of critical issues in photography, and the progress of your own work.  It is a visual and conceptual resource.  You will get weekly prompts and will write and collage images as you consider these prompts. This is important supporting work.

Here are some examples of the photo journals, each addressing different ideas, with comments.


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Look at the following 5 sites for examples and ideas about photo journals.

List at least 3 ideas  – in your journal – that you will consider using in your journal from each site:






AP Art – getting started


A. Read and take notes on the following links which describe the AP course. Note any questions you have and submit them on separate paper.

(Be sure to read the pdf course description of 2D design in blue at the bottom of that link)

B. AP Central has some sample portfolios from previous years at the following site. After looking at those, look at the you tube links:




AP 2D Design and Drawing:


and please GOOGLE MORE from youtube:  AP ART 2D

C. Look at the following sketchbooks and the ways you can make your sketchbook a hotbed of media, imagery, and ideas that will lead to your Concentration.

D. Look at the list on this site and think about the ideas in relation to your ideas, so far, about your Concentration.

Make notes about all the possibilities from this list and others that come to mind.  Discuss it with classmates. Try to assess what is doable within this time frame and setting and what truly will maintain your interest and enthusiasm.

Your Concentration should show a consistent stylistic interest (similarity in artistic strategy) AND evolution of that style.  Consider what content is important to you and what art-making methods are interesting to you.

E. From this introduction, share your personal artistic goals with classmates the ways which you think you can help one another. Continue to share artists or images that you find inspiring, particularly any that might contribute to your own and classmates development.


For Memorial Day – Animation, and the power of art; For summer – Photographic recommendations


For Memorial Day – to remember and honor those who have served, you may want to watch The Last Day of Freedom.

Here is a clip about the making of The Last Day of Freedom, by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones (UCSC professor)

For summer – to feed your interest in photography and photographers, by watching movies.

10 best:

Finding Vivien Maier

Born into Brothels

For fun – keep playing in your sketchbook!

For the poet in you that is thinking about the road you will take…..a film by Miriam Hitchcock.

Pinhole Photos


In honor of Worldwide Pinhole Day, Kirby Photo students will exhibit their solargraphs and pinhole photos on this site.  Write your first name and title, location and description. Then upload your pinhole photo (add media/select files).

Nathan: Lucy Way Street View

This pinhole camera was attached to a chimney for a five month exposure. It shows my house, street and some trees as well. Some sun trails can be seen in the top right corner of the exposure.

Nathan: Art Room

This can pinhole was set on the TV stand by the skeleton for a 1 minute exposure. I stayed very still for the duration of the exposure, so I appear sitting at the table.

Kaima: My View

Can pinhole camera 2 week exposure.

Ella: From the Roof

4×5 15 second Pinhole

Samantha: The Path of the Sun

This photo was taken from my roof with a can pinhole camera with a 6 month exposure.

Zoey: Boulder Creek Solargraph

6month exposure with a homemade pinhole camera

Lily: Rooftop

4×5 pinhole


6 month solargraph pinhole camera made from can