Art 1 – Chagall, Music, and Spring – due 1/22

Art 1 – Chagall, Music, and Spring – due 1/22



This week in class, you will begin a Chagall-inspired color pencil and chalk pastel piece for display at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (front lobby). The Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, and others will be performing a family concert, “The Orchestra Rocks!” on Sunday, February 25th at 2pm.

Santa Cruz Symphony

Sketchbook notes:

The Art Story – Chagall

Study Marc Chagall’s paintings I and the Village (1911) and Paris Through a Window (1913). How are “the imaginary” and “the real” juxtaposed in each painting?

Sketchbook drawing:

In preparation for this project, spend 30 minutes developing a series of sketches inspired by Chagall’s imagery.

Chagall and Music

Your sketches should feature imaginative characters, musical instruments, or settings inspired by Chagall’s work and the advent of spring (Igor Stravisnsky’s The Rite of Spring is featured in the concert program).

Julian Joseph on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”


Photo journal inspiration #16


Think about how a photo tells a story or conveys a point of view. What are the necessary components?

Consider how a market or editor may influence the outcome of a photographer’s work.

Then, look at the work of LaToya Ruby Frazier to see how this African American photographer, MacArthur recipient (genius award), works to tell stories that instill social change.

Art 2 & 3 – Block Prints for SC Symphony Art Display – 1/26


This month, you will be creating a linoleum block print for display at the Santa Cruz Civic for “The Orchestra Rocks!” family concert on February 25th:  Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert

For your block print image, consider the universal element of art and music – rhythm.

1. One of the highlights of the program is Igor Stravinsky’s “Dance of the Adolescents” from his legendary ballet and orchestral concert work, The Rite of Spring.  Jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph describes here: The Rite of Spring

2. Next, look at the many examples of visual mind maps from the Student Art Guide: How to Make a Mind Map. Take notes on ideas in the first section up to “Creative mind maps and visual brainstorming.” Look at all visual examples. Sketch ideas from the ones that appeal to you.

3. In your sketchbook, create your own visual mind map including one or more themes for your block print (musical instruments, dance, or the onset of spring). For additional ideas as you draw, listen to Marin Alsop and Scott Simon on Stravinsky’s “modern masterpiece”: Audio – “The Primitive Pulse of The Rite of Spring”

4. Develop two or more preliminary sketches in rectangular format, either vertical or horizontal. Remember, consider the element of rhythm in your design.

5. Explore the Tate Museum site and define the following 12 terms: Print Techniques.  Which of these images and forms of printmaking interest you? Sketch ideas from the Tate site for your Creative Extension project for this unit.

Photo 1 – Sabatier effect


Look at the following sites and write a journal of notes on each site. Attach a photocopy of your favorite example:

cool samples (darkroom and digital)

sabatier steps

technical discussion of sabatier

After working in the darkroom on the sabatier effect, write journal comments explaining things you learned that were successful procedures to share with others. Make references to the best and least effective of your experiments.

*note: you will see it spelled differently in reputable places and also confused with solarization (which is a similar effect, on film)

Art 2 – Curating an Art Show – 12/20 and 12/21


During finals, Art 2 students will participate in “curating” an art show with selections from their portfolios. In preparation for this collaborative experience, view the following:

Read items 1 and 3 from the link below.

Read all of the link below.

what curators are looking for

Read information on writing a wall label (after viewing short video clip “Art Museum Scene”).



Art 3 – Collaborations – 12/20


During finals, Art 3 will be completing a collaborative painting. In preparation for this in-class painting activity, take notes in your sketchbook on the following facts and main ideas.

Podcast on Tunisian Collaborative painting

Tunisian Collaborative painting

Tunisian Collaborative painting wikipedia

Optional, for your interest:

Take note of the working relationship between Warhol and Basquiat.

Warhol and Basquiat

Here is an article on the collaborations between Roth and Rainer.

The joys and perils of collaboration

For further study, you can refer to this article.

Does artistic collaboration ever work

Final – links for in-class – AP 2D, Indep Study, Ceramics, Photo AP


AP 2D Design and Drawing-

(video titled How Do You Get the Most Out of Critique)

Indep Study-

(Both the Blog and then the Video below titled Art Critique: Art School Admissions Portfolio)


Photo AP: