Monthly Archives: September 2011

Art 1 – Planning your still life composition


In this drawing workshop with Jill Bays, watch how she rearranges the objects and the thought process involved as she chooses the composition which has the most interest


All Art and Photo students: perceived images


In thinking about how we see, how we process what we see, and how we re-present it as art…..look at this amazing news from last week:


What do you think the implications of this will be in your lifetime?

For a little bit of perspective, look at these images of the earliest photograph that Niepce presented to the scientific community in 1826 and see the similarities of vague forms with the computer translations of the brain scans… wasn’t very long until the technology advanced to give clear detail when Dauguerre presented the Dauguerreotype in 1839.


How long do you think it will be until the computers can read a clear picture of what the eye transmits to the brain?

Will it show that we see the same or differently….or just think about it differently based on the minds other filters?

There’s lots to ponder in the arts…..leave your responses…..

Art 1 – Looking, seeing, sensing, thinking….


Artist Francoise Gilot writes “In doing everything I come across…’s not at all tiring. Just the opposite, for me drawing is the most wonderful thing, because it makes me enter semi-consciously into a dream world from which I have difficulty returning.  That’s why its necessary to be surrounded by great calm in order to pass from the everyday world to that perfect state where joy is possible.”

For some samples of Gilot’s work see these links:



In drawing your variable pressure line contour drawings of objects, you are looking, observing, analyzing proportion, symmetry, shape, form, and looking at lighting, space and using light gestural drawing from basic shapes and then adding variable pressure contour drawings.  We acknowledge the work of Josf Albers for his teaching and  emphasis on variable pressure drawing.

See theses links about Albers and his teaching and a drawing by a student: