Monthly Archives: December 2012

Art 3 – Due Monday 1/7


Watch the video on Gabriele Munter and note the portraits in particular.

Look at the information on the following site:

paint like an expressionist

Read the following blog about Munter.

Daily Art Display about Gabrielle Munter

Have a virtual conversation with your classmates about the visuals, the art, the information on these sites and the portrait painting you are working on.  Like any conversation, someone will start with a comment and invitation to discuss a particular aspect, giving reasons why you are interested in the direction you are leading the conversation. Each student will contribute at least twice, not necessarily in any particular order, but always waiting for a response before you post a second (or even third time.)


Art 2 – Shells and stippling – due 12/4


Read the information on the following sites about sea shells – look at the history, the value, the trading, collecting, and even stealing of rare shells. Consider the differences in Western art and in Mesoamerican art.

Facts and details about shells

More facts and details about shells

shells in mesoamerican art

Comment on the 3 most interesting details about shells that you previously did not know.

When you think about shells in Dutch Baroque paintings, are shells a Christian symbol, a symbol of colonization and power, or simply a beautiful object? Or, are they all three?

Choose a painting which supports your ideas and discuss them in reference to the art work. Post a link to it also.

Will any of these ideas  change the way you will work on your stippled shells? Explain.

(and, just as a reference on stippling, there are some good ones on google images:  )

Art 1 – Due Monday 1/7/13


Watch the following video – do not rush this – allow your sense of wonder some space and time to take a journey through the phenomenon.

During the winter break, start to notice flow phenomenon in your everyday world.  List five things in your experience that captured your attention (they may not be as dramatic as those pictured.) They can include all physical phenomenon that demonstrated “flow.”

Comment on the one which you found most engaging on a visual and scientific level and explain why.

In your sketchbook, do an hour drawing (mark the time on the back) that is inspired by the patterns in the video and in your experience. Try to make a balanced, abstract composition and use color and shading. It may be smaller, depending on detail and media.

Art 1 – Due 12/17 – Star Wallowing Bull


Read the following Blog post by the Native American artist, Star Wallowing Bull, which relates an account of the generosity  of James Rosenquist and the tangible encouragement he provided to this struggling artist.

Nomination for James Rosenquist

Visit the website  for the artist (below) and read another slightly different version of Meeting James Rosenquist (scroll down, you will see it below his pictures) and the account, The Wooden Boy, in which he discusses his father and interest in Pinocchio. Look at each of the art works on the site – both the paintings and colored pencil drawings. (Can you find images of Pinocchio and Rosenquist in various paintings?)

Star Wallowing Bull

Comment on the following:

How do you think the personal connection and encouragement with Rosenquist  affected the young artist on both a personal level and artistic level?

What are the artistic similarities and differences between Rosenquist’s work and Star Wallowing Bull’s work?

Choose one work in particular that you find interesting and discuss the balance of the design and overall organization AND the meaning through the placement and relationship of the images. If this is a work that someone else has discussed, add to their insights in a concrete way or disagree with support from the evidence in the work.  Your discussion should be grounded in the work itself – not just an elaborate story that has no connection to the work.

Your sketchbook should be a one hour drawing, inspired by the work of Star Wallowing Bull.

Art 2 – Cubism – new ideas for discussion – Due 12/13


An interdisciplinary view on Cubism

Read the following article on Cubism carefully and have a virtual discussion on this blog with your classmates about the ideas that are familiar and that seem like revisionist history.  Are there assertions about the development of an art style that make more sense or seem more important to you, as an artist? Are there any assertions which seem contrived or a stretch of the imagination?  Do you agree or disagree with your classmates? about what? why? Do you have things in the contemporary culture today that influence the way you think and make art? Or are you only influenced more by art and other artists? What does your experience in making art tell you about the academic assertions of the author of this book?

Even the author of this book, Arthur I. Miller, about Picasso and Einstein asks some questions: ” I wrote Einstein, Picasso for lovers of art and science practiced at their most fundamental and exciting level, for aficionados of thinking across disciplines and generally for readers interested in the drama of high creativity. We wonder about the moment when everything comes together to produce incredible insights. How does this happen? How do thoughts emerge that go beyond the information at hand? Answering these questions demands a multidisciplinary mode of thinking and analysis that is becoming progressively more important as lines between disciplines become blurred. It is my hope that this book will further inspire this method of twenty-first-century thought…”

Art 3 – Perspective sighting – Due 12/4


Watch the following videos and the site with explanations about perspective.

Post your responses to each of the 3 videos and 1 website and share the insights about perspective you get from each.

Add any links that you think might be of interest to others.

Remember to bring your picture in from your home from a 2 pt viewpoint.

Art 1 – Due 12/10


1. Go to the site below and watch the first two videos and comment on what is remarkable about this girl and comment on the importance on her contribution to the schools and  to the homeless children in her area.

The Traveling Canvas

2. Go to the following site and choose three aspects of the arts that are especially important to you and explain why these three are important to your education in terms of your intellectual and your artistic growth. (Be sure to also read the additional comments individuals have added about why art matters to them.)

Why Art Matters

3. Re-do one of your sketchbook drawings in a way that demonstrates your growth and new interests. (Think about using different media, techniques, size, shading, contrast, distortion, etc.)