Monthly Archives: August 2013

Photo 1 due 9/2 – Camera Obscura


These are some basics of the camera obscura on wiki…..
Camera Obscura

Turn your room into a camera obscura!

A camera obscura is a step away from a pinhole camera….just add film. Here’s another diagram and some more directions on the pinhole camera…..extra credit for trying this one as a camera obscura…..


This article has some exceptional state-of-the-experimental-art of pinhole photos.


And here is the largest!


Click on the URL 2005 and then in the box at left type in image #439….it’s by someone you know……


In your comments, explain what you find interesting about the camera obscura. What is the most exciting example to you of the pinhole photos and why?

You will be making your own pinhole camera, following the instructions in the study guide. Or for extra credit or possibly as an alternative, make another kind.

Look at the image Frodude got when making his room into a pinhole camera!

Frodude's room as a pinhole camera


AP art due 8/30 – getting started


Go to the website and investigate the resources available to you.

Here are drawing portfolio samples:

Here are 2d design portfolio samples:

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.

From this introduction and the discussion in class,

post any questions you have about the AP requirements

your personal artistic goals,

ways which you think you can help one another, and

a link to any artists or images that you currently find inspiring, particularly any that might contribute to your development.

Art 3 – due 8/30 – Bones


LOOK AT THE WAY O’KEEFFE USES BONES AND PLAYS WITH FIGURE AND GROUND, FORM AND SPACE.  In your comments, consider the effect this has on the viewer, whether or not it is symbolic or purely formal, and consider the music that Fogelberg created as tribute to O’Keeffe.  Does it add to or change your response to her work.  You may want to listen to it with and without sound.

Art 2 – due 8/30 Mondrian’s Chrysanthemum


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

Look at this link for the video summary of his life and work as well as some more art historical information,  if you are interested.

Do a search with the following words for some more insights into his Chrysanthemum drawings:

(mondrian master drawings smith college museum of art)

and scroll to the bottom of page 236 for a quote  from Mondrian about his intentions, followed by another image of a Chrysanthemum on page 237.

Post a comment and share what you find interesting about his artistic development, the Chysanthemun drawings, and his use of media and line to create form and space.

(Be sure to include your thoughts about his own words about his work.)

Photo 1 – 8/24


From the series Mad Men, an ad pitch for the Kodak Carousel product: This provides an introduction to considering the role of nostalgia in a photograph’s appeal (as well as the role of nostalgia in this television show’s appeal.)  By the way, also be sure to notice the style of photography in the filming of the show as well. How many times do they use the silhouette?

Look at the following iconic photos from the March on Washington, 1963.

(for quick reference, from On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by a number of civil rights and religious groups, the event was designed to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.)

Photos from March on Washington

Consider how each of these photos tell a story and specifically focus on “who” is in the photo, “what” emotions and ideas are expressed, and “how” the photographer made artistic choices.

Does nostalgia play a role in how we see these photos?

Do any other “filters” play a role in how we see these photos?

Look at the images slowly and choose one (other than one with King actually in it) which best conveys the emotions and ideals inspired by King’s presence in Washinton? Share your ideas about your “reading” of the photo and how it signifies that important event in history.

Here is the background story to one image that does this.

Art 2,3,4, AP – Mind mapping!


Mind mapping is visual brainstorming.  In making art, it can provide you with ideas and the map itself can become an aesthetic expression by thinking about pattern, positive/negative space, visual keys/cues, in addition to the words and ideas. It also gives you insight into how your ideas are interrelated and avenues of artistic expression you might want to follow.  Together we will look at

In your sketchbook, map and draw:

“Summer 2013”

With a classmate, map and draw

“Art is”

Together or alone, map and draw a theme like identity, memory, history, family, friendship, gender,hopes, dreams, childhood, water, space, growth, etc.etc. or another subject that you want to map.  AP students, this may lead to a Concentration….

No need to comment on this post but if you find an interesting site on mind maps or related artists, please share and post the link!

ART 1 – From line to form to expressive dance


Watch this video and see line come to life.  Now notice how basic shapes turn into figures and figures turn into abstract forms that mirror the dancers’ emotions. In your sketchbook, draw two or more simple figures with this technique. As you draw, use fluid lines and basic shapes. Then, add some shading to help the flat shapes become forms. Notice how the artist used lines to transform the dancers into liquid and then back again. Spend at least 30 minutes drawing. Due Tues. 9/3.

The link at bottom of page has info from the artist about the process.