Monthly Archives: September 2013

ART 3 – Portrait styles – Due 10/2


1. Look at the following blog post on Francoise Gilot and the variable thickness in the expressive contour lines.


2. Look at Google images for Francoise Gilot portrait drawings:

Picasso portrait drawings:

and Andy Warhol drawings:

Look especially at the contour line drawings by Gilot, portraits of Jaqueline by Picasso, and the color and shapes used by Warhol.

3. In the videos below, look at the speed drawing and the portraits by Warhol. When the drawing starts to talk, you can just listen to the interview if it is too wierd for you.  Also enjoy the David Byrne music accompanying the Warhol imagery in the second selection.

4. Post your favorite portrait drawing from any of these  sources and any other artists (black and white or color, linear or painterly.) Explain what makes the drawing expressive and how you might incorporate some of the techniques into your portrait “derivatives.”


Art 2 – Watercolor Botanicals – Due 10/2


1. Visit the website of local artist Hanya Fojalco:

2. Look at these tips and examples from Debra Lee Baldwin

3. Watch the video of Angela Fehr’s leaf painting technique:

4.  Read the following 3 summaries about the history of watercolor.

A. history.htm

B. historymedium.html

C. art-history-a-watercolor-artist-you-should-know-of

Now:  In your post, comment on the 3 historical items you find most interesting and  comment on the approaches and ideas you plan for  your botanical watercolor.

OPEN STUDIOS Art 1,2,3,4,AP, Photo, Photo P.P. and I.S. – Oct. 5-6, Oct.12-13, Oct.19-20 – Due by Mon. 10/21


Over the next 3 weekends, Santa Cruz County artists will open their studios to visitors to show their art and art making processes.

For each art class enrolled in at GBK, attend a total of 3 artists studios. (Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4 – any type of art from glass to textile to painting, printmaking, or photography.)

Photo students must attend studios of photographers; Independent Study and AP 2D, focus on your medium.

For each visit, you must:

1. Post an account of your visit and your impressions of the studio, the artist, and their work.

2. Make comments about their techniques and processes (this information is posted in their studio, if you don’t see it, ask about their technique.)  AND,

3. Comment on the inspiration this gives you for your own art work.

For extra credit, ask questions directly of the artist and post results of your “interview.”

For extra credit, you may attend and post accounts about more than 3 artist studios.

For extra credit, attend the Preview Show at the Santa Cruz Art League on Broadway (see link.) Post name and artist for what you would award 1st 2nd and 3rd place in the whole show and explain why.

Students may attend the studios together but they should have independent posts.  You also may be inspired to visit particular artists by reading others’ posts.

Do all three on one weekend or one each weekend but don’t leave until the last day! You can post by each Monday or by the final Monday. Plan it out.

There is a Guide Booklet in the art room 216 and 222 with maps if you want to plan your weekend trips.  North County is the first weekend,  South County the second, and some artists are open for the third, Encore weekend.

For Art  1 – There is an hour, free choice, sketchbook drawing due at start of each week.

Art 3 – Portraits – Due 9/23


Look at both the video and web article below.

Stop animation “speed” drawing by Jonathon Linton:

Hyper realist portraits by Kehinde Wiley:  world-us-canada-19454025

In your comments, consider:

Why does Wiley re-contextualize the people in his portraits? How and why does Wiley incorporate art history into his art?

Explain the difference between a portrait that just captures a person’s likeness (like Linton’s) and one which makes a point about class, ethnicity, contemporary culture, or social interaction (like Wiley’s).

What type of portrait do you prefer?

Are there any artists that might influence you in making your self portrait or a background that you might add?

ART 2 – Artful branches – Due 9/23


1. Look at the student studies of branches using cross contours:


2. Look at the discussion of positive and negative shapes in the composition of these photographs by Art Wolfe:


3. Look at the Almond Branches by van Gogh and read the commentary about the context and the composition:


4. Read the biography of  and comments on Patricia Tobacco Forrester:


5. Look at all the images and compositions by Forrester at this site and the google images below it, and others if you want. Consider how she uses positive and negative space in the compositions:


6. Comment on the visual and emotional effect of the branches by van Gogh and Forrester in terms of both their symbolic significance and  the visual effect.  Which image is most impressive to you and why? How does this contribute to your understanding of  and sensitivity to the form of the branches?

ART 1 – Ellsworth Kelly – HW due 9/23


1. Look at the following 2 articles on Ellsworth Kelly and the interview with him in the video.

2. Comment on at least one piece of advice that’s useful for you as an artist.

3.  And, comment on how his seemingly simple works actually reflect his sensitivity to form and how they are connected to emotion or expression.

In your sketchbook, do an hour of contour drawings of various individual objects (as we will do in class) or do a contour drawing of things stored in a garage, attic, or a closet.  You may use several pages for this or work in smaller frames on the page (so you can think about composition as Kelly does).