Art 3 – Subtractive technique – women artists – Due 3/5


1. Watch the following 2 videos and comment on the 3 techniques you find most useful/interesting. (Note the differences in technique as well.)

rendering a sphere in subtractive and additive technique

2. Read the articles at the following 3 links and comment on the 3 most interesting aspects of the history presented and the 3 items you find controversial or, at least, good topics for discussion and interpretation.

women artists in history

Lean In – Makers Conference

Texas artists weigh into the discussion

3. Finally, look at all the works on this page of the website of Jo Bradney and read the statement about the works

Jo Bradney charcoal drawings

What connects her work to the still life/vanitas tradition and what makes her works different than other still life artists?

What is your favorite work? Explain why.  Set up your still life under a spot light. Choose a reflective object and at least 2 other meaningful objects.


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  1. Three techniques that I find useful are a) marking out lines to capture the general outline of the subject matter (as seen in video 2) b) beginning with the mid-tones, using an eraser to create highlights, and adding charcoal to create shadow and c) starting with suggestions of shadows and highlights, continuously building them up as you go (seen in video 1 and 2). Three aspects of the histories presented that I found interesting are a) the fact that one woman made carvings on fruit pits b) the fact that one woman loved her work so much that she requested to be buried with her carving tools and c) that Angelica Kauffman and her friend founded the British Royal Academy. Three interesting topics for discussion are a) the fact that women (not only men) contribute to sexism (an example being the misrepresentation of Artemisia Gentilesch’s life in the movie created by a woman) b) the argument that failing to feel prepared to something is a sign that you should undertake that thing and c) the misinterpretation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork. Chocolate Chocolate Chip is one of my favorite works by Jo Bradney. In general, I liked her use of the medium to create softer tones and the set up of her compositions. Her artwork differs from that of most still life artists because, while most artists choose to portray whole, unblemished, and “beautiful” objects, she chose to draw trash and half-eaten food. I found her work to be quite interesting.

  2. Three techniques that I find useful: 1) Outlining the general outlines of the objects 2) Setting up a general tone first and then building the shade gradually instead of digging into details (something I tend to do every time and it’s not a very efficient method) 3) It’s important to get the structure and the shape of the objects right at the first place/Three aspects of the histories presented that I found interesting are 1)It is surprising that here were a few extraordinary female still-life painters in history, but it seems they never get as famous as some male painters…even if they were as skillful as the males 2) A lot of female artists back to early times were painting hard while they taking care of their “domestic jobs”. They were not as free as a lot of male artists, they were assigned to the traditional gender roles, but they didn’t give up pursing self-interests, yay! 3) The fact that history is getting these great female artists wrong/ Three interesting topics for discussion: 1) It is interesting to me that before the occurrence of feminism, both women and men were actually bias about females and what they can achieve in art 2) It’s interesting that even today there’re still gender divisions: “In other ways, it has created an expectation that a woman artist’s work should somehow reflect a biological point of view”. 3)As Wisdomrosecreations said, the misinterpretation of georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork. / My favorite work is “Stalking” because I like the way how the plastic tomato box threw out such great shadows and highlights to capture in charcoal. I think what makes her differ from other artist is, she tries to build connection between feature of charcoal-style and still-life that fits into the style.

  3. Techniques:
    – Highlighting first
    – Going back in with darker tones
    – Use of white pencil

    – Specifically VA as a mode for modern feminism
    – “old masters” as women
    – contrasting different forms of feminism and how they’re representive

    Topics for Discussion:
    – VA as a medium for social movements
    – Dialectic between Georgia O’Keefe’s works being misinterpreted and forgotten female artists
    – Development of feminist work over time

    My favorite of Jo Bradney’s works is “Passion.” I love the subtle vibrancy of the violet as well as the contrast between the less visually smooth lines of the pencil shavings and the visually pleasing quality of the pencil itself.

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