Monthly Archives: April 2014

Art 3 – Mucha, Klimt, Art Nouveau and the Femme Fatale – Due 5/2


Read both of the following 2 summaries about Art Nouveau, and summarize the 3 most important points of the style (the look of it) and the  three most important points about the historic context (historical connections and influences).

Art Nouveau summary

quick history of Art Nouveau

The following article points out how Art Nouveau was put in the back seat of art historical importance – why did this happen and should it be changed? Discuss the pros and cons of the historical evaluation of the value of Art Nouveau.

A different way of looking at Art Nouveau in art history

Read the following article about Klimt and Art Nouveau. Then read the following two articles which summarize the context and  implications of the style. Analayze the manner and meaning of depicting  women in Art Nouveau. Google Mucha and Klimt and choose a particular work to discuss in relation to the psychological, societal, and gender issues presented .

Klimt and Art Nouveau

Femme Fatale – context and history

Femme Fatale – Dangerous Beasts


Art 2 – Jennifer Bartlett and the Divided Picture Plane – Due 5/2


Look at the link below to Jennifer Bartlett’s work at the Richard Gray Gallery.  Read her biography and look at the works Amagansett Diptych (#2)  and other works, #s 1-6, listed at the left at the site.  Also at this site, scroll down and look at the paintings in the exhibition, New Works #s 1-7. Which work at this site (that uses the divided picture plane or grid) is your favorite and explain why.

Jennifer Bartlett – Richard Gray Gallery

At the site below, explain what this quote means and how the divided picture plane and the grid are important to this process;
“Remaining true to her vision of painting as a never­ending associative construction that always leaves open connections to other ideas, Bartlett continues to experiment, always willing to subvert and unsettle the seeming happiness and simplicity of her imagery and words.”

Jennifer Bartlett – critical summary

Read about her series of 200 drawings (In the Garden) and then google in images: In the Garden Jennifer Bartlett. Why do you  think it is considered a “tour de force”?

In the Garden by Jennifer Bartlett

The following two articles give insights about the artist, her work habits,  her aesthetics, and her context in late 20th century and contemporary art history.

After reading these 2 articles, discuss 2 important art historical concepts and 2 important concepts for the practicing artist (aesthetic tendencies or studio art practices.)

Jennifer Bartlett Retrospective

Jennifer Bartlett – a visit



Art 1 – glazing with transparencies and “learning to see” – Due 5/5


1. Which of the following tips from the site below do you find most important in your exploration of the transparent painting process? Explain why in the context of one of your paintings.

tips on transparent glazing

2. What did you learn from the short article below about painting in transparent glazes and how will you apply it to your current painting?

painting in glazes in acrylics

Here’s a great quote from Black Horse Art Supply blurb on artist Carolyn Anderson:

“Interpreting visual reality should be about exploration and not just an attempt at re-creation. Great art is dependent on observation and strong visual elements. Learning to see and compare visual information is a process of growth and exploration. A drawing of a tree done by a child and an adult are not much different from one another. The difference lies in the complexity of the painting and the artist’s ability to notice nuance and variation and to organize and edit that information into a personal expression. Craft without creativity is only part of the equation. Painting is about learning to see – and hopefully, sharing how we see and what is visually important to us, with others.”

What can you find in the quote above that applies to your process of painting and discovery in the paintings you have done so far in class?

Here are some of her paintings from her website:

Carolyn Anderson

For sketchbook, spend an hour drawing various landscapes from personal photos or other image sources (show foreground, middleground, and background). Or, head outdoors to sketch several views from a landscape  site.

Art 1,2,3,4, AP, Photo – Santa Cruz Highschool Art show VISIT May 3-26



List and explain the reasons for  3 criteria that you will use to judge the work when you go to the Santa Cruz County High School Art Show.  You will be picking a 1st, 2nd, 3rd Best of Show, any medium. (except PHOTO students choose onlly photos.) Take a picture of each of your choices for each place winner, with you standing next to it. (or drawing a thumbnail of it if you haven’t a camera.)

Instead of posting on the blog, you will hand in, in your sketchbook or separate paper, your list of criteria you used for judging (it must be more than “I liked it” ) and a justification of your choices using that criteria.

Here is the link for times and location Santa Cruz Art League – reception is May 10 3-5 – show opens May 3.

You may get ideas for your criteria from an Art Show Juror’s point of view:

Art 1 – Brushwork and painting trees – Due 4/28


Watch the following two videos and comment on techniques in brushwork, variation in tone, opposition of large strokes with detail strokes, and how the second artist creates balance and interest in the composition. (Consider the arrangement of form, the use of space, and the movement into and around the picture plane.)

Artist in China

Spend an hour drawing a variety of different kinds of trees from real life observation, not photos.  It need not be a composition or scene.  These are studies of the structure of trees. Color is optional. You may need to use several pages for your sketches.

Art 2 – Pentimento – Due 4/23


1. Look at the following work by Leonardo. Notice the rhythms and movement in the drawing and how the media is layered and built up.

Virgin and Child with St Anne and John the Baptist

2. Read the following article about Jenny Saville’s drawings and the pentimento in her work. Comment on the effect of the pentimenti in her work and how different it is than the type of drawings you just finished.

Jenny Saville

3. Look at the following 2 videos by William Kentridge. Notice how the animation is a record of the drawing’s transformation to tell a story and how pentimenti plays a role in creating a richness and a connection to the artist’s thought process. Comment on one of your favorite passages in the animation and explain why you especially enjoy that transformation.

4. Look at the following sites for other examples of pentimenti in drawing.


(scroll down to green title “The Newest in Pentimenti”  and then to “Just in Time for Spring Break” Read those posts and look at the images.)

pinterest pentimento

For each site, comment on the 2  images that interest you most and explain why (total of 4 to choose and discuss.)





Art 3 – Street Art and Social Commentary – Due 4/23



1. Look at the following article and video. Post a comment about the similarities and differences between the art in Iran that makes social commentary and the street beautification art in the video. How does the graffiti art in the final segment of the video fit in to your conclusions? Or, is it different than the other 2 types?

 Street Art of Tehran

2. Read the following, paying particular attention to how he uses stencils and a “tatoo style” influence. Explain how he cleverly uses images rather than words to make his point. Are they visual metaphors, puns, image inversions….? How would you describe his system and visual strategy? (When you have time, if you are interested, you may want to watch the film Exit Through the Gift Shop.)

The Story Behind Banksy

3. Note how the following mural by Blu is both humorous and political. No comment is necessary but think about his visual strategy.

Blue in Belgrade, Serbia

4. Does this street art animation by Blu make a political or social commentary? Explain.