Monthly Archives: August 2014

Art 4 – Miriam Shapiro and Femmage – 9/1


Read and take notes about the artist, art style, and the art at the following 2 links and watch the 2 videos. As you watch the second video, take notes on your ideas for your paintings. Note the time at which you favorite works of hers appear and a quick description to recall.

Miriam Shapiro’s Feminography


Miriam Shapiro – JWA





Art 3 – Charles Demuth – Energized Reality – 9/1


Read and take notes about Demuth’s art and artists. Peruse the collections, particularly the flowers.

Charles Demuth – Biography

Charles Demuth – Biography / MOMA

Watch the first 3 minute of the video and pay close attention to how he paints negative space and creates a push and pull between the figure and ground. Pay special attention to the flower paintings and the tree painting at 2:58.

Art 2 – Pattern, Decoration, and Contour – Robert Kushner – 9/1


Take notes on the artist and his art.

Robert Kushner at D.C. Moore Gallery

Read and take notes to the paragraph right below Kushner’s “Night Garden” 2000, explaining Kuspit’s attitude.

Art and Perception – Pattern and Decoration

Read and take note starting with “The Beginnings with Goldin” until “Meanwhile Back in New York.” (p. 13-16)

Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art 1975-1985, by Amy Swarz

Art 1 – Edward Gorey – due 9/4


1. Listen to the curator of “Elegant Enigmas” talk about Edward Gorey.

2. Gorey’s work was used in an introduction to Mystery, a PBS series. Observe his visual story-telling techniques.

3. On one page in your sketchbook, comment on two interesting things about Gorey and how you think those things influenced his art.

4. Also comment on your favorite visual frame (drawing and composition) in the Mystery animation and explain why you find it most fascinating.    Optional: Include drawings with your comments to help illustrate your ideas.

5. On the next sketchbook page, do a one-hour drawing inspired by Gorey.  Have fun with it! Keep track of the time intervals on the back.

Art 1 – Mark Tobey – in-class 9/2


This post is for in-class work – no need to preview.


Retrospective site

Look at the quality and character of Tobey’s line work. Notice how he arranges the lines for spatial and emotional effect.
What does Tobey mean by this: “On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.”  Is he simply copying tree bark or is he doing something else?

Photography – The Projected Image & Pinhole Photography 8/19


The basics of photographic phenomena:

What is this pinhole camera recording?

Ultra Slow Exposure Pinhole Photography

How to construct your 6 month pinhole.


A Kirby 2013/14 Photo student’s room converted into a pinhole:

Frodude's room as a pinhole camera


At the following link, search for entry #439.. Look around at the gallery for some great images from all over the world.

Worldwide Pinhole Day 2005

Here is a direct link to an entry last spring.

Worldwide Pinhole Day 2014








ART 1 – From line to form to expressive dance – due 8/28


Watch this video and see line come to life.  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. Observe how the artist used lines to transform the dancers into liquid and then back again. Spend at least 30 minutes drawing. Due Thurs. 8/28 (5th period Fri. 8/29).

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