Monthly Archives: September 2014

Art 3 – Scratchboard – Odilon Redon, Dreams – 9/29


Take notes on the following 3 sites:

Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams

Odilon Redon biography

Noirs by Odilon Redon

Before you start working on your scratchboard art, review the Russ McMullins scratchboard tutorial.


and the video tutorial by Lars Erik Robinson




Art 4 – figurative techniques and styles, white chalk on black – 9/29


Figurative Drawing Techniques

If none of the links above work, google the title (Drawing Techniques by Old Masters and Contemporary Artists) Look for and read pdf with same name.

Them, look at the following site, reading and taking notes on all the images. Look at the figurative drawings, imagining the use of white on black paper as a way to create figurative forms  in light just as he did with his use of atmospheric black tones.

MOMA Seurat Drawings

Art 2 – Scratchboard – Flowers, drawing the light – 9/29


Take notes in your sketchbook on all of the following.

View the Russ McMullins scratchboard tutorial.


and the video tutorial by Lars Erik Robinson

scratchboard demo

View the compositions and techniques in the link below:

scratchboard flowers

Read about the ideas regarding each of these flower paintings.  Look at the comments, the symbolism, and the composition in each:

10 flower paintings to know

Research online ideas about the symbolism of flowers and the particular meaning you want to signify by the flowers you choose. You may bring in a real flower to work from, a photo you have taken of a flower, or use a photo from the internet of a flower, as long as you combine it with foliage from another photo and change the composition.

You will be using cross contours as you scratch away the light. Note the method of looking at light rather than dark as you draw.  How is it different from the way you usually see and usually draw?  What will your aesthetic goals be with this scratchboard drawing?

OPEN STUDIOS Art 1,2,3,4,AP, Photo, Photo P.P. and I.S. – Oct. 4-5, Oct.11-12, Oct.18-19 – Due by Mon. 10/20


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, in your sketchbook,  you must:

1. Write  bullet points with your observations of the studio, the artist, their techniques and processes (this information is posted in their studio, if you don’t see it, ask about their technique.)  AND,

2. Sketch something from their studio or a part of their work that inspires you.

For your own growth and enlightenent, ask questions directly of the artist and share results of your “interview” in class.

For extra credit, you may do this for more than 3 artist studios.

To help you choose, consider attending the Preview Show at the Santa Cruz Art League on Broadway (see link.)

Students may attend the studios together but they should have independent notes.

Do all three on one weekend or one each weekend but don’t leave until the last day! 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.  South County is the first weekend,  North County the second, and some artists are open for the third, Encore weekend.

For Art  1 – There is a half hour, free choice, sketchbook drawing due at end of each week.

For other Art classes, sketchbook homework remains the same as the pattern established to date, in support of in-class work and ideas for extensions.

Photo 1 – Photograms 9/18


Read the following article

Man Ray to Thomas Ruff

In  your  journal, 1  page, handwritten or typed, due next Thur, 9/25

1. comment on how Photograms changed Man Ray’s career.  How did his work compare to Fox Talbot’s or Christian Shad’s work?

2. Explain how his work caught on and the role that composition and choice of materials played.

3. Does Ray’s abuse of women or his evasiveness about his Jewish background cause you to look at his work any differently?

4. How has Ruff has updated photograms with digital technology.

5.  Read the summary about Moholy Nagy:


6. From these sites (and others on a google search), print the photogram you find most aesthetically pleasing.

7. Comment and explain why you like that photogram and how you think it was made.


Art 4 – Contours, Topography, Ents 9/15


Read the following for understainding about how topographical maps work.

topography explained

Read and take notes on the following two links of artists who use topography in their art.  Take notes in your sketchbook about the 3 artists who interest you on both visual and conceptual levels.

topographic works of art/design

Consider the role of topography in creating the texture and the personification of trees in the ents.

ents in art




Art 3 – Mayhew, Corot, and Trees – 9/15


View the video and take notes about the artist, his history, and artistic goals.

Richard Mayhew

Look at each of the links of Corot paintings, read the captions, and notice the specificity and, at the same time, the painterly qualities of the trees.

Corot – Oaks  at Bas-Breau, Fontainbleu

Corot – The Ferryman

Corot – Honfleur: Calvary

Corot – Villa d’Avray

Look at the images of trees on the first 3 pages of the search and copy 3 that you especially like in your sketchbook.

tree studies