Monthly Archives: October 2014

Art 1 – Google Art Project – due 11/6


Go to the following website:

Google Art Project

Click on the upper left “Collections.” Choose any museum to “visit.”

Take your time and look at many works in the museum or collection, as if you are actually touring the site.

In your sketchbook, comment on 3 different works in the collection that make an impression on you. Explain why each made an impact: consider both the visual aspects and the ideas communicated by the art.

Then, spend an hour drawing in response to something you saw in Google Art Project. (To complement our in-class studio work, search for  “still life” on the site.)


Art 4 -Stylization in art – 10/27


Look at the following link for a brief illustration of what stylization is in art.

Stylization in art

Looking into the art of Morris Graves, look at the following links, take notes on his significance, context, and style.

Morris Graves

Morris Graves Bird Singing in the Moonlight

Morris Graves Bird / Theodore Wolff


Art 2 – Stylization in art – 10/27


Look  at the following link for a brief illustration of what stylization is in art.

Stylization in art

Look at each of the following cultural styles and the links.

Make notes about the methods of stylization for each style.


North American Native American – Haida art

Birds in Haida art


Birds in Egyptian Art


Birds in Minoan Art


Islamic stylization


Olmec bird

Olmec bird sculpture


Art 1 – Morandi – Due Thurs. Oct. 30


1. Listen to former Met curator, Thomas Hoving, introduce the Morandi show:

2. Read the review in the NY Times which gives background about the artist, his context, and ideas about the significance of his work.


3. Watch the video of a collection of his works:

4. Now, in your sketchbook comments, explain which things you think were most important in making Morandi the artist that he was (biography, history, work habits, beliefs) and which things are most important to you as an artist making your own still life.

In your sketchbook, spend an hour drawing objects from home using full tonal shading and (almost) no contours.  Work from a light gestural structural skeleton and then add continuous tone.

For your own interest, you may want to watch the time lapse still life drawings below:

Go to the playlist and choose the sixth from the left with the 3 objects and then watch this drawing take shape from analytic phase to the final blending.

Here is a quick description of analyzing form and looking for formal elements in a still life composition:

Photography – Composition and photographic heroes – 10/23


A.Read the article below, choose the 3 compositional techniques that interest you the most.

Photographic Composition Tips

B. Look at the importance in cropping and the difference it made in these pictures.

The Bigger Picture – the uncropped version

C. As you have time over this quarter, refer to this list of 100 photographers to know and get to know the ones you like.

100 photographers to know – with active links to images

Art 4 – Baskin and Stolpe – 10/14


Read and take notes on Leonard Baskin

Leonard Baskin bio

Look at and take note on his stylization of the raptors and other animals in his work on this site.

Baskin Raptors

Notice Baskin’s character and attitude towards his art in the remembrance of the author in this account. Do a search for some of the illustrations in his children’s books.

Leonard Baskin – A Remembrance

Take notes on the artist Daniel Stolpe who also uses stylized animals, primarily the coyote, in his art.

In your sketchbook, take notes on his bio.

Daniel Stolpe bio

Look at the use of animals and their significance in his art. Make notes about those of special interest to you.

Daniel Stolpe website

Choose an animal to depict in your next piece with mythical and symbolic significance. Reasearch the animal, start drawing, stylizing, and make compositional thumbnails.