Monthly Archives: April 2015

Art 1 – underwater environmental artist – due May 7


Go to the following website: JasondeCairesTaylor

Navigating through the website, look thoroughly at the home page, the gallery, film, bio, and environment.

For your sketchbook notes, reflect upon what you find most interesting about Taylor’s work, any thoughts or ideas it inspires, and any questions that you would ask if you met him…

Our next painting theme centers on appreciation of the ocean and sea life. For your hour sketchbook drawing (in preparation for your next painting), sketch ideas relating to Taylor’s work and/or the following:

Extra credit option: For one sketch or blog notes credit, visit the 60th Annual High School Art Show before May 24th. Reception is Saturday the 9th, 3-5pm. Draw 3 thumbnail sketches of your favorite pieces that you would choose for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Art League directions and hours: Santa Cruz Art League


Art 1 – working in series – Due 4/30


1. Look at the evolution of Mondrian’s work and how he changes over a period of time.  What do you think was important to him as an artist?  Why didn’t he keep painting trees in the same way?

Look at the three links below and read both articles fully. In you sketchbook notes, explain what a “series” is and discuss three points about the advantages and purpose of working in a series.

Advantages to working in a series

Jane Davies ideas about art series

Hyun Mi Yoo Good Luck project series

For your hour sketchbook, do a drawing based on a previous drawing and make significant changes that reveal more of your personal interests as an artist.

Or, do 2 drawings that demonstrate an evolution of your artistic ideas (either in a major way, as in Mondrian’s work, or in a less drastic way, as in Jane Davies’  “Teeny Tiny Art” series).

Art 2 – Abstraction – Referential or Non-referential – 4/23 (4/27)


1. In the following video, look at the magazine collages (that are both simple, textural, spatial, and non-objective). Notiice how students translate them into paintings.  Listen to their discussion of the process and listen to the instructor’s discussion of the way to think about abstraction, referencing it as a “story” with “characters” that are sometimes only a squeek, squeel, or a grunt. Notice the wide variety of marks and approaches to abstraction from specific shapes, patterns, lines and groupings of lines, atmospheric space, gradations and blended transitions of color. After the video, click on the link for examples of highschool student’s paintings from magazine collages. Then take notes in your sketchbook on: what interests you the most about this project, whether or not you want to organize the collage randomly, around a theme, idea, or emotion, whether you want any identifiable imagery even though it is primarily an abstraction, and the goals and intentions you will embrace as you start this project.

2.  highschool artists’ paint magazine collages

Read the following interview and article on Nozkowski, an prominant abstractionist, and take notes on key points in your sketchbook.  Notice in the video interview, the ideas he presents about his process, the “struggle” and how he has made a life as an artist.




Art 3 – Process of Abstraction – Scully and Mehretu – 4/23 (4/27)


Watch the following video and make notes in your sketchbook on key issues/questions that Scully introduces on abstraction.


1. the video of Julie Mehretu working on a large scale mural,

2. a gallery site containing her drawings and paintings,

3. a video interview about some of that work which was on exhibit, and

4. a summary bio from Wikipedia.

In your sketchbook, list your responses to her creative process.  Consider: what do you think guides her in her creative process? Why is that little yellow square so important in its placement?  How does she decide what to add, take out, or leave in the piece?  Why do you think she avoids talking about the piece in formal art terms (elements and principles of design)? Why is it important to her that she starts on a ground rather than blank white canvas/paper?



Think about what your process will be in creating an abstract piece and whether or not yours has any similarities to hers.

Art 1 – Blue Dog – Due 4/23


Look at the following video on George Rodrigue:

and the website:

Pay particular attention to the bio and art categories on the menu bar at his website.

NY times obituary

Pay particular attention to the way his life and art are valued in the obituary.

For sketchbook notes, make comments about:

1. What are the pros and cons for you of the visual presence of his works (what you like and don’t like visually)?

2. Do the interpretations of his paintings make sense to you?  why or why not? (consider both subject and style)

3. Explain/explore the conflicting aspects of the art’s high market value, the negative reviews by art critics, and the final assessment of his work in the NY Times obituary.

In your sketchbook, do an hour drawing in the style of Rodrigue, of any animal (preferably a current or former pet) in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning.

In class, your next painting will be of a familiar animal in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning.  You may do it in a realistic or Rodrigue style, with realistic or exaggerated colors, realistic or exaggerated form, using a color scheme.

Art 3 – Figure in a setting / woodcut style – 4/13


Look and read about each of these four links before you start your project.

Edward Hopper and cinema

Hopper and Hitchcock

Hopper at MOMA and East Side Interior

Martin Lewis prints

In your sketchbook, comment on what interests you about each of the sites.  Also makes notes about ideas which you have for creating an ink drawing with contour, cross contour, and cross-hatching with influence by Hopper, film noir and/or cinema. How will you create a “cinematic” view?

Art 2 – Retold Fairy Tale Engravings – 4/13


Look at the following site and read the two articles and look at the pictures (on menu bar at left of first article)

Investigate some of the links you find interesting at both of these sites.

Tenniel illustrator, engraver

Picture origins

Watch the following video:

Note some of the selections in the article about the genre of retold tales.

Retold Fairy Tales – genre

In your sketchbook: write comments and respond to  items you find interesting in each of the selections above.

Make notes on your favorite Alice illustration and explain why.

Make notes on your favorite Dore illustration and explain why.

What aspects from each will you try to incorporate into your work?