Monthly Archives: August 2015

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.

(Also refer to google images search for “Charles Demuth’s floral paintings” and for “Charles Demuth’s archtectural paintings”)


Art 2 – Pattern, Decoration, and Contour – Robert Kushner – 8/31


In your sketchbook, take notes on the artist and his art.

Robert Kushner at D.C. Moore Gallery

Make notes on the paragraph right below Kushner’s “Night Garden” 2000, explaining Kuspit’s attitude.

Art and Perception – Pattern and Decoration

Make notes on interesting aspects from this account, 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

Photo – The Projected Image & Pinhole Photography


The basics of photographic phenomena:

What are these pinhole cameras recording?

solargraphia blog

How to construct your 6 month pinhole.

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

Nathan's pinole

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 – Edward Gorey – due Thurs. Sept. 3


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 and line work.

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! Observe Gorey’s line work for your own ideas (such as crosshatching, parallel hatching, stippling, and use of pattern). Keep track of the time intervals on the back.

(2nd, 3rd, 4th period due in class 9/3. 5th period due 9/4.)

Photo 1 – 8/24


From the series Mad Men, an ad pitch for the Kodak Carousel product: This provides an introduction to considering the role of nostalgia in a photograph’s appeal (as well as the role of nostalgia in this television show’s appeal.)  By the way, also be sure to notice the style of photography in the filming of the show as well. How many times do they use the silhouette?

Look at the following iconic photos from the March on Washington, 1963.

(for quick reference, from On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by a number of civil rights and religious groups, the event was designed to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.)

Photos from March on Washington

Consider how each of these photos tell a story and specifically focus on “who” is in the photo, “what” emotions and ideas are expressed, and “how” the photographer made artistic choices.

Does nostalgia play a role in how we see these photos?

Do any other “filters” play a role in how we see these photos?

Look at the images slowly and choose one (other than one with King actually in it) which best conveys the emotions and ideals inspired by King’s presence in Washinton? Share your ideas about your “reading” of the photo and how it signifies that important event in history.

Here is the background story to one image that does this.

ART 1 – From line to form to expressive dance – due 8/27


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 45 minutes drawing. Due Thurs. 8/27 (5th period Fri. 8/28).

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

The Making of Thought of You