In your sketchbook, make brief notes on the following 2 sites:
proportions of a head
These are 3 approaches to portraiture, in class, we will try another.
3 ways to draw a conventional face
Look at the following explanation of comparative sighting, from only 20sec -1:30:
Note in your sketchbook, ideas about how to draw a nose.
Look at the video and notice how a drawing is a series of adjustments.
1. Watch the following 2 videos on the history and appeal of abstraction for African American artists. Note especially how some of them connect it to what they see in the external reality and how others are more concerned with emotional gesture and the internal reality. As you watch both videos, note what artists/paintings appeal to you in terms of the forms, composition, and color. Think about the use of visual space, near and far, and the way your eye is motivated to scan the painting. Consider how they “organize the visual space.”
2. In the next video, look at the magazine collages and 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. As you think about the music in the upcoming Santa Cruz family concert, think about 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. Clarify and write down your goals and intentions as you start this project
highschool artists’ paint magazine collages
Next week in class, you will begin a Chagall-inspired color pencil/chalk pastel piece to submit for display at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The Santa Cruz Symphony will be performing a family concert, “Beethoven & The Beatles” 2pm Sunday March 6. Family Concert: Beethoven & the Beatles
Read the article and view the gallery:
Listen to the 1-minute audio:
I and the Village audio
NOTES: Study the painting “I and the Village” (1911). In your page of notes, specifically describe how Chagall arranged line, color, and space to evoke a lyrical, dream-like scene. What artistic devices (composition, perspective, juxtaposition) do you observe in Chagall’s many paintings that demonstrate poetic imagination?
SKETCHES: In preparation for the next studio project, spend one hour developing a series of sketchbook drawings with ideas generated by Chagall’s imagery.
Your sketches should feature characters, musical instruments, and settings inspired by Beatles Guide to the Orchestra (The Yellow Submarine) or Aquarium (Carnival of the Animals).
Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals
Paul Klee, Fish Magic (1925)
For this week’s homework SKETCH, spend one hour completing the tonal value studies of the eye and mouth that we started in class.
For your sketchbook NOTES, respond to the following:
In his career as a painter of colossal portraits, Chuck Close (American, b. 1940) has used the grid method as a formal structure in his work. In his early years as a Hyper-realist, Close hid the grid with paint. In his later work, the grid becomes an essential part of his paintings.
1. Consider the significance of Close’s grid technique in both his photorealist and new style of painting. What is your response to both stylistic approaches?
2. In Close’s more recent work, describe how the viewer’s attention can shift from surface pattern to the overall image.