Monthly Archives: January 2016

Art 2 – Self-portraits 2/2


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.






Art 3 – Abstraction, African American artists, and painting from collages – 2/4


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

Art 1 – Beethoven & the Beatles – due Thurs. Feb. 4


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)


Photo 1 – Sabatier effect – 1/28


Look at the following sites:


cool samples (darkroom and digital)

sabatier steps

technical discussion of sabatier


After working in the darkroom on the sabatier effect, write a journal explaining things you learned that were successful procedures to share with others

Art 1 – Chuck Close “breaking it down into pieces” due Thurs. Jan. 28


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.

Additional information:

Photo 1 – Homages – from allusions to retakes 1/19/16


Here is an article about a photographer who pays homage to Lange’s Depression Era FSA photos:

Also, google: “puddle jumping munkasi cartier bresson avedon” for some photo homages.

(And, if you are interested, look at the very staged recreations of photos using John Malkovich by Sandro Miller which are almost literal retakes.)


Art 2 – Beethoven and the Beatles – Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert


Peter Max