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

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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

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