Monthly Archives: February 2016

Art 1 – Chance Composition and the Color Game – Due Thurs. Mar. 3


Observe Jean Arp’s composition and listen to the museum curator’s description through the audio clip. In your sketchbook notes, comment on ideas of “assisted chance.”  What do you think of the notion of holding 2-3 opposing ideas in mind at the same time?

Audio Link/Jean Arp

Why did Dada artists embrace ideas of chance and improvisation in their art forms?

Dada and Chance Creations

Then, spend at least 10 minutes doing the game (see link below). Try to perfect your matches and do all three levels.

Share your experience playing the game in class.

You are learning about saturation and value by exercising your eyes…what better preparation for painting?!

For sketchbook activity, use a viewfinder to find small chance compositions that are non-objective and are visually satisfying to you. They can be derived from actual images, but crop them so that they appear non-objective.

Cut out and paste in your sketchbook. Use newspaper or magazine sources. Minimum 4 black-and-white and 4 color for full credit.

We will be using these for painting ideas so follow your aesthetic taste.


Art 1 – Jim Power – Mosaic Man NYC – due Thurs. Feb. 25


SKETCHBOOK NOTES: After viewing the video, respond to the following:

1.Comment on your observations of Jim Power’s work and its importance to the neighborhood.

2.From a design standpoint, which light pole mosaic appeals to you and why? Consider the art elements and design principles in your description. Draw a section of the mosaic.

SKETCH: In preparation for our collaborative mosaic, spend an hour sketching a variety of birds (both on the ground and in flight). Google or work from images provided in class. After you’ve completed your series of bird sketches, select one that would be a good choice for sculpting in clay relief. Spend time refining this one drawing with color.

Audubon Bird Images


Field Trip Peparation: Tabaimo, De Feo, Collectors, and Rubin






















Art 1 – “Color in Advertising” – due Thurs. Feb. 18


Look at the following links:


NOTES: Watch these advertising videos. For your sketchbook notes, comment on what you consider to be effective color strategies used by advertisers. In your experience, are there any ads that you can recall as having an effect on you because of the use of color?

Next, use specific examples to explain your responses to the ideas in the following link:

SKETCH: In your sketchbook, do a one-hour color pencil drawing inspired by the imagery in one of the videos above.

Art 1 – Color and Music – Due Thurs. Feb. 11


This program (written by Ali Nikrang for Mozarteum Kultur GmbH) visualizes a piano performance in realtime using the “Color Theory” by Scriabin.
You can see here a few examples. (In this case the program uses a standard midi-file and an ePiano to play it.)

Notes and Colors:
C :  Red
C# D Flat : Violet
D :  Yellow
D# E Flat :  Steel colors with metal shine
E : Whitish-blue
F : Red, dark F# G Flat : Blue, bright
G :  Orange-pink
G# A Flat : Purplish-violet
A :  Green
A# B Flat : Steel colors with metal shine
B : Similar to E

1. In your sketchbook notes, comment first on the computer program above that correlates notes to colors and Scriabin’s piano piece.  Then, in the link below, consider whether or not you have any synesthetic tendencies. Give some examples of correlations, try the test with your friends, and draw some conclusions.


Vassily Kandinsky Composition VII 1913

2. For your 60 minutes of sketching this week, listen to music and draw according to your own preferences (in subject and media). Note on the side or back of page the type and musicians you were listening to while drawing.

Photo 1 – Ansel Adams and Imogene Cunningham – 2/10


In your journal, write a response to each of the links below.


2. Ansel Adams on visualization


3. Read up until the View Camera section, then the rest if you wish: Ansel Adams close-ups

4. You may want to view this and make careful notes at home since it is packed with photographic information, insights, and advice.

5. Read from the link below – Introduction to the Zone System through to Simplified Zone System. We will review it in class for greater clarity.

Ansel Adams zone system simplification

6. Note the historical context and aesthetic basics of Pictorialism.


7. Note Cunningham’s, historic context, character, and the transformation of her style.

Imogene Cunningham Breaking Gender Barriers

8. Imogene Cunningham images


Here is an additional excellent, longer, and optional film on Ansel Adams if you are interested:


Here is a relevant article on getting the skin tones right – the zone system is not mentioned but

the concepts are especially pertinent here.