Visit the Santa Cruz Art League (526 Broadway) to see the 61st Annual High School Show. Show opens Friday, April 29, 2016. You will see paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and jewelry created by local high school students.
During your visit, choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best of Show in any medium. List and explain the reasons for 3 criteria that you use to judge the work. Take a photo of each of the four pieces that you select. Or, sketch a thumbnail of each work.
In your sketchbook or on separate paper, write your list of criteria used for judging (it must be more than “I liked it” ) and a justification of your choices using that criteria.
Here is the link for hours and location: Santa Cruz Art League. (Reception is Saturday, May 7, 3 – 5pm.)
You may find ideas for your criteria from an art show juror’s point of view:
For your interest (no written response required), watch this award-winning film short titled “Art Appreciation” and consider the ideas presented.
What makes something art?
What is art?
What is good art?
What makes meaning in art?
Who makes the meaning, the artist or the viewer?
Read the article and watch the two videos within the site linked below. Note especially, in the second video, the path of Wolf Kahn’s career and his comments about painting.
In your sketchbook comments, include the following:
1. What do you find as the most interesting art historical fact in the interviews or article?
2. What insights about drawing/painting your own landscapes do you gain from listening to, looking at, and reading about Kahn’s personal history and his paintings?
For your sketchbook drawing, do a one hour hand-drawn landscape (or series of landscapes), observed from real life, inspired by Kahn’s work. Try to convey the facts, essence, and spirit of the place. Color is optional.
This will be the plan for your upcoming landscape in chalk pastel. (You may want a back-up photo for when you draw, although most of your pastel painting will come from the preparatory drawing.)