Art 1 – Mark Tobey and Calligraphic Linework – due Fri. Sept. 23



In the video, observe the modernist paintings of Mark Tobey (1890-1976). Look at the quality and character of Tobey’s calligraphy-style linework. Notice how he arranges the lines for spatial and emotional effect.

In the link below, study the four Tobey paintings. Read the “Biography” and “Philosophy of Art” sections.
In your sketchbook, respond:
Tobey said, “On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.”
1. Was Tobey simply copying tree bark or was he doing something else?
2. What are some of the symbolic possibilities of Tobey’s calligraphic white line patterns?
In lieu of your weekly sketchbook drawing, spend at least one hour working on your non-objective drawing (started in class). Include some calligraphic linework inspired by Tobey’s paintings.

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