Monthly Archives: January 2017

Art 1 – Chuck Close “breaking it down into pieces” due Feb. 3rd


For this week’s homework SKETCH, spend one hour completing the tonal value studies of the eye and mouth that we started in class. If you already finished this, use your time to complete unfinished work in your folder.

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:


ART 2,3,4,AP Field Trip Preparation


At the SFMOMA and the De Young when we visit next week, part of your assignment will be to analyze or deconstruct the institution (figure out what interdependent and conflicting forces are at play in the museum).

In your sketchbook, make notes on the mission statement and history of SFMOMA

In your sketchbook, make notes on the mission statement and history of the DeYoung


In considering the questions: “who decides what work is shown in a museum?” and “who determines the meaning of an artwork?”,

take notes on the ideas in the following two articles:


In considering the architecture and role of museums, take notes on the following two articles so that you can assess the museums that you visit in these contexts.

The Urgency of Empathy & Social Impact in Museums


Finally, in your sketchbook, define the words didactic, cryptic, ethereal, abject, memorializing, narrative, and devotional which we will talk about in relation to some of the works we will see.

Art 1 – Carnival of the Animals, Chagall, and Poetic Imagination (in-class project)


This week in class, you will begin a Chagall-inspired color pencil/chalk pastel piece to submit for display at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (front lobby). The Santa Cruz Symphony and Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony will be performing a family concert, “Carnival of the Animals” 2pm Sunday January 29th. Project is due at the end of class Friday, January 20th.

Santa Cruz Symphony

View the gallery:

Listen to the 1-minute audio:

I and the Village audio

Study the painting “I and the Village” (1911). Observe how Chagall arranged line, color, and space to evoke a lyrical, dream-like scene. What artistic devices (composition, perspective, juxtaposition) do you notice in Chagall’s many paintings that demonstrate poetic imagination?

In preparation for this project, develop a series of sketchbook drawings with ideas generated by Chagall’s imagery.

Your sketches should feature characters, musical instruments, and settings inspired by Charles-Camille Saint-Saens’ concert, Carnival of the Animals.

Listen to music selections:

Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals

Paul Klee, Fish Magic (1925)


Art 2 – Linoprints – Carnival of the Animals – due 1/19


“Carnival of the Animals” linoprints will be created for display in the lobby at the Civic:

Santa Cruz Symphony

Listen to music selections and take note of effective uses of design principles in imagery:


Observe designs of animal-themed prints:

Prints by Sarah Young

View and sketch ideas from “Inspirational Artists – Top Linocut Artists to Follow” and complete exercises #2 and #5:

Linocutting Exercises

Photo 1, Photo Portf Prep – Danny Lyons: Message to the Future; Japanese Photography: Postwar to Now;


Take notes on the following articles, podcast, and interviews about DANNY LYONS. What kind of photographer is he?  What is his style like?How did he get his start? What different kinds of photos/ subjects did he take?  What is important to him? What did he have to do to survive, creatively?


Watch 2 of the videos about the photographers (you will be assigned 2, specifically, in class.) Look up some of their work on the internet and be ready to report on what they say in the interview and to show and discuss 2 important photos by them by next Tues/Wed 17/18.


Photo 1 – Sabatier effect – 1/10


Look at the following sites and take notes to hand in:


cool samples (darkroom and digital)

Sabatier steps

technical discussion of sabatier


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