Monthly Archives: February 2017

Art 2 – Creativity – 3/14


In your sketchbook – write down the ideas from each of these links.

Check out what LL Cool J has to say about creativity and the importance of art education.  (2-3 min clip)

LL Cool J on Creativity

Listen to Kiefer’s short talk about being an artist. (1 min)

Anselm Kiefer talks about being an artist

Listen to Tuttle’s reasons for art. (1 min)

Richard Tuttle – reasons for art

Listen to what Will Rogan says about finding meaning in the world around him. (1 min)

Will Rogan talks about the meaning of things

Now, visit the following link and note the creativity and variety in expanding portraits.  Make notes about creative ideas you want to try in your self-portrait series:

At the same site, notice the creativity in sketchbooks and make notes about inventive ideas you want to try:

Wander around the site for more inspiration – there are a lot of images and resources here!

“Document, experiment, contextualize, and evaluate”  is a mantra of one of the graphic sketchbook artists. What discipline and engagement!



Art 4 – Miriam Shapiro and Femmage


Read and take notes about the artist, art style, and the art at the following 2 links and watch the 2 videos. As you watch the second video, take notes on your ideas for your paintings. Note the time at which you favorite works of hers appear and a quick description to recall.

Miriam Shapiro’s Feminography


Miriam Shapiro – JWA




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


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. 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

highschool artists’ paint magazine collages

Art 1 – Formal Elements and Non-Objective Designs – due 3/3


The Formal Elements: Art Elements (left) and Design Principles (right)


As you watch this sequence (from Disney’s acclaimed 1940 film”Fantasia”), observe the formal elements used to create non-objective designs.  Notice the choice of shapes in relation to the music as well as the movement and rhythm created by repetition and gradation (in terms of both color and shape).  Think about space and form, emphasis and contrast, balance and unity.

Sketchbook notes: Comment on the areas in the film that you find most pleasing/interesting. Do your best to analyze why you find certain aspects to be visually interesting and how the formal elements and principles are “working.” Answer some of these questions in one page: what kinds of colors are used? do you recognize any color systems like analogous or complementary? how is movement created? how is balance achieved (is it symmetrical or asymmetrical)? where do you see examples of emphasis or contrast?  Consider any other questions you feel are significant.

Sketchbook homework: Spend an hour drawing original illustrations for each of the 7 design principles: balance (symmetrical and/or asymmetrical), contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity. This may fill two or more pages. Try to clearly convey each concept visually. You may choose to draw either representational or non-objective designs.

Art 1 – Chance Composition and the Color Game – due Fri. 2/24


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). Play all six levels as you try to perfect your matches.

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 3 black-and-white and 3 color for full credit.

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

Photo 1 – Homages, Allusions, Retake, Revisit


Do this blog BEFORE you start shooting photos.

Roll #3: half of this roll are homages or allusions and half are retakes or revisits to be shot and developed by 3/1,3/2.

In your notes on this blog (due next Tues/Wed) comment on the ideas you have and which photographers you want to pay homage to in your photographs.

Spend a good amount of time looking at each of the links above to familiarize yourself with famous and iconic photos in photo history. Take notes on photos and ideas you get from the following links.

Click on each photo to learn about it.

Look at both links and the images of each photographer mentioned to understand the conclusions.

Here is a link to how the Simpson’s pay tribute to iconic photos (make sure you click on “original” under the description to see the comparison. (The Avedon link is not accurate though.)

Here is an article about a photographer who pays homage to Lange’s Depression Era FSA photos:

Also, google: “puddle jumping munkasi cartier bresson avedon” for some photo homages.

(And, if you are interested, you may look at the very staged recreations of photos using John Malkovich by Sandro Miller.)




Art 1 – “Color in Advertising” – due Wed. 2/15


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, respond to one of the ideas in the following link:

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