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Art 3 – Mayhew, Corot, and Trees – due 5/23

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View the video and take notes on the artist, his history, and artistic goals.

A century earlier, Jean Corot became known and admired for his paintings of trees in the French countryside. Many of them, in turn, inspired the impressionists.

Corot bio

View each of the links of Corot paintings, read the captions, and notice the specificity and, at the same time, the painterly qualities of the trees.

Corot – Oaks  at Bas-Breau, Fontainbleu

Corot – The Ferryman

Corot – Honfleur: Calvary

Corot – Villa d’Avray

During class on Monday 5/21, we will sketch trees from the Kirby rooftop deck in preparation for a small pastel drawing on Wednesday 5/23.

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Art 2 – Bartlett and Landscape Pastels – due 5/23

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Jennifer Bartlett, Amagansett, June #1, 2011, pastel on paper, 30 x 30 in

Next week, we will visit the Kirby deck to sketch landscape views for an in-class chalk pastel drawing.

Read the following article on Jennifer Bartlett pastel landscapes. Copy and paste the following link in your browser to open:

Humble Pastels, Luminous Imagery – The New York Times

In the next link, observe how Bartlett goes beyond visual description to evoke the atmosphere and mood of each environment. Draw and take notes in your sketchbook on the pastel techniques you observe that convey various textures.

Jennifer Bartlett Pastels

Art 1 – Wolf Kahn Landscapes – Due 5/21

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Wolf Kahn, Receding Towpath II, 1986

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.

Wolf Kahn studio visit

In your sketchbook comments, include the following:

1. What do you find as the most interesting art historical fact in the interviews?

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?

Look at Kahn’s 22 pastel landscapes, found under “Artworks”: Wolf Kahn – Paintings and Pastels

For your sketchbook drawing, do a 30-minute 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 that you find outdoors. You might consider working from Kirby’s rooftop deck. Color is optional.

If time allows, this sketch can be the plan for a second soft pastel landscape completed in class.  (You may want a back-up photo for when you draw, although most of your pastel painting will come from the preparatory drawing.)

 

Photo journal inspiration # 24 Staged Photos

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Many photographs which were once considered true have been discovered as “staged”.  Some photos are obviously staged in a way that is dreamlike, surreal, and cinematic. When a photographer chooses lighting, framing, depth of field, etc., isn’t there some degree of “staging”?  Look at the following links for history, ideas, and the ethical aspect of avoiding any alteration or staging in journalism.

http://blogs.photopreneur.com/worlds-most-infamous-staged-photos

Staged photography – then and now

Ethics and authenticity in news photos

Fashion photographs of eugenio recuenco

 

Art 1 – Brushwork and Painting Trees – due 5/7

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Watch the following video and observe techniques in brushwork, variation in tone, and opposition of large strokes with detail strokes. We will practice these in class using ink and brush.

Spend 30 minutes (outside of class) drawing a variety of trees from real life observation, not photos.  It need not be a composition or scene.  These are studies of the structure of trees. You may use ink and brush, watercolor, pen, and/or pencil. Try different styles and techniques. You may need to use several pages for your sketches.

Here are some helpful tips for drawing and painting trees:  Rendering Trees

 

Art 1 – High School Show at the Art League (optional visit)- due 5/21

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Visit the Santa Cruz Art League to see the 63rd Annual High School Show. Show opens April 27 and closes May 20. You will see paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and jewelry created by local high school students.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
First Fridays of the month: 12pm to 9pm
Monday: closed

Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway (between Ocean and Seabright)
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-5787

During your visit, choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best of Show in any medium. List and explain the reasons for three 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 details of the show: Santa Cruz Art League. Reception (with pizza and a DJ) is Saturday, April 28, 3 – 5pm.

You may find ideas for your criteria from an art show juror’s point of view:

http://painting.about.com/od/careerdevelopment/a/JuriedArtShow.htm

For our in-class activity next week, we will 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?

 

Art 2/3 – High School Show at the Art League – due 5/21

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Visit the Santa Cruz Art League to see the 63rd Annual High School Show. See your work on display! Show opens Friday, April 27, 2018. You will see paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and jewelry created by local high school students.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
First Fridays of the month: 12pm to 9pm
Monday: closed

Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway (between Ocean and Seabright)
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-5787

During your visit, choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best of Show in any medium. List and explain the reasons for three 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. You will be sharing your choices and responses in class.

Here is the link for details of the show: Santa Cruz Art League. Reception (featuring pizza and a DJ) is Saturday, April 28, 3 – 5pm.

You may find ideas for your criteria from an art show juror’s point of view:

http://painting.about.com/od/careerdevelopment/a/JuriedArtShow.htm