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SFMOMA Field trip prep Art 2thruAP and Photo


We will go over these links in class and guide you through them with some in-class discussions and some further reading/listening at-home.

  1. New installation of large-scale works which will be the first thing you see – this link provides background to your understanding and appreciation: Mehretu

2. We will use this as our gathering point before we leave the museum and this short video shows the incredible installation of this monumental sculpture:  Serra’s Sequence installation

3. The main special exhibition is Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules. In preparation, we will focus on the art historical context, the creativity, the use of painting, photography, dance, performance, sculpture, assemblage, collage, conceptualist ideas, and art as political action.

This is a preview of the museum exhibit: Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules

4. The introduction to this video below is (0-4:12) is a summary of his art historical role. The remainder of the video is optional but highly recommended!

5. The SFMOMA bio and works pictures below the bio also present his unique role as an artist: bio and works

6. Black and white photography is a major interest early in his career: Rauschenberg’s photo Quiet House

7. Another interesting correlation is this interview discussing the relationship between Evans’ and Rauschenberg’s exploration of American culture: Rauschenberg and Evans

8. This short older film has some great footage of him discussing ideas about ROCI, the desire to make political and social change through art and his reaction to the commercialism of the art world.

9. A small but valuable display of political art and posters is previewed here.  Scroll down to “more on the artists/ see all”.  From The Art of Corita Kent (activist, artist, nun) to Jose Montoya: the Royal Chicano Air Force are both interesting and inspiring. Be sure to consider how the artistry of these posters reinforces the message: Get with the Action – political posters/ activist artists


Exhibit: Richard Gordon: Metaphotographs

Richard Gordon, photographer

How do we use photography?    How does it change how we see?      Do photographs preserve or spoil?

How do photographs tell us about ourselves?   What can a photograph tell us about who we are?     Do photographs have a moral obligation?

Exhibit: Nothing Stable Under Heaven



Art 3 – Harlem & Chicago Renaissances – Charles White


1. Read and take notes in your sketchbook on the Harlem Renaissance.


2. Read and take notes about the Chicago Renaissance.

3. Read and take notes about Charles White.

4. Listen and take notes on Charles White’s life and work.

5. Listen and take notes on Charles White’s life, work, and issues that are important to him.

6. Look carefully at the search results of his drawings and lithographs and make thumbnails of 3 which you find most expressive and engaging.

Charles White drawings and lithographs

Art 2 – Curating an Art Show – 12/20 and 12/21


During finals, Art 2 students will participate in “curating” an art show with selections from their portfolios. In preparation for this collaborative experience, view the following:

Read items 1 and 3 from the link below.

Read all of the link below.

what curators are looking for

Read information on writing a wall label (after viewing short video clip “Art Museum Scene”).



Art 3 – Antonio Lopez Garcia – Still Life – due 11/20


Look at and take notes from the following sites,  paying attention especially to Isabel Quintanilla and Antonio Lopez Garcia.

Madrid Realist artists

Take notes about Garcia’s attitudes toward his subject and his work process.

Look at Garcia’s images and take notes on his methods and style.  What makes them special even though they are ordinary objects? How does he make the ordinary extraordinary?

Antonio Lopez Garcia

“Most of my work comes about because something bursts into my life that moves me,” says Antonio Lopez Garcia.

Select an everyday item (shirt, jacket, shoes, or backpack) that you will draw with the kind of attention that Garcia brings to his subject.

Observe these drawings:

drapery studies toned paper



Art 3 – Wildlife Illustration – due 11/3


Read about the importance of predators and take notes on the various eco chains mentioned:

Predators in crisis

Take notes on the interconnectedness of nature in the Yellowstone ecosystem:

Look at the following website and observe images (under “Wildlife”) of Big Cats, Elephants, Great Apes, Large Mammals, and Rhinos. Pay careful attention to the importance of composition and detail.

Look at the website of Alison Nicholls and her stylized artwork:

For inspiration, here is a breathtaking video on whales and a link to Andrea Rich, a local, nationally known, wildlife artist.

Take notes on wildlife conservation issues important to you and do some research, gather images, consider different styles, and draw some thumbnail composition ideas to prepare for your small painting.








OPEN STUDIOS – Art 1,2,3, AP, Photo classes, and Ceramics – Oct. 7-8, Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-22 – Due by Mon. Oct. 23


Over the next 3 weekends, Santa Cruz County artists will open their studios to visitors to show their art and art making processes.

Attend a total of 3 artist studios. (AP, Photo, and Ceramics students must attend at least 3 that are specific and relevant to their current work.)

For each visit, write down the artist’s name, take notes, and be ready to share in class:

1. your impressions of each studio and artwork. Include a small drawing of something that interests you in the studio (the art, materials, work space, etc.).

2. the artist’s techniques and processes (this information is posted in the studio; if you don’t see it, ask about their technique).

3. the inspiration for your own art work (either by a desire to emulate the artist or for a manner to differentiate your work from the artist).

For extra credit, Sept 30-Oct. 22 attend the Preview Show at the Santa Cruz Art League at 526 Broadway ( or attend the R. Blitzer Gallery Preview Show 2801 Mission from Oct 6-22 ( Make sure you check the hours before you go.  For the credit, share the artist and title for what you would award as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the whole show and explain why.

Students may attend the studios together but must have independent notes.  You may become interested in visiting particular artists by hearing others’ comments.

Do all three on one weekend or one each weekend, but don’t leave until the last day! You can share your visits each Monday over the next few weeks, or on the final Monday (October 23rd). Plan it out.

There are Guide Booklets in art rooms 216 and 222 with maps if you want to plan your weekend trips.  North County is the first weekend,  South County the second, and some artists are open for the third All County weekend.

Art 3 – Process of Abstraction – Scully and Mehretu – 10/16


Watch the following video and make notes in your sketchbook on key issues and questions that Scully introduces on abstraction.


1. the video of Julie Mehretu working on a large scale mural,

2. a gallery site containing her drawings and paintings,

3. a video interview about some of that work which was on exhibit, and

4. a summary bio from Wikipedia.

In your sketchbook, list your responses to her creative process.  Consider: What do you think guides her in her creative process? Why is that little yellow square so important in its placement?  How does she decide what to add, take out, or leave in the piece?  Why do you think she avoids talking about the piece in formal art terms (elements and principles of design)? Why is it important to her that she starts on a ground rather than blank white canvas/paper?



Think about what your process will be in creating an abstract piece, and whether or not yours will have any similarities to hers.

For your interest, currently at the SFMOMA:

Howl, eon (I, II), 2017