Category Archives: Art 3

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


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.


Art 3 – Figure in a Setting / Woodcut Style – due 5/9


Martin Lewis (Australian, 1881-1962) Little Penthouse, 1931

Look and read about each of these five links before you start your project. Take notes on salient points from each of the sites.

Edward Hopper and cinema

Hopper and Hitchcock

Hopper at MOMA and East Side Interior

Also take notes and thoroughly sketch ideas for creating an ink drawing with contour, cross contour, and cross-hatching with influence by Hopper, film noir and/or cinema. How will you create a “cinematic” view in your drawing?

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.