Category Archives: Art 3

Art 3 – Bones – Georgia O’Keeffe – 8/16

  1. Look at the way O’Keeffe uses bones to play with figure and ground, and form and space.  Consider the effect this has on the viewer, whether or not it is symbolic or purely formal. Watch the video and consider the music that Fogelberg created as tribute to O’Keeffe.
  2. Take a moment to “free write” all your responses to the work. What does it makes you think, feel, consider, contemplate (artistically, symbolically, personally, culturally)…

3. Look carefully at the works from the search below of O’Keeffe’s art work using bones.


4. Read and take notes in your sketchbook about her use of bones in each of the articles below:

5. Take notes on the advice from the article below.  Note at least one bullet point under each heading that you list.

6. Sketch a page full of thumbnails for your observational bone drawing.  Start thinking about your creative extension.




Art 3 – Hung Liu – Honoring Work through art works


Take notes on the following and for each link,  note major points about the subject, style/method and content or ideas.

Note where the following show is – at the MAH.  Please attend on First Friday or another day to get a real sense of the work.

Watch the video on Hung Liu and explain how the ways in which she uses photography make it different than simply copying or reproducing an image. How does she transform the photograph into something painterly and meaningful. How does she make it her own?

Pay particular attention to the work that uses a divided picture plane which you will be using for your final piece.

and read this interview with Hung Liu.


Look at the historical roots in 19th C European art of artists who have honored work in their art:

As Courbet in the Stonebreakers:

Or Caillebotte in the Floor Planers:

Your painting will honor work in subject and use loose flowing, paint as in Liu’s.  You also will use original, photographic references and a divided picture plane.  This is the last assignment of the semester and a culminating one.


Art 3 – Figure in a setting / woodcut style


Look and read about each of these four 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 make notes on your 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?

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 3 & 4 – Harlem & Chicago Renaissances – Malvin Gray Johnson & Charles White


1/10 Read and take notes in your sketchbook on the Harlem Renaissance.

2/10 Look at and read about the following works by Jacob Lawrence and make notes on what he communicates in his depictions of the Great Migration.

3/10 Read the following article for some context on the racial violence in NYC

3a/ Optional, but of interest if you visit NY, read portions of this for a more complete history of the Harlem neighborhood.

4/10 Read and take notes on Malvin Johson’s life and work.


5/10 Listen and take notes on Malvin Johson’s life and work.

6/10 Read and take notes about the Chicago Renaissance.

7/10 Read and take notes about Charles White

8/10 Listen and take notes on Charle White’s life and work.

9/10 Listen and take notes on Charle White’s life, work, and issues that are important to him.

10/10 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 3 – Larry Rivers and Robert Colescott – Pop Art, Culture, History, and Appropriation


Read and take notes in your sketchbook and look at the links on the side bar.  We will focus on 3 works in the seminal works icon: Washington Crossing the Delaware, The Last Civil War Veteran, and Dutch Masters. Look at each of the references for these 3 paintings.

Here is the original painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze

Here is an article on the fluid interpretation of history and the artist’s rendition.  Take notes on the important points.

Here is Frank O’Hara’s poem about Larry River’s version

This exhibit shows the importance of appropriation in his work and his relief techniques.

Now, we will consider another important artist, Robert Colescott, and his use of appropriation as a critique of culture.  Take notes on your questions and observations for each of the following links.

In your painting or mixed media work, you will use figuration, appropriation, and the inversion of cultural icons as a means to shift meaning for personal, poetic, or political purposes.


ART 4 – Stylized portraits


1. Look at the following blog post on Francoise Gilot and the variable thickness in the expressive contour lines.


2. Look at Google images for Francoise Gilot portrait drawings:

Picasso portrait drawings:

and Andy Warhol drawings:

Look especially at the contour line drawings by Gilot, portraits of Jaqueline by Picasso, and the color and shapes used by Warhol.

3. In the video below, look at the portraits by Warhol.   Also enjoy the David Byrne music accompanying the Warhol imagery in the second selection.

4. Look at the following examples and variety of conceptual and stylistic approaches to portraiture and identity in these student examples:

student art guide portraits

5. In your sketchbook, copy  your favorite portrait drawing(s) from any of these  sources and any other artists (black and white or color, linear or painterly.) Explain what makes the drawing expressive and how you might incorporate some of the techniques into your portrait painting or mixed media of of your self or other person, a historic or contemporary person, private or public figure.