Category Archives: Art 3

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

Art 3 – Symbolism, Dreams, and Fables – Redon and Gag – due 9/27


Take notes on the following sites:




Noirs by Odilon Redon


Read and take notes on the work of Wanda Gag.


In conclusion:

Both Redon and Gag used tone, contrast, and positive/negative shape dynamics to support the drama and mood of their subject. Both used imagery which is distorted and exaggerated to convey emotions and ideas. Consider what you would like to say with your scratchboard art that is symbolist. Follow the lead of Redon and/or Gag as you create a strong black and white composition for a scratchboard piece.

If you need a review on scratchboard art, look at this and other tutorials online:

For your interest:


Art 3 – Social/Political Content in Art – Guston and Catlett – due 9/13


1. In your sketchbook, generate ideas in lists or mind maps to explore issues that are important to you.  List things about society, culture, gender, race, the environment, education, consumerism, commercialization, industrialization, etc.
Keep in mind, this is not an assignment to create a poster or slogan and it is not limited to particular time or a specific person. Translate your ideas into larger themes such as greed/oppression/equality/justice/human rights, etc.

Then, after you come up with content ideas, brainstorm the images or symbols to represent these things. Start thinking visually and working on design and visual impact to make your image timeless so that it can be applicable to other times in history rather than just September 2017.

2. Look and write 3 main responses to Guston’s work in the following link:

3. Listen to the following conversation and write a reaction and response to what he says about painting and the creative process.

4. In the article below, read and list at least 3 important points of Guston’s historic context and at least 3 ideas about the evolution of his style (the visual strategies and characteristics – the look, the visual features).

5. Another important artist concerned with social content was Elizabeth Catlett.

Summarize at least 3 points about her history and 3 points about her style (focus on the prints and paintings) from the 3 articles and links below:

As you create a work addressing meaningful content with imagery of your choice, you will use mixed media and work on a ground.  Make thumbnails and explore ideas thoroughly before you start. Review the 3 sites below as reference for your media and methods. Makes some notes on your ideas and inspiration from these sites.

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?