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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

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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.)

 

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

Photo journal inspiration #23

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Take notes and draw your own conclusions about fine art, photojournalism, and the work of Barbara Parmet.

https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-fine-art-photography-definition/2/

https://prezi.com/vn8tozjh4iti/photojournalism-to-fine-art-presentation/

https://prezi.com/3thvre1ykbgr/documentaryphotojournalism-vs-fine-art-photography/

https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/barbara-parmets-fine-art-photojournalism

Art 2 – Retold Fairy Tale Engravings – due 5/9

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John Tenniel’s illustration for Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (1865), “You’re Nothing But a Pack of Cards”

Investigate and read carefully the information at the following sites.

1. For this first link, work with a partner and when you come to the part “Mistakes in the Illustrations,” one partner opens up the first and the other the second link so you can compare them side by side.

Tenniel illustrator, engraver

2. In the link below,  take notes on your five favorite illustrations and their surprising sources. (You will translate image sources like this into your own illustration.)

Picture origins

Look at more information from the menu bar on the left, to learn more.

3. Watch the following video featuring illustrations of Gustave Doré (French illustrator and printmaker, 1832-1883).

Note some of the selections in the article about the genre of retold tales.

Retold Fairy Tales – genre

4. Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are) reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Pay special attention to the line work as you sketch aspects of your favorite illustrations.

Sendak’s Brothers Grimm

5. In your sketchbook, write comments and respond to items you find interesting in each of the selections above.

Make thumbnails of your favorite Tenniel, Doré, and Sendak fairy tale illustrations and note what you like about them.

Brainstorm a list of possible stories, sources, and ideas for narrative art you will make in your illustrated retelling of a fairy tale. Lightly pencil before using fine point black pen on 11 x 14″ bristol paper with 1″ margin.

As a narrative, your illustration will indicate actors (human, animal, or hybrid), a setting/location, hints about previous action and indications of future action.