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Art 1 – Flow Phenomena – due 1/16


Watch the following video and allow your sense of wonder some time to explore the various phenomena.

During the winter break, start to notice flow phenomena in your everyday world.  In your sketchbook notes, list 5 examples of flow phenomena that capture your attention (they may not be as dramatic as those pictured). They can include all physical phenomena that demonstrate “flow.” Comment on one example and why you found it to be engaging on a visual and/or scientific level.

In your sketchbook, do a 30 minute drawing that is inspired by the patterns in the video or one of your observations. Try to make a balanced, abstract composition and use color and shading. It may be smaller is size, depending on detail and media.


Art 1 – Portrait drawing, continued – due 12/11


Follow this link to the Student Art Guide and scroll halfway down the page to “Artist Line Drawings.” Observe the variety of creative techniques used in drawing expressive portraits.

Line Drawing: A Guide for Art Students

1. For your sketchbook notes, describe the artist’s technique, materials, and resultant expressive effect from three portrait images: Aaron Earley (cross-contour face); Maurizio Anzeri (radial line); Daniel Mathers (scribbled line); Wang Tzu-Ting (overlapping sequence); Doug Bell (scribbled line); Swoon (street art); Carne Griffiths (dripping lines); Hong Chun Zhang (line drawings of hair).

2. For this week’s 45 minute homework sketch time, create an expressive portrait (or series of portraits) inspired by any of the images from the link. Use your choice of materials for this sketchbook drawing.

Enjoy “How to Draw,” a short animation created by Kirby alumna Claire Pollard, class of 2016:

AP Food for thought #7


Read the following article and consider how it can relate to your own artistic process. Consider also how different it is to work outside of the demands of an economic system in a school or institute like the one described here.

Here are 2 of Kentridge’s animations:



Here is a Ted talk by Kentridge about the creative process:



Art 1 – Chuck Close’s Portraits – due 12/4


For this week’s homework sketch time, spend 45 minutes completing the tonal value studies of the eye and mouth that we will start in class.

For your sketchbook notes, respond to the following:

In his career as a painter of colossal portraits, Chuck Close (American, b. 1940) has used the grid method as a formal structure in his work. In his early years as a photorealist, Close hid the grid with paint. In his later work, the grid becomes an essential part of his paintings.

1. Consider the significance of Close’s grid technique in both his photorealist and new style of painting. What is your response to both stylistic approaches?

2. In Close’s more recent work, describe how the viewer’s attention can shift from surface pattern to the overall image.

Additional information:

Art 2 – Clay Sculpture – Marine Life


Elephant Seals at Seymour Center (Bronze Cast Sculpture)

In preparation for your marine life sculpture, read the following and respond in your sketchbook with thorough notes and sketches.

1. How does this traveling public sculpture raise awareness of whales and the environment?

Whale Sculpture on the Banks of the Seine

2. Fill some pages of your sketchbook with ideas and drawings for your clay sculpture from the following sites.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Marine Life – Ocean Today

3. Have you seen the local life-size bronze sculptures of elephant seals? (Find under Exhibits – Outdoor Giants.)

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

4. Watch this tutorial on creating a basic sculptural form by joining two pinch points.

Pinch Pot Tutorial with Dennise Buckley

Art 3 – Clay Sculpture – Wildlife Mammal – due 12/8


Observe, take notes, and sketch ideas from the following sites on clay animal sculpture.

Nick Mackman – Animal Sculpture

Jenny Pollak’s rabbit sculpture explores the relationship between humans and rabbits, and addresses the effects of rabbit populations on ecosystems. Take notes on her work and process of developing ideas for sculpture. Watch the short film from 3.30 to 9.00.

Rabbit Sculpture by Jenny Pollak

Browse this next link as you sketch possibilities for your clay project. Don’t miss the clip “Raising Cute Pandas: It’s Complicated.”

National Geographic Mammals

Watch the following two tutorials on working with clay.

Pinch Pot Tutorial with Dennise Buckley