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



Photo journal inspiration #19


Listen to the podcast and notice from his comments, what is important to him as a photographer and how he is able to capture what he finds expressive.

podcast on Roy DeCarava

Make notes on more details from his life and work.

Roy DeCarava / LA Times

Visit some of the images of the photos mentioned in the interview and the article above.

Roy DeCarava’s photos

Art 1 – Chance Composition and the Color Game – due 2/26


Observe Jean Arp’s composition and listen to the museum curator’s description through the audio clip. In your sketchbook notes, comment on ideas of “assisted chance.”

Audio Link/Jean Arp

1. Why did Dada artists embrace ideas of chance and improvisation in their art forms?

Dada and Chance Creations

2. Then, spend at least 10 minutes doing the game (see link below). Play all six levels as you try to perfect your matches.


Through the game you are exercising your eyes to see saturation and value. Share your experience playing the game in class.

3. For this week’s sketchbook activity, find small chance compositions that are non-objective and are visually satisfying to you. They can be derived from actual images, but crop them so that they appear non-objective.

Cut out and paste in your sketchbook. Use newspaper or magazine sources. Include a minimum of 3 black-and-white and 3 color for full credit. We will be using these for painting ideas so follow your aesthetic taste.

Art 1 – Glazing with Transparencies & “The Art Assignment” – due 2/20


Transparent glazing modifies hues with each added layer.

In your sketchbook notes, respond to the following two questions:

1. Which of the following tips from the site below do you find most important in your exploration of the transparent painting process? Explain why in the context of one of your paintings.

tips on transparent glazing

2. What did you learn from the short article below about painting in transparent glazes and how will you apply it to your current painting?

painting in glazes in acrylics

Odili Donald Odita – Observations on color and “The Art Assignment.” We will view this segment in class:

For your weekly 45-minute sketchbook drawing, select 3 or more “white” objects (a sheet of paper, cups and saucers, paper towel roll, a dishcloth, etc.) and arrange in a still life. In your sketchbook, lightly pencil in the contour lines. Then, use color pencil or watercolor to indicate the subtle warm or cool hues of each object.

For more examples, observe Giorgio Morandi’s still life paintings of objects with “white” surfaces:

Morandi’s Still Life Palette


Photo inspiration # 18 – Imogene Cunningham


An important member of the f64 group.  Notice her similarities and her differences from Edward Weston. Which photos do you particularly like and why?


Look at her photos (menu bar at top, “photo archive”). Also look at the menu bar at the bottom and click on “about” and look at items of interest such as camera and darkrooms or interviews.


What advice does she give that may be useful for you?




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 – Self-Portraits – due 2/28


In your sketchbook, take brief notes and make reference sketches from the following two sites:

proportions of a head

Here are three approaches to portraiture. In class, we will try another.

3 ways to draw a conventional face

Look at the following explanation of comparative sighting, from only 20sec -1:55:

Note in your sketchbook, ideas about how to draw a nose. Practice in your sketchbook.

Look at the video and notice how a drawing is a series of adjustments.


Tutorial on drawing hair:

How to draw short hair