Coming up with an interesting title is hard.

26 10 2009
Richard Haines

Richard Haines

Alright, times have been a little hectic over the last couple weeks, and that’s not going to stop anytime too soon.

I missed last week’s final post, where I reviewed what I should see from your sketchbook. But that is simple enough to fix; first, remember that you are to find two artists whose work is in some way similar to your own (but only one of which may derive from popular culture). Secondly, remember to do work for your own sake. If there is a third, it might be something like a response to the film we have been watching in class.

This week we will discuss our ink drawings, do some more independant work and introduce the final drawing before we strike of into a new media. Excited? Excellent.


Also try having a look at this, it’s just neat;

I like opportunites to view the effect color has on our perceptions. For more info about that, check here;

The Blogs at HowStuffWorks 


Art or Crime?

6 10 2009
Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Another article for you to read and ponder. It relates to an artist whose work, although not his name has become familiar to everyone lately. The artist is Shepard Fairey, his work is pictured just to the left. His arrest, and the reasons for it are talked about in the article linked at the bottom of this post.

The overall topic, the “crime” or “art” in question is not an uncommon topic for debate. So now it’s time for you to weigh in on that debate.

Along with the article there is also a youtube video, and links to various blogs and other resources, so you need not limit your thinking to the information preented in one article, feel free to examine a coupel other sources.

Post designated: 168 . . . I don’t know why.

5 10 2009

Alright, the plan for this week. Our goals are to finish getting the Principle Notes up on the blog, there’s a test coming soon on Elements and Principles (not this week thoguh). We need to get our online portfolios rolling. We have a field trip on wednesday (so long as everyone has their low risk forms in), and we should be doing some drawing in studio.

That shoudl pretty much cover it. In class today we are ment to have art issues, and the final submission of our first drawing project, and it’s the week I collect your workbooks for a night.
And that is that.

Hit the ground running…

28 09 2009
Merle Keller
Merle Keller

Monday again . . . This week we are going to work on setting up our ePortfolio pages. That’ll be a very important way for us to keep a record of all of our work as these two years unfold.

We are going to develop the first rough draft of our Artist’s Statement. Something that we will refine over time and actually will be responsible to include with our final body of studio work in two years time.
We will take our first swing at art criticism too, as we look at last weeks drawings later in the week (better keep working on them!).
As if that all wasn’t enough we will also start to talk about the Principles of Design, also called the Principles of Art. A follow up to our work on the Elements of Art.
And all the while I will drink as much Starbucks as humanly possible. Hence this posts choice in art.
For the record too though guys, this was not a complete week of homework again. We will present Art issues shortly (class starts in roughly 1/2 an hour), and I hope I will be pleased with what I get then.

Huzzah! We did it!

18 09 2009
Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Well, we reached the end of the first week, and as we hoped to do, we covered all of the seven elements of art.

Each day we dealt with one or two of the elements, discussing their purpose and use, and hopefully coming to understand each of them properly. In your Investigative Workbook we should be able to show our understanding of each of these different elements now.

We also got this blog started, and each of you is expected to respond to our first question before returning to class next week. I must say, I can’t wait to hear how each of you define art.

Monday will also have us sharing our first “Art Topic”. Just a reminder that each of us was to find a topic in the world of art to share with the class by creating a layout of visuals and information in our workbooks.

Me with Hilda Woolnough and the ART 401 Scream in 2006ish
Me with Hilda Woolnough

Finally, the last thing we were meant to do over the first week and a half of classes was to find a piece of art that represented the pinnacle of art to us. The sort of thing which you aspire to, and showing that image in your workbook, you should also find out as much as you can about it and/or the artist who created it. Good questions to know the answer to when it comes to that? How about; What doe sit mean? Why did he create it? What “style” does the piece represent? Don’t worry if you don’t find those exact answers, any information you find that interests you is good.

What is Art?

15 09 2009
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

It’s begun already. I get a little obsessive about little projects like this blog in the beginning. But I wanted to be able to put out some thinking questions, like maybe one a week, and let you consider them and respond with an answer of your own. Don’t rush to give me an answer, think about it for a day or two, and then let me know what you come up with. In searching for some of the classic questions, like this first one, I found a great website by Franklin Einspruch. So after all of you have had a chance to respond, I will respond, and I will give you Mr. Einspruch’s response as well.

So, “What is Art?”