Tuesday, December 8, 2015

REPETITION with VARIATION, A Homework Drawing


Sorry to be absent today- Here is the handout for the homework... and some example images.

HERE is a sample, using a 12 box grid.... see how the images change?

More examples with a grid...

Here is a painting using the same GRID and REPETITION idea..... by DAVID HOCKNEY

David Hockney, "Woldgate Woods, 26, 27 & 30 July 2006"

No grid here, but wonderful use of repetition and variation.... by Vasilj Godzh
by Vasilj Godzh

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ribbon Drawing

Please build your own "ribbon still life" to draw from.... Here are two examples:

This one is a good solution...

THIS one is a BETTER, CREATIVE solution... see the difference?

Artist of the Week- M. C. Escher

A wonderful mathematician and creative artist, Escher is well known for his "Metamorphosis" images and his "impossible shapes" images. He was influenced, in part, by the ornate tile work he saw in Islamic architecture- like the Alhambra.

Here are some examples of his work.....

The artist

See more here @ http://www.mcescher.com/gallery/most-popular/

Sunday, November 15, 2015

POSTING the Paintings, and GRADE SHEETS

Great work on completing the Painting!
Please post images of the entire painting and details of your painting, then answer these questions about your work.

 1. What was your color scheme? post a photo of your color scheme diagram if you want.

2. Show where you used wet to wet, dry brush, tints and shades.

3. Take photos to show where you used VALUE and contrast to make EMPHASIS. Explain what you did with paint to make that area stand out. (tints, shades, complementary colors, or other ideas?)

Here is a copy of the grade sheet for the painting part of the Project...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PAINTING Your Patterns


Here are your directions....
STEP #1. Use your color grid to decide which colors to use in your painting. Choose a color scheme and collect 9 colors that fit the scheme...paint the 9 colors into a "grid".

STEP # 2  Seal your pencil lines, by painting the patterns with CLEAR ACRYLIC MEDIUM

STEP #3  "Stain" your patterns with one of the colors in your color scheme.... BE SURE you can see the pencil lines through the color layer.

STEP #4  Apply your  colors to your pattern AND use these variations:
    Tints of them
    Shades of them
    neutralized (no saturation) version of them (add black, add white, or mix complements)

and use these painting techniques:
    Solid color
    Wet to wet blending (smooth)
    drybrush techniques (visual texture)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Color Information


Please copy this info and images about color to your ipad and post if to your blog (we will use it to paint in the pattern)

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Looking for Patterns

PART 1, Researching what patterns looks like and WHY they are made...

Gather three examples of patterns from EACH of these "categories".
• Post the examples to your blog, WITH a link back to the source....
• Write one or two sentences describing what you found interesting about each of the examples. Was it the SHAPE, COLOR, VALUE, LINE, TEXTURE or FORM that you liked?

Influenced partly by a religious "ban" on human and animal imagery in their art, Islamic art explores "all over" decoration, calligraphy and use of natural objects (shapes) used to make patterns.



Interior of the Sulemaniyue Mosque

See some examples here @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_art
and here @ http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/orna/hd_orna.htm

An influential English artist and designer. He helped start the ARTS AND CRAFTS movement of 1880, which renewed interest in a simple way of life and respected hand made objects.

Morris is best known for his design work, including wallpaper and textile designs.
'Trellis' woodblock printed wallpaper, by William Morris, England, 1864


Acanthus leaves and wild rose on a crimson background, wallpaper design


American architect. 
Wright designed not only the buildings, but the interiors and all decorating as well.
Wright was hugely influential as a MODERN architect.
His buildings responded to their setting, materials they were made of, and the FORM and SPACE they create.

A QUICK LINK    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright

Falling Water, by F L Wright
Interior Leaded Glass Window design, Robie House
interior design, Robie House


Quick link to his site @ http://calatrava.com/

"Turning Torso", building

Guillemins TGV Railway Station

About Picasso....

A very important part of learning the history of art is knowing about Pablo Picasso....


Picasso is one of the few (two) artists who helped CHANGE the idea of "what is art?"  He helped "invent" cubism, which lead to the creation of what we consider "MODERN" or abstract art.

1. Picasso was a gifted, adventurous, confident artist, who took risks with his art.

2. Picasso created his artwork in response to his life, feelings and the world around him.

3. Picasso's work was a HUGE influence on artists, even years later.

His Early work

This painting was created by Picasso when he was just 15 years old..... he was very talented and skilled at such a young age.

Science and charity. Barcelona, 1897
restoring the painting in 1970....
Picasso's artwork changed many times as he developed as an artist...

Several examples of these changes are:

The Blue Period...

The Rose Period
Family of Saltimbanques

Still Life with a Bottle of Rum, 1911


See more about this painting here @ http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/guernica

Monday, October 12, 2015


A great Right Brain drawing! 

Recreate this drawing- even the border- by drawing it UPSIDE DOWN! That way your LEFT brain can't understand it and interfere with the "drawing as you see" process.

Here is the image....

Friday, October 9, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015


Here is a copy of the handout for you :-)

Friday, October 2, 2015

You Could Get This Too

Check out this link and the recipients..... These are things YOU could do too!!


Thursday, October 1, 2015


Here are some great examples...

See more about the artist and thje work here @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamentation_of_Christ_%28Mantegna%29

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

iPad Critique

Post a photo of the drawing you are interested in on your blog.... and answer these questions about the work.

1. How did the artist CREATIVELY solve the project? Is it shading, the subject of the drawing, how things were placed on the page, or another thing?

2. What are the three areas of EMPHASIS? What makes them get your attention?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Update Your Blog!

Post an image (or two) of your Durer drawing- in progress.

Describe how the lines in your drawing are related to Durer's drawing......

Describe what you might do next to improve your work....

thanks :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Amazing Lines of Durer

Durer used his training as a metal smith when he created this engraving. Each line of the image was carved into a metal plate, then the entire image was printed. Durer was able to make multiple copies of this image to sell.

Look how his lines create FORM and movement in the image.

See more about Durer here @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_D%C3%BCrer

And more about the engraving here, @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melencolia_I

Here are several details of the print to make it easier for you to explore the image and see his use of lines and marks.

First, here is the entire print-called "Melencolia" (created in 1514).

Here are some (actually LOTS) of details....