Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Color play with Gerard Richter



PREPARATION: cut and Glue all paper frames prior to class

DISCUSSION: Color
Where does it come from?
What are the three primary colors?
How do we make red?
What are the 3 secondary colors?
What are the two most important neutrals?
What does white do to colors?
What does black do to colors?
Richter loves to play with color and the best example of this is in his work
The Dresden painter's 4900 Colors contains precisely that: 196 equal-sized panels, 
each containing 25 individual squares of color. 
49 paintings of 100 squares. 
To randomly determine the order and orientation of each panel, the curators rolled dice and drew cards from a pack.


ARTIST: 
Gerhard Richter (born February 9, 1932) 
Known for his blurred painting of photographs
Known for abstract paintings of pulled paint
 
for additional discussion:
Show Richter’s Abstract Art work
What do you see?
Does it look like a photograph? It is an Abstract
What does it make you think of?
Water reflections
Tree bark
Evoke textures of natural objects: reflections, shadows
What tools do painters use?
Canvas, brush paint
Where do you see layers of paint?
What order do you think he painted them in?
How do you think he created these effects?
Layers of paint scraped with a squeegee
Can an artist start a painting without knowing what they are going to create?

PROJECT: create a Richter color study on projector paper 11:45-1
PREPARATION: Cut 3 pieces of projector paper (8.5x11) into 8x8 square
Create white frame for the finish product to live in
Step1: draw lines 3 lines across, three lines down creating four open squares 
Across and down
Step2: begin to color in the square with sharpie markers making sure not to repeat colors 
Step3: repeat above steps until all three pages are filled
Step4: place the sheets together and place into white frame
Step5: show the students that every time you flip or change the order of the three pieces of art
           the art changes. 
MATERIALS:
Clear projector sheets cut to 8x8
Sharpies
White construction paper Frame

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Window Suprises with Georgia O'Keeffe

























Discussion: adding a house into a landscape

Landscape: what is it?
  what is the first line you draw to create a landscape?
  HORIZON LINE: what does it separate?
       does it have to be in the middle of your page?
       if the horizon line is at the top of the page (background) you will have more land then sky
       if the horizon line is at the bottom of the page (foreground) you will have more?

I am from NC and I attended college in the capital in Raleigh, NC
Right around the corner from campus is the NCMA
My favorite piece in their collection is now and will always be Georgia O'Keeffe's
she squeezes the church into the rectangle of the canvas. 
Such brutal cropping robs the church of any sense of place.
 It is not a place but an object, not all that different from an apple on a table
Best part: what’s in the window?
What do you think it is
How is this painting different then her other work?
I love how flat the paint is not at all textured like van Gogh yesterday
What is happening in the piece?
In New Mexico

ARTIST: Georgia O’Keeffe 
(November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) 
O'Keeffe was a major figure in American art from the 1920s. 
She received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. 
She is known for paintings of flowers, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.
O'Keeffe played a central role in bringing an American art style to Europe at a time when the majority of influence flowed in the opposite direction. 
This feat enhanced her art-historical importance given that she was one of few women to have gained entry to this level of professional influence. 
She found artistic inspiration in the rural Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, where she settled late in life
Project: Create an O’Keeffe style home on painting paper
Step 1: draw the home
Remember to fill the page with it
Remember to add two windows
Step2: create an addition coming toward the viewer
Step3: draw the horizon line behind the home
Step4: make sure the roof angled at the top
Step5: fill in the Home with a neutral color like brown or yellow or white
Step6: fill in the roof with dark grey or black
Step7: fill in the sky and clouds
Step8: fill in the grass or ground in the foreground
Step9: add shadows on the house under roofs and windows
Step10: last: add something in the window…
Materials:
Thick paint paper
Tempera paint or acrylic in neutral colors and bright blues and greens
Brush 
Water
Pencil 

ADDITIONS: if there time at the end of class or during your recap at your next class you could allow each child to tell what the secret in their window is...

Repousse' sculpture with Georgia O'Keeffe

















PREPARATION: cut foil, drawing paper and foam core to the same size before class begins. 6"x6" squares are ideal for this project.

Discussion: Form 
Form: to give shape to a thing or person
Sculpture
What is sculpture made from? wood, metal, plaster, wax, 
Repousse’: a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side
The word repouss√© is French and means "pushed up", 
Repoussage is actually the correct noun to refer to the technique, with repoussé
being an adjective referring to a piece to which the technique has been applied
English it has become common to use repoussé as a noun, and this usage is reflected in this article.
Most Famous Sculpture done with this technique? Statue of Liberty in New York
ARTIST: Georgia O’Keeffe 
(November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) 
O'Keeffe was a major figure in American art from the 1920s. 
She received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. 
She is known for paintings of flowers, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.
O'Keeffe played a central role in bringing an American art style to Europe at a time when the majority of influence flowed in the opposite direction. 
This feat enhanced her art-historical importance given that she was one of few women to have gained entry to this level of professional influence. 
She found artistic inspiration in the rural Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, where she settled late in life
Project: Create O’Keeffe Flowers as relief sculpture on tooling foil 9:30-10:30
Step 1: On paper, Using one minute  Blind Contour, practice drawing the group of flowers     Repeat 3-5 times
Step2: pick your favorite drawing of all the flowers or one flower
Step3: Tape drawing to 6" square of tooling foil (aluminum, copper or brass).
Step 4: Lay on pad of newspaper (or foam pads, if available).
Step 5: Trace over all lines with a ball point pen or popsicle stick - Remove drawing from foil.
Step 6: The Tool flower is in relief from back side - repoussee.
Step 7: Turn back over to front side and refine edges of flower.
Step 8: Add any textural effects desired.
Step 9: Color with permanent markers.
Step 10: adhere to same size cardboard or foam core
Materials:
Flowers or silk flowers. 
Square paper for blind contour drawings
Square tooling foil (or any desired size). 
Masking tape
Ball point pens or Popsicle sticks
Newspaper pads 
Permanent markers
Foam Core cut to the same size as the foil 6"x6" squares are ideal

Monday, September 20, 2010

Textured Relief Sculpture with Van Gogh











    
















Allow 15 minutes for several days/weeks of art class to complete this project

DISCUSSION:
Texture
What is texture?
Where do we find it in nature?
Where do we see it in life everyday?
How can it help us?
Where do we see it in art?

Relief Sculpture
       what is it?
       where do you see it?
       it usually tells a story
       what would you find on the back of relief sculpture?

Project: 11:30-1
Step1: look through the books on Van Gogh and choose your favorite piece
Step2: get a hunk of clay
Step3: using your hand, warm it up by just moving it through your fingers
Step4: begin the process of rolling it out with your hands
Step5: flatten the clay and create a square or rectangle
Step6: with a toothpick begin to draw out your van Gogh piece in the clay
Step7: draw it all in with line
Step8: now go back and look at the texture of the piece
Step9: using different tools recreate the texture in to your clay drawing




















Day 2: (or week 2)
Your RELIEF sculpture is now leather hard
Leather hard means harder then yesterday but you can still make changes
Step1: using sculpture tools from yesterday, carve out additional details
Add more texture, make details deeper, etc.


Day 3 (week 3)
At this stage the clay will be completely hardened
Paint the clay with acrylic paints


Day 4 (week 4)
Finish the piece by adding a gloss coat over the paint. Modge Podge is a great option. 

Adaptations: 
If a kiln is available you would bisque fire after week two and glaze fire after the third week. 

MATERIALS:
1 pound of clay per child
assorted tools to add texture
  straws
  plastic forks and knives
  tooth picks
Acrylic paint
Modge Podge
  





Sunday, September 19, 2010

Picasso Collage Portraits




DISCUSSION/Drawing: Portrait Drawing with Picasso

Portrait: what does the word mean?
Is it a picture of a barn? Or landscape?
Proportion? What does it mean?
Why when we are talking about portraits would proportion be important?
Collage: what is it?
               how is it created?
FIRST: Use our paper to draw a face how you draw it now.
Color it in with oil pastels
Second: Go over proper proportion and how to draw a correct face
Draw a new face with the information you have just been given
Color with oil pastels
Third: Show them a Picasso Face. 
What is different about this face
Color
Proportion
Perspective
Draw a Picasso face and color in with oil pastels

ARTIST: 
Pablo Picasso 
(25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art
He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, 
He painted in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; 
During the first decade of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. 
Picasso’s creativity manifested itself in numerous mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawing, etc.
His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him immense fortunes throughout his life.

PROJECT: Create one face using all three 
Step1: Cut out each facial feature from all three faces
Step2: Place them into piles in the middle of the table
Step3: Draw a circle/shape for a head on your paper
Step4: Begin choosing new features for your face and paste them on
Step5: you could have one big eye or three eyes
Your nose could become a mouth or live on top of your head
Step6; Continue adding until you have a full Picasso face
Step7: Fill in with any color in oil pastels

MATERIALS:
White paper
Oil pastels
Scissors
Glue sticks



Weaving keychains and/or bracelets with Anni Albers



Discussion of the artist and her work
       weaving as a form of art
       using everyday/odd/found objects to create wearable art

ARTIST: Anni Albers
(1899 – 1994) 
She was a German-American textile artist and printmaker
She is perhaps the best known textile artist of the 20th century.
Albers worked primarily in textiles and, late in life, as a printmaker.
She produced numerous designs in ink washes for her textiles.
She experimented with jewelry. 
Her woven works include many wall hangings, curtains and bedspreads, mounted "pictorial" images, and mass-produced yard material. 
Her weavings are often constructed of both traditional and industrial materials, not hesitating to combine jute, paper, and cellophane, for instance, to startlingly sublime effect.
1928 she studied with paul klee and kandinsky at Bauhaus in Germany

I found these beautiful step by step instructions on: http://www.thesmallobject.com/stenopad/wordpress/?p=976

PROJECT: (11:10-12) Create a bracelet using a ribbon picked by each artist.
Step one: Thread ribbon up from behind washer #1. You should leave about 6 inches of ribbon on the end.

Step Two: Thread ribbon up along the side of washer #2 and back down through the middle. The end should be threaded back through the middle of washer #1. (Still with me…)

Step Three: Pull ribbon tight so washer #2 lies flat against washer #1.

Step Four: Thread ribbon back up through washer #2 so it weaves underneath washer #1.

Step Five: Repeat process. Thread ribbon up alongside edge and back down through the middle of washer #3.

Step Six: Thread end of ribbon back through the middle of washer #2.

Step Seven: Pull ribbon tight to the right so you have all three washers laying flat. Repeat above steps until you have five on your ribbon.

 Step 8: tie it in your wrist. 
MATERIALS: 
Washers
Ribbons in boy and girl styles