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…
Thick paint paper
Tempera paint or acrylic in neutral colors and bright blues and greens

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...

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