Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Warm and Cool still lives with Cezanne

How do the color schemes affect our moods?
Warm colors: red orange yellow
       to move toward the viewer
      excite us and raise our blood pressure.
Cool colors: blue green purple
        appear to move back and away (recede) from the viewer
        soothe us and lower our blood pressure
Talk about each of the paintings
     How do they make you feel?
     Make up a story behind the art
Now look at Fruit Bowl, pitcher and fruit by Cezanne
  What do you see in the picture
  Do you notice any flaws in the perception?
  what colors are the fruit?
  can we make up a story about what is happening in the painting

ARTIST: Paul Cézanne  (1839 – 1906) 
His work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. 
Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism
The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne "is the father of us all" 
Cézanne's work demonstrates a mastery of design, color, tone, composition and draughtsmanship. 
His often repetitive, sensitive and exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. 
He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields, at once both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction from observed nature. 
The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects, a searching gaze and a dogged struggle to deal with the complexity of human visual perception.
for additional information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Cézanne
Step 1: on your graph paper draw a large piece of fruit (try to fill half of the page)
Step 2: decide is my background warm or cool? Is my Fruit warm or cool?
Step3: use warm colors to fill in that section you choose
Step 4: use cool colors to fill in the remaining section
Step 5: write name
Step 6: clean up
Step 7: place work in your portfolio
1” to 1.5” Graph Paper

BIG MOUTH Pinch Pot Fish with Claes Oldenburg and Vincent Scarpace


DISCUSSION: look at the examples of Scarpace fish
What do you notice first?
How big are the eyes
Is there pattern on the fish
Do you see shapes, lines?
how many fish are in the piece?
J. Vincent Scarpace
American Artist
Born: Buffalo, New York
His original works are “a personal journey through the use of basic of art elements: line, shape, and color - resulting in an arrival at unique works of art which purposely resemble fish.”
He’s followed his passion for the creative process, the pursuit of one’s own creative potential.
J. Vincent knew from an early age exactly what he wanted to do with his life.
encouraged from about age 2 to pursue line, shape, and color, and the creation of art.
J’s mother, artist, taught young J. Vincent how to enjoy drawing, painting, and sculpture very early on.
Having worked as an apprentice, production artist, and studio artist .
J. Vincent holds a BS in Education (Art and Education),
after several years of teaching in both private and public schools, he’s now a former teacher, "retired" very early, to his studio to continue his creative journey and drive toward the creation of unique works of abstract fish art. Today, J. Vincent Scarpace’s original works can be found in private and public collections in over 40 countries and in all 50 U.S. States.
He is currently in art galleries, in numerous restaurants, and in many corporate and professional collections. J. resides in College Station, TX 
PROJECT: create Scarpace style fish with paint
Step1: paint the inside of the mouth a fun color
Step2: paint the eyes white
Step3: paint the fish with stripes, dots and or all one color
step4: finish the eye by adding a dot for the fish to see
step5: add any additional details: gills, scales, ect.
Kilned fish created in week 1
gloss acrylic paint
paint brushes

I adapted this project wonderful for the preschooler age group. For more information on this project: http://www.theclayteacher.com/bigmouth_fish_clay_project.html 


DISCUSSION: Form and Claes Oldenburg
Clay: what is it? Where does it come from?
  what can you make with it?
  when you make things with clay are they flat like paper?
Form and sculpture
How is sculpture different then what we have done so far?
If you look on the back of a painting what might you find?
If you look on the back of a sculpture of a person what will you find?
Can you touch a sculpture in a museum? how about a park?
We looked at Dropped Cone, 2001, Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, Germany. 
 The children really respond to this piece esp. after we had studied Wayne Theibaud's Ice cream cones.

ARTIST: Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) 
He is best known best known for his public art installations 
Many of Oldenburg's large-scale sculptures of mundane objects elicited public ridicule before being embraced as whimsical, insightful, and fun additions to public outdoor art.
In the 1960s he became associated with the Pop Art movement and created many so-called happenings, which were performance art related productions of that time.
His work typically features very large replicas of everyday objects. 
Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects.
for additional information, please visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claes_Oldenburg
Project: Pinch Pot Fish
Step1: after warming your clay create a ball
Step2: using your thumb to push in and your fingers to go around begin to create a hole in the
Step3: continue going around until you have a little pot. don’t let your sides get too thin
Step4: from the bottom of the pot pinch out a fish tail
Step5: at the front of the pot pinch the sides together to make a big smile

Friday, March 11, 2011

Jungle Landscapes with Henry Rousseau

I work at my children's school, LDV, with the Art Link program. We were asked by the Cheetah Wildlife Foundation to create works of art to be on display and sold at  well-known gallery here in Sacramento. 
Here is the lesson plan idea we used during the two Open Studio events:

To have a landscape you have a horizon line
The horizon line separates the earth from the sky. The line is horizontal and usually the middle of the page. It is not always straight.
Foreground: bottom of your paper things are brightly colored, big and details
Middle ground: middle of the paper less detail, smaller and less colored
Background: Top of the page no detail, small and dull color
Henri Rousseau 
French artist
He was a self taught artist who often painted images of jungle scenes and animals. 
His work was usually bright and colorful 
He took up painting as a hobby and accepted early retirement in 1893 so he could devote himself to art.
He is part of the Post impressionists.
He showed his extraordinary ability to retain the utter freshness of his vision even when working on a large scale and with loving attention to detail
He is best know for his Sleeping Gypsy painting of 1897.
PROJECT: Create a Rousseau Style painting for wildlife foundation
Step1: grab your matte board and pencil
Step2: LIGHTLY draw your jungle scene. Be sure to include an animal, plants, and a tree
Thin about where to draw each Your cheetah could be in your foreground
or middle ground but to be in the background he would have to be 
where? up in a tree
Plants should be everywhere. Large in the front and small in the back
Step3: decide what materials you will use in the artwork
watercolors and oil pastels
tempura paint
Step4: think about what colors you want where and begin to apply them
Step5: continue until you feel the work is complete.
MATERIALS: watercolor
tempura paint
oil pastels

"Smiles for Haiti" Art Show and Fundraiser

Art Show and Fundraiser
 March 12, 2011
DEEP Gallery 
21 and H
6-9 pm
This is a collaboration of paintings by students in our volunteer-run art program, Art Links, at Leonardo da Vinci School and the paintings of 26 children in a field camp/orphanage in Tabarre, Haiti.  The LdV community Art Show coordinator, Sue Mahon and I have been providing ideas and sending materials for art therapy at the field station.
Shortly after the devastating earthquake, HOV Haiti was formed to aid this particular orphanage/field station. HOV is based in Tortola, The British Virgin Islands. The volunteers have been traveling to Haiti periodically, delivering donated supplies and working with the children and caregivers. Our art show and sale is for the purpose of raising funds to especially provide basic supplies and food to sustain the children and staff.
For more information:  handsonvolunteers@yahoo.com

Positive and Negative space collage with Matisse

DISCUSSION: Complementary Colors:
Let’s revisit color for a moment so that we might learn how to use it to our artist advantage
Emphasis: what does this word mean?
How do we emphasis parts of our art we want the viewer to notice?
Look at Matisse’s first painting: what do you notice first? ALL THE RED
and second? the green window
Red and green are OPPOSITE on the color wheel. 
Placing these two colors next to each other draws your attention.
Name another two colors that would use this idea? and the last?
Positive and negative space?
What is positive space?
If I am a sculpture what is positive space?
What is negative space?
How important and what role does each serve?
could the space not filled (negative) ever speak louder then the positive space?
Look again at his first piece: you noticed the red first...That is Negative space.
What story could we tell about the piece.
Look at the second work: what is positive space?
What do you notice first 
What does this work remind you of
is it the same on both sides?

Artist: Henri Matisse 1869-1954
French Painter, 
Studied law until he was 21
Mother gave him a paint box after surgery and he discovered painting
In 1891 set off for Paris. 
Matisse began his journey of studies which ultimately lead him to his love of line, shape and color. 
Matisse felt that his greatest influence had been the work of the artist Cezanne (1839 – 1906, French). 
In the 1950‘s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs. 
In his last years, as he aged and fell ill, Matisse continued to paint, this time on the walls of his room, using a piece of charcoal attached to the end of a bamboo pole. 
He painted until his death in 1954. 
Matisse had strong feelings about only one thing, the act of painting. 
The purpose of these pictures, he always asserted, was to give pleasure. 
For additional information please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse 
PROJECT: create complementary, positive and neg space symmetrical  collage
Step1: choose what two colors you are going to use (must be complementary)
Step2: get one half sheet and one whole sheet of construction paper
Step3: Use your half sheet to cut out positive shapes Organic or geometric
Step4: continue until you have 5-7 pieces cut out 
Step5: Glue down your Negative space sheet on one half of your large construction paper
Step6: using your positive cut-out begin to match up on the opposite side 
Step7: continue until all items are glued on your paper
MATERIALS: Construction paper, Scissors, Glue