Monday, August 1, 2011

Collage Painting with Roy De Forest


Discussion: Painting and texture
What does it mean to paint something?
What can we paint on?
How many different kinds of paints are there?
What did they first use to paint
How is paint made?
How is/was the color created
What is texture?
Where do we find it?
Why is it important in art?
Project: Enjoy creating texture scrappy paper
Set-up stations for children to move around and create texture scrap paper
Station 1: rolling cars in paint
2: dry brush painting
3: sponge painting
4: stamp painting
5: Qtip painting
6: fork painting
7: rolling brayers
8: painting lines

Using 4x4 to 4x6 pieces of paper have the students draw and paint tiny animal heads and faces. 
      each student should create 6. 
These will be incorporated into the project tomorrow
Scrapes of construction paper in all colors
4x4 or 4x6 white papers
Pattern stampers (made from cardboard and foam stamps)
plastic forks

Look at the artist Roy De Forest's work: Rainforest Painter, 1996
what do you see
what time of day is it?
Is it a happy piece?
What is happening in the work
Where does the work take place
What is the meaning behind the piece (NO RIGHT ANSWERS)

ARTIST: Roy De Forest (1930–2007) 
American painter known for his comic-like patchwork regionalist (California) style, often depicting dogs & other figurative content in his art.
Born in North Platte, Nebraska, De Forest grew up in Yakima, Washington and attended junior college there. He then attended San Francisco Art Institute and earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree at San Francisco State University.
His first show was in 1955. He taught at the University of California, Davis, from 1965 to 1992. A retrospective organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art toured in 1975.
He was one of the originators of a Northern California art movement once described by Washington Post art reviewer Sidney Lawrence as a style "in which counterculture thinking fused with an anything-goes, anti-art attitude harking back to the Dadaists of the World War I era." called "California funk," a classification De Forest disliked.
"At 75, Mr. De Forest is painting pretty much what he has painted for years: dogs, men in hats or headdresses, and supernatural beings against a flattened terrain 
De Forest was born in 1930 in North Platte, Neb., the son of migrant farmworkers. 
In addition to Thiebaud and Arneson, De Forest's colleagues in the UC Davis art department included such prominent artists as William Wiley, Manuel Neri and Ralph Johnson.
Prominent American sculptor John Buck, a student and longtime friend of De Forest, called the artist "the champion of imagination."
De Forest and his wife, Gloria, lived in Port Costa, Calif., on land populated by cattle, birds and the dogs that inspired so much of his art. 
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rip and collage your patterns and texture pieces that you created DAY 1 together on one paper; trying to create a jungle environment: Trees, moon, leaves and water
Step1: find brown texture paper to form a tree
Step2: find texture paper to form the leaves and flowers of the jungle
Step3: tear out or cut a round texture paper to make the moon
Step4: using blue texture paper create some water somewhere on your page.
Step5: collage at least two animal head paintings (day 1) into your work
Step 6: paint and animal into and on top of your collaged pieces

texture paper

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