Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wetland landscapes with Roy De Forest

Discussion: Landscape
Middle Ground
Back Ground
Horizon Line
Using Chalk
Artist Roy De Forest

Look at the artwork: Rainforest Painter By Roy De Forest
Do you see a horizon line? 
what is in the foreground? 
What do you see in the middle ground?
What is happening in the background
Do you see any shapes? 
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. 
PROJECT: Using sharpies and chalk pastels create a wetland landscape:
Step1: Draw a triangle on the right hand side
Step2: Draw a horizon line from the middle of the triangle to the other side below this is now water
Step3: At the top of the triangle draw a tree trunk and have it y off over the water
Step4: draw a circle at the top of the left hand side
Step5: Draw a square anywhere you have space
Step6: Draw a heron on the bank
Small circle, two lines down, large circle, two lines down add feet, tuff of hair on both circles
Step7: Add tall grass on shore with tulles, ADD a moon or sun
Step8: in The circle add a wetland creature
Step9: in the square add another wetland creature
Step10: fill in the picture with fun color, dots and details like deforest. 
Thick Paper
Chalk Pastels
Hair spray 
sharpies or pencils

Abstract Portrait Collages with Picasso

Discussion:What is a portrait? 
What do you find in a portrait? 
Nose? Mouth? Shoulders? Ears? 
How do you draw a portrait? 
Now look at this portrait? What?????
What is up with her eyes? 
Why is her nose like that?
What about the background?
ARTIST: Pablo Picasso  (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
He was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor
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, and architecture. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art.
Project: create a picasso portrait using your school picture
Step1: draw a circle for a head on your small paper
Step2: add a neck and shoulders
Step3: cut out one eye and glue it to the small paper
Step4: cut out one ear and glue it somewhere on your face
Step5: cut out your mouth and glue it on your face
Step6: cut out your hair and glue it on your portrait
Step7: finish your portrait in oil pastel
Step8: Draw a pattern in the background
2”x3” paper, tagboard
School pictures
Oil pastels

Warm and Cool Relief Sculpture with Hundertwasser

Discussion: Form
Where do we find sculptures? 
Do we find paintings in a park? 
When you have a sculpture do you see the back? 
3D vs 2D
Relief sculpture, only the front usually used on buildings 
Sometimes tell a story. 
Texture: where do we find texture? 
Hair vs. Shoe
Warm and cool colors

ARTIST: Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1978-2000)
The eccentric and playfully self-advertising Viennese artist 
Early school reports attested to his "exceptional feeling for colour and form". 
Hundertwasser spent three months at the Viennese Art Academy
Morocco, Tunisia, Nepal, Tokyo and Siberia inspirational for the path he intended to follow. 
Hundertwasser developed an abstract, decorative, two-dimensional and vibrantly colourful, utterly distinctive style distinguished by ornamental spiral, circles, meanders and biomorphic shapes.
During the 1960s Friedensreich Hundertwasser was extremely successful
Active in the ecological movement, Hundertwasser was committed to making life livable in a humane environment that was close to nature. 
So versatile and prolific was Hundertwasser that he also designed coins and stamps for Austria, Senegal and the UN from the 1970s. 
In 1981 Hundertwasser was appointed head of the master for painting at the Viennese Art Academy. 
The famous Hundertwasser House in Vienna, begun in 1983, attests to Hunderwasser's skill as an architect.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser died on a cruise ship off New Zealand in 2000.
PROJECT: WEEK !: Create clay tile and flower 
Step1: grab your block of clay and tear off 1/3. 
Step2: using the large clay ball flatten into a flat square 
Step3: make sure the edges are smooth
Step4: using a craft stick make stripes in your clay making at least five stripes
Step5: using a craft stick make stripes or marks in each stripe just like last week. Leaving texture behind
Step6: with the reminder of your clay make a snake
Step7: twirl your snake into a spiral 
Step8: if you can make your tail of the snake the stem of your spiral, if not we will bring you more clay to create a stem

Project: WEEK TWO
Step1: paint the tile in cool colors.
Step2: paint your flower in warm colors

White construction paper
Warm and cool colored paint
Pop cycle sticks

Friday, March 23, 2012

Value and Movement with Van Gogh

THIS PROJECT IS MEANT TO CREATE THE MOVING NIGHT SKY. A successful project will have blue colored in in circular motion and a change in value in each color used. 

Discussion Value
What makes Colors lighter? 
What makes colors darker?
Why do we need colors to be lighter or darker? 
Does green grass look the same at dinner time as it does at lunch time? 
Artists have to show that color change
What if we have red roses and pink roses? But no pink paint? 
Movement Show Starry Night
When we look at Starry Night, does it look like the the clouds are moving?
Do you think Van Gogh moved his hands slowly or quickly when he was painting the night sky? 
Why is movement or rhythm so important in artwork? 
ARTIST: Vincent  van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890)
His work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art
Known for his  vivid colors and emotional impact. 
Van Gogh did not begin painting until his late twenties
most of his best-known works were produced during his final two years. 
He produced more than 2,000 artworks, consisting of around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. 
His work was a strong influence on the Modernist art that followed. 
Today many of his pieces—including his numerous self portraits, landscapes, portraits and sunflowers—are among the world's most recognizable and expensive works of art.
Known for his paint application creating texture and movement.
He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life,
died largely unknown, at the age of 37
sold only one painting while he was alive
Step1: on left hand side add black triangle
Step2: on Right hand side add in yellow and orange moon
Step3: between the moon and the black tree add 5 stars in yellow and orange 
Step4: now color your sky blue but avoid the stars by going around them in circles. Keep you hand moving in a circular motion while adding all the blue.
Step5: Now add white on top of each of the colors in the artwork. Does white change the colors? 
Chalk Pastels
White paper

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Warm and Cool 3-D Watercolor Ships with Paul Klee

Upon Arrival: 
Students create 1/2 cool page of water color and salt
Students create whole warm page of red and oranges
What is it? 
What does it look like? 
What are you expected to learn there? 
Why are you studying the Balcutha? 
Warm and cool colors
Warm colors make us? 
Cool Colors Make us? 
How would you draw this ship? 

Show many examples leading up to Paul Klee's Adventurers Ship
See the ship as shapes
What lines do you see?
What shapes do you see?
Geometric? Organic?
ARTIST: Paul Klee 
(1879 – 1940) 
Swiss painter of German nationality.
His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism
Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it. 
His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. 
He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art and architecture.
Step 1: using a pencil draw out the balcutha in shape and line, draw lightly
Step2: using small sharpie go over all of the outside line in black
Step3: add all details, windows, stripes, etc. 
Step3: using colored pencils add in the color on the ship
Step4: cut out your ship
Step 5: work with students to staple the ship onto the warm paper allowing it to 3-d off the page slightly
Step6: add your blue water on top of the ship to create the final 3-D illusion. 
Watercolor paper 1and 1/2 for each student
Liquid water color
Large brushes
Spray bottle
Colored pencils

Thank you to Ms. Little for this fun art project for fourth grade students in California!!!