Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Art from CalPoly

Here are some pictures forwarded to me of an installation piece Paula did recently at CalPoly.
Interesting what a few hours and some "string" will get you!

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Art Exhibit in NY

So what are your thoughts on this article?

See also, Vanessa Beecroft along with Tunick and others mentioned in the article.

Art or Attention? Art students, it would be interesting to hear your opinion(s).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Art 3 Due Date Update

Yes, the new due date for the "original oil" is now tomorrow, Wed. 2/24/10.

About Getting Practice

An interesting article from the NYT a week or so ago. It doesn't speak so well, ultimately of the artist it discusses, but it does address practice, practice, practice ... and learning from those that came before.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Art 1 Grid Drawing

I know, I know, I hate it when students are given homework over the break, but ...
you have to admit that this is pretty easy.
Since we are getting ready to begin the grid drawing each student needs to collect some photographs to choose from.
The guidelines are as follows:
  • must be black and white
  • must be "high quality" (showing good contrast, crisp, etc.)
  • min. of 4" on the short side
  • bring in a min. of 3-5 to choose from
  • no silhouettes for the subject
  • avoid really big areas that are really dark
  • avoid really big areas that are really light
  • try to find that "sweet spot" for detail - not too much, but not too little
  • look for good contrast
  • look for a wide range of values
  • try to get pictures you enjoy looking at and will look forward to as a finished product
Remember, this project takes time, but is impressive when finished.
You will need matboard in order to finish the project, but we will discuss that come March.
I will put reminders of that up here and tell you where to get it later.

Art 1 Set 4 Updates

Some changes/reminders for Set 4 Study Drawings.
1. The due date for Art 1 is Mar. 2nd
2. #1 is now "any medium, any subject"
3. #4 - Analogous Colors = 3-4 colors adjacent to one another on the color wheel (ex. - blue, blue-green, green, yellow green). Yes, you can, and SHOULD, use white and black to create many different values of those color combinations.
4. #2, the portrait - look at angles, proportions, shapes, lights/darks, etc. You can draw yourself in a mirror (ideal), another real person, or from a photograph.

Let me know if you have questions.