Friday, December 14, 2012
You need to make sure you have your watercolor technique sheet finished and ready to turn in on Monday. I will give you some class time to work on it, but not a ton of time. Just fyi.
On Monday you need to have a horizontal, color, landscape photo that DOES NOT contain a silhouette.
You need to have your sketchbook with you in class.
You need to have your re-do study drawing.
You need to have your original, crappy, study drawing.
You need to have your sketchbook.
You need to have your re-do study drawing.
You need to have your original, crappy, study drawing.
You need to have your sketchbook.
You will be turning in your group art advertising poster.*
*note, Art 3's can turn in their study drawing or their poster on Monday and the other on Wed
You need to have your sketchbook.
I would also like for you to bring your Art 1 sketchbook in to class as well.
Note: I will possibly be updating this as I get my memory more solidified. Check back more than once to see if anything has changed. I will have this completely updated by Monday night.
If your name is EVB, Saoirse, Mara, Bronte, Carolina, Aaron, Mary, Justine, Will, or Mady I have it in my records that you owe me something - probably money and/or supplies. You need to see me about this asap.
Also, don't forget to visit Studio 502 on Society6 if you need some cards or other holiday gifts.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
There will be a sale on Friday, Nov. 30th at tutorial, lunch and after school in the main hall outside of the Guidance Office.
Normal hours to buy the items will be Tues and Thurs during tutorial in the student store.
If you can't make it to school feel free to send some dollars and information about what you want to school with your student to pass along to me and I will make sure you get what you want.
Why am I finally offering all of this up?
Good question and thank you for asking.
A portion of the profits from the gear the art students have designed comes back to benefit the art program, one.
Two, Ms. Pearson and her leadership students have put a lot of energy into getting some really great pieces into the store and the proceeds from those items go to help benefit the school as a whole.
Plus, I know you just want you some LG gear. All the cool kids are wearing it. Mostly.
And...the holidays are coming up and you know you know or know someone who knows someone who may or may not want something LGHS related. For real.
Here are the pictures of the pieces the students have designed.
Basically, please buy stuff from the store; please buy stuff from the art students. They work hard and are so very talented and it would make them feel amazing to have their designs desired.
Your pocketbooks make us all happy.
Also, if we're speaking of gifts, don't forget to check the Society6 shop Studio 502 has online, too. There will be some new items added within the next month, too, so keep checking back.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
If you've already gotten approval for your oil painting project you don't need to read further.
Thank you, and you're welcome.
For those of you who haven't...yes, keep reading.
I have had several of you come up to me with ideas for artists that you'd like to do that won't work and I would like to explain a little more about what this project is all about.
But in a way, I have to back up, so bear with me.
This project is about becoming a better painter, yes. As I've stated, I want your use of the medium to improve; I want your use of color to improve.
These are all good and noble things, and if you put the diligence into it that I know you are capable of, you will have an impressive end product, trust me.
However, there is something else you should be aware of that you maybe aren't considering.
Tradition. History - if you would rather think of it like this.
The art world is full of people being famous for just being famous just like people in the public eye today. And there are good painters who have fallen through the cracks and not received the kind of notoriety that they may have deserved.
Unfortunately this is life.
Just because you like someone's painting doesn't mean it will work for this project.
Just because someone can handle a paintbrush well doesn't make them a great artist. (The corollary for this being, just because you have a camera doesn't make you a photographer/artist.)
I want you to dig in to the history of painting and the history of art. I want you to have someone that "knows" what they are doing and how it is connected to the history of their medium. I want you to be aware of the fact that painting from other people's paintings is a storied tradition and an invaluable learning process.
This project is not just about making something "pretty". While this is all fine and good, there needs to be more to it than that if I am willing to devote a good chunk of our school year towards this endeavor.
You will have to find some historical facts out about your artist. This is easier when they are recognized by museums and the art world at large, and not just the internet.
The internet can recognize anyone and make anyone famous, and most of those people don't really deserve that recognition.
These "famous painters" are also, largely, famous for much more than just being able to handle a paintbrush. Such as creating works that used the medium in a completely unique manner; or dealing with a philosophy that had some significance behind it; or having a "new" outlook on a subject matter; or dealt with a difficult subject matter and used aesthetics/beauty in a "different" sort of way.
Yes, I know, you may not like this answer. I'm sorry. Well, not really, but I hope you catch my drift.
"Famous Oil Paintings" is a terrible Google search topic. It doesn't mean anything. You need to get into the subject more than that. Have one artist lead you to another, for example - which is why that list on the class site is there.
For example, the first art book I ever bought when I was in college was on Gustav Klimt. In reading that book - yes, while looking at the pictures just as much - I found out about Egon Schiele and Oscar Kokoschka for the first time. They are great painters from the early 20th century that were of the same time/place as Klimt and have been recognized since that time for very good reason.
But that was just the very beginning of my own personal knowledge.
Now I'm asking for yours to start.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I don't know how many designs are going to be printed, but I am very impressed by the quantity of outstanding work that was turned in.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
We started the class for Art 2's today doing some typography and color exercises online in the library before beginning sketches for our latest project.
Please connect to the Kerning, Shape Style, and Color exercises from the "Latest and Greatest" portion of the class site HERE. Go through the exercises. Have fun. Love life.
We are working on a "los gatos", "lg", "lghs", "wildcat" something-or-other themed design to be available in the student store.
You can focus on type or image or both. It's up to you. It is also up to you to decide on the type of garment your type might go on (shirt, sweatshirt, hat, etc.).
Your sketches are due Tues and your final image will be due on Thurs.
*there is no actual ice cream associate with this post, nor, for that matter, the class in general (though I am a big fan of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch - just saying).
Thursday, September 13, 2012
- Think about what article you would like to conceptualize an idea for (t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, etc)
- generate many (MANY) sketches in your sketchbook (more than five)
- think of text/typography, theme, "wildcat", etc
- is there a "theme"
- vaguely be aware of color (aim for a 2 color design, knowing that a 3rd color is, or can be, the garment color
- you can be funny/humorous
- think about what you would like to wear yourself (while it can be funny, it needs to be a "legitimate" design)
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Step 1: go through magazines and get pictures of human figures (sorry, just a portrait/face will not work as you need to see most of the figure)
Step 2: cut them out with scissors or an x-acto knife to get rid of the background
Step 3: paste them into a dbl pg spread of your sketchbook
Step 4: we will cover next time
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Salvador is in charge of getting the fall play's sets and such done and he needs some help painting a large cafe exterior.
He has the idea and will supply the supplies, but he needs some help with the actual painting process.
If you would like to help I can put you in touch with him.
I don't think it will be difficult, but it will take some out of class time to complete. This is why I am offering extra credit for you to help your peers out.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Well, either way, don't get used to it.
Really I'm just quite pleased with the way the first week has played out, and I want you to get used to going to the class site and the class blog.
In other words, I'm going to continue to give updates here and keep everyone posted on the class calendar, but I don't usually email this often.
So what has happened this week? Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let me wow you with the amazing-ness that is are the art classes.
We have drawn stuff.
I know, fascinating. You can thank me for the fantastic nature of my teaching at back to school night!
I have taken money from children.
So much fun. One of my favorite things to do.
Aren't you jealous you are not in my art class? See what you are missing out on?!
In all seriousness, though...
Yes, almost everyone has provided the materials cost thus far. Thank you thank you thank you. This allows me to pay the debts the school has accrued while purchasing all of the supplies for the year.
If your kid(s) have not told you what they have received in exchange for their parent's hard earned dollars, ask them.
It is not money for nothing.
Everyone has turned something in to me (except the Art 4's) so far, and I know pretty much everyone's name - which I am very proud of.
Granted, I will likely forget some of the Art 1 names come Monday, but I am trying and doing my homework. For real.
The beginning of the year is all about learning how to see, learning tricks of the trade of representational drawing, and reinforcing known skills (or learning new ones). I have asked all of the students to draw from observation and many of them to draw from memory so far.
There are no grades yet, but those are coming (check Aeries for that).
Don't forget to mark your calendars for Back to School Night, which is coming up on Thurs., Sept. 6th. I believe it begins at 7, but don't quote me on that. You should come join me so you know the ridiculousness you allow your kids to be subjected to while in my class every other day (though I like to think of it as awesome-ness, I'll let you be the judge).
Plus, if I have to give up my evening to be here, you might as well join me. I mean really, what better things do you have to do on a Thursday night?
(For those of you who don't know me, that is supposed to be a joke, but I'm having a difficult time finding the "sarcastic" font here in blogger. I love meeting you all and truly look forward to that night every year.)
If you have any other questions, please email me.
Please do not call me and leave a voice mail. (This line is not a joke.)
True story, I just checked my voice mail two days ago and I had more than fifteen messages dating back to November of 2011. Yes, almost one year ago.
I rarely check my voice mail, but I am pretty stellar at getting back to emails. Just saying.
Since this is getting long and I am feeling lazy, I will sign off now. I hope you have a fantabulous weekend, and I'm sure your not-at-all-surly-teenager will be happy to fill you in on all the details of this exhausting week.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
That's just the way it is.
If you don't think so, imagine this scenario: All of your classes are 10-12 minutes longer each. Meaning, a MINIMUM of 100 minutes in each of those classes that definitely aren't as cool as art.
I know, sounds terrible.
So during tutorial, go hang out in a classroom. It's not rocket science.
At any rate, I'm going in to thing just to remind you of the following:
Wednesday, August 22 - Senior assembly in the theater during tutorial.
Thursday, August 23 - Junior assembly in the theater during tutorial.
Friday, August 24 - Sophomore assembly in the theater during tutorial.
For the rest of the week you have places to be. Freshman are busy in different ways, but I don't remember those right now.
This is all.
Besides: Cash Money.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
1) three new study drawings with labels and your grade sheet
2) ten study drawings from earlier in the year
these must fit in the portfolio pages
these can be added to to make them better if you didn't love the final version from first turn in
if you want to photograph one of your projects - for example, your monochromatic oil, and put a
color printout of it in your portfolio as one of your ten images, you may
If you have any questions, please let me know well in advance.
Friday, May 11, 2012
There will, of course, be participation points available as well.
Art 1's, since you have turned in your grid drawing, we will do some other art activities, but I have decided to center them around your participation points instead of creating more new "projects" in Aeries.
I do expect your best efforts and for things to be turned in. You will need your sketchbook in class every day for the rest of the year.
Adv. Art, you will need your sketchbooks, too. Art 3 beginning next week. Art 2/4, when your current project is due.
Let me know if you have any questions.
5/24 Study Drawings
5/21 Project Menu Project
5/25 Study Drawings
5/22 Study Drawings
5/29 Funky Face (not the entire period)
5/22 Study Drawings
5/24 Big Self Portrait
Note, Period 2/6 Art 3's - Study Drawings Due 5/25 (Carolina's Birthday)
Topics: 1) optional subject
4) optional subject
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
If you would like to attend and see work from a variety of Santa Clara County schools you are certainly invited.
And I'd like to "sweeten" the pot a bit. If you attend, and find me, I will give you some extra credit points.
No, I don't know how many. But I will give you some. You don't have to stay long, but you do have to see me there (I'll mark your name down at that time).
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
But you can share as you only need half of a sheet of matboard.
So good for you :)
Remember a full sheet is 32" x 40". We went over this in class and it is on your handout.
DO NOT GET WHITE OR BLACK.
Other than that I don't really care which color you get.
University Art or Aaron Bros. are the easiest and "best" places to get this, but not the only places.
And share. If it will be hard for you to get there talk your partner into doing the dirty work. Or whoever it is that will be giving them a ride to do it, that is.
Ideally you would have it here this Thurs., 4/26, but it really, truly isn't due until Monday, 4/30.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I just received an email from former LG grad Nathan Langner (the guy in charge of it all) telling me the deadline is May 1st.
That means if you're wanting to go you need to get your "stuff" in order and apply.
You can go HERE for more info.
I have emailed all of the parents of students that are seniors in both Art 3 and Art 4 about the annual awards lunch.
If you don't remember what I am talking about when I say "awards lunch", you are pathetic.
But really, if you don't remember, maybe this will restore your senses to you...
This is when your parents bring awesome food and I give out the awards for best senior painter and excellence in art and I recognize all of the graduating Art 3/4's...
See, remember now???
At any rate, this year's event will happen on Wed., May 23rd, so mark your calendars.
Also, some of your parent's emails have been bounced back to me, so ask them if they have heard from me regarding this.
If they have not, please PLEASE have them send me an email so I can send them a link to help sign up to bring something.
If they can't bring something but want to attend anyway, please tell them the date and time.
May 23rd, 11:20-12:30.
The link is here.
Though here are the basic details:
Deadline: June 1st
First place: $1000
Yes, there are second and third places, too.
Categories: oil/acrylic; mixed media; watercolor; drawing(dry media)
You can get the prospectus for this at their website, along with all the details.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
HERE is a link for the eventbrite page from last fall's ride if you want to know more about the event itself.
The design will be due before you leave class on Thursday which means, yes, it is very likely you'll have to work on it outside of class. In truth, I don't feel too badly about this as I'm not asking for study drawings until after the break, and since those should have been turned in last week, you're kind of getting a break there.
Here are the details:
- the design should have "Jill's Ride for Hope"
- the design should use the current "butterfly" in some fashion
- the design should be one or two colors (one will be black)
- there is prize money available (1st, 2nd, 3rd places)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Enjoy the respite.
Of course, that doesn't mean you can't get started now. If you do you'll just have that much of a head start for the next time they are due.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Melissa entered a "duck" contest, for lack of a known title, and was announced the grand champion!
It's a small image, but you should congratulate young Ms. Searle next you see her because she rocks it!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Giving up some props to my girls (and guys)...Emilia, Kaitlin, Monica, Kellie Rae, Sophia, Kayla, Karla, Savannah, Andrew, & Alexa
And I can't forget the former students: Desiree, Jennifer, Mahala, & Story
And of course, the Art Department's very own Mr. Aguayo!
Nice work everyone!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
He orchestrated a big change - for the better, I think - in their office largely to showcase more of our student's awesomeness.
If you haven't been in the guidance office lately, I would suggest you go by and have a gander. The pics are below, but they really don't do the images justice.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
If you are even remotely curious you should come check it out.
Seriously, it's good stuff.
The due date for finished shoes and uploaded pictures is April 13th, so you have your work cut out for you, but I know you can do it and I'm very excited to see the end result.
Friday, March 9, 2012
The show is now a juried high school art show around a specific theme and is open to any high school art student in Santa Clara County.
The theme is "Social Matters."
More specifically, I have been told that students are being asked
"to depict visually a social issue that affects or is important to them.”
There are some specifics that you should know about on the Social Matters site found here,
and on the FormsCentral site, here, that you should know about.
There are calendar issues/dates that you need to be aware of that I will post on the class calendar.
(note, some of these dates are confusing to me at this point and I am seeking clarification)
Additionally, I am requiring all of my Art 3/4's to participate in this endeavor.
Art 1's, it is strictly extra credit - though we can work it in to your study drawings as well.
Art 2's, well...the jury is still out :) I haven't quite figured this out as it pertains to you. We'll discuss.
Here is some of the brainstorming ideas that came out of 5th period yesterday when thinking about social issues:
contraception, drug war, self image, racism, environment/environmentalism, unemployment, religion, peer pressure, police brutality, agism, sexism, stereotyping, cancer, health care, depression, poverty, death penalty, meat industry, suicide, assisted suicide, gay marriage, stress, drunk driving, underage drinking/smoking, abortion
Obviously this is not a complete list, but it is something to get the brain waves a-workin'.
Oh, did I mention they are giving MONEY away as awards? Yes, they are. Read about it on the site.
It ain't chump change. For real.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Today - Art 3's Oil Painting Due
3/8 - 3 & 4's, 2 study drawings due
3/12 - 1's, 3 study drawing sketches due
3/12 - 4's Acrylic Due
3/13 - Academy of Art presentation in the Career Center during tutorial
3/14 - 1's Imagined Landscape due
3/14 - 1's 3-5 black and white photos due (high quality - as in, forget the library has a printer)
3/15 - 2's 3 study drawings due
3/16 - vans drawings due
3/26 - JumpstArt presentation in room 502 during tutorial
As always, please keep checking the class calendar on the class website to stay up to date.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Here's what happens when you actually read the rules...
meaning, there are new things I've gleaned about the Vans Contest I need to share with you.
Each of the four styles of shoe needs to be designed;
Each sneaker style must be devoted to each theme;
Themes = art, music, action sports, local flavor;
All 4 themes must complement or relate to one another (teamwork, anyone?) so as to form a single message/statement...
That is a lot to do with the creation of the pieces/designs/shoes...there is more, bit we'll get to that later.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Unless, that is, the author wants me to.
This is from one of yer peers and I thought it was interesting:
"...the point of art is to understand the differences and appreciate the similarities in others' experiences through artistic expression and appreciation."
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Welcome back! I hope you all had a good break. There are a lot of updates, but the first one I have to make is thanks to Griffin Edwards, as he is the one who brought it to my attention yesterday.
Here is the main website for the Vans Custom Culture contest.
Basically what happens is that the first 1000 high schools that sign up for the contest will be sent four pairs of white vans shoes to design/paint/etc.
Then we'll have to upload photos of the shoes and they will go through a global judging contest.
You can read more about that here.
Pictures of past shoes can be seen here.
As usual, some are good and some...not so much.
I do have some templates that I printed out and will make copies of for people to begin brainstorming designs with. You can also download your own templates right from their sight under the tab...wait for it ..."shoe templates". Ingenious!
I don't think I'm going to make this a requirement, but I will definitely let the designs stand in for some study drawing work.
Also, the design will be a study drawing, and the execution...once we figure out who will be doing that part...will be at least one study drawing, too.
You can work in teams or individually for this as far as I'm concerned...unless it states otherwise in the rules and regulations - which I have not read all of yet.
Just for more motivation, the top five finalists will be flown to LA for a ceremony, the top finalist will receive $50k for their school's art program, and the 4 runner up shoes will receive $4k for their art program.
I'm just sayin' that I think this is pretty awesome, and, uh, Europe fundraising anyone???
That is all.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
That's obviously their Valentines Day gift to us since they met last night. I don't have the signed paperwork yet, but that's the word on the street.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
They are both exciting and enticing and make you want to go to Europe NOW, which makes sense otherwise their advertising dollars would have been a total waste.
So I feel compelled to sent them along to you. Find them by clicking on the city names below.
See you there!
Monday, February 6, 2012
Really, I'm not foolin' 'round here.
LG is looking for some new designs to replace the light post banners downtown - which is good because the current ones are boring.
Not trying to be mean, but they are.
I've received a couple of emails regarding this project - probably because the due date for submissions is coming up really soon, and wanted to pass the info along to you.
You can get all of the information here. Actually, you'll need the pdf that accompanies this link, but I'll just assume you're smart enough to figure that out :)
So what to do, especially since it's a very different kind of set up than you are used to doing for class???
Good question. We can work on that together, or you can find answers online.
I'd like to offer extra credit for those that do a legit job on this call for entries. Or, alternatively, I can work with you on this for substituting this for other things grade-wise.
Again, the information you need can be found here.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This here is a MICA pre-college booklet. They do a great program there...but there are other places that do, too.
Such as Pratt, OSU, and many others.
If you're thinking you might be interested in spending some time away from your family and surrounded by other creative folks, it is probably a good time to start thinking about that.