Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/30

Let's go all the way back to two weeks ago, shall we?
The multiple hands you drew that were at least partially overlapping is what I mean.
I want you to draw some sort of consistent pattern in the negative space surrounding the hands now.

I'll put an example below of a pattern-type use of line that would work. Of course, yours doesn't have to be just like this, and strictly speaking this isn't a "regular pattern", but I really want you to focus on making the negative space interesting.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Regarding Registration

You've heard me talk about it, so HERE is the link to the Electives Concentration layout.

As a department we know the value of the skills you learn in the electives that are offered here at LGHS. You have a robust selection, and if we dive deeper, we know that the project and studio based courses you have available to you are integral to your success both in and out of high school. These classes add a level of understanding that is just different than what you get in some of your other classes.
Different is good.

We know that these classes take commitment and energy and we are always appreciative of the work that is put in by conscientious students. We are also aware that you have your attention pulled in many directions by "requirements" that may or may not be as necessary as you think they are.

With the direction of education and college admissions on our minds, part of the question we posed ourselves was, "how do we help our committed students stand out from the crowd in a positive way?"

The Electives Concentration is what we came up with. The linked document may not have all of the answers, so please come in and speak with me if you have any questions.

The shortest gist I can give is this:
  • take at least two years of one elective (such as Art 1 and Art 2)
  • take at least five electives total
  • make sure they fall in the columns in the linked document (no, not all mix and match electives work...for a variety of reasons)
  • complete a portfolio during senior year
  • be recognized at graduation and have an additional item to put on your college application

This last one is very important to me. I know (because colleges have said it) that colleges want a student who is dedicated and who can persist; they want a student that has a focus and interest (hese things show that you will probably stick around for them, and work through the rough patches that invariably come with life and education); they need someone who is more than just a number.
This concentration is a great way to help you stand above other students from other high schools, and allow you to "hang your hat on" something that is larger than a transcript or gpa alone.

I have one more thing to mention, but that is the gist. Please ask if there are questions (your counselors can also help).

Last, beginning next year Art 3 with be Art 3 Honors.
I know I know I know, that's not what it says on the sheet you have from the guidance department for registration. Technically it isn't official because the ball didn't get rolling for that until after the UC window was closed on that. I have been assured that it is coming though.
Personally I don't think this should be the deciding factor on you or your peers signing up for Art 3, of course I want you to do it just because it is a good class and is getting you the applied art credit you need for graduation, but I bet that it will be a nice added bonus for some of you, so that is one of the things I've been working on.
Again, any more questions, please ask.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/22 + 1/24

If you have not already begun your I.P. piece that is due on Friday, 1/26, now is your opportunity.
Remember, it is a "free subject", so have fun. Remember, also, the constants of needing to show composition and texture and value and contrast and...
I know there is only one week since your last one, but that's the way it works out with the schedule right now. This is a free subject and you have 30 min of class time, plus another 30 min of daily sketchbook time you can use on Tues. and Thurs. this week, so there is at least one hour of quality drawing/painting time you can use for this.
Have fun.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/18

We are mid-way through the month (gasp), so it's time for the always favorite AOTM.
Come to my desk and start trimming down your handout and taping it in your sketchbook while I get you started.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Art 3/4 Volunteers Needed

Hey all.
I need your help. The first request is really for you, but the second is definitely more for me (though you will get something out of it too).

First, I presume that you all would like a waffle day, so now is the time. By now I mean next week. And specifically I mean next Friday, 1/26.
As usual, you need to sign up to bring the stuff to make everything (link below). If not everything is covered by next Wed. we will have to cancel.
Sad face. Please don't let that happen.

Sign up to contribute to waffle day HERE. Please.

Second, the 8th grade electives fair is Tuesday 1/30. I think it officially goes from 5:30-7. Can you be one of approx. 4-6 awesome and diligent students that can work on your project and/or independent practices here in the studio from 5-7ish?
I will provide some Pizza My Heart for you to eat if you can come in and work.
There is a small caveat with this. There will be families and prospective students coming through the room to check everything out and I need you to be able to tell them how valuable and fun and important the Art sequence of classes are (and how ideal it is to start as a freshman in Art 1).
Primarily they will be asking me questions and want to talk to me, but to see students working in the room is highly valuable.
Plus, it gets you some work time while also getting a free dinner. Please follow the below link if you are able to do this. I don't need 20 people, so first come first serve on the 30th.

Sign up to work in the studio on Tues. Jan. 30th (and receive free pizza for dinner) HERE.

Last, and I'll remind you of this later, there is a public reception for our painting show over in the Council Chambers on Feb. 1st. It also goes from 5:30-7.
No, you don't have to stay the whole time. Even coming to support your peers for 15 min is great.
There are a variety of oil paintings from Art 2, 3, 4 in the show and it is always great to see the pieces outside of the studio (and guidance office).
Please mark your calendars.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/16

Open to the next blank page in your sketchbook.
Draw, in pencil, a contour of your non-dominant hand at least three times on the page.
They should be large enough that there should be at least some overlapping. I would also suggest moving your hand in such a way that parts of the fingers overlap each time as well (basically, no fists or "flat" hands).

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/11

Day two of the semester.
Go back to the image from Tuesday and look at the letter "V" at the bottom of the ad.
I want you to study the construction of that letter (see how it looks dimensional?), and back on the same page as Tuesday I want you to create the initials from your first and last name in that same style.
Ready, go!

THIS might be of help for those curvy style letters.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Daily Sketchbook 1/9

Let's begin this semester!
Welcome, please look at the image below and only worry about the face today. Get it as close as you can to the original. If you finish with an amazing visage, move on to the helmet and goggles.
Have fun!