Monday, May 31, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
You have made it! You are approaching the end of your last year at Prescott School. Many of you were in Kindergarten when I started teaching here. We have learned about art together for nine years. I am proud of you, and I am also so excited for you as you move on to high school and college.
You are in a unique place in your life. I have noticed many conversations in class have been centered on memories and looking back at your school years together. At the same time, I hear you talking about high schools and comparing experiences of school tours, applications and first impressions of where you are heading. In honor of this memorable time, you will be working on an art project that you will call Past, Present, Future.
What will this look like?
What materials will you use?
What stories will you focus on?
These things are all up to you! You have free choice with this project to imagine how you can visually represent this theme. We will begin class each day with activities that will help guide you as you work on the project. I will give you some suggestions, but I also encourage you to think outside the box and to do your own version of the project.
Let's begin by looking at some famous art. Your challenge is to figure out how each of these paintings ties in with our theme.
What do you notice?
What do you think?
What do you wonder?
- Monday: Begin by deciding the following:
- What type of picture will you create: Landscape, Portrait, Still-Life, Other
- What art materials will you use? Watercolors, Markers, Color Pencils, Other
- Free-Write for 3 minutes on each of the following: Past, Present and Future
- Use these ideas to create a rough sketch of what your composition will look like, and describe it by labeling the parts and describing it briefly in a few sentences.
- Tuesday: Research source material and create a rough sketch on a quality paper or canvas.
- Wednesday and Thursday: Focused work time to add color and shading to your work.
- Friday: Add final touches, photograph your work, and turn it in with an artist's statement.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Create your work along with this video from Youtube OR Use my video below.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Street art has had a big year. The global pandemic and the presidential election and the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired creative responses from artists. The city has become a big canvas as windows are boarded up for protection during marches and even riots. When I returned to Chicago after quarantining in NC for several months, the plywood-covered windows had become a free art gallery on the streets of the city.
Let's discuss these questions:
Have you seen any new street art in your neighborhood this year?
What does it look like?
What message does it communicate?
This week's and next week's lessons are about street art. Begin with a class discussion:
- What is graffiti? What is street art? Is there a difference?
- What street artists do you know?
- What messages do street artists try to communicate?
- What are the types of art they make?
|Takashi Murakami for Nike|
|Shepard Fairey for Vans|
READ ABOUT IT!
|Hebru Brantley for Adidas|
7. Design a SKATEBOARD! This should be closely tied to the shoe. Make them look like they will be sold together. Get help here.
We will go over all of this together in class, and the videos below will help us. Have fun with it by making it your own. You have plenty of time to work hard and do your best. Use your BEST art skills! We will present the individual parts to this project together as a snapshot of your campaign. Turn in each part as a photo, and we will create a template to showcase the photos in one slide or doc.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing."
|Diego y Frida by Frida Kahlo|
|The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo|
|MC Escher Print, Unknown|
nxes of Bikini, Salvador Dali
|Caged Brain by Tyree Guyton|
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Martin Puryear is a 79 year old sculptor who lives in New York. He has traveled the world to study art and craft traditions, and he has received many awards for his sculptures.
Sculptures by Martin Puryear have abstract shapes and forms. He often visited museums when he was growing up in Washington D.C. He found a love of art, organic materials, and nature. His father was a mail man, who loved building things from wood as a hobby.
Puryear began experimenting with wood as a teenager. He studied painting and printmaking in college and art school, but when he returned to the United States after living abroad for four years, he turned his attention to sculpture.
He learned craft traditions of many cultures when he lived in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and then in Sweden as a student. Wood carving, boat building, basket weaving, and furniture making are just a few of the crafts he loves.
Although he made a lot of art that looks similar to traditional baskets, he found ways to make them look enough like other things we know. This makes them very mysterious and interesting. Many of them look like shelters, traps or cages. Look at these images and think about these questions:
What is a trap, and why would someone build one?
What is a cage, and why would someone build one?
Can you think of reasons why Martin Puryear would want us to think about these structures when we see his work? What do you think inspired him?
Check out this video to hear about one of his most famous public sculptures:
In this project, you will use strips of cardboard, sticks, wood or any other material you have at home to create a sculpture that resembles a basket, shelter, trap or cage. Think of Martin Puryear's sculptures as inspiration, but experiment to make your project interesting to you. Watch this video to see the steps demonstrated by Ms. Ammons!
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