Monday, August 17, 2020

Assignment 1: Student Sites

First things will be creating an online site you will use for the year.  Decide what you want your site and "work" image to look like.  This is where you will post everything from ideas to completed assignments.  I will have access to the site so I can follow your progress, your concepts, work you would like to reconsider, and ultimately this is where I will be able to follow your journey through the AP Studio year.

A few things to consider when creating the design.  Your site is for your use only, but keep in mind, you will be visible not only me, but to NDB and anyone you share the site with.  Keep what you create and what you post professional at all times.

You are welcome to post images you capture other than assignments but please label them with the name and site of the artist.  If you cannot find those, do not post.

Use the following link to start your new site:

Once you have completed your site, email me the link so I can add it to the class blog.

Post sketches, work in progress, concentration concepts, and final images for your portfolio.  With each FINAL image, post the media used, size, title, and a reflection on the piece.  I'll be using your posts to grade, comment on your work and ideas I'd like you to think about so please keep them up to date.

I'm excited!  Welcome to AP Studio 2020-2021!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

The MASTERWORK Sketchbook

I know you all have sketchbooks of one kind or another, but this is a different approach geared specifically for the concentration section of your portfolios.  It is a way to really define what your investigation is, how you think about every piece and the direction you're traveling, and how to keep track of what influences you and your work.  

AP Studio Art
The New Sketchbook
Each AP Studio student will receive a sketchbook. This sketchbook will contain the ongoing
documentation for the investigation component of your AP Portfolio. Your thought process may
include  inspirational artists, drawings, thumbnails, critiques and research, and anything else you
might incorporate in your investigation. There should be room for 15 sections – one for each of
your “investigation” pieces. A suggestion for what each section would hold might include 
but is not limited to the following:
  1. Critiques
  2. Self Evaluation
  3. Color Studies
  4. Artists of Inspiration (if applicable)
  5. Reference Photos
  6. Thumbnails
  7. Additional Prep Materials as needed
Sketchbooks are due for critique and grading on the day each investigation piece is complete. 
The sketchbook is worth a total of 15 grades worth 100 points each.
Critiques will be documented and should be kept in the sketchbook.
Critiques will contain the following:
1. Description/what is your investigation?
2. Analysis/content
3. Interpretation/what is your message?
5. Next steps
Your portfolio will include 15 “masterworks” - one for each investigation piece. Each of the
masterworks  are expected to show growth and development. Each masterwork should begin
with a series of thumbnails or preparation sketches, vital to creating a successful work of art. 
Sketches should include the following:
1. Composition
 2. Size/scale
3. Color/Black and White/Monochromatic
4. Media/technique

Saturday, September 29, 2018

What is Visual Journaling?

You may already do it.  You may already know what "visual" journaling is to you, but there are many, many ways of thinking about how to get to those concepts and images you will be using (and want to be using) in your art.  Please take a minute (the link is actually 49 seconds) of a student talking about her visual journal. 

Now, think about the concepts I've asked you to include in your Masterwork sketchbooks.  

I'll be looking for your first Masterwork sketchbook by the end of next week.  10/5/18.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

For all of my students who will be following this blog, you will come to see this as either the bane of your existence or your salvation...  Time is fleeting.  School begins in a few short weeks and I'm anxious to see your summer ideas and the museum visit.  How are you finding them?  Are your ideas thoughtful?  Do you think they'll make a great portfolio?  This is the year of the 5.  For all of you. Commit now and let's DO this.  No excuses.

Now go do art.

Investigation Ideas (to name a few...)

  1. Car part ads
  2. Portraits detailing emotions
  3. Portraits detailing odd body positions
  4. Extreme abstract close ups
  5. Extreme abstract close ups of nature
  6. Normal things using alternate colors
  7. What people throw away
  8. Family heirlooms
  9. Variations of one thing
  10. Seasons
  11. Recreations of famous art pieces
  12. Close ups of person - abstracted
  13. Designing shoes/shoe close ups
  14. Portraits of things broken or ruined
  15. Opposites (ie: something hot as cold)
  16. Textures
  17. Animals.insects in environment
  18. Close ups of sports equipment
  19. Close ups of art supplies
  20. Distortion
  21. Optical illusions
  22. Where has it been? (ie: the dollar)
  23. Items upside down or backwards
  24. Items missing something vital
  25. Images inspired by songs
  26. Cause and effect
  27. War and its effect
  28. Landscapes: day and night
  29. Perspective
  30. Significant buildings
  31. Accessories
  32. Sunglasses and faces
  33. Scenes from dreams
  34. Scenes from books
  35. Self portraits with traits exaggerated
  36. Illustrate a story
  37. Line drawings of objects
  38. What will the future be?
  39. Past and present
  40. Modern and historic
  41. Odd, interesting people
  42. A day in the life of...
  43. One object 12 different views
  44. Technology
  45. Different cultures
  46. The Heavens (planets, stars, etc.)
  47. Aerial views
  48. Stages of growing up
  49. Things whole, broken up
  50. Surrealism paintings
  51. Real to life with surreal background
  52. Hands doing things - different media
  53. 12 different parts of a face, together creating a whole face again
  54. People who are angry (happy, sad)
  55. Buildings
  56. City scenes
  57. People in motion
  58. Innocence
  59. Nature scenes
  60. One person, portrait young to old
  61. Areas of concern in America
  62. Old photographs
  63. Polaroids
  64. The act of protest
  65. Shape (altering with diet/weights)
  66. Triumph
  67. Using trash to create
  68. Teenage life
  69. Monochromatic (life?)
  70. The game of life
  71. Childhood mementos
  72. Family vacations
  73. Family members
  74. A friend’s different moods
  75. First day of school pictures
  76. Elderly
  77. Playgrounds
  78. Door handles
  79. Bathrooms
  80. Scenes from a music video
  81. Beach scenes
  82. Undersides of desks and chairs
  83. Insides of things
  84. Jewelry
  85. Zippers
  86. Metamorphosis
  87. Close ups of favorite foods
  88. Sweat
  89. Beauty of hands - how they are used
  90. Generations
  91. Things we desire
  92. Love/friendship
  93. Vulnerability
  94. Change
  95. Hope
  96. Appropriation
  97. Helping others
  98. Picking up after hard times
  99. Newspaper headlines
  100. Natural disasters
  101. Human emotion
  102. Leaving things behind
  103. Adventures
  104. Nonconformity/individuality
  105. Conformity 
  106. Sameness
  107. Comfort zones
  108. War and peace
  109. Diversity
  110. Beauty in simplicity
  111. Where have you been?
  112. Forever young
  113. Evolution of objects
  114. Light
  115. Sound
  116. Motion
  117. Abandoned buildings
  118. The smallest parts of a whole
  119. Media impact
  120. Parts of the body to represent different emotions
  121. Necessary objects
  122. Communication tools
  123. Different scenes through broken glass
  124. Famous speeches ( be or not to be...)
  125. Photographs telling part of a story
  126. Windows/mirrors
  127. Fire
  128. Water
  129. Earth
  130. Wind
  131. Comic strip
  132. Parties
  133. Skeletal structure
  134. Wood
  135. Walking on the ceiling
  136. Through the eyes of animals
  137. Life as a napkin
  138. Life as a paperclip 
  139. Life as a ____________
  140. No skin, just the inside
  141. Negatives
  142. Pure line
  143. Overconfidence
  144. Fashion designs
  145. Illustrate a book
  146. Night scenes
  147. Opposites
  148. Same place, different time
  149. Decades
  150. Fruits inside and out
  151. Produce
  152. Sleeping people
  153. Patterns
  154. What is art to you?
  155. School life
  156. Your surroundings
  157. Refuge
  158. Current issues
  159. Death
  160. Abstraction of every day life
  161. Different rooms - what makes them interesting
  162. Hats
  163. Fear
  164. Poverty
  165. Interiors and Exteriors
  166. The figure in space
  167. Abandoned houses
  168. Deterioration - the body, a structure
  169. Morning rituals
  170. Shadows - extreme
  171. Reflections in surfaces
  172. Interpretations of one object
  173. Creating a drawing for every line of a song or poem
  174. Decaying objects
  175. Illumination with candle light
  176. Drawings/paintings in different artistic styles
  177. Daily Routines
  178. People and their pets
  179. Jobs
  180. Horses
  181. Trash versus treasure - who decides?
  182. Bedrooms
  183. What’s in your closet?
  184. Child labor
  185. Poster events (rodeos, carnivals, etc.)
  186. Homelessness
  187. Unfinished things
  188. Assemblages
  189. Boxes
  190. Boxes as a metaphor
  191. Stages of Life
  192. Paths
  193. Unusual environments
  194. Colors as influences
  195. Seeing color where others don’t
  196. Chairs
  197. Art and text
  198. Illustrate Shakespeare
  199. Illustrate a famous historical event - (JFK assassination, Harvey Milk and SF gay rallies)
  200. Body language
  201. Drawings of reflective materials
  202. Dolls
  203. Drawing over time (one setting adding a new element every day)
  204. Drawing in each color scheme (warm, cool, analogous, etc.)
  205. Pop Art analyzed personally
  206. Organic materials used non-organically (clothing? transportation?)
  207. Changing landscape (Monet)
  208. Emotions through abstraction
  209. Temporary art - graffiti, sand on sidewalk, dust on car windows)
  210. Toast
  211. Clouds
  212. Light fixtures
  213. 7 Deadly Sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride)
  214. Kitchen objects
  215. Focus on Vermeer (friends set up in famous positions)
  216. Fauvist style landscapes of favorite places
  217. Human influences on environment
  218. Close up of machines
  219. Emulating artists’ styles
  220. Braids
  221. Interior of moving things
  222. Unusual landscape alteration
  223. Portraits with your mother
  224. Portraits with your art
  225. 27 dresses