Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Hey crew Happy Thanksgiving! Give some thought to your concentrations over the vacation because for the next 12 weeks you'll have a concentration piece due each week! Time to... (you know)
Here's a awesome short film that a former student, Kelli Krysh, sent me that her company, Soapbox Films, worked on to commemorates the anniversary of Queen front man, Freddy Mercury's death from AIDs. They shot it in 1 day using 79 muppets and 53 different setups- impressive!! It's great to see students graduate and do what they love!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Now that we've all had a chance to get to know each other and put a few breadth pieces together it's time for SKETCHBOOK week! Eash class this week we will have a different assignment to be completed in your sketchbook with whatever materials you'd like. Be sure to use the whole page wether it's literally covering the page or activating the space via line or form in some way. Below are a few links for inspiration- have fun!
Monday: Draw from life in class including at least one person
Tuesday: Make your doodles into art
Wednesday: Illustrate the story in class
Thursday: Draw a portrait of someone you dont know well
Friday: Illustration Friday
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Due August 1
2 Completed Breadth pieces: Self Portrait Collage & Black & White "Grid"
2 Thematic works: Fabulous & Juxtaposition
Due September 7
20 complete sketchbook pages
2 Thematic works: Resonance, & Where I'm At
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
As we have been discussing the nature of design in class, I thought I would share this TED talk from Niels Diffrient with you for inspiration. Below are some addition links to some great design inspiration for the web and school based architecture to aid you with your current assignments.
Cool Design Ideas Blog
Innovative School Architectural Design
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Here's a link to the Studio Art Digital Submission webpage. Please be sure to get online and begin uploading you're work this week so that you don't fall behind. On Monday next week we'll have a session in class going over more of the details but most of the important information can be found via the link above.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It's time for this year's Call for Entries for the 5th Anniversary Strictly Students Film Festival and the deadline for films is April 3 and it's free to enter so check out the website for more information: www.strictlystudentsfest.com.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This week there came news of a lawsuit between one of the artists we spoke about in class, Shepard Fairey (of OBEY), and the Associated Press. Fairey's poster was based on a photograph taken by AP photographer Mannie Garcia. The question at hand is whether or not Fairey altered the image enough to (in a sense) make it an original piece of work.
Sometime this week take a moment to read the following 2 articles so that we can discuss it in class when we return from vacation.
NY Times Article and PRINT magazine
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here's an interesting video from Scott McCloud who is a terrific animator and author discussing art, life, and cartooning.
Two important things to note:
first: how Scott gives some of his personal background and how that relates to his concepts and art (remember pulling from your own experience generally results in the most original and interesting work you have to offer)
second: how Scott's "out of the box" narrative style of presentation reflects the "out of the box" variations in cartooning that he discusses (like he mentions this is just his nature- getting in touch with your own instincts and nature will inform your art and in a larger sense your choices and views in life)
As an extra credit assignment try to create an "out of the box" comic that uses space and direction in an interesting way (due when we return from break)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Having an opportunity to watch the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in class on our SMARTboard today was really a sign of how far technology has come (and I suppose having the signal drop out so often was a sign of where technology needs to go).
As a homework assignment this week I'd like all of you to think about what you heard in class (and the issues that surround it) and create a work in any media that reflects your feelings on it. Here's a link to the New York Times which has a transcription of the speech along with every presidential inauguration speech (it also has the words that were used repeatedly tagged with the amount of times it was used)- 2009 Inauguration Day Speech
We have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly." -Barack ObamaIt's also important to note that President Obama made an interesting choice in using the artist we spoke about earlier in the year- Shepard Fairey, a modern graffiti artist (and creator of OBEY), to create his signature icon shown above. What do you think about that choice? What does that say to the art world?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Painter Andrew Wyeth died today in his home in Chadds Ford, Pa. at the age of 91. He is a monumental figure in American art best known for his 1948 painting "Christina's World". Ironically, he was an anti-establishment artist who became the establishment.
There's nothing else quite like Andrew's gritty, gorgeous brushwork and desolate, haunting imagery. I grew up with "Christina's World" hanging on my parents bedroom wall so as an artist and art educator it was one of my first influences. If you enjoy his work I strongly suggest visiting the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania and the Wyeth Center in Rockland, Maine.
“What you have to do is break all the rules.”
Andrew Wyeth, July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This clip is the commercial Marilyn Minter produced for her art show 100 Food Porn, a revolutionary idea at the time and I'm not just saying that because she was my teacher.
This is an interesting clip with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat showing some of their collaborations and the two artists speaking about their work.
Here's a story about Damien Hirst's Shark at the Metropolitan Museum.
Finally, here's a story that actually shows graffiti artist Bansky working as he stencils the wall separating Israel from Palestine (which may be even more relevant lately due to the recent increased fighting).
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