I read about these artists in the latest edition of Art News. It's just crazy what they are doing with art and technology! Tell me what you think. - Mr. Kelley
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Use colors expressively! If you want to throw in a little bit of a crazy color - GO FOR IT! I will never penalize you for experimenting, even if you realize that it was not successful. So don't worry about a bad result; just be ready to explain WHY you chose to do what you did when we have our critique.
REMEMBER: THESE ARE DUE ON DEC. 11 UNLESS I SEE REMARKABLE EFFORT IN WHICH CASE I WILL EXTEND THE DUE DATE UNTIL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Well here it is. The class made a great effort at copying Michelangelo's God even though most of the class couldn't tell what they were looking at on their grid pieces. I think we all agree that once the pieces are together it is easier to tell what changes can be made to improve each section. For example, as we discussed in the critique, the pieces that catch our attention first are those that have great contrast; dark shadows and bright highlights. Some of you who volunteered to complete two separate grid pieces and still needed to spend a little more time working on them but everyone who turned in a piece has the option of reworking them for a better grade, if you choose. Since this will be proudly on display in the hallway for all to see, I would hope that each and everyone of you make your best effort at making your piece perfect. This is a terrific class project and I hope it will serve you well on our next project. See you all in class Thursday! - Mr. Kelley
Friday, October 24, 2008
You can only choose ONE of the options listed below for a maximum addition of 10 points added to your year end average.
Extra Credit Option #1: Sketchbook extra credit. You can earn 1/2 point for every page that you fill with sketches (a page has a front AND a back) . To get the maximum 10 points for this option you'll have to fill 20 full pages. Because this is extra credit I will decide whether the sketch is acceptable for the extra credit. You can sketch anything you want; landscapes, people, pets, objects, ideas, personal creations, etc. Tip: Use your sketchbook to draw out your ideas for future class projects. These can count toward your extra credit if they are high quality. Also, come to me with your sketches throughout the year and I will tell you whether it is good enough for the extra credit or not. This way you won't have to wonder whether you'll get the max. 10 points or not.
Extra Credit Option #2: Visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and write a 2 page report on any current exhibition. (For exhibition dates and details click here. ) Double space, 12pt font, name and date in top corner, and creative title must be included. Give your opinion of the exhibit that you chose. It can be a positive or negative opinion, but you must explain why you formed that opinion. Use art terms that we have gone over this year to describe the exhibit. Pick a piece of art in the exhibit that you felt was the most successful and give a detailed visual description, including the artist's name, background, title of the piece of art, the dates it was created and what you think the purpose/significance of that piece is. Include your feelings as much as possible; how did the exhibit affect you? what did it make you feel/think about? were you inspired? was there a particular emotion that you experienced such as sadness or peace?
A well written and thorough paper will earn you 10pts to your final class average.
Extra Credit Option #3: Write a 3 page paper (double-spaced, 12pt font) on an artist of your choice. The artist that you'd like to write about MUST BE APPROVED before you start so bring me your ideas and I will help you out on some source material. In this paper you should give a brief, 1-2 paragraph background on the artist - when&where s/he was born, influences on his/her art, awards, historical significance, educational degrees, etc. Then compare and contrast 2 artworks by the artist. Give detailed visual descriptions of the 2 artworks, similarities, differences, and in what ways they are successful or unsuccessful. Include your likes, dislikes and opinions - even if they are strong. You must include at least 3 sources listed on a "works cited" page attached to the back of your paper. Include printouts of the 2 artworks that you chose to discuss and attach them to the back of the paper as well.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Here are several examples of what I hope you'll do for your hand sketches. The first few at the top are perfect for this assignment and the last couple are examples of M. C. Escher's work. You'll have an automatic A for the year if you can create something as detailed and well rendered as Escher's examples. The best way to start your hand sketches is to do a very light outline. This outline should only be basic geometric shapes - don't worry about outlining wrinkles and fingernails because those details should be worked on lastly. Once you outline the general shape of your hand you can begin to fill in shadows and midtones. Save the smallest details for last. TIP: you can erase graphite in your sketch to create highlights. Try it - Mr. Kelley
Friday, October 10, 2008
implied line - lines that dim, fade, stop or dissappear. The missing portions are visually completed by the viewer.
curvilinear - the use of curved lines. (fingerprints are a great example)
perspective - creating the illusion of a 3-D image on a 2-D surface.
achromatic value - relating to differences of light and dark, disregarding color.
cast shadow - the dark area that occurs on a surface as a result of something being placed between that surface and a light source.
chiaroscuro - 1) distribution of light and dark. 2) an art technique that blends light and shade gradually to create a 3-D illusion.
highlight - the portion of an object that appears to receive the greatest amount of direct light.
shadow, shade, or shading - the darker values on the surface of an object that appear to receive the least amount of direct light.
tenebrism - a painting technique that exaggerates or emphasizes the effects of chiaroscuro.
representational art - type of art that uses the art elements to create an image that looks like an actual object.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If you still would like to purchase your own x-acto blade, A C Moore has the cheapest - $3.51 - located in the wood carving department in the back corner.
Send me any questions you have regarding your assignment and I can help you. I don't want to turn Mr. Newton's small violin solo into a quartet of foolish fiddlers, so get in the habit of regularly checking this blog. It's even easier if you subscribe to it using your email account! Good luck - Mr. Jared
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Good Luck - Mr. Kelley
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Child Born by AscenderRising - Stippling/ pointillism
Hendrick Goltzius' The Massacre of the Innocent - cross-hatching
Claude Mellan's portrait of Michel de Marolles - hatching
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Value Exercise using 1. Hatching 2. Cross Hatching 3. Stippling/Pointillism 4. Using One of your Initials 5. Smudging/Blending
OK -this is your latest homework assignment. If your not using this blog and checking it regularly then it's gonna be tough to do well in this class and let's be honest - you DON'T want to be the student who failed art! It's a given "A" if you just attempt to do your best.
This example is one that I put together on the same sheet of paper that all of you were handed in class. It took me less than one hour to complete. TIP: Be careful when pulling your tape off the paper; if you pressed the tape on firmly it might peel the paper off with it in the end so pull the tape slowly and carefully. Also if you want to protect your graphite from smearing, after you finish everything, use hairspray (outdoors, not indoors!) and lightly spray the surface of your paper. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your question in a comment box here on this blog. Remember to subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the designated box at the top of the blog.
Lastly - all of you who quietly smuggled our rulers out of the classroom, please return them next week. It's my second week teaching you all and I'll be darned if I'm gonna be accused of taken office supplies! Thanks and good luck. - Mr. Kelley