Thursday, March 31, 2011

Light Painting Part 1



Today we are attempting something new with light painting. We are not only creating light paintings but we are going to attempt to create short, stop motion light painting animations.

I.e. the following three light paintings are for an animation of a rocket launching into space...

Today, we took the photos. Check back next week to see how the animations come along.





















Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gesture Drawing to Expressive Painting



The photos below were taken at the halfway mark of this project. We started a lesson in figure drawing, proportion and in particular, gesture drawing.

Our first gesture drawings were charcoal on newsprint. Later we hung paper around the room and drew with markers.



From there we took a look at the paintings of German Expressionists and the tie ins between gesture drawing and expressionist paintings.



We went back to the hung paper several times. First, to create gesture drawings using only black paint. Then later, adding one expressive color to those gestures.



Later we did an expressive painting using only white paint, right over the previous paintings.



For the last part of the wall painting we reviewed Entartete Kunst "Degenerate Art". The final stage was to go back and respond in any way they wanted to.



for the final piece each student will select his or her favorite part of the wall, remove the piece and matt it. They will add a written description about the project and why they selected their chosen area.














Monday, March 21, 2011

Hot Off The Presses



This weekend I, along with more than 2,000 other art teachers, visited Seattle for the 2011 National Arts Educator Conference.

At the entrance to the exhibition hall was the SchoolArts booth. They were giving away copies of the April edition which just so happens to have Apex HS Art on the cover.



The booth looked fantastic with your art spread across the tables.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Localized Perspective 2



The concept behind Localized Perspective is simple. You can see the image from only one view point or perspective. If you are viewing the image from any other perspective the image will look distorted and random.

Above, a group of Apex Artists creates the words "M@ke Art". From the correct angle it is easy to read, but move slightly off center and it becomes a bunch of strange shapes.