Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pattern POP trees with Andy Warhol

Discussion: Pattern, Stripes and stars
To have a pattern with stripes, they must repeat. 
Where do we find stripes? what animals have stripes?
Do tree’s have stripes? where are they?
Horizontal, this word means side to side or across. 

Show Warhol’s Tiiffany and Co work of the stripes tree with stars
What do you think of this piece?
Does it remind you of anything?
Where do we find stars?

look at this print of Warhol's:

Andy Warhol
(August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), 
Born Andrew Warhola 
An American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker 
leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art
After a successful career as a commercial illustrator
During this time he created holiday prints for Tiffany's
Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter
He was also filmmaker, record producer, author, 
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films.
He coined the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." 
The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life and artwork.
The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. 
Died during routine gallbladder surgery in 1987

PROJECT: Create tree with wrapping paper
Step1: using your Wrapping paper scrapes, add largest part of tree first 
Step 2: Using another wrapping paper scrap, slightly smaller, add it above the first
Step3: Using another wrapping paper scrap, slightly smaller, add it above the last
step 4; Using another wrapping paper scrap, slightly smaller, add it above the last
Step5: Repeat with the smallest on top
Step6: add a star to The top

Wrapping paper in all patterns
Glue stick

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Collaboration: Mixed Movement Dot Circles with Sonya Delaunay, Elizabeth Murray and Seurat


Final Project at the end of third class 

Primary Color
Secondary color
Mixing colors to make new colors
Show a piece of Delaunay's artwork
Discuss color and shape


Sonia Delaunay
(November 14, 1885December 5, 1979
Jewish-French artist 
Married to  Robert Delaunay 
Co-founded the Orphism art movement: noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. 
Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. 
She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964, and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
Her work in modern design included the concepts of geometric abstraction, the integration of furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, and clothing.

Project: Create mixed color circles for colloboraration canvas
Step1: Studenst mix two colors together in a small cup
Step2: studenst paint large circle on canvas

Tempura paint: primary secondary black and white
Paint brushes
30x40 canvas


Discussion: Movement
Talk about movement and music in art work
Show Elizabeth Murray's work and ask if they see music
iPAD: Use the MOMA art app to add music to Murray's work and let studenst here the noises
No iPad: Study Keith Haring and talk about black movement lines

Artist: Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007):
Inspired by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock’s work, as well as Pablo Picasso’s Cubist works 
American painter Elizabeth Murray’s oeuvre span styles from a Minimalist use form and color to bold, cartoonish Surrealism
Her works push the boundaries of a two-dimensional medium; the irregular triangles in the “Giant Maiden” series (1972) strain against the edges of canvases painted in high relief, while the explosive colors on an intricate collage-like canvas in Do the Dance (2005) lend the painting a kinetic, almost optical quality.

Project: using medium brushes have students add lines to circles
Step1: grab a brush with black paint and add one curved line 
step2: add a few straight lines

Black paint
Circles canvas; see above. 


Discussion: Dots
Mixing colors with your eye balls
Look at the Seurat work: Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884
Ask students what they see (make sure they see the monkey) 
Have a close up of one spot on the final work that shows the dots. 
How does  the view mix the dots? Is this science? 

Artist: Georges Seurat 
French Painter
Invented pointillism
Took informal art lessons as a teen
Attended art school in Paris
He studied the relationship between lines and images and the effect light had on color
He wanted to know more about the emotional effect of color
He influenced science with his studies of colors

Project: add dots to the movement circles
Step1: using q-tips add put color dots to the final work

Tempura Paint

Friday, November 16, 2012

Warm and Cool Imagination Drawings with Chagall

Warm and cool colors 
What are warm colors? 
How can they make us feel? 
Excited angry hungry
What are cool colors? 
How do they makes us feel? 
Relax, calm, sad

Imagination: what does it mean to have imagination
Dreams, creative

Artist: Marc Chagall
Russian Born. French painter
Known for his use of colors
Known for his dreamlike images
He used clear colors and geometric forms
Mastered stain glass in his sixties

Step1: using a pencil draw a tree in the middle of the paper long ways
Step2: turn the paper
Step3: draw a house square triangle add windows and details
Step4: turn the paper
Step5: draw circles and stars
Step6: turn the paper
Step7: draw a person like they are flying 
Step8: color the objects in using warm colors
Step9: add white oil pastels to any object that you want to be white
Step10: add black to outline objects or add movement
Step11: using liquid watercolor in cool colors

Card stock
Oil pastels in warm colors
Liquid watercolors in cool colors

This lesson was adapted from: The Incredible Art Department. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Movement Color Wheels with Elizabeth Murray

Primary colors, RED YELLOW Blue 
What are they? Why are they so important? 
What does Primary Mean
Why are they so important/what do they do? 
Secondary colors ORANGE GREEN PURPLE
What are they
Create a color wheel
Show the colors mixing
Show Murray’s work
Discuss color
Discuss shape 
        If you could go into the artwork, where would you travel first?
Discuss Music
Discuss movement
Bring MoMA app on Ipad if you have it. 

ARTIST: Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007):
Inspired by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock’s work, as well as Pablo Picasso’s Cubist works, American painter Elizabeth Murray’s oeuvre span styles from a Minimalist use form and color to bold, cartoonish Surrealism
Her works push the boundaries of a two-dimensional medium;
The irregular triangles in the “Giant Maiden” series (1972) strain against the edges of canvases painted in high relief, 
While the explosive colors on an intricate collage-like canvas in Do the Dance (2005) lend the Painting a kinetic, almost optical quality.

Project: Create Murray inspired shape drawing and mix primary and secondary colors
Step1: draw a circle on the left part of your page, the size of your fist
Step2: Draw an organic shape/circle next to the first, lower and on the right side but have it touching the first
Step3: Draw a third organic shape/circle next to the second, below and in the middle of the two but have it touching both
Step4: draw a line from each shape to an edge
Step4: Color the shapes in primary colors
Step5: in the background behind the red and blue shapes mix the two to make purple
Step6: in the background behind the red and yellow shapes mix the two to make orange
Step7: in the background behind the yellow and blue shapes mix the two to make green
Step8: add music and movement line line Murray. 

Oil pastels in Yellow red blue and Black
Tag board

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Color Wheel hand prints with Picasso

Picasso's artwork, Hands with Flowers
What do you see in this drawing
What is the hand doing? 
What colors do you see? 
How many colors? 
How do we make color? 
What is primary color? 
Red Yellow Blue
Why are they special? What do they do? 

They make secondary colors: show a color wheel
Red and blue get too close they make: Purple
Yellow and blue get too close they make green 
Red and yellow get too close they make orange

ARTIST: Pablo Picasso 
(25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
He was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor
He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art
He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, 
He painted in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; 
During the first decade of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. 
Picasso’s creativity manifested itself in numerous mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawing, and architecture. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art.

Project: Create printed flowers with hand print
Step1: using a circle stamp print a red center
Step2: using another circle stamp print a blue flower center
Step3: using a third print a yellow flower center
Step4: add orange petals with oil pastels
Step5: add green lines for stems with oil pastels 
Step6: paint and print your hand in purple paint

3 Foam circles and wine corks hot glued together for circle stamp
Red, blue, purple, and yellow tempura paint
orange and green oil pastels 

This lesson was adapted from a wonderful lesson found here:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Organic shape and geometric shape movement figures with Keith Haring

Organic Shape VS Geometric shape
Geometric shapes: 
Name some....Square, circle, rectangle, 
Can they be solved with MATH: Yes!
Organic Shapes: 
Name Some....Bird, Tree, you and me!!!
Can they be solved with Math??? NO!
How does Haring show movement? 
What color does he use when the figures move

ARTIST: Keith Haring
Born 1958
Age 19 first show
1978 went to school in NY
Created subway drawings on blank ad space
Worked with children
Wanted everyone to be able to have his work
Worked with causes
Died young in 1988
Wanted everyone to make art especially kids
Show Keith Haring’s work

Project: Create a haring like art work with primary colors and shapes
Step1: in pencil: using Geometric shape: Draw  a circle head
Step2: using a square, draw a body
Step 3 using a rectangle draw two arms (show movement)
Step4: using rectangles, draw two legs (show movement) 
Step5: using ovals, draw hands and feet
Step6: Using organic shape, draw around your figure two times
Step7: paint your figure in red
Step8: paint your first organic shape in yellow
Step9: paint your next organic shape in blue
Step10: outline your figure in BLACK
Step11: create at least one set of movement lines 

Card stock
Red blue and yellow paint
Black paint

Monday, October 8, 2012

Organic Shape Drawing with Scissors and Matisse

Organic Shape? What is organic shape? 
Where do you hear the word organic? 
Where do you find organic shapes? 

 Drawing with scissors
He worked very large, we will work smaller
Show his work
What do you think of this piece? Color? Shapes? 
What would you do first if you were inside the artwork? 

Henri Matisse
French Painter,
Studied law until he was 21
Mother gave him a paint box after surgery and he discovered painting
He returned to work, and every morning before work, he attended drawing classes; at lunch time he would paint for an hour or so, and then return to work. After work he would paint till night fell. It was his life. 
In 1891 set off for Paris. 
Matisse began his journey of studies which ultimately lead him to his love of line, shape and color. 
Matisse felt that his greatest influence had been the work of the artist Cezanne (1839 – 1906, French). 
In the 1950‘s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs. 
In his last years, as he aged and fell ill, Matisse continued to paint, this time on the walls of his room, using a piece of charcoal attached to the end of a bamboo pole. He painted until his death in 1954. 
Matisse had strong feelings about only one thing, the act of painting. 
The purpose of these pictures, he always asserted, was to give pleasure. 
For Matisse, painting was the rhythmic arrangement of line and color on a flat plane. 
He had created the technique of striking contrasts, unmixed hues, flat planes of color (similar to Gauguin, 1848 – 1903, French) 
expressive brush strokes (similar to Van Gogh, 1853 – 1890, Dutch). 
Light was expressed, not in the method of the Impressionists, but with a harmony of intensely covered surfaces. 

PROJECT: Create a matisse style organic shape composition
Step1: glue one large block of color to your white sheet
Step2: glue a second block of color to your white sheet
Step3: begin to cut organic shapes in all colors and glue them to your paper
Step4: create a composition from your random shapes
Step5: pull the piece together by adding smaller pieces in a pattern

Glue stick
Construction paper

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shape with Rothko

Discussion: shape
What is a shape
How are they made? 
What are they used for? 
Did they help you get to school today? 
Let’s name some shapes

Mark Rothko (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970)
He was a Russian-American painter.
Rothko believed that his art could free the unconscious energies previously liberated by mythological images, symbols, and rituals. 
He considered himself a "mythmaker," and proclaimed "the exhilarated tragic experience, is for me the only source of art."
In 1949, Rothko became fascinated by Matisse’s Red Studio, acquired by the Museum of Modern Art that year. He later credited it as a key source of inspiration for his later abstract paintings.
The year 1946 saw the creation of Rothko’s transitional "multiform" paintings. 
The term "multiform" has been applied by art critics; this word was never used by Rothko himself, yet it is an accurate description of these paintings. 
He employed natural substances such as egg and glue, as well as artificial materials including acrylic resins, phenol formaldehyde, modified alkyd, and others.[9] 
One of his objectives was to make the various layers of the painting dry quickly, without mixing of colors, such that he could soon create new layers on top of the earlier ones.
He is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he himself rejected this label, and even resisted classification as an "abstract painter".

Step 1: One tag board, draw a red square with oil pastels
Step 2: Above the square draw a blue rectangle
Step3: paint the rest yellow

Liquid watercolor, yellow
Red and blue oil pastel
White tag board.