Friday, December 12, 2014

Installation Art!

 What is Installation Art?

From Wikipedia

Rachel Whiteread, Embankment at Tate Modern, London
Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Generally, the term is applied to interior spaces, whereas exterior interventions are often called public art, land art or intervention art; however, the boundaries between these terms overlap.

University of Utah installations

GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 2014/2015 Art installation project progress

 Cardboard Tube Installation
Art Students at GSHS are beginning to brainstorm the idea and construction of an installation piece for the lobby. The project will be made out of hundreds of cardboard tubes.

Please begin saving and turning any size cardboard tubes to Tish McFee.  There will be a bin outside her room for drop off...

Student sketches will be posted here:

Some cardboard tube projects found on the internet.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Color Preliminary exercises

General Information

Care of paint brushes

1. Mixing paint with a palette knife or the toe of the paint brush (keep paint out of belly and heel)
2. Clean brush with brush cleaner
3. Take brush out of water container
4. Check our your brush number (the same as your exacto knife)
Palette knife

Mixing Palette

Care of paint

1. Spray with water
2. Store in container
3. Name on container
4. Squeeze tube from the bottom
5. Get a dime-size worth of paint

Two Color Exercises

 Make a color wheel

1. In your sketchbook, draw a large circle.
2.  Inside the circle, draw two over lapping triangles using a ruler.

3. Trace a quarter or small circle and place and label all primary, secondary and tertiary colors as below.

4. Label and paint each circle using only primary colors to mix.

 Steps for making color charts  (Use a dime size worth of paint)

1. Pick one hue and its complement.  In the example, green and red were used.
2. Starting with the primary color, make at least 10 tints (Start with white then add hue.)
3. Make at least 10 shades (Start with hue and then add black )
4.  Mix a small amount of grey using black and white.  Add a little of the hue and a little more to make a least 10 tones  (add grey)
5. Repeat steps 2-4 using the complement of the color you chose
5. Mix the two opposite hues to make a neutral. Dull the intensity (add the complement)
6.  Using that neutral color , repeat steps 2-4

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Due Now: Past Assignments

Week of 12/8

Prepare for critique on 12/8
 Rubric attached to back of piece.
Critique sheet filled out
Project turned in for grade today.
Will accept on Wednesday with one letter grade drop.


Week 11/4

Week 10/26

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Positive Negative Space Project


Look at the examples above and analyze which ones were successful and which ones were not.

Follow the link to see the Rubric

  1.  Go to the blog: "What is Positive and Negative space." Read and watch videos
  2. Research Designs : 
    1. Google "positive negative space design" or "positive negative space images"
    2. Or take one of your own photographs and turn it into a pos/neg image
      • Talk to me about this idea if you would like to do this.
      • Could make your project even more personal!
  3. Pick a piece of cardboard from the front of the classroom and put your name on it.
  4. Put newspaper on the table
  5. Paint the cardboard black
    • Only put the paintbrush into the paint 1/2 deep
    • Carefully wipe off excess paint can lip.
    • Put brush on plastic unless you are the last to use then clean it.
  6. Draw 3 to 5 different pencil thumbnail sketches.
    • Your design must be original and not a direct copy to receive an "A"
    • Your design may look somewhat like an image to receive a "B"
    • No direct copying (plagiarism) 
  7. Paint the other side of the cardboard if it bowed (some may be OK)
  8. Put your name on it.
  9. Pick the best thumbnails sketch that that has nice detail and a good balance of positive and negative space. 
  10. ****Experiment with scrap piece of cardboard to see if the cuts you plan will be possible to do and maintain good craftsmanship. If not, come up with another plan.
  11. Lightly draw the design on the cardboard with a 3H pencil.
    • Indicate which areas you are planing to remove with "x" or shading.
  12.  Begin cutting
    • Hold the exacto knife at a slight angle
    • Do not cut in very far.  Just enough to peal the layer back

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matting an Image

  1. Steps to cutting a mat

  1. Drawing a mat (nothing fancy, just sketch it)

  1. Determine the inside measurement of your mat by one of two ways: either subtracting ½ from each side of your image OR by laying out scraps to see what would look the best. Then write the measurements on your mat sketch.
The inside of your mat must be smaller than your picture or your image will fall right through the opening!

  1. Choose how big your mat width will be (usually 2 to 3 inches looks nice).
  2. Determine the outside measurement of your mat and write it on your mat drawing.
In this example, the outside measurements will by 16.5 " by 14 ".  Yours could be different if your image is a different size!

  1. Cut the outside measurement first

  1. Measure along the sides and mark height and width
  2. If using poster board (cut outside with paper cutter)
  3. If using mat board (cut outside with large mat cutter)

  1. Cut the inside measurement using the mat cutter

  1. Set the measuring bar to the correct distance
  2. Draw the measurement with a pencil
  3. Carefully cut the inside cut, SLOWLY.

SOMETHING EXTRA for Art I Value Portrait assignment:  Language of line mat

Teaching Goal:  Show a beginning understanding of positive negative space by creating an interesting negative space with lines of railboard.  The lines will represent your personality.

  1. In your sketchbook: write down three words that describe your personality. i.e. calm, active, happy, intellectual,
  2. Draw a line that represents that characteristic.
  3. Pick the line you like the best.
  4. Using the back of a canvas panel as protection, cut 5 of the same type of line. The lines should not be thicker than 1/4 ".
  5. Put your cut mat on your portrait and arrange the lines using at least 3 and up to 5 to compliment your portrait and to create an interesting negative space. Get feed back from another student.
  6. Tape the lines into position.
  7. Then tape your portrait onto the mat making sure it fits in the opening.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oil Painting Lesson

Oil Painting Lesson Steps
      1. Day 1: Transparent underpainting sketch
        1. Do apple study (see blog "underpainting")
      2. Day 2:  Grisaille/ Dead layering opaque
        1. Plan palette knife painting
        2. Look at palette knife images 
          i.  Analyze compositions 
          ii.  Balance, values 
      3. Day 3:  Glaze first layer on apple (15 minutes)
        1. Palette knife underpainting
        2. Use one color and very thin
          1. Work light to dark
          2. Do not mix lay on top
      4. Day 4:  Glaze second layer on apple (15 minutes)
        1. Work on palette knife painting
        2.  Use reference sketch or photo, stay loose
      5. Day 5:  Opaque highlights on apple (15 minutes)
        1. Quick critique
        2. Finish Palette knife painting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Underpainting: Oil Painting Apple Study

Watch under painting clips on web site under Cool Links

1. Start an under painting of an apple or something similar
Use Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber (paint very thinly)

2. The Grisaille/ Deadlayering will neutralize and firm up your composition

3.  Begin Glazing: