Painting Homework Due 3/8/17
For next week, please complete the following tasks.
Buy four (4) 24″ stretcher bars (strips)
I would recommend shopping in person so you can examine the bars and ensure they are straight. Sight down the length in the manner we discussed in class. FYI, brand doesn’t matter, but get standard duty, which are approximately 1 1/2″ wide and 3/4″ thick.
If you just can’t conceive of setting foot in an actual store in this mad, mad digital world, here is a link to one of the many online stretcher bar purchase options, in this case at the world’s most nefarious art supply empire (aka Dick Blick). Make sure you put in your order right away so it comes in time. We do not have backup materials available, so if you aren’t ready to go next class, you will have to stretch canvas on your own time. Just a guess, but that will probably end up being the kind of fun that’s not.
Research the abstract/non-objective artist you were given in class. You can start by looking at Wikipedia. However, you must also look at least one other reputable source such as a book (you know those weird papery things in the library) or a museum/academic website. The sources listed at the bottom of Wikipedia articles are a good place to find possibilities.
Once you have learned about your artist, find an image you think is representative of his or her main body of work. Post it as a comment on this blog post with the following information:
- Artist’s name
- Title of the chosen painting
- Years of artist’s primary activity (can be a general range like “1950s” or a specific span)
- Artistic Movement with which the artist is associated (if applicable). In other words, do they go with an “ism”?
- A paragraph describing the kind of paintings the artist does AND why he or she is considered important. I am NOT looking for biographic details but rather a historical/critical discussion of artwork.
- Sources you consulted listed in MLA format (the usual standard for art history). If you want easy-mode way to create citations, check out this MLA generator.
Time to let your inner hoarder off the leash, Party People!
In your creativity journal, collect at least 50 examples of formal elements you find visually interesting or which, for whatever reason, generate an emotional or intellectual response for you. These can be colors, color combinations, textures, shapes, lines or compositional arrangements.
Although you can actually sit down and research on yon intewebs, I encourage you to look for everyday things that catch your eye. Perhaps you see interesting cracks in the parking lot pavement and you snap a photo or you find a candy bar wrapper with an satisfying embossed texture. Page through magazines, look thorough cupboards, snag random detritus and just generally keep your critical eye honed on the myriad of stuff you encounter day by day. The possibilities are endless but hopefully not overwhelming since this is the type of thing you have already been doing in your creativity journal for a month and a half. Right?
Pack what you need for next class:
- Your absolutely, positively, totally completed Project 1 painting with any improvements you wanted to make after critique. I will be collecting these for grading (see the “Optional” heading below).
- If you borrowed a light from me to complete Project 1, please bring it back next week. Do NOT put it in the communal bin in the art storage room, since many of units belong to me.
- If you haven’t paid for your panel, please bring money next week. Let’s put the wrap on Project 1!
- Your painting supplies. We will be working in class.
You have the option of building onto your Project 1 painting to improve it before it’s submitted for final grading next week. Take into account the feedback you received in critique as well as your own evolving feelings about the work.