Autobiographical Line Design

Objective: Create an abstract line drawing showing your style and interests in a successful composition. Show five different line thicknesses, originality, and 50% black for high contrast imagery.

References: view project examples, M.C. Escher's prints, autobiographical work of Frida Kahlo and Tony Fitzpatrick, working with shape and space: Kara Walker, MOMA Line in the 20th Century, Zentangles + examples, Project Handout + Rubric

critiquing visual art

New York Times review of art around Manhattan - what is the role of public sculpture?

When critiquing visual art, follow the four steps of DESCRIBING the work, ANALYZING its use of the formal Principles of Design & Elements of Art, INTERPRETING its meaning, message, and mood through symbolism, and JUDGING how effective, expressive and well crafted the piece is.

Refer to the worksheet linked to this site and review the article above for an example of how to use descriptive adjectives toexplain how you feel about a piece of artwork!

coil pots: what's your style?

OJECTIVE: Consider form (design) + function (purpose) towards designing a coil constructed vase. Once constructed + smooth, carve back repeated lines/shapes in a pattern or visual narrative that reflects your style on the surface of this 3D canvas. Glaze the completed work inside and out to complement your stylized functional form!
How to Make a Coil Pot —powered by

OP ART... & compostion

Op Art & M.C. Escher Slideshow

 SKY & WATER I Woodcut

interpreting art!

View INTERPRETATION SLIDESHOW [click link to access] featuring the work of Funk Art sculptor Robert Arneson. Then, interpret four pieces of your choice based on symbols, mood, & message on provided worksheet.

contour line & collage

objective  Draw 4+ contour line studies from life of objects that reflect you. Cut-out, collage, &/or trace drawings into a larger composition showing CONTRAST, BALANCE, SPACE (depth), VISUAL MOVEMENT, & TEXTURE. Show your personal style in the negative & positive space through black & white imagery, color, &/or mixed media.

research View presentation of portraiture & collage for ideas towards Contour Line Collage project.
M.C. Escher Hand with Reflecting Sphere

Ed Paschke | Color + Image

Objective: Create a mixed media piece with watercolor paint + ink that is metaphoric, or symbolizes, your life + interests. Bring in three objects from home to draw using contour lines + collage these images onto a watercolor painted surface using colors that represent your mood.

Inspiration: Ed Paschke   view slideshow

clay orbs | public sculpture

HOW: While each artists' work has individualized commentary on the world, the group is working collaboratively to make a cohesive sculpture that is visually & conceptually unified through spherical clay forms, cool colors, & a calming message. View links below for inspiration & design ideas.

Tammy Rubin

modes of representation

realistic - art that represents an existing object or space
abstract - art that has simplified or distorted imagery   video
non-objective/non-representational - art that does not look like an existing object or space

art & identity

View PBS Art 21 video Identity based on the following artists to learn how to send a message about who you are through visual art.

Bruce Nauman
portrait of Bruce NaumanBruce Nauman transforms everyday activities, speech, and objects into works that are both familiar and alien. "I needed a different way to approach the idea of being an artist," says Nauman. "I always thought that you can make something that appears to be functional, but when you try to and use it, you can't figure out what its function might be. And that's in the end what the function is, for you to figure out what to do with it." Filmed at Nauman's ranch and studio outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the segment features several of Nauman's recent explorations into video, text, and self-portraiture—materials and themes the artist has engaged for over thirty years.

Kerry James Marshall
art21 production stillFrom paintings and videos to his comic strip featuring African sculptures, Kerry James Marshall's work unites influences from Renaissance painting and African-American traditions to question the authority of history and "reclaim the image of blackness." "Either I'm working with a set of conventions that have already been established," he says, "or I'm working against a set of conventions that have already been established." This segment is filmed in Chicago, where the artist lives, teaches and works. We gain glimpses into the domestic interiors of Marshall's immediate family—interiors which find their way into the artist's paintings, prints, and most recent sculptural and video installations.

Maya Lin
portrait of Maya Lin
Maya Lin, who at twenty-one became one of America's most recognized artists with her winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is filmed transforming an urban park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A work that is part art and part architecture, the park features a skating rink which Lin has outfitted with sophisticated fiber optic technology to produce an image of the starry night sky onto the surface of the ice. "Everything I've done in life is about polarities, about two sides balancing out," says the artist. Carving layers of circles out of the pages of an atlas in order to create topographic islands and canyons, both Lin's studio and outdoor projects mark an identification with the land.

Louise Bourgeois
portrait of Louise BourgeoisThe final segment in this hour focuses on Louise Bourgeois. Active since the early 1940s, Bourgeois has consistently plumbed the her own biography for subject matter and inspiration. Working with delicate stone sculptures in public spaces and plaster casts of hands, Bourgeois explores memory, emotion, and strength through works that reach viewers on a visceral level. "A work of art doesn't have to be explained," she says. "If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't touch you, I have failed." Bourgeois' work challenges viewers to make connections between their own lives and the lives staged in the artist's installations, drawings, and public sculptures.

paper sculptures!

SCLUPTURE:Create a 3D sculpture inspired by a song, play, art, or movement from this class - drama, dance, music, or art. Be creative exploring texture, form, space, shape, rythym, balance, & ephasis in your design.

FINAL EXAM GRADE: Verbally present your sculpture's inspiration, line drawing, & one thing you learned in Fine Art Survey at 10:54am for your final exam grade.

Research & Studio:
1. Click links to view paper relief sculpture gallery  view 3D sculpture gallery
2. Consider work by  Mark Jenkins, Tony Fitzpatrick, Banksy, Alexander Calder, and M.C. Escher & more to inspire the message and aesthetic of your design.

3. Draw out the small original paper design you want to create on handout.

4. You may print out images from the internet, reference books, & student examples for ideas!
Mark Jenkins

Tony Fitzpatrick


MC Escher

Alexander Calder - Mobiles

final exam | reflection

 Choose four pieces of work you like within the disciplines of drama*, music, visual art, & dance**. Browse this blog, previous handouts, and personal experiences within the fine arts to select these works. Reflect upon YOUR CONNECTION with each applying the fine arts vocabulary, history, & critique techniques you learned this semester. Bring supplemental materials to final exam for credit (photos, notes, etc.) and be prepared to share one piece your chose with the class. Consider the following format when writing your review.

• DESCRIBE the work   • ANALYZE the content/composition   • INTERPRET the meaning   • EXPLAIN why you chose the piece

autobiographical art | Frida Kahlo & Tony Fitzpatrick

Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo works with autobiographical paintings that reflect her life story. View video to find out more about her experience and browse her surrealist inspired artworks to compare her life with her art.
Chicago collage artist Tony Fitzpatrick also uses his life experiences to inform his small mixed media pieces. He is a poet, radio personality, and well networked with producers in the film inustry. This experience lends to works that are interdisciplinary in nature because he incorporates different types of art through words and commentary on performance and literature through visual artworks. Check out this ambush documentary by The Guy on a Bike' at one of Fitzpatrick's art openings in Massachusettes. View a video of the artist speaking and his blog to read about the meaning behind his most recent collages!  

INTERPRETING ART | shape + line

view SLIDE SHOW on JAPANESE PRINTMAKING, EXPRESSIONISM, & IMPRESSIONISM then interpret the meaning, message, & mood of the work!

Woodcut printing is the oldest well-known graphic art. By the 7th century A.D. the Chinese had begun to make religious woodcut prints. However, Chinese artists never became print designers. Paintings of the Asian masters were copied by highly skilled cutters, but original work was never designed especially for woodcuts. The Japanese learned woodcutting from the Chinese and Koreans. But unlike Chinese prints, Japanese designs were made especially for the woodcut. One man designed the print, another cut the block, and a third printed.

What is a Print? View NYC's Museum of Modern Art website explaining it all!