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The Cubist Assignment: Mixed Media 10/13 in Google Classroom

The Cubist Assignment: Mixed Media 10/13

Enter these definitions into your sketchbook for reference. 

CUBISM:  a style of art that stresses abstract structure at the expense of other pictorial elements especially by displaying several aspects of the same object simultaneously and by fragmenting the form of depicted objects.

DADA: movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. The art of the movement spanned visual, literary, and sound media, including collage, sound poetry, cut-up writing, and sculpture. Dadaist artists expressed their discontent toward violence, war, and nationalism, and maintained political affinities with radical left-wing and far-left politics.

Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art object. It emerged as an art movement in the 1960s and the term usually refers to art made from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.


The start:  elements and principles of design in Google Classroom

The start: elements and principles of design

In order to begin to make conscious choices about how to create a composition, we need to understand how the elements and principles of design are utilized to create a feeling in artworks. We will begin our painting journey on the first class by looking at a few artists that have created iconic pieces that we might also attribute some design principles to. 

Take a few minutes to follow this link and go over the definitions of the elements and principles of design. 

* I also asked that you re-watch the Mark Rothko video from the previous assignment and write down one quote, person of interest, or research one of the titled art pieces referred to in the video.


Large Watercolor w/taped sections in Google Classroom

Large Watercolor w/taped sections

Using a 14X14" paper, cover the paper in some patterned design that you will the fill to create a variety of colors as you move across the paper from warm colors to cool colors. This is an assignment meant to let you explore the variety of colors you can make from dominant colors by adding the compliment in very small doses as you move from warm to cool or vice versa. 

We also talked about the art works of Wengechi Mutu at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and her new sculptures juxtaposed with Auguste Rodin's "the Thinker" (1880) - see link below for images. 

"Art allows you to imbue the truth with a sort of magic, so it can infiltrate the psyche."
-Wengechi Mutu


Roy Lichtenstein and Color Theory Quadrants in Google Classroom

Roy Lichtenstein and Color Theory Quadrants

Clarification on the Color Theory piece with examples of the Quadrant drawings by Roy Lichtenstein. 
Students may choose this alternative to the instructions given last week. 
Each quadrant should be in a different color scheme to show a range of versions of that color. 3 Primary and one of your choice.


Color Fields and the Case for Mark Rothko in Google Classroom

Color Fields and the Case for Mark Rothko

Watch the video below and decide on how colors represent emotions for you. There is no right answer, there are only your feelings as you create color fields and perhaps a memory it triggers as you immerse yourself in color. 

Create sections on a piece of watercolor paper and design an overlay into a few of your panels. We can decide in class how many sections and talk about the tools for the overlay that are available.