Friday, October 30, 2015

How do artists paint what doesn't exist?

 In Art 3 and Art 4, we are learning how artists portray the costumed figure. As a guide, we're using a selection from Imaginative Realism: How to Paint what Doesn't Exist by James Gurney. In this way, we're learning what real artists do when they want to portray a fictional scene. We're using models and makeshift costumes to set up imaginary scenarios. Students will use these as sources for drawings.  They'll use other sources for background imagery.
Just imagine a train track here.

We got some help from Mr. Seifert from Information Technology.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Artist of the Week: Erica Hutchison

"I always try to challenge myself because I feel it helps me to learn and become better.  I prefer drawing in pencil because I think you can capture lots of detail that way.  I don’t just think of a drawing as another assignment.  Drawing and art have always been a big part of my life.  When I am asked why I love art, I simply am speechless.  There truly are no words to explain why art is my passion, other than I feel that art is the talent God gave me.  I am not exaggerating when I say that art is my life and until the day I die, it always will be.   
"There’s a beauty in perfecting my work to be as real as a photograph.  I know it doesn’t look as realistic as I’d like, but I dream that someday I will be able to do so.   For now, it is crucial that I take my time and capture every shade I find while drawing an image.   I am always working on it.  It may feel like it is taking a long time, but in the end it’s always worth it.  With every drawing, I learn from my mistakes.   I wouldn’t be where I am right now without making mistakes they help me discover new skills."
Charlie (pencil)

"I found inspiration for my current art project (below)  from the television show, American Horror Story, which I love.  I chose the character Dandy Mott.  He is a spoiled, rich mamma’s boy who is convinced that his duty on earth is to kill.  We had to mix modern day and ancient things together.  What better than to put together the opposite of each other, a psychotic killer and a saint of the Old Testament."  

St. Dandy (pencil, work in progress) 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn Landscapes -- Art 1

This project began with a walk through the cemetery across from the school. Students took photographs of autumn scenery, either with their own cameras or the classroom camera.  Some students used their photographs as inspiration for watercolor paintings.  Others used photographs they had taken during summer vacation, or on adventures of their own. In class we experimented with watercolor techniques and decided which ones might be useful when painting their scenes. Below are some of their paintings, and artist statements they wrote about their work.

Looking Up  by Rachel Hutchison
I named this painting "Looking Up" because I took this picture from the ground, looking up into the fall leaves. This painting was of all of the fall colors in the leaves above me. I used techniques such as wet on wet, layered wash, opaque, puddle painting, lifting, fan brush, and sgrafitto. Also, this painting was done in watercolor. The subject matter of this painting is trees branching out and showing their beautiful autumn leaves. I used my love for the fall season as an inspiration to create this painting. I took this picture after a leaf fell right in front of me as I was walking through the cemetery. I picked it up, looked at it, then looked up into the thousands of other colorful leaves that were right above me. The most important thing I learned from making this watercolor painting is that you can't be afraid to try new things when painting. There were many times that I tried something and it didn't end up looking the way I wanted it to, instead, it made something even cooler. 

Contrast by Lexi Morley
I would call this painting "Contrast" because of the way the leaf's bright colors stand out against the dull background. I used many different water color techniques; for example, I used the salt technique along with the paper towel texture technique to get better texture on my background. I used wet on wet to get the colors in my leaf to flow a little better together. My inspiration for doing this painting was I was walking in the grave yard and I liked the way this bright leaf stood out on the ground. The texture for the background with the paper towel was a struggle at first because I didn't know if it was going to turn out right or not. From this project, I learned that sometimes you just have to take a risk and try new things, you can't be scared.

Mid-Morning Cemetery by: Andrea Davis
I call my painting "Mid-Morning Cemetery" because when I took my reference picture, it was at about 9 in the morning.  When making this painting, I used the following techniques: wet on we for the sky, puddle painting and lifting for the grass and sidewalk, opaque for the building, and layered wash and graded wash for the trees.  I also used rhythm and repetition, view point, shapes and lines, cropping, positioning and the rule of thirds.  Along the way, I changed some things.  At first, I was just going to leave the trees and grass green but I decided to add some fall colors such as red, orange, and yellow.  Throughout the project, I learned that with painting, as well as any other form of art, it is completely acceptable to take risks an make sacrifices to the project. 

Looking Up by Raegen Millard
"Looking Up" is the name of my water color.You are looking up to the sky but instead you see the beauty of the trees. I got my inspiration from the trees in a grave yard and it is the perspective of looking up at trees. Along the way I ran into not knowing how to make a texture for the trees. I changed my approach in the end to more of an impressionist take. I learned that not every mark you make needs to be perfect.

Brewing Up a Storm by Ariana Gambrell
I took the original photograph when we were told to get off of the beach because a lighting storm was coming. I named the picture this because the storm had not started yet, but it was about to start a very heavy rain. I decided I would paint this picture watercolor because storms are unpredictable, and so is watercolor.  A very dark sky with clouds towards the top on the beach. My inspiration was capturing the mood during that time. While painting this  I tried a very realistic approach. It hadn't turned out much like I wanted it to , but if I were to paint this again I would make it much more relaxed and loose approach on the painting process. I learned that when painting with watercolors you must have a very free hand and feel open to try new things.

Blue Mirror by Devin Northrup
The color in the water of the puddle perfectly reflects the sky above the puddle. My subject matter was the puddle. The inspiration that I got to create this was from a photograph that was taken in a cemetery across from Athens Area High School. Some of the problems that I ran into while trying to capture what image was seen and what I wanted to interpret from the photograph was the ground. How could someone get the ground to look like a everyday stepped on thing. With some hints towards the right direction a solution was found, a sponge dabbed with paint was satisfyingly close enough to what was seen in my mind. Through the painting process I learned the importance of detail and depth while trying to make something look realistic.

A Walk In The Grave Yard by Sarah Anthony
I named my water color painting "A Walk In The Grave Yard" because in the picture there is a tomb stone and a walking trail with a view of the trees. I used different color water colors to blend from light to dark and made different color dots for the leaves. My inspiration for doing this painting was when I was walking in the grave yard with my art class, I saw a big tomb stone standing tall with the beautiful changing trees in the background. The blending of colors was somewhat a struggle at first because I wasn't sure how I was going to even them out to make the colors look like they actually did. From this project, I learned how to focus on the patterns and color schemes in the picture that was taken. 

American in Peace by Adin Lattimer
I would call it,"America in Peace", because it represents the people who sacrificed themselves in the U.S. Army. I was inspired by America and Dr. Wales. I added some more inspiration to it. I learned how it really is to make art.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Artist of the Week -- Bradley Talada

Dinner for Two by Bradley Talada

"What is art? It is a way of communication, inspiration, and a way to let ideas and thoughts out and express them. That's not the limit to what art can do.  It can be used to help others. For example, someone who is miserable or gloomy in life might make a darker feeling painting as a way to talk. Other artworks can be like a "blueprint" that brings ideas to life.  Finally, think about movies where the protagonist is in therapy and through a painting, they're able to talk about their past." 
"The reason I like art is that it’s like a dam. Your ideas are the water that builds up inside. Then you let the ideas “flow” onto paper, though it doesn’t always work like you envisioned it.  My drawing Dinner for Two didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but it’s still good in my opinion. The reason why it didn’t turn out like I had hoped is because, one, it wasn’t completely proportionate to the photo, and the shades didn’t blend as I wanted them to. What inspired me to draw it? The art of others in my class, who had used ideas that reminded me of a dinner. When I saw a certain prop, this came to mind, so I drew it."  -Bradley Talada

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Artist of the Week -- Jeffrey Reagan

This week's featured artist is Jeffrey Reagan.  He has made many impressive sketches in his Artist's Journal, and he has made many amazing pencil sketches for homework assignments.  Check out his work for this semester so far in the slideshow below!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Artist of the Week: Lauren Galasso

Lauren Galasso was recently recognized for her artwork at the Apple & Cheese Festival in Canton, PA.  She was awarded the Red Ribbon for her drawing Magic Kingdom.  Below are two of her artworks and Artists Statements she has written.

I drew a picture of Cinderella's castle from a photo I took o a trip to Disney. I was inspired by how intricate the castle was.  I felt like if I drew this, it would make me a better artist. This piece is very important to me because I worked so hard on it. The drawing took me about three weeks to finish. I worked on it during my study hall as well as at home every night. The project turned out much better than I originally expected. I can not believe it actually looks good!
Magic Kingdom 
@Leo #selfie

"At first this assignment threw me off a little. I mean, how was I supposed to combine something from ancient times and pop culture? By using the creative process I was able to come up with a really good idea.
I started by finding inspiration in Leonardo da Vinci's self portrait and today's version of a self-portrait -- a selfie.  Soon after I began sketching out my ideas until I finally got it the way I wanted it. As I worked on my picture, I asked other classmates for their opinions and added details as needed. I presented my artwork to my class and Dr. Wales. Reflecting back on my mindset before I started this project and where I am now, I'm very proud of how well it turned out." 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Artist of the Week: Ariana Gambrell

Zentangle Design by Ariana Gambrell
This week's featured artist is Ariana Gambrell.  She has several very creative and exceptional projects this year.  Her artist journal entries contain some interesting experiments and a mesmerizing Zentangle design.

This is the cover of Ariana's altered book/artist's journal.
Friday Night Sun Lights (acrylic) by Ariana Gambrell
"I like to make art because I can express how I feel, whether it's anger, joy, or I just feel like doing whatever I want. My artwork was not as good as I wish it had turned out. I could have done a much better job blending the sky colors together. I learned throughout this project that not everything has to look realistic. Sometimes abstract, non-blended work can look better than the realistic picture." - Ariana Gambrell
Ariana is our first live sketchnoter, taking these visual notes in history class.


In Art I we learned about Sketchnotes, or visual notetaking. This approach to taking notes is a creative way for a student to create their own graphic organizer as they are listening.  There are strategies to show the structure of a lecture and visual ways to show hierarchies and relationships.

We watched the Sketchnotes Handbook video by master sketchnoter Mike Rohde and students made their own sketchnotes of concepts and strategies he presented.  The next step is to take sketchnotes LIVE in class with a teacher who is okay with it.  Our first live sketchnoter's work is at the bottom of this post.  Awesome!  I think we have some new recruits for the Sketchnote Army!