We are beginning our next assignment, which looks at many techniques that we have already learned throughout the year and combines them into one, culminating artwork. We will be creating a still life by looking through a view finder and drawing what we see. We will be using our pencil as a measuring tool to create accurate proportions, we will add found textures, we will add watercolor techniques.
It is late when I'm posting this, so I don't know how many of you will get this, but I have a number of students that asked me for passes to come in tomorrow morning to work on their altered books. However, I am not feeling well and will not be able to make it to school tomorrow. Therefore, students may use this blog post as their pass and come in Friday morning instead. This also means students have one more day to work on completing their Altered Book Covers since I won't be there tomorrow to take it up. HOWEVER, if you are in BAND, you will need to turn it in either tomorrow to the substitute, OR you may drop it off BEFORE you leave for LGPE on Friday.
If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget that your sketchbook assignment for this week is actually to complete your Altered Book cover. Please refer to the sheet I gave you in class for more detailed instructions and look back to my blog from 2/16 on the altered book cover design for more ideas. This counts as TWO sketchbook grades!!!
Today is your chance to catch up on your weebly blogs. Here are some things to remember! Don't forget your username is your student ID number and your password is: picasso
Also, I went to grade the common assessment #3 and I still had work looking a bit iffy on the blog. You guys do awesome work, so why are you sabotaging yourselves with BAD photography!? Here are some examples:
Can you see the differences? Here we have the same artwork, one is HORRIBLY photographed. The one on the left is too dark, too pixilated, and taken at an angle to give the "trapezoid" effect. Lets continue:
Alright, so check out how the original piece on the left is cropped with NO extraneous background. The one of the right is taken with a glare, trapezoidal, AND needs to be cropped so none of that ugly floor shows!!
Now, compare YOUR photos of YOUR art with these examples above. How do they hold up? What can you do to make it right?
Here are other things that need to be photographed for the blog:
1. Everything from last semester (projects, sketchbooks, altered books) Below is the blog checklist for the end of last semester, or get your PRINTED copy with my comments so you know what I told you to fix.
2. Any projects we have done thus far this semester should be on the "MY ART" page:
PLEASE!! If you are having questions about the blog, are freaking out, can't figure anything out and feel totally overwhelmed, LET ME KNOW!! Take the time to email me NOW so that I can address these concerns ASAP. email@example.com (I can't help you if I don't know you are struggling.)
Please check out this wonderful artist statement from Sarah H. that was submitted last year. Notice she has a wonderful title with a descriptive explanation, an explanation of the elements and principles of design she used within her piece. The one thing she could have done better, was include a much more detailed description of what she was mashing up. (one sentence isn't enough to cover this!)
Trapped in the Frapp
By Sarah Hilliard
For this piece of artwork I decided to mash-up the well-known Starbucks logo/cup and a very popular game board known as Monopoly. To start out I cut a rectangle into the cup to create a “jail cell” for the Starbucks/monopoly guy mash-up. I then tried to “recreate” the monopoly game board on the cup, and around the jail cell. I did this by using pictures of the board, and gluing them around the top and bottom of the cup. On top of the lid I printed out a colored and black and white picture of the monopoly guy holding up a “Monopoly” sign. I cut them out and glued them back to back and then glued it onto the lid, where the black and white side was facing the jail cell to give it more of an old look, and I faced the colored side towards the Starbucks and monopoly logo on the other side of the cup to give it a more colorful and fun look. I also glued some dice onto both sides of the lid to represent the monopoly game. For the Starbucks/Monopoly man inside the jail cell I used a picture and a cut out of the Starbucks logo to create a mash-up between them also. I glued the Monopoly logo underneath the Starbucks logo, so that they look like they are apart of one thing. The “Go to jail” man in the Monopoly game shows up a lot of the cup because the jail cell is one of the main things that catches your attention, other than the monopoly guy on top of the lid. The tite I chose for this piece of art was “Trapped in the Frapp.” I chose it because the “Frappuccino” is something that Starbucks is well known for, and I made a Monopoly/Starbucks man “trapped” inside the Starbucks cup, which is where I got the idea for, “Trapped in the Frapp” because the man is “trapped” in the frapp/jail cell.
There were two main principals that I used in my mash-up. I think that those two principals are unity, and emphasis. Unity is achieved in this mash-up because all of the components of the board game that are on the cup, work together to give the art work a sense of completion. I glue pictures of the spaces on both the top and bottom of the cup which makes it look more unified, and harmonious. There is also unity in the Starbucks/Monopoly man in the jail cell, because I used two different things, and put them together to make one unified person. The second principal that I think occurred a lot in this mash-up was emphasis. The giant Monopoly man holding up a sign is most likely going to be the first thing that you see when you look at this mash-up. It is the main focal point, where your eye lands first; it grabs your attention, which creates emphasis. However, the more you look around the cup there are many other main focal points, like the jail cell, it creates a center of interest, as well as the Starbucks and Monopoly logo on the other side of the cup.
Other than the principals included in this mash-up, there were many different elements of art that were included also. I think that the two main elements that were in this mash-up were form and color. Form is achieved in this mash-up because I used a Starbucks cup for one part of my mash-up, which is a three-dimensional object with a height, width, and length, and it can be viewed from many different sides. I also used form by including dice into my mash-up, which are on top of both sides of the lid. I achieved the element of color into my mash-up by using various shades of colors, like green for example. There is a dark shade of green on the Starbucks logo, and there is a lighter hue/shade of green on the board pieces that I placed at the bottom and top of the cup. There are a variety of colors that come from the three primary colors and black and white on the cup.
When you are writing your artist's statement for your common assessment #3, be sure to review the rubric to ensure you haven't missed any parts. When I look at the rubric, I am looking for 4 main parts to include in your artist's statement:
*Many times artists describe how they came up with their idea, and their process of how things may have evolved as they created the artwork. Or, they might describe the process of creating the artwork, itself. (this information could easily be included in part 2, detailed description of the mashup.)
Remember that when we have a sketchbook assignment due on a day where you are double-blocking, I still expect you to turn in your sketchbook assignment. If you neglected to do this today, your sketchbook will be -10 points late. However, if you take a photograph of your sketchbook pages and send them to me before 11:59pm tonight, I will still accept it without penalty.
You should also be checking in with me before you go down to orchestra, band, or chorus, so I know whether or not to mark you absent.
Please let me know if you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
All remaining artwork for this 9 weeks needs to be in by Wednesday, March 15th!!
Students should have begun their Mash Up and should be well on the way to get it finalized. Students should be thinking about what TWO Elements of design they are going to be using in their piece and what TWO Principles of design they will have in their piece. Unity needs to be a part of the piece, or mentioned in the artist statement in some way.
Students should have the main project completed by Monday, March 13th. They will then work on the Artist Statement and work on posting the project and artist statement onto the blog by Wednesday, March 15th.
You have the opportunity to use the computers to do research for your mash up assignment. (see the previous post below for more details.)
1. Take this time to research more about the mash up common assessment, and print visual resources that you may need to complete the assignment!
2. Please fill out the form below, or click on this link for the form to fill out before you leave class today.
3. In the remaining time, work on thumbnail sketches for your mash up assessment.
Silk- Interactive Art
Jackson Pollock (splatter painter)
Build Your Wild Self
The Color Test
Mrs. Denison has been teaching at Lost Mountain Middle School for 5 years.