Brushmaking

Gather materials to make a minimum of 5 brushes. Bring to class by Monday, November 20.

We are basing this investigation on the work of Australian artist Lorna Crane. Even though I shared some of her website with you in class you should investigate her work further on your own. I also shared a video, The Brush Maker, that you should revisit. You will also find examples on Pinterest (Lorna Crane Brushes).

We observed 3 essential parts to her brushes: bristles, binding and handle. Materials can be organic (from nature), repurposed, constructed and/or purchased. Remember that you can alter materials though, dyeing, painting, carving, etc.

Part 1: bringing materials to class: bring cool stuff!

Part 2: constructing brushes: make some rockin’ brushes!

Part 3: creating works: on 18″ x 24″ paper you will make:

  • 5 pieces exploring underpainting
  • 5 pieces exploring overpainting
  • 5 pieces of brushwork only

Jena’s Brushes

Advertisements

Archiving your work

ARCHIVING YOUR ARTWORK FOR WORDPRESS

STEP 1:  PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ARTWORK

  • 2D WORK: hang flat against a wall at eye level out of direct light
    • Make sure wall is clean and free of clutter
  • 3D WORK: place on table/counter out of direct light
    • Make sure table/counter is clean and free of clutter
  • Set up your tripod if desired
  • Attach camera to tripod and make appropriate adjustments if desired
  • Turn off the Flash on your camera
  • Fill view finder with art work
    • Physically get as close to your work as possible so that your entire work fits in the view finder and the least amount of wall/table is in the frame
  • Focus camera if needed
  • Take image 
  • Email your photo to yourself or use a cable to get your images on your computer. IMPORTANT – send the larger or largest file size to yourself so you can edit in Photoshop.

Step 2: SCANNING YOUR WORK – SMALL 2D WORK

  • Place artwork/sketchbook face down on scanner bed and close lid
  • On desktop double click EPSON SCAN
  • MODE: choose PROFESSIONAL MODE
  • Make sure the settings are as follows:

  • Click PREVIEW
  • SELECT ONLY YOUR ARTWORK then click SCAN

SAVING SCANS: 

STEP 3: UPLOADING IMAGES TO COMPUTER

  • Create a folder on the desktop title it your name/originals
  • Create a second folder to save your edited images.

STEP 4: EDIT IN PHOTOSHOP

  • Open PHOTOSHOP
  • FILE: OPEN SELECT IMAGE
  • CROP out wall/table around art work. Photo should now only include your artwork.
  • OPTIONAL: IMAGE click AUTO TONE / AUTO CONTRAST / AUTO COLOR
  • IMAGE SIZE RESOLUTION: 100 LONGEST DIMENSION: MUST BE 8” EXACTLY
  • FILE SAVE AS NAME .JPEG

STEP 5: UPLOADING TO WORDPRESS

  • Go to WORDPRESS.COM and sign in to your website
  •  Go to ARTWORK PAGE click EDIT click ADD MEDIA
  • Click UPLOAD FILES SELECT FILES –  hold CTRL key down and SELECT IMAGES you want to upload click OPEN
  •  Click CREATE GALLERY (left hand menu bar) make sure images you want to upload have a check mark in the upper right hand corner
  • Click CREATE A NEW GALLERY (lower right hand corner)
  • GALLERY SETTINGS keep as is
  • Click INSERT GALLERY (lower right)
  • Click UPDATE

NOTE: Sketchbook work goes on the Sketchbook page and Art Work goes on the Art Work page. Newest work goes on top.

Information Distribution Systems

Information Distribution System investigation. Our goal is to develop a sensitivity to the many ways information is distributed to us as we grow and learn. A sophisticated literacy is required to read, filter and process the information we are inundated with on a daily basis. In our current times with social media and “fake news” this literacy is more relevant than ever.

You will respond to 3 of 4 types of information distribution systems. Each choice will include a written response to the prompt question, an artifact and a written reflection.

  • Prompt questions will be answered on your Writing Page BEFORE you begin each artifact.
  • Project Proposals may be in the form of a bullet list and will be placed on the Writing Page BEFORE you begin work on the artifacts. The proposal format will consist of bullet points addressing the following 3 aspects: 1. Project description (include nature of object(s), quantity and approximate sizes). 2. Purpose/objective, and 3. Materials.
  • Artifacts can take any form and utilize materials of your choice. You will complete 3 artifacts total.
  • Written Reflections will be answered on your Writing Page AFTER you complete each artifact. The reflection should address two questions: 1. How similar is the artifact to the proposal or artist’s initial vision? and 2. What is the relationship between the artifact and the prompt response?

Pick 3 of the 4

  • Information Distribution Systems: Education
  • Prompt: How have information distribution systems varied from class to class and from teacher to teacher in your school experience? From which have you benefited most and least?
  • Information Distribution Systems: Political Ideology
  • Prompt: How can inanimate objects be used to promote political ideology? Describe at least two historical antecedents or current examples..
  • Information Distribution Systems: Family Values
  • Prompt: What kind of information is valued within your family structure and how is it distributed?
  • Information Distribution Systems: Religion
  • Prompt: What role do relics, shrines and ceremonies play in religious information distribution systems?

Due Dates

  • Prompt question 1: Wednesday, 9.6.17
  • Proposal 1: Friday, 9.8.17
  • Artifact 1: Tuesday, 9.26.17
  • Reflection 1: Tuesday, 9.26.17
  • Prompt question 2: Wednesday, 9.27.17
  • Proposal 2: Wednesday, 9.27.17
  • Artifact 2: Monday, 10.16.17
  • Reflection 2: Monday, 10.16.17
  • Prompt 3: Tuesday, 10.17.17
  • Proposal 3: Tuesday, 10.17.17
  • Artifact 3: Thursday, 11.9.17
  • Reflection 3: Thursday, 11.9.17

WELCOME BACK!

I hope you had a restful summer!

Here’s to an exciting and productive 2017 – 2018 school year!

AP Art Survivors

Congrats to Dani, Margo & Cat for surviving AP Art this year!