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
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
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 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?
- 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
I hope you had a restful summer!
Here’s to an exciting and productive 2017 – 2018 school year!
Congrats to Dani, Margo & Cat for surviving AP Art this year!