In the beginning of class today we focused on Art History. Maryann's knowledge is vast and breaks down the order of historical art and the movements that changed and impacted change.
To follow are cliff notes of Mayann's lecture...
Western art and culture.........
Up until Duchampe one will find a strong emphasis on classicism, balance, the make gaze and goddesses.
During the 20th century beauty changes. The focus is more about the sciences and how things fit together.
The lecture then turns to letting the students know that knowing their audience is important when creating the art. Remember to let the audience participate by way of the beauty in your mark making.
Artist to look up:
Rembrandt's self portraits
Jim Dine- his early works
Dyptic project is due on October 23rd. This project required the students to read 2 chapters that where assigned to each student, from the required reading.
Maryann stresses that they really know their chapters because they will be presenting them in class along with the Dyptic that relates to the chapter and what they have learned. The Mid-term of 10 studies is due on Oct. 30th.
The rest of the class we did a quick critque on the progress of the students work. They posted their favorite drawing on the wall. And Maryann quickly ran through each one and made suggestions.
The rest of the day was a free drawing time.
I can tell the students are advancing quite well. Some of the students that could not get past the contour lines are now creating volume with in the drawing of the female subject. I am proud of them!!!!
There are a few students that do not seem whiling to move beyond their comfort zone and are not advancing quickly. I have a tendency to leave these students alone because they do not seem interested in changing at all.
Overall it was a good day...long but good.
I have just begun my journey in the Masters of Fine Art Program at The University of Montana. I am currently "Shadowing" an art professor in her class to observe and learn what being a professor all about. As part of this process I have created this blog to document what I am learning.