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.
Today the students spent 25 minutes in the beginning of the class hanging their homework assignment. There assignment was to create "25 of an idea". They where able to use any medium and it could be 2d or 3d. Maryann is wanting her students to stretch and create unique imagery and technique. I see that this is a bit of a challenge for many of the students, but they succeeded in getting the assignment done. They will critique themselves and the other students in written form before the next class and then turn it in at the beginning of next class.
Today was our first day of drawing from a Male model.
Maryann had an important meeting to go to therefor I led the class for today. I began with a recap of the things they learned from the couple of days before. Gesture (draw like smoke), lightly and freely. Make great use of the tools, draw with light pressure in the beginning, use your ERASER!!!. I started them with 5 2 minute warm-ups. This is to get them to loosen up. I had them draw with both hands again. They always laugh at this but I think it is fun to them. They giggle and then focus.
After the warm-ups they took a break.
Once the students gathered back around, we discussed atmospheric perspective, grounding the figure, getting the whole figure on the page, use the point and the side of their tool and do not forget about the eraser.
I think changing up the model was a challenge for the students at first. They were getting comfortable with the female that they got to draw for weeks. But I think they are progressing with placement of the figure, grounding it and getting proportion.
They had 2 25 minute poses for the rest of the class. We had good music playing today .
Maryann came back to class and we chatted about how they were doing and had me still lead the class til the end.
I am grateful for assisting her class. She is a joy to work with and I am learning a ton from her.
Good drawing day!
We did schedule a model for the class period, but we went the entire class exploring and critiquing.
As everyone was hanging their works of art, each student was told to write down their critique of each others work, so we can come back together and discuss each work of art.
We sat as a group on the floor and stairs of the 3rd floor (Fine Arts Building) and critiqued each students work. Everyone had a chance to speak each time. I was impressed with some of their thoughtful responses to the work and level of maturity while speaking. I feel that every student got something good and worthwhile out of this critique. Maryann and I shared our critiques as well.
The model today was new at this. It was her very first time modeling. She did a wonderful job!
Maryann required everyone to draw standing up. She says that you should be drawing from your core, your center and this requires standing up.
Pick your emphasis
What is your special focus?
Horizontal of Vertical?
Use the side of the tool in the beginning of the drawing
Fill the figure with volume
"PAPER IS LIKE OXYGEN"
Map the drawing out in the beginning few seconds
Use your eraser
line variation: Dark/light
Look for the alignment of the hips and torso
Elbows and Knees crisscross in line
"When you see someones work that is better than yours, ask why that is, and try to do that.
The poses where for 2 minutes each.
Music was flowing!!! and the students were very focused. They are very new to this style of drawing and still have a ways to go. I am able to see specific styles in each student. That is a joy, but know it is time to get them to break old habits and try a new way. They need to learn mapping out the figure on the page. Scale and proportion is a bit of an issue at this point, but over time they will get this down.
At the end of class Maryann reinforced the homework assignment: 25 variations of one thing. She explained that this is a materials exercise. Pay attention to craft and presentation. She recommended they look up artist:
Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Vois. Barbara Creiger
Today was so fun for me and the students. It took them about 1.5 hours to loosen up, but They worked very hard and I am proud of each and every one of them.
Once all the work was displayed for critique, Maryann lectured for a while about the assignment, art history and contemporary art today.
She made the discussion about art history like a game and gave away quarters and a dollar if the students could answer the questions about time periods.
POST MODERNISM (after WW11, when the atomic bomb disrupts the culture)
MODERNISM (1850-1950, 100 year span)
Maryann emphasizes the importance of studying art history and history in general. It is fuel for creating.
Important Magazines to read....
Art In America
GO TO THE LIBRARY!!!!! 2nd floor, and look through the banded Volumes of these magazines
Look at all the shows at the Whitney etc....
Stay tuned in to our culture today and the past.
When students take it upon themselves the stay connected to the arts it will show in their work!
The students voted for the best work of art- This was a struggle for some. There were about three students who did not get votes at all. Why did this happen? The answer is in the craftsmanship or also was drawn from a photograph. Delivery is everything.
The student that got the most votes was because there was great volume to where the object came off the page, it told a story and there was uniformity in positive light.
WARNINGS and things to avoid or be careful of:
DO NOT be sooo polite, stretch beyond the boundaries.
Do not be so passive!
GOOD IDEAS: these are things some students are doing but are not yet aware of them....ARCHETYPES: Prima Matter: Carl Jung
A job well done by the students today. Maryann felt she may have been too harsh with the students. But they needed her to be a little harsh...so they can step it up a bit. I do not believe any of the students are looking into art history as a reference at all, at this point in the semester.
After this critique today we went to see the show with the art professors work, The Gallery of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition. We gathered around Maryann's Large scale work and discussed it. She shared all that went into the piece...and how she wants a BOMBASTIC reaction from the viewer. She shared the multiple mediums used in the creation, also all the historical significance. The piece is like a Iconographic Puzzle.
The piece is a meeting of the western world and Europe.
I believe every student gained great knowledge from class today. They have another assignment due next Tuesday, Titlted :"25 variations of one thing".
Again, this can be made out of anything. Get creative with this!!!
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.