Thursday, October 30, 2014

Understanding Structure Activity: Mind Mapping Art


Goal: Create a mind map using a visual art selected glossary term.

I will provide you with a visual art glossary term > .  Create a mind map artwork using your visual art glossary term as the catalyst.  Use branching structures, web structures or other structural forms expressing synonyms or free associations using words, drawings, colors or collage elements.  Continue mapping from the original term and the synonyms with more free associations that include terms and images.

Trigger Mechanisms:
Organize, branching, transition

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ART:21 - Structure

Artists explore how we organize life and the ways in which we capture knowledge and attempt greater understanding. Featuring artists Matthew Ritchie, Fred Wilson, Richard Tuttle, and Roni Horn, with an introduction by Sam Waterson and an original video artwork by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler.

Full Movie >

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Chapter 16 >

Summarize New Information > Structure

New Information:


Like the term design, the word structure is also a verb or noun.  Structure, in its basic sense, is the created unity of the parts and joints of entities.  It is a pattern of dynamic cohesion in which noun and verb, form and to form, are coexistent and interchangeable.  

As a verb, structure denotes modes of building, constructing, organizing and arranging things.
Paul Klee wrote that in art, structural design evolves through a process of metamorphosis, “The structural components, the way they originate and grow are the conditions.  The result evolves along the way.  Each phase during formation is the source of further inspiration, the basis on which to build.”  

As a noun, structure connotes something whose parts are joined together in some definite manner.  In art, any given element may be a structural unit or building block.  The way the structural units are assembled determines the degree of cohesiveness (or unity) in the completed object or composition. 

As an individual, in the comment section >
1. Summarize or Copy and past the main topic of the paragraph.
2. Choose a word that is new or you are unsure of its definition. Type the word and its definition.
3. Predict how you would do on a test about this new information.

Compare Pre-instruction and Post-instruction images: Padlet

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Generalize, Publish & Reflect:

Instructional Strategy

  • Identify similarities and differences

Learning Activity

  • Compare > Padlet reflection on pre and post instruction images >

    1. Log in with your Google account.
    2. Double click and add the URL of one pre-instruction image.
    3. Double click and add the URL of one post-instruction Photo Challenge image.
    4. On the left make a list of comparisons (similarities).
    5. On the right make a list of contrasts (differences).
    6. In the middle make a list of reflections explaining your improvements.
    7. In the comment section below > Share the Padlet URL to our Photo Community >   

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Goal Analysis > Structure

brain functions mind map paul foreman Brain Functions
Structure Goal Concept:

Designing is creating conceptual and visual unity by giving order to diverse but interrelated and interdependent parts.  

Access Prior Knowledge:

“The elements of structure are the minute individual parts of forms, and therefore unable to stand up by themselves; they are of value only as part of the structure-forming arrangement and as they contribute to the total structural identity.  Structure is a dynamic texture of non-autonomous parts.” ~ Reinhold Pfenning

In groups, in the comment section, respond to...

Group 1: Define 'giving order to'
Group 2: What does diverse but interrelated and interdependent mean?
Group 3: Explain 'contribute to the total structural identity.'
Group 4: Hypothosize the meaning of 'Structure is a dynamic texture of non-autonomous parts.'

As an individual, in the comment section, respond to...

Analyze and interpret how Reinhold Pfenning's quotation reiterates, in other words, restates the Goal Concept. (Both are saying relatively the same thing - what or how.)

Planning Your Concentration Portfolio

Planning Your Concentration Worksheet >
The prompts at the bottom are huge for your thought processes.
Print it as many times as needed as you develop your concentration pieces.

Planning Your Portfolio Worksheet >

Contour Line - Ingredients used by the Artist

Contour Line Figure Drawing

Studio Challenge:

Contour Line Figure Drawing

Concept: Contour lines follow the edges of shapes and clearly define the various volumes and parts of the whole form.
Catalysts: Describe, Record

-Fold 2 papers to make eight (8) sections.
-Draw a boarder near the edge of each section.
-Arrange a person in a dynamic posture.
-Develop an understanding based on touch.
-Remember the ‘blind contour’ drawing of your hand.
-Keeping your eye on the figure, start with any edge, and follow the contours of the figure with a continuous, contour line.
-Try not to lift your pencil off the paper.

-Try to feel that you are not just looking at but are also touching the figure with your moving pencil.

ADV Painting - Generalize, Publish and Reflect

Generalize, Publish and Reflect:

“The relative degree of similarity in a given perceptual pattern makes for a corresponding degree of connection or fusion.” ~Rudolph Arnheim

Instructional Strategy

  • Providing Recognition

Learning Activity

  • Promote >

Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
    • Publish > Share your artwork to our Community
Step 4

Instructional Strategy

  • Providing feedback

Learning Activity

  • Critique >
Step 5
    • Give peer feedback > Leave comments on images (did it meet the goal?)
    • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Self-assess >
Step 6
Step 7

Reflection Tutorial - Pixlr

Creating a reflection using Pixlr.

Step one: Open an image or add text to blank canvas

Step two: Duplicate the image layer or text layer 
if its a text layer you must rasterize the duplicated layer

Step three: Flip the duplicate layer vertically

Step four: Lower the opacity of the duplicated layer and drag it to wherever you want it

Step five: Using a soft eraser, wipe away the parts of the reflection you don't want. I used a brush with a diameter of 200 and a hardness of 50. I would stick with any brush that has a hardness of less than fifty and a diameter of 100 or up

Monday, October 27, 2014

Generalize, Publish and Reflect: Concentration Critique

Generalize, Publish and Reflect:

Instructional Strategy

  • Providing Recognition

Learning Activity

How to create an Artist’s Statement for your artwork.  

Writing prompts for your artist statement.
  • Clearly state the central idea of the concentration.
  • Integration of my concentration idea and my work is demonstrated by…
  • My works relate to each other by…
  • Investigation, discovery , and decision making are seen in…
  • Transformation and growth are demonstrated by…
  • My skills using media and materials are displayed in…
  • Originality and innovation are shown in…
  • My documentation of references and resources can be found in…
  • I transformed any appropriated imagery by...

Instructional Strategy

  • Providing feedback

Learning Activity