Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Create > Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Create > Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Whether you will be traveling outside of Wisconsin or staying in the area, have fun making photographs. Emphasize your abilities and follow the rules of composition to make beautiful, dynamic photographs instead mere snapshots.

Watch > 9 Photo Composition Tips  
(because snaps of your friends at the beach or the classic 'lean in' in front of a sunset or building/landmark does not constitute a “sense of place” for any of these challenges.) 

  • Be a picture director
  • Simplify the background
  • Move in close
  • Move it from the middle
SPRING BREAK PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT CHALLENGES(If you're in a painting class, you may pick one and create a drawing or painting from it.)
  1. Capture an image of the 'city sign' of your spring break destination.
  2. Capture a selfie in your shades or flips or vacation shirt.
  3. Create an on-the-spot art piece (w/ seashells, chalk, stones, etc.) and photograph it.
  4. Capture a street vendor or performer.
  5. Make a digital collage of at least 4 interesting doors or windows.
  6. Capture a silhouette image at your destination.
  7. Capture a candid shot of your friends or family showing genuine joy.
  8. Capture a signature landmark from an interesting point of view.
  9. Capture a close up of your meal at a local establishment.
  10. Capture locals doing what they do.
Publish > Your images to the G+ Event 

Score > 10 bonus points per quality image in the Event

Monday, March 23, 2015

Create > Chair Spaces Painting

Create > Chair Spaces Painting
A Study in Figure / Ground Relationships

Create > Portrait Patterning

Create > Portrait Patterning

The visual elements are animated by the principles of design, the creativity of the artist, and other organizational trigger mechanisms.  In other words, the principles of design, creativity and organizational trigger mechanisms help the artist turn dots, squiggles and shapes into organized and meaningful structures and images.


Goal:  Disguise figurative forms using contrasting patterns.

Studio Activity:
Be inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Borrow design and compositions from historically significant portraits.  Make your own photographic portrait based on your research.  Next, create a composition of shapes from your photo using only contour lines.  Divide the background space and parts of the subject matter into smaller shapes.  Fill up to ninety percent of the shapes with different decorative patterns and textures. Allow some shapes and forms (such as the faces and hands) to remain un-textured and render them accurately. Emphasize decorative pattern as seen in the work of Gustav Klimt.

Trigger Mechanisms: Repeat, Combine, Disguise

Visual Examples: >

Materials: Fabric, paint, pencil, marker, etc..


"A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense." ~ Bruno Munari



Friday, March 20, 2015

Create > Photography Quilts (Sew, Embroider or Stitch)

Create > Photography Quilts (Sew, Embroider or Stitch)

Goal: Create a series of 5 images that are sewn on or stitched together.

Studio Activity:
-Option 1:  Be inspired by the stitched vintage photography of Maurizio Anzeri >  Maurizio sews directly into found vintage photographs.  She incorporates brightly embroidered patterns and delicately stitched veils that cross the faces with sharp lines and dramatic glimmering forms.  I suggest that you use your own photographs.

-Option 2:  Be inspired by the works of Lisa Kokin >  She takes found, unrelated photographs and stitches them together.  Because the images are stitched together a forced relationship between them is created and a whole new narrative can be imagined.     

Trigger Mechanisms: Combine, Manipulate, Link

Visual Examples:

Create > Projection Mapping Photographs

Friday, March 13, 2015

Create > Hand-colored Photographs

Create > Hand-colored Photographs

Goal: Create works that incorporate both photographs and hand-painted additions

Studio Activity:
Option 1:  Be inspired by the works of Gerhard Richter > and paint directly onto photographs.  Spontaneously use gestural smears of paint to enhance and distort your images.  Use acrylic paint with non-traditional ‘brushes’ like fingers or wrappers paint thick lines that divide the composition or inject color into the image.  Use the tactile surface of the paint smear to your advantage and draw the viewer into your works.
Gerhard Richter overpainted photographs

Option 2:  Be inspired by the works of Fabienne Rivory >  On a standard printer, print out copies of your images in black and white and apply ink or watercolours directly to the paper.
Fabienne Rivory photography

Option 3:  Be inspired by the works of Aliza Razell >  and redraw part of the image with paint, pencil or pen.  Similar to the other options, this technique involves more than applying painterly colors or textures to a work.  Aliza erases part of the photograph and fills it in with a hand painted image.  Most high school art students I know can also draw very well.  This technique can be a great way to show off multiple strengths.
Aliza Razell photography

Trigger Mechanisms:

Visual Examples:
Gerhard Richter >
Fabienne Rivory >
Aliza Razell >

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Create > Circular Narrative Series

Critique > Design from Industrial Structure > Analyzing & Evaluating

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Self-assess >  Critique > Analyzing & Evaluating >

  • Copy > your image’s URL from the Event
  • Log in > with your G+
  • Paste > your image’s URL
  • Tag > ‘hotspots’ that address the Topics below:
    • Respond > to each question with supporting evidence found in the image.

  1. Tag > the artists name, the title of the work and the G+ image URL

  1. Tag > Placement: (Balance/Proportion/Scale) the rule of thirds was or was not followed? the visual weight balances or imbalances the composition?
  1. Tag > Focal Point: (Emphasis/Contrast)
Explain...what area of the image commands your attention the most? the focal point is emphasized? (contrast, placement, color, leading lines…) the focal point clarifies the message or meaning of the image?
  1. Tag > Background: (Figure/Ground Relationship)
Explain...does the background distract the viewer away from the focal point? the figure/ground relationship contributes to the message or visual  appeal?

  1. Tag > Composition: (Unity/Variety/Rhythm/Repetition)  
Explain...ways the image uses leading lines, vertical lines, or diagonal lines...?
...ways the image uses internal framing, contrast in color, texture or shape...?
...the sense of depth in the image (deep, shallow, focused, blurred…)? unity is achieved (repetition or common elements)?

  1. Tag > Aesthetics: the artist’s successfully express his/her intention or message?  
    ...what is the mood and how was it created?
...ways this image could be improved?
  1. Tag > Quotation: Paste a quotation that provides insight to the works tone or meaning.
  2. Tag > Soundtrack: Paste a song from YouTube that fits this artwork.
  3. Tag > Score: Use the rubric below to evaluate and score your work.

  • Share > your thinglink URL to our G+Community’s Analysis & Evaluations category

Innovative & Unique Approaches
I generate innovative ideas and incorporate risk taking
I create inventive expressions using design principles

Technical Competence & Skill
I skillfully manipulate media & techniques with confidence & care
I effectively modify materials and media to express ideas

Purposeful & Engaging Work
I design with confidence and purpose
I engage the viewer with quality visuals & meaningful insights


Hans Hofmann
American, born Germany, 1880-1966
Blue Rhythm, 1950

Analyze > Expressionist Artwork

Analyze > Expressionist Artwork
- Analogical Thinking Image Analysis

Willem de Kooning
American, born Netherlands, 1904–1997
Excavation, 1950

Goal: Analyze an abstract expressionist artwork in an effort to establish analogies about creativity used in art and other disciplines.  

Analyze: (Specify the intended meaning of the artwork.)
  • Tag - a significant quotation that describes the tone of the artwork and explain how the quotation as an analogy provides a deeper understanding of the artwork and its meaning.
  • Tag - a ‘soundtrack’ for this artwork on YouTube and explain why you choose that particular music for this particular artwork? What or how the tempo / melody of the music similar to something in the artwork.

Hans Hofmann
American, born Germany, 1880-1966
Blue Rhythm, 1950