Inquiry into the Self
Objective: Focusing on the theme of Identity... Who am I? Students will create a fully realized drawing or painting.
Step 1 Identify your concept or theme:
Full Body: Open concept, showing your entire body. Must have a clear foreground Middleground and Background.
Smashed Face: Grid-based portrait pressing your face against the glass windows to create distortion.
Opposite/Shadow: Create a portrait of your shadow side/opposite. This should be done subtly using symbolism and visual metaphor, avoid literal depictions. Foreground Middleground and Background required.
Mythological Figure: Using a mythological figure as an archetype for your personal qualities/character. Foreground Middleground and Background required.
Still Life: Use an odd number (minimum of 3) symbolic objects that you have a personal connection to and create a dynamic (exciting!) still life arrangement in a corner. Since the studio is shared with 250+ student artists each day, I strongly suggest you set up your still-life at home and photograph it. Foreground Middleground and Background required.
Renaissance Portrait: Create a portrait using the imprimatura and glazing method of indirect painting to develop and tonal painting.
Complete 4 Thumbnail sketches to develop your compositions and ideas.
Finalize 1 Graphite Value Study prior to starting on your good paper/board/canvas.
All Work due the second to last week of class for grading.
Surrealist Process Paintings
To begin, find a comfortable position, sitting or lying down. You may want to place your hands in your lap or at your sides. Close your eyes if you wish, or focus your gaze on one spot.
Begin with your attention directed outward, noticing the sounds around you. Concentrate on all the things you can hear...
Gradually turn your attention inward now...turning your attention away from your surroundings...in toward yourself. Focus on your physical self...noticing how you are feeling...observing...
Focus even more intently now...focus on your breathing...observe your breaths, without trying to change anything...
Bring your attention deeply inward...all the way to the core of your body...notice how your stomach moves in and out with each breath you take. Feel the movement of the core of your body...ever so slightly moving with each breath you take...focus completely on your core...
Notice how smooth, calm, and regular your breathing is.
Allow the tension to leave your body...relaxing your muscles so that you can rest calmly...becoming relaxed...
Now that you are starting to become more relaxed, let's focus on becoming more playful.
Everyone has the ability to be playful. Playfulness is a trait that we all have inside, but for many of us, playfulness has been pushed aside as we strive to be more serious.
The ability to be playful is important because it allows you to experience fun and joy. Becoming more playful also allows you to respond to challenges with humor and lightheartedness instead of always being serious or becoming defensive.
It is important to have a balance between being serious and being playful. You can use both of these qualities to handle situations effectively.
Becoming more playful is possible, whether you have never been very playful before, or if you used to be playful but have lost touch with this quality.
Think about a time when you were playful. Were you playful as a child? As an adolescent? As an adult? Maybe you cannot recall a time when you were playful. That's okay. You still have a playful inner child that you can nurture.
Create a mental picture of yourself when you were playful, or think about positive memories of yourself as a child. Imagine your playful or childhood self, creating all the details you can in your mind.
What did you look like?
How did you behave?
What was it like to be playful?
See yourself as this playful child, imagining all the details.
Now use your imagination to create a picture of a dreamlike place where you have woken up.
Look around you, you will notice immediately that it is a place, space or environment that you recall or remember from your childhood. Take a second to look around, remember what it was like to be in this place.
When you look down you notice an object at your feet that you loved as a child. You pick it up and hold it in your hands, how does it feel in your hands?
You’re attention then drifts to a figure in the environment. You’re positive you know them. Notice their features, the color of their eyes, and the way their hair looks. What type of clothing are they wearing?
Now take a few moments to just relax...simply absorbing the ideas you have been focusing on..tapping into this mysterious space in your imagination or subconscious mind...
Gradually re-awaken your mind and body by feeling yourself in this space, open your eyes and sit quietly for a few moments, becoming more aware of your surroundings.
When you are completely awake and alert you can write down what you recall from this visualization in your sketchbook with the help of our projected notes:
1 object :
Emotions/Sensations you experienced can be used to help choose palette, style, etc.
Touch (Temperature of the breeze...):
Create a mixed media collage based on this experience. This will be the basis of your next painting.
Decalcomania: Like a Rorschach inkblot, find new images within the blobs and use those as a starting point for a weird mind-bending image.
Entopic Graphomania: Use the imperfections or messed up parts of your paper become connection points for a net-like design to discover new forms, creatures, environments etc.
Exquisite Corpse: Fold a paper into 3 sections, have one person draw the head of a person, creature, animal etc. Next person draws a body of a person, creature, animal etc. Next person draws the legs of a person, creature, animal etc.
Frottage: Use straws or just your mouth to blow wet paint or ink to create wild splatter marks to find images, forms, creatures, environments etc.
Surrealist Process Inspired Paintings
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
Experiment with a variety of image generating processes developed and used by the surrealist painters circa the early 1920’s. Develop and refine a surreal painting using a minimum of one surrealist process and one technique discussed in class.
Create a dynamic image using experimental brainstorming process’ (min. 1 of 5)
Develop depth in your painting (clear foreground,middleground,background)
Use at least 1 surrealist strategy in your painting.
Develop/cultivate craftsmanship and the artistic studio habits of mind.
Variety of drawing materials
Complete Visualization in class or on website if absent.
Create Collage based on visualization notes and experience.
Complete the other 4 surrealist strategies for brainstorming idea mining.
Develop additional sketches and studies as needed. Be sure to consider your palette (less can be more!)
Bauhaus Process- Line
Drawing & Painting, M. Barron
I am going to give you a series of instructions to follow.
These instructions are intentionally cryptic or unclear/vague.
You can’t ask any questions.
You must reason your way through the problem.
Using line only, draw one simple geometric shape, such as a square, triangle or circle.
Without overlapping or intersecting, draw a different shape.
Now draw another, choose your favorite.
Make the other two like your favorite.
Enlarge one of the shapes.
Reduce one of them.
Make one shape touch one edge of the page.
Make the other 2 touch two different edges.
Without moving the shapes from the sides, make each touch the other two.
Introduce a new shape that is different.
Keeping the original 3 shapes in the same place, make them like the new shape.
Make one shape larger than all of the others.
Make one 50% smaller than the largest shape.
Make one of the remaining two shapes touch 2 sides of the paper.
Discuss your experience/process with a partner.
Grid-Based Abstraction Process Instructions
- Divide your 18"x24" paper into 2"x2" squares using a ruler or yardstick, be sure to take two measurements for each line to ensure straight/parallel lines
- Cut your paper in half so you have 2 sheets with 6x12 squares.
- Create one abstraction using a repeated shape, stroke, design or pattern. Vary your placement and scale/size to create variety.
- When you have completed a design in each square come back and attempt to balance and harmonize your design until you are satisfied, ask classmates for their opinions and advice.
- Create your other abstraction by developing a game using digital dice (freeonlinedice.com). Make a set of rules for numbers 1-6, i.e. if I roll a 3 I have to _______. Devise a set of rules that are interesting and fun for you to play with.
- Roll the dice at least once for each square to determine how you will arrange or modify your design/shape/form.
- Once completed both abstractions identify 3-5 colors (you may also use their tints, tones and shades) to complete your image.