Visual Art I-IV, IB Visual Art SL and HL
Distance Learning Resources
Below are several different activities for you to work on. Please e-mail me for any feedback you would like on the work you are doing.
- Make a sketchbook that you can keep with you at home. There are lots of easy ways to make one. If you have some blank paper you could just fold several pieces in half and use that. Don't worry if it's not perfect. It's more important to have some paper that you can keep together as you create sketches and take creative notes. If you have more supplies at home you could try this method- https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Sketchbook
- There are lots of different ways to utilize your sketchbook. Here are a few different ideas:
- Drawing from life- Draw whatever you see around you. This could be as simple as looking out your window, arranging some objects on a table, or even looking in the mirror. The point of observational drawing is to strengthen the connection between your eye and your hand. Try to notice small details. Pay attention to the negative space between things. Practice drawing in different styles- contour line, gesture drawing, or a detailed shading practice. There is no wrong way to draw in your sketchbook. Make notes of the date you are drawing and even give yourself constructive criticism. This will help you grow artistically.
- Drawing from your imagination- This can be anything from playful doodles, to surreal landscapes. Try giving yourself a prompt and creating a drawing from that. What would it look like if the area under your bed lead to a different world? What if solid objects started to melt? What might it look like if all the shapes and lines from one of your life drawing got all mixed up? Experiment.
- Experimenting with new techniques and media- What do you have around the house that could be used to create art? Could you try something not traditional? What about a drawing using white out? What about using tape to create patterns that are colored in? What about using things you find in your yard? There are lots of ways to create. Maybe you can come up with a new one. Find artists that you admire and try to emulate their style and technique.
- Visit the Google Arts and Culture website- https://artsandculture.google.com/ This site contains a wealth of imagery and knowledge about visual art around the world. My suggestion is to take a "virtual museum tour". One of my favorites is the Guggenheim museum in Spain. Here's a link- https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/guggenheim-bilbao After viewing the artwork there take a few moments to reflect and answer some questions in your sketchbook.
- What artwork did you immediately like?
- What artwork stood out to you as something that you would like to try doing?
- What artwork did you not like? Why?
- Practice drawing some of the artworks that you liked seeing. Include the name of the artist and the title of the artwork.
- Sketchbook activity- Look back at the pages you have completed so far. Spend a moment or two reflecting on what you have chosen to create. What does this say about your interests? Are there visual ideas here that you could develop further? Could you see anything being a jumping off point for a new project? Right out some ideas you have from looking at what you have created so far. Now plan what you want to do this week. Maybe you could investigate visual patterns or rhythms that you see around you. Make a visual record of all the patterns you see in one day- wallpaper, floor tiles, clothing, food packaging, etc...
- Research- Why do people make art? Could artwork in our current world lead to positive changes in people's lives? Art21 is a contemporary artist documentary series that has an amazing amount of information on artists working today in all parts of the world. Check out some of the artists here and see if you can find some answers to the question: Why make art? https://art21.org/artists/
- Sketchbook Activity- We completed an extensive study of color this year. What do you have available to you to work with color- markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, colored paper? Practice working with arbitrary and expressive color. One way to do this would be to recreate a reference photo with unnatural colors that stand out and express a mood or feeling. Look at artists like Franz Marc, Elizabeth Murray, and Edvard Munch. Each of them used color in non traditional ways. How can you utilize color to express feelings or moods and how could that be translated effectively into an artwork?
- Drawing Activity- Spring time has brought lots of beautiful flowers and plants to life in Tennessee. Your challenge this week is to create a work of art inspired by the natural world around you. There are lots of ways to interpret nature. Look at the work of Georgia O'Keefe https://www.georgiaokeeffe.net/paintings.jsp She was inspired by the landscape of New Mexico. Her paintings of flowers look different than others because of the way she chose to compose her paintings. The dramatic close-ups of her compositions show these flowers in a way that had never been seen before. How can you be inspired by the landscape around you? Try and create a work of art that shows your own unique interpretation of the spring time plants growing around us. It could be a dramatic close up like Georgia O'Keefe, or your own unique interpretation.
- Sculpture Activity- What kinds of materials do you have available to you to create 3-dimensional artwork? See if you can create a small figurative sculpture that is engaging in some action around your home. Maybe it is interacting with objects or furniture in your room. Some materials that might be useful: aluminum foil, newspaper, tape, glue, paper clips, etc... be creative! Look at the figurative work of Alberto Giacometti for inspiration
- Sketchbook Research- Sketchbooks can be places for idea generation. Think about some places you would be interested in traveling to. List out a few of them and research what they look like. Practice drawing some of the features of the landscape or cityscape that you see. How can you use your sketchbook to record a virtual travel diary of this new location? Look at the artwork of Thomas Moran . He was one of the first people to document the landscape of the American West. How would you document a new landscape? Practice with whatever materials you have at home.
- The Art of Aaron Douglas- Aaron Douglas was known for his large murals completed during the Harlem Renaissance which depicted African American culture and history. Look at the paintings he made and think about the word "culture". Culture has been called the way of life for an entire society. It includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, and systems of belief. Can you create an original work of art inspired by your culture? Think about a big idea you can express through art like Aaron Douglas. How could you simplify this idea enough so that it could be communicated through an image? Work on some small thumbnails in your sketchbook and then pick the best option to recreate into a finished work of art. Think of a good title that would help explain the cultural significance of your work.
- The Art of Henri Matisse- In the later part of his life, Matisse completely reinvented the way he made art. Instead of painting with a brush, he shifted to creating large cutouts inspired by nature, fairy tales, and music. Do some research into the work of Matisse (especially the "cutouts"). What shapes can you identify in this work? What do some of the shapes remind you of? Work on creating your own artwork inspired by your research. Can you take shapes that you see in your environment and simplify them? Try to sketch out a few shapes that you like and then work on repeating them in different patterns. You could even create multiple works of art that use the same motif (a motif is something that is repeated in a work of art).