Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Drawing 2 - Folio 2 - Due Thursday, Nov 17

Folio 2:

2.1 Value Skull Study
2.2 Value Study (Shanna)
2.3 Value/Observational Self-Portrait
2.4 Value Study (Shanna - Alternative Point of View)
2.5 Experimental Head Study (Shanna)
2.6 Pure Value Head Study (Shanna)
2.7 Open Head Study (Shanna)
2.8 Blind Tactile Self-Portrait
2.9 Three Best Gestures

Thursday, November 10, 2016

3033 - Drawing 3 - Folio 2

Folio 2 Due Tuesday, November 15

2.1 Figure in Geometric Space
2.2 Movement Drawing (craft)
2.3 In-class Interior
2.4 Homework: Figure in Interior
2.5 Mixed Media Figure
2.6 Multi-pose Figure (two drawings, color pencil)
2.7 Five Best Gestures

Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

1043 - Drawing 2 - Folio 1

Due this Thursday, October 13:

1.1 Large Object Still Life
1.2 Museum Interior (22 x 30 Arches)
1.3 Campus Exterior (22 x 30 Arches)
1.4 Homework: Interior or Exterior of your choice

Good luck!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

3033 - Drawing 3 - Folio 1

Drawing 3: Folio 1 is due on Thursday, October 6. Remember, the folios should be compiled, in order and ready to turn in at the beginning of class. We will have a critique on Thursday. You do not need to bring drawing materials

Folio 1:

1.1 Skeleton Study (craft)
1.2 "Beautiful Scribble" - Two 1-day drawings
1.3 "Academic Nude" value drawing
1.4 Homework: Alternate Identity Self-Portrait
1.5 "Geometric Forms" Figures - Two 1-day drawings
1.6 Five best gesture drawings

Tuesday, August 30, 2016



This project’s purpose is two-fold: 1) to introduce us to abstract painting by examining its connection to observational painting and 2) to get the semester ball rolling with a quick, small project that will get us back in the studio and working.

Abstraction, put simply, means removing something from its original source. If you think about, talk about, take a photo of or make a drawing of an object, those ideas, words, photographs or drawings are not the object itself; they are all, on some level, an abstraction of that original object. However when we think about “abstraction” in terms of painting, we tend to think of something else. Paint splatters, huge swaths of color, energetic gestures or geometric patterns come to mind. Therefore, to really begin investigating abstraction, we need to first examine what abstraction really means and how in fact it can mean many things at once. This project is designed to get us thinking about these issues through a simple exercise.

First, we are each going to make a simple “abstract object” sculpture. Choose a basic, easily workable material (cardboard, wood, construction paper, etc). Use your chosen material to make a small (between 8”-18” or so) three-dimensional geometric form. This form should not represent a recognizable object, it should simply be a shape that is three dimensional and geometric. It can be as basic as a cube or a pyramid, or it can be something slightly more complex. Once you have completed the form, you are going to paint it (I recommend acrylic, or you can gesso it and paint it with oil). Paint each side of the object differently. One may be a plain white, one may have stripes, one may be a bright green with dots, etc. Never repeat the same side twice. Try to make the colors work together. Make something that is aesthetically appealing.

Second, we are going to bring our new abstract object to class and make an observational still-life painting of it. You will set your painting up on a surface, light it, choose a background, and then paint it as faithfully as you can using your observational painting skills. We may choose to cluster several of the objects together. Your painting should be somewhere between 16 x 20” and 18 x 24”. You can work indirectly with an underpainting, or go straight into working with color. We will spend this time trying to make the most accurate painting we can and shaking some of the rust off for those of us who haven’t painted in a while.

The final result will be a representational painting of an abstract object. Does that make it an abstract painting as well? Maybe the line between the two is less clear than one might think. This project will hopefully get us thinking about these questions and allow us to move towards abstraction, but in a way that is connected to how we’ve worked in the past.

Project Schedule

Thursday, August 25: Introduction to Project
Homework: Make your “abstract object” sculpture over the weekend. It should be completely finished and ready to be the subject of our painting by Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 30: We will set up our abstract objects and begin our paintings of them.

Thursday, Sept. 1: We will continue work on them.
Homework: Finish your abstract object painting.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: We will critique the paintings and I will introduce Project 2.

Images Below: Victor Pesce (studio), Victor Pesce, Jessica Stockholder, Andrew Holmquist, Richard Tuttle


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

All Classes - FINALS - Times/Folios

Hi All, 

Below is all Finals information. Let me know if you have questions. Cheers, John

Drawing 3: Final Critique, 8am, Thursday, May 5

Final Folio: 
3.1 Large Scale Figure Study (in-class)
3.2 Multiple Figures in Interior/Exterior Space (homework)

Drawing 2: Final Critique,  12:30pm, Thursday, May 5

Final Folio: 
3.1 Landscape Drawing (in-class, at farm complex)
3.2 Open Homework Drawing

Beginning Painting: Final Folio due in cubby by noon, May 10

Final Folio: 
3.1 Landscape
(in-class at farm complex, two small paintings or one medium/large painting)
3.2 Open Homework Painting (18 x 24" or larger)

You can pick up all paintings in your cubby after 3pm on May 12. At that time, please retrieve all materials and clean out your cubby. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

All Classes - Next Week


As you know, I will be out of town next week for an exhibition. Your assignments are all written on the dry erase board in the room (image above), but I also wanted to include directions here:

Drawing 3: 

1) Make progress on your 2.5 Figure in Interior Space homework assignment. It will be due on Thursday, April 21 along with your completed Folio #2. 

2) Sketchbook #7: Recreate the drawings of the foot from the Bridgman handout. Due Tuesday, April 19.

Drawing 3 Folio #2 (Due Thurs, April 21):
2.1 Straight Line Construction (Two 1-day drawings)
2.2 Movement Drawing (craft paper)
2.3 Layered Drawing (Arches)
2.4 Space/Ladder Drawing (materials open)
2.5 HW: Figure in Interior
2.6 Multi-Media Drawing
2.7 Five Best Gestures

We will put in one more session on 2.6 on Tuesday, Apr 19, then the folio is due the following class (Thurs, Apr 21).

Drawing 2:

1) Make continued progress on 2.4 Self-Portrait homework assignment. Remember, this should be drawn from life and observed by looking at a mirror while drawing.

2) Begin and make significant progress on 2.6 Abstract Repetition/Mark-making Assignment (described in previous post)

Bring both in on Tuesday, Apr 19. We will discuss the works in progress and continue working on 2.6 in class. Folio #2 is due the following class:

Drawing 2 Folio #2 (Due Thurs, April 21):
2.1 Value Skull Drawing
2.2 Long Value Head (Joe)
2.3 Value Head / Low Light (Joe)
2.4 HW: Self-Portrait
2.5 Tactile / Blind Self-Portrait
2.6 Abstract Repetition/Mark-Making Assignment
2.7 Three Best Gestures

Beginning Painting: 

Make significant progress on your 2.3 Self-Portrait homework assignment. You will bring this work in on Tuesday, April 19, and we will discuss your work in progress. Remember, this can be done using a direct or indirect method - your choice. It should however be observed by looking at a mirror and painted from life. We will continue work on our head study of Erica that Tuesday as well.