Thursday, September 29, 2011

WEEK 3: Beginning Painting (or the first interaction with another class)

Beginning Painting

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
  • Explain their decision making process for each color they painted for color studies.
  • Evaluate colors mixed for different color wheels by their classmates.
  • Arrange motifs for Still Life painting.
  • Improve compositional balance of other people's artworks in another course.
  • Demonstrate the right attitude as a painter in an art critique.
The first art critique ever for this course. I preferred a "critique group" for discussing subtractive colors based on their completed Color Wheels, rather than lecturing color for them, because they should physically experience what colors other people think are, for instance, "red" and how those colors are different from what they believe red is.

Most students mixed their own red, by adding shades of yellow and blue. Two students had extreme difficulties mixing red-orange analogous (normal). One student had unexpected difficulties mixing blue-violet variations (unusual). No major disasters.

Each student was assigned to an Exquisite Corpse drawing received from Art-in-New York and she or he will make a NYC Painting on a 11" x 14" canvas board based on what she or he received (due 10/4). They need to make the image very NEW YORK CITY with an element from the drawing. This class watched an art video on Spirituality and visited September 11 exhibitions at museums previous weeks, so what they studied should be used to explore ideas of visualizing the city that historically and recently went through many events. Their completed paintings will be documented and the photos will be sent to another class from which the original drawings came.

For the rest of the class, we looked through Still Life paintings by Paul Cezanne and Giorgio Morandi to understand various balanced compositions. For the Monochrome assignment, they will paint three (3) eggs only with black and white in acrylics.

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life with Flask, 1953, Oil on canvas, 14-1/8 x 15-7/8", Courtesy of The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.. Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966. Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York


  1. Our classes unintentionally interacted at the MoMA on Weds. I guess that's still a learning community? You do a great job keeping your students together in a group! My flock tends to wander.

  2. Serendipity (from the sanskrit Serendripa)!

  3. OooH! You *have* to show us some student results from the monochrome assignment when you get them! Your class sounds like a blast.

  4. It's great you are using humor (from the critique scene in Art School Confidential) to teach about critiquing! When the classes get each others' images, what form will it take - will it be an in-person critique or via the blog?

  5. Hi Ari, it was nice running into you at MoMA!

  6. Dr. Smith, yes, CUNY's serendipity. a.k.a. Friday Schedule.

  7. Doctor X, I will upload images in two weeks on my course blog because my Friday class is skipping two meetings.

  8. Hi p.stadler, the final images will be shown in a face-to-face group critique for the NY Painting assignment in each class. So far, students are conversing as a group (due to the modified Exquisite Corpse project) and only through images if they are not in the same class.