Recaps

First Class- Week 1:
1/28/11

Introduction to Class, Workshops & Mural schedule

  • Marilyn Huerta, grant writer for the Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) proposal, “Painting Art on Campus” that is funding the workshops was present and shared with us how she will provide us with resources and guide the project along. Isaias Crow, mural painter who will design the final mural, execute the mural with students, & work on community liaisons was present and made a presentation of his work and painting a mural for a community evolves.
  • Doris presented on Mural painting, its history and purpose. We discussed the materials list, health and safety concerns, workplace set-up and demonstrated preliminary handling of paint.

HOMEWORK: Gesso 4-5 sheets of paper or use canvas paper or board. 1) Draw faces & hands in sketchbook. 2) Make one Self-Portrait & hands painting. 3) Use photos of site & trace onto tracing paper to create sketches to work with for next class. Due Feb. 4.  GET YOUR FEET WET & do not worry about outcome. Because we only meet once a week, homework is a very important part of the class so we can be best prepared to meet the challenges of this class and our goals.

PLEASE SAVE ALL ART WORK, BOTH CLASS AND HOMEWORK. 
KEEP IN A LARGE PORTFOLIO TO BE TURNED IN FINAL’S WEEK

Class – Week 2:
2/4/11

We got our feet wet:

  • Students paired off and drew blind contour portraits of each others faces and hands.
  • Began painting in earth tones and stuck to a monochrome format – more or less. 
  • Did a word exercise based on telling a story about a body part in 8-10 sentences. Reducing the text to its essential 3-5 lines, and then reversing the sequence of the narrative.

HOMEWORK:  Continue to draw in sketchbook and develop a narrative. Gather images from your narrative or story and draw them into your sketchbooks. Lots of drawing – 10 pages, at least.  Do one painting – based on the drawings – of the significant images and text of your story.MISC: if sketchbook is full of blind drawings -contour or otherwise, two points will be added to your final average.

Class 3, Workshop 1:
2/11/11

  • Circle with a dialogue about the purpose of classes and workshops.
  • Group shared their ideas and reasons as Isaias facilitated the circle.
  • Explored different drawing exercises that promote and encourage, listening, trusting one another, movement, observing exterior and self, humbling the ego and public speaking.
  • Students where assigned to a group. Each group contained approx. five students each. A total of five groups where created.
  • Each group was given about an hour and a half to create a strong, collaborative mural design.
  • Research, Interviewing people in campus and people who work or live at the apartments was highly recommended. Dialogue amongst themselves and strong communication was also a requirement. Taking photographs and using computers for reference and research where encouraged as well.
  •  At 11:40am Students met back in the class room and gathered in the circle to present their design. (See Art Gallery for designs).

Homework: Each group willto paint a small collaborative mural on a 48″ x 36″ canvas. Using the same knowledge, ideas, research and communication skills they obtained today.

Class 4, Workshop 2:
2/18/11

  • Focused on a  presentations of  work and communication between Doris, Isaias and Marilyn in collaborating to prepare designs and proposal for presenattion to the Public Arts Committee.
  • Outcome of this presenation was discussed and Professor David Avalos shared his insight about the proposal process.
  • A constant reminder was made to the students about how how communication is key when working in a group.
  • The students all shared how they worked together and communicated with one another.
  • Group then went into drawing the general human figure without skin only basic shapes and each student created a gesture while the rest of the class sketch it for two minutes.

Homework: Isaias requested that each artist choose one of there gesture drawings from the day and add  skin, clothing, details and an environment where the figure would be juxtaposed in it.

Class 6
Homework:  2 Paintings and keep drawing in your sketchbooks

-One painting is of a pattern with a layer that explores mono-tonal gradations from dark to light. Choose a base color, and add a little black to make the color darkers and a little white and yellow to make it lighter.  Try to make it gradual or put each gradation into a box.

-The second painting is a self-portrait of your choosing. You may want to try to work the portrait into a latticed or patterned background, but it’s your choice.

Class 7

Today in class we really broke through the fear barrier regarding paint.  We drew objects of metal pieces and geometric shapes.  Then we made paintings with our largest brushes and we did them very quickly. The point was to finish the acrylic painting while it was still wet. We lathered the paint on and tried not go over it too much so it could keep its physical integrity. Then we drew the object we had been drawing onto the wet paint.  Some really wonderful results occurred.  


HOMEWORK:  Randomness and  Exactitude.  
Painter throughout history were aware of how chaotic paint can be. They knew, even very exact painters of realism, that they had to work with the paint and get over their anxieties of failure; get over their fear that the paint would die.  When you paint, the paint is alive and when you go over it again and again, it begins to die a slow death. Then it dries, and it’s over. 
To get around that painters of the past would end each painting session by fanning out the lumps. They would go over the painting and blur the whole thing out. When they come to the painting the next day they would begin again on top of a faint layer of their painting. In this way they layered the paintings with thin layers of skin(s).  On the last day, the day the painting was to be finished, they would make the surface wet again

MAKE THREE PAINTINGS THAT HAVE A RANDOM PART AND AN  EXACT/CONTROLLED PART. THESE PAINTINGS NEED NOT BE HUGE BUT NOT SMALLER THAN YOUR SKETCHBOOKS.

NEXT WEEK BRING SKETCH BOOKS, FIELD TRIP SO NO PAINT MATERIALS ARE NECESSARY.

Week Eight: March 18: Doris Bittar Teaches Field Trip to see Patricia Patterson’s Show at California Center for the Arts.

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