Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Land Art

What is Land Art?  What are Earth Works?  Listen to the videos above and prepare your own definition of Land Art.  We will be exploring the the lake shore and back roads around our school to examine a variety of materials and site locations that will contribute to your next art work.  

Consider the types of materials that you have to choose from.  How will your selection affect the environment?  Will the weather affect your work?  Will your artwork be situated in a location that will be viewed by many people?  Think of how photography will help you capture your process as well as the final piece.  

Your finished artwork will be shared on a global scale.  These images will be featured on our class blog as well as Northern Art Teacher (and potentially other sites as well).  

You will be asked to provide a written statement that explains your artwork:  
  1. What materials were used, and how easy/difficult they were to work with?
  2. Where the art work was made, and why that specific location was chosen?
  3. How does your art work complement the environment?  How has the environment been respected?
  4. What was your experience like?  What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome these difficulties?

Monday, 1 June 2015

You've Got Style.

To my grade 12 students:

You've been in art for four years.  You've learned about many techniques and themes throughout high school, and now it is time for your last major task.

Believe it or not, you've been developing your own artistic behaviours since grade 9.  Take a look at Apex High School's rubric, which lists several artistic behaviours and provides descriptors that help us assess our progress.  Can you think of the behaviours in terms of the projects you have completed? What are your strongest behaviours, and where could you improve?

Consider your strengths and weaknesses when you decide how you will complete this last task.

  1. What are your priorities when you make art?  What are you trying to express or communicate?
  2. How do your materials help you communicate effectively?  Does it matter which technique you work with?  Why or why not?
  3. How important is proper presentation?  Who is your audience, and how will they be affected by your work?  What do you want them to think?  ...to see?  ...to feel?
Create a blog post (or Google doc) that explains your answers to the three questions listed above.  This will help determine your theme as well as your choice of material and technique.  Since we have classes for 2 1/2 weeks, our deadline is set quite firmly for the final artwork.

Your first blog post for this assignment is due Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015.  I will expect a minimum of two posts that share your progress, providing me with opportunities to offer feedback.  Finally, your last post will serve to present your finished piece.

Take advantage of this task and make the most of your artistic voice.  I look forward to seeing your plans and progress!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Appropriate Appropriation?

Shocking!  Outrageous!  How dare he...??

Richard Prince used/stole/appropriated Instagram images from other artists and displayed them in a gallery, sold them, and made a huge profit.  Read about the story here:  "Artist Steals Instagram Photos & Sells Them For $100K At NYC Gallery".

What would you think if someone used one of your images in order to make a profit, but you didn't get any of the money?  ...and if you weren't asked for permission?

According to MoMA, appropriation is the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of preexisting images and objects.

 Let's take a step back in time...

Do you recognize this picture?


...how about this one?


Appropriation isn't new.  In fact, it's a very old concept.  The use of found objects & readymades has caused controversy for many years, but, as Austin Kleon states, great artists steal (or was it Picasso?) ;)

To my #NipRockArt-ists:  What is your point of view?  Is this a controversial issue, or are these artists simply using an artistic tool and re-creating for the purpose of expression?  Are they making a statement?  How valid is their statement, if they have used someone else's work?  How important is originality in a work of art?  Who is the real artist?

Grade 12 students:

Prepare a thorough examination of this topic.  Clearly share your perspective in the format of your choice:  blog post, Google doc, ...another creative option??

We will prepare a scheme for evaluation together in class.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

#Strengthie Campaign

Do you stand #withstronggirls?  Support @onecampaign's #strengthie campaign to show your support.  Every girl deserves a secondary education.

#NipRockArt-ists:  I challenge you to show your support, even if it's in a very small way.  Sometimes we take our education for granted:  find out what it's like for girls in other countries & you may grow to appreciate your opportunities a bit more.  Maybe you'll want to do something to help others.
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