Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Line and Expression
Here is a line drawing of Morning in a city. It is interesting to look and see what the image looks like with the curvy figure and then without.
Now if we put some lines in the figure we get an new type of expression.
When we add lines to the rest of the image we get an entire different feeling.
Now with the lines out of the figure
Now with the lines out of everything but the figure
Sunday, September 23, 2007
go check out my youtube video
Click on this link and you can go check out the meter maids getting upset (see blog below for more details about this project)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Edward Hopper - Form Project
This painting is titled Morning in a City and was done by the artist Edward Hopper in 1944. Edward Hopper was a student of Robert Henri (the founder of American Realism and the Ash Can School) at the New York School of Art. This painting may be about a woman who has just gotten out of bed or bath. The major formal elements of this work are space, color, and line.
You may be confused by the two photos above. The one on the top is the correct way the painting looks. The other image of the painting is not as nice and may have been altered digitally by someone. I love Edwards color! If you look at the wall just above the bed you can see how he depicted the walls various colors depening on what type of light was hitting it. This effect is dramatic. Hopper did experiment with impressionism in 1907 when he went to paris which i am sure helped him in his development of his color palette. To get the effect he did of the colors in the wall he must had really looked at the walls subtle values of light and dark. In the visual essentials vocabulary page color is defined as the visual response to different wavelength of sunlight identified as red, green, blue, and so on; having the physical properties of hue, intensity, and value.
Jo Nivison was his wife and model and most likely the figure in this painting. When looking at this image we can see how Hopper played up the sexual tension. He did so by having the light hitting the figure and also by choosing the context of a private moment in the morning. This painting along with other Hopper paintings has a sexual vibrancy. This vibrancy may have possibly come from the love and enthusiasm he had for his wife. However they were known to fight often so maybe not.
Form is the use of visual elements to create such effects as harmony, variety, and balance. Below is an image of a sketch that Edward Hopper did as a study for this painting (artstor image database). You can see from this sketch that the formal elements of this painting were very much influenced by his attention to the figure. Hopper gave much attention the figure, portrait, and hands holding the towel. Also in this sketch one can see how he practiced depicting how the light contrasted with dark. When we view this sketch we can see that from the start Hopper had the intention to create a certain mood through his use of light on the figure.
The next image Shows how Hopper studies the formal elements of harmony through his use of space and line. The room and the figure all flow harmoniously together on the picture plane. The figure stands in the center of the room facing a sun soaked window. The window and the figure work harmoniously because they are both vertical. He used this technique repeatedly with a variety of vertical shapes to create harmony. Theses vertical shapes can be found in the corner of the wall, curtains, the buildings' windows outside, and the shaded doors. You can also see a rectangular shape of light on the windowsill as well as the bed. These features help the painting have balance. The overall space of the bedroom in which the figure resides is very simple and minimalistic. This simplicity helps viewers recognize Hopper's interest in the interplay of the figure and the outside world.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
kids doing guerilla art
I did some Guerilla art with kids i teach during recess. I have a video of them doing it and me asking them about what they experienced when they found the art on the playground. Look at my post later for a link to the video.
I was with my student and I picked up some woodchips (cool long ones) and i noticed that you could build stuff with them. I showed my first grade guy how to do it and then he showed me some cool ways to make them connect to each other. Then other kids came by and it was great for my students social skills practice.
We left the structure we had built out on the playground. As we were going inside i wondered how other kids during the next recess would react to it.
We went to recess again that day and found a bunch of the third graders making structure with the woodchips. Thats when i told the kids about guerilla art and how it is cool to leave your art out in public for others to interact with it. They loved this! Then they told me the principal told them that they had to clean it up when they were done. The bell rang and i told them that they could keep one structure up.
The kids kept making these structures all week long. Teachers in the teacher room were even talking about it during their lunch. I told the teachers about guerilla art too and they thought it was great!
Labels: guerilla art
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Guerilla Art helping hands Project
I just did my art project. It was lots of fun and seemed like a game once the meter maids showed up. I had to race to the meters and drop in quarters before they wrote a tickett.
Then a meter maid told me it was illegal to put quarters in the meters. I looked over and noticed another meter maid filming me. I think she said "now we have you". Then one of them told me to get a life. This made me feel bad. I still was not sure if it was illegal or not. Could it really be illegal? Welcome to the United States of America where you can get arrested for being a good samaritan.
The poor meter maids. I am sure they work very hard for little pay. In the snow and rain. Yuck! No wonder they are so uptight. They also most likely have a certain quota to fill. I'm sure they can get "in trouble" at work if they don't give out a certain number of ticketts. They even said that they were going to call 911. "911 this is an emergency we have a woman feeding quarters to the meters!"
I tried to get videos of people who found their cars with my art and note. One of my notes was missing from a car which I suspect the meter maids took. For evidence! I don't think anyone did as the note suggested and began to find other low meters to feed.
I have it all on film. You can go to www.youtube.com/watchv=ojifqlr-uww and if that doesnt work you can go to www.youtube.com/iguanaboston
On my way home from i called my friend Paul. He told me that it was indeed illegal and if i got arrested I could call him and he would come and bail me out. He said he had a stash of money at his house. I think this was a joke. He did go on to say that they might give me a fine. Possibly a fine of $500.
I am going to stop into a police station to find out if it is illegal or not. Could it really be illegal!?