What WAS Art? What IS Art? WHY is Art? What WILL Art Become....? HOW will YOUR art compare?
- The thumbnail sketches associated with these sketchbook entries will serve as opportunities to draw every day but they are separate from your "Daily Drawings."
- A thumbnail sketch is small and quickly done BUT it should still be completed with effort and observation. Pay attention to contours, shapes, proportion, composition, etc. This type of observation helps you to better understand the work of art and how the artist may have approached their work.
- Pay special attention to the ways that art has changed over the years - but perhaps you'll also notice similarities... what drives ALL artists?
- We will only scratch the surface - art history is HUGE and it keeps growing. Take any opportunity to be curious about things that we are not able to cover in this course. AND don't forget what you learned in Art 1 and Art 2.
Remember...? The Art 1 Artist Spotlight series covered Prehistory, Ancient Greece, the Italian Renaissance, and a brief conversation about Modernism and the artists who broke the traditional molds. This hop-skip-jump approach offered the ability for beginning art students to reflect on what art is, why art looks the way it does, how art reflects and changes with cultural norms and shifts, and who some of the major players were.
Remember...? The Art 2 Artist Spotlight series started with a survey of Still Life painting before moving on to Baroque figurative painting, Photorealism, a review of Pop Art, and an Intro. to Neo-Pop and other contemporary modes of art production. The artists and styles/media/processes studied in Art 2 further supported the goals from Art 1 but with an added focus on new ideas and challenging media.
SO.... for Art 3, we want to build on this conversation. While European art will still be studied, we will shift our focus to America, which for a very long time did not have the influence in the art world as Europe did. There are obvious reasons why... but it took until the 1940s before New York City would rival Paris as a power player in the art world. So we want to talk about that fact and to understand that shift and what it meant for ART in general... and what it means for YOU.
Additionally, we will try to maintain a global focus while also discussing artists and time periods that may get overlooked and/or are directly related to class projects.
PLEASE NOTE: As an Art 3 student, you will also be charged with selecting and researching your own Artist Spotlights, as related to the current project and to be posted on your website.
To get us started, let's review:
- Watch the video below
- Take notes to document a general timeline of art history and any other important/interesting facts, bits of information, thoughts, etc.
- Write a reflective response, which may include some or all of the following:
- What did you already know - what information was review from Art 1 or 2 or other courses?
- What information was totally new to you - what would you like to investigate further?
- What are your thoughts on the content of this video - did the info. help to support or challenge your previous ideas about art?
- Any other connections or reactions.