Here’s everything I’ve got

This has been an enormous challenge for all of us art teachers. I regularly have people asking me for advice as to how to manage all of this, and I really don’t have a great answer. I had a boss in a former career always say, “Set yourself up for success.” It was a reminder that you should prepare everything you need to get through the difficult parts of a shift before the difficult part arrives. Needless to say, we are not in this moment “set up for success.” Most of the systems we needed to manage this crisis weren’t in place at the beginning of this pandemic. The systems we do have were hastily thrown together, and the circumstances and parameters we are left to work within are constantly changing. It’s enough to make me want to throw up my hands and give up. But, then I think about my students. They didn’t create this situation. All of the failures by all of the people that led us to this moment, none of them were caused by the teenagers in my painting class. Those kids need me to be at my best. So that’s what I am going to be. 

The best advice I have at this moment is to remember that “many hands make light work.” Collaboration is fundamentally important if we are going to get anywhere close to success. It is with that in mind that I share the following with you. It is everything my colleagues and I did in our first semester in our Level 3 studio classes. We are on a hybrid block schedule, so each day is ninety minutes, and only about a third of my students were in-person at any given moment. We also had remote Wednesdays where we had a shortened period held virtually. I used those periods for emotional check ins and social emotional learning. These lessons aren’t perfect. They’re designed on the fly for students at all different skill levels that may not have access to quality art supplies. Therefore, there is a lot of flexibility built into the lessons. I offer them to you to use as you please in the hopes that they might make this incredibly challenging moment a little more bearable for you. Good luck out there!

Oh, and please forgive any typos. Again, this was built on the fly without a lot of time for polishing and revising. 

01-Welcome to Class
Aug 26/27
02-Fair Use   
Aug 28/31
02b-Personal Self  Portrait
Sept 1/3
03- Using Line
Sept 4/8
Questions:
Emotional Check in:What is it that you are most excited about this new school year?
What questions do you have about this new school year?
Lecture:Who is this teacher and what is canvas?
Lecture:Drawing and painting across time and cultures.
Painting Google SlidesPainting PDFPainting Youtube(full)Painting Youtube(short)
Drawing Google SlidesDrawing PDFDrawing YouTube
Activity:
Full Assignment
Find two drawings or paintings you like and write a thorough explanation as to  why you like them? This should be artworks you are already familiar with.
Question: Is it ethical to steal someone else’s work off of the internet and present it as your own?
Lecture: Name Tag YouTube How to photograph art YouTubeHow to photograph art PPCopyright Youtube 
Question:
 Is it acceptable to turn in a work that you found on the internet?
What if you copied it but drew it yourself?
Is it ok to use other works to get ideas but then totally rework and alter the meaning in your own piece?
Activity:
Create a simple line drawing (one a separate piece of paper)  and practice uploading a file using the name card
Question: What is your experience with art?
Questions:Reflective questions on identity:How would you define yourself? What is it that makes you uniquely you? What would someone have to know about you to understand you?
Activity:Full AssignmentCreate a self portrait that shows me who you are, not what you look like.
Lecture:Mini history of the breadth of portraiture.Portraiture Google SlidesPortraiture PDFPortraiture YouTube
Activity:Portrait Submission with reflection questions:What about yourself were you attempting to communicate with this work? What about this work was successful?What would you do differently if you were to do this again?
Question: What do you know about line?
Lecture: practice in mark-making and some specifics on line Line PPLine Script Line Video Pt. 1Line Video Pt. 1 YouTube
Discussion:Look at these two portraits. What differences do you see in the way line is used? How does the way line is used inform our understanding of the two women depicted? Which image do you like better? Why?Pable Picasso (jpg)Käthe Kollwitz (jpg)

Lecture:Artist Investigation Video Artist Investigation YouTube
Activity: Create 30 small squares in your sketchbook. 
In each square experiment creating a different type of line in each box. 
The more lines you draw, the more sensitive you will become to line quality 
Line Variation Practice (in slideshow) Line Variation YouTube
04-Shapes and Space
Sept 9/10
05-More Shapes and Space
Sept 11/14
06-Using Line
Sept 15/17
07-Using Value
Sept 18/21
Question:What is your favorite shape? Why?
Lecture:Talk about the various types of shapes and how they are used to create space.Space scriptSpace Google SlidesSpace PDFSpace YouTube

Activity:Full AssignmentCombine 5 or more arbitrary shapes to create space (bonus=add pattern)
Questions:-Do you prefer organic or geometric shapes?-What makes a shape appealing to you?-Why do you find certain shapes more appealing to others?
Activity:Full AssignmentReduce a complex area of your space into basic shapes. How much can you reduce it and still create a sense of space?

Activity:Finish your work reducing a complex space and submit it through Canvas.
Questions:What did you learn from these assignments?What is successful about your creation?Looking at it now, is there anything you would have done differently?
Questions: What does the phrase “draw what you see, not what you think you see” mean? How can artists improve their ability to “see”?
Lecture: Line Drawing Google SlidesContinuous Line Drawing YouTube
Activity: Canvas Quiz: This artist did not overlap her lines.  What did she do instead? How did this artist get from one area of the face to another?  Example from the nose to the mouth, again out to the eye, and back around the face?How many times did the artist look at her paper while she was drawing?  Did she only glance at the model and focus on her paper?  Or did she focus on her model and glance at the paper?What was the pace of her drawing? Was she drawing quick and loose or slow and careful?
Lecture cont.Blind Contour YouTube
Activity: Blind Contour Drawing Activity
Questions: What is value? How do can you use value to create form?
Lecture: Adding Value Google SlidesAdding Value YouTubeSophia Kipner YouTube

Activity: Portrait drawingAdding Value ProjectAdding Value Directions YouYube
08-Texture
Sept 22/24
09-Expressive Media
Sept 25/28
10-Automatic Drawing
Sept 29/1
11-Paranoid Abstract
Oct 2/5
Lecture:What is texture and how is it created and employed in artmaking?Texture scriptTexture Google SlidesTexture YouTube
Activity:Full AssignmentCreate small swatches of textures including:Actual Texture, Realistic Simulated Texture, Stylized Simulated Texture, and Invented Texture.
Questions:How many ways can texture be created?How can texture be used to create the illusion of space?What happens to a composition when solid and textured shapes are combined?
Activity:Create a sense of composition and space using two or more textures combined with line and shape.
Questions:How are you feeling right now? What are your top 3 moods you  consistently find yourself in. How could you use line/color to communicate one or more of those moods?
Lecture:DWG: Expressive Mark Making
Mark GSlidesMarkPDFMark YouTube
Lecture:PTG:Expressive Color UsageColor GSlidesColor PDFColor YouTubeActivity:Choose four unique emotions. Use (line)(color) to communicate that emotion. [in at least two squares use the same color, but express a very different emotion in each by adjusting the color] Avoid imagery or illustration.
Reflection:How did you feel attempting to communicate visually without imagery?Was this easier or harder than drawing an image that illustrated your emotion?
Lecture:Surrealism introSurrealism SlidesSurrealism PDFSurrealism YouTube
Activity:Full Assignment Automatic Dwg YouTubeautomatic drawing exercise

Lecture:Composition discussion.Composition SlidesComposition PDFComposition YouTube
Activity:Look at The Temptation of St. Anthony by Leonora Carrington (1947) and determine what the focal point is and what attributes were used to create emphasis. 
Then look at your Automatic Drawing exercise. Select a tangle of lines that can become a focal point. Trace the outline and write a list of the attributes of emphasis you can use and how you are going to use them to emphasize it.Full Assignment 
Activity:Practice Creating the Illusion of FormFull Assignment
Lecture:Atmospheric Perspective Atmospheric SlidesAtmospheric PDFAtmospheric YouTube

Assignment:mini -Paranoid exchangeStudents will be given approximately two weeks Full Assignment 
Retureners:Manipulate your color scheme and line weight to create mood and meaning.
Double Dippers:Use a consistent mood, style, and color scheme in both works so that the two relate to each other.
12-Guided Practice
Oct 6/8
13- Critique
Oct 9/12
14-Guided Practice
Oct 13/14
15-Emotional Space
Oct 15/16
Question:Look closely at the work, My Blind (1946) by Roberto Matta
What do you think the artist was trying to convey through the creation of this artwork and why do you think that?
What contextual information is available that might help you understand the meaning or function of the work?
How are you going to communicate meaning in your work?
Question: What have you selected for your focal point?
What will you be using to make it your focal point?PlacementContrastDetailGroupingScale
What elements will be in your middleground?
How will you separate your middleground from your background?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Tell me how it’s going. What do you like so far? What’s giving you trouble? 
Attendance Activity:Take a look at this video discussing good habits for participating in critique. What was the most helpful piece of advice the video provided?
How to Critique
Activity:Upload your artwork as it is right now. Don’t worry that it’s not finished. This is a process critique. As you upload your work, also answer the following questions:What do you think is working well so far?What are you unsure of or need advice about?
Once you upload your writing, you must comment on at least TWO other student works using the TAG method.TAG stands for:T – Tell the artist something you like.A – Ask the artist a question.G – Give the artist a suggestion.
To think of possible suggestions, imagine this was a relay race. If the artist was handing this artwork off to you to finish, where would you take the work?
Remember, keep your comments constructive. We’re all trying to get better as artists. There’s no reason to be unkind.
Question and Attendance:Go back to yesterday’s critique discussion. Read over everyone’s input. Remember, a critique isn’t meant to be hurtful. Read the feedback. Think about it for a minute and decide whether it is useful or not. It’s okay if it is not, but you should really consider it before accepting or dismissing it. Then answer this question:  Was there anything in the critique you found helpful? How did you feel giving advice to your peers? How did you feel reading the input of your peers?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:Submit your final assignment along with the answer to these questions:What is your concept and how does this work convey it?What are the strengths of this piece?What areas could be improved?How do you see yourself growing as an artist?What success from this work will you use in future works?

Activity:Spend a few  minutes reflecting on these questions and making a quick sketch: Do you have a place where you FEEL “at home.”Picture you are in this space, how does it make you feel?What about this space gives you that feeling?Describe the space, what is in the room, is it bright or dark, clean or dirty, large or small?Draw a sketch of your space….
Lecture:Emotional Space GslidesEmotional Space YouTubeEmotional Space Assignment
Activity:Create at least three thumbnails of possible directions you could take this project and insert them into this discussion thread.
16-Guided Practice
Oct 20/21
17-Critique
Oct 22/23
18-Reflect and Create
Oct 26/27
19-Complete and Submit Project Oct 29/30
Question:Look closely at the work, The Instant (1949) by Kay Sage.
What do you think the artist was trying to convey through the creation of this artwork and why do you think that?
What contextual information is available that might help you understand the meaning or function of the work?
How are you going to communicate meaning in your work?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Tell me how it’s going. What do you like so far? What’s giving you trouble? 
Attendance Activity:Take a look at this video. In it, world renowned artist Elizabeth Murray is critiqued by her children. Murray CritiquedWhy do you think Murray seeks out critique from her children? Murray didn’t seem to like everything she heard. Is it important to hear opinions about your art you might not like? Why or why not?Activity:Upload your artwork as it is right now. Don’t worry that it’s not finished. This is a process critique. As you upload your work, also answer the following questions:What do you think is working well so far?What are you unsure of or need advice about?Once you upload your writing, you must comment on at least TWO other student works using the TAG method.TAG stands for:T – Tell the artist something you like.A – Ask the artist a question.G – Give the artist a suggestion.
To think of possible suggestions, imagine this was a relay race. If the artist was handing this artwork off to you to finish, where would you take the work?Remember, keep your comments constructive. We’re all trying to get better as artists. There’s no reason to be unkind.




Question and Attendance:Go back to yesterday’s critique discussion. Read over everyone’s input. Remember, a critique isn’t meant to be hurtful. Read the feedback. Think about it for a minute and decide whether it is useful or not. It’s okay if it is not, but you should really consider it before accepting or dismissing it. Then answer this question:  Was there anything in the critique you found helpful? How did you feel giving advice to your peers? How did you feel reading the input of your peers?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Tell me how you are feeling about your progress?
Is the work developing the way you would like it to?
What skills would you like to improve to get your artmaking where you want it to be?
Question:Today will be the last class day given to work on this project. What do you need to accomplish to finish this work in a way that makes you proud to display it?  
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:Submit your final assignment  along with the answer to these questions:What is your concept and how does this work convey it?What are the strengths of this piece?What areas could be improved?How do you see yourself growing as an artist?What success from this work will you use in future works?
Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON.
20-Facial Detail Studies Nov 2/321-Line Drawing Self Nov 5/622-Adding Value Nov 9/1023-Loomis Portraits Nov 12/13
Video Tutorial:Drawing Face Parts YouTube
Dos and Don’ts YouTube
Activity:Draw your facial features over and over in your sketchbook. Include three eyes, three noses, and three mouths. USE A MIRROR!!! These should be as realistic as you can possibly accomplish.
Here are examples by professional artists.Portrait Details
Attendance Question:What is your favorite thing about creating portraits?What is your least favorite thing?
Lecture:Please watch this demo to remind you of how to draw a portrait in proportion.YouTube DemoHandoutFormat
Activity:You are to create a proportional line drawing of your face  using the paper in your sketchbook.DO NOT SHADE! You will be shading/coloring this portrait for next class using very specific instructions.
Activity:Today you will add value or color to your line drawing from yesterday. Drawing students can use their preference of any of their drawing materials to add value. Painting students can use the acrylic paints from the supply kit or another painting media.You should spend the ninety minutes of class time working on this. You will not be able to completely finish the portrait. Do your best to master the content as much as possible. Watch the embedded video to learn all the specific expectations.
After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON. Tell me how you are feeling about what you’ve accomplished? Is this strategy for value/color different from what you’ve done in the past?
Painting Steps ExampleDrawing Steps Example
Value & Color SlidesValue & Color YouTube 
Lecture:Watch these instructional videos on the Loomis Method for drawing the head at different angles.Portrait Loomis MethodLoomis Method 2
Activity:Use photo-references or a mirror to draw 5 to 6 sketches of the human head at different angles and upload them here.
24-Generation Portrait Nov 16/1725-Block in Nov 19/2026-Nov 30/127-Dec 3/4
Questions:What is it that makes your generation unique?What is a common trait of people your age compared to people my age?What are unique problems your generation faces?
Lecture:Generation Portrait SlidesGeneration Portrait Youtube
Activity:Look through the Portrait Range slides to find a portrait artist you most identify with stylistically.Portrait Range SlidesReply with which artist you chose.What did you find compelling in their work?What could you learn from them?
Activity:Look at your answers to these questions. Can you make a work of art from these questions?Learning Goals
What is a Thumbnail?
Create 3 thumbnails in your sketchbook of works of art you could make about this topic and upload them here.
Once you upload your writing, you must comment on at least TWO other students’ thumbnails letting them know which of their thumbnails is your favorite and why.
Remember, keep your comments constructive. We’re all trying to get better as artists. There’s no reason to be unkind.
Question and Attendance:Go back to yesterday’s thumbnail discussion. Read over everyone’s input. Remember, a critique isn’t meant to be hurtful. Read the feedback. Think about it for a minute and decide whether it is useful or not. It’s okay if it is not, but you should really consider it before accepting or dismissing it. 
Then answer this question:  Was there anything in the critique you found helpful? How did you feel giving advice to your peers? How did you feel reading the input of your peers?

Activity:Today your goal is to block in the entirety of your composition on chosen thumbnail. To understand what that means, watch this lecture on blocking in lecture.Blocking YouTube
Block the entire composition and submit for comment.
Question:Look closely at the work, School of Beauty, School of Culture (2012) by Kerry James Marshall.
What do you think the artist was trying to convey through the creation of this artwork and why do you think that?
What contextual information is available that might help you understand the meaning or function of the work?
How are you going to communicate meaning in your work?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON. Tell me how you are feeling about your progress?
Question:Watch this video of Kerry James Marshall…KJM on Museums… then look back at his painting, School of Beauty, School of Culture (2012). Does this interview change how you view the work? What new thoughts or questions do you have? Have you ever been in a space where you thought your identity wasn’t represented or respected? If so, tell me about it.
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON. Tell me how you are feeling about your progress?
Is the work developing the way you would like it to?
What skills would you like to improve to get your artmaking where you want it to be?
28-Dec 7/8-29-Work day
Dec 10/11
30-Last Day
Dec 14/15
Activity:Upload your artwork as it is right now. Don’t worry that it’s not finished. This is a process critique. As you upload your work, also answer the following questions:What do you think is working well so far?What are you unsure of or need advice about?Once you upload your writing, you must comment on at least TWO other student works using the TAG method.TAG stands for:T – Tell the artist something you like.A – Ask the artist a question.G – Give the artist a suggestion.
To think of possible suggestions, imagine this was a relay race. If the artist was handing this artwork off to you to finish, where would you take the work?Remember, keep your comments constructive. We’re all trying to get better as artists. There’s no reason to be unkind.
Spend any remaining time continuing to work on your projects.
Question and Attendance:Go back to yesterday’s critique discussion. Read over everyone’s input. Remember, a critique isn’t meant to be hurtful. Read the feedback. Think about it for a minute and decide whether it is useful or not. It’s okay if it is not, but you should really consider it before accepting or dismissing it. Then answer this question:  Was there anything in the critique you found helpful? How did you feel giving advice to your peers? How did you feel reading the input of your peers?
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:After you are finished working for the day, upload an image of your work in progress. Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON. Tell me how you are feeling about your progress?

Is the work developing the way you would like it to?
What skills would you like to improve to get your artmaking where you want it to be?
Question:Today will be the last class day given to work on this project. What do you need to accomplish to finish this work in a way that makes you proud to display it?  
Activity: Today you should spend at least an hour working on your project. Try to minimize distractions and focus. It’s a good idea to turn off unnecessary distractions that take your mind away from you work
Activity:Submit your final assignment  along with the answer to these questions:What is your concept and how does this work convey it?What are the strengths of this piece?What areas could be improved?How do you see yourself growing as an artist?What success from this work will you use in future works?
Use the Upload Image feature by pressing the Image Icon at the top center of the reply window. DON’T USE THE ATTACH BUTTON.

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