Category: Art

Words & Pictures Matter

Stretch and EXPLORE

Essentially this Studio Habit means to try new things. Maybe that means working in a new medium. Maybe it means trying a different subject matter. Perhaps it means doing what you’ve done before, but trying a new way of doing it. However you think of it- on the one hand it may mean moving outside your comfort zone, but on the other hand, it can mean letting go of rules and expectations and just letting yourself loosen up and have fun. Try new things without a plan. Make things up as you go along.

It’s always a great idea anytime you start something new to just explore, play and experiment. See what you can do, don’t worry so much about how it will turn out. Don’t be afraid of messing up.

The DaDaists and Surrealists were great at this. They wanted to connect with their unconscious minds so they’d engage in “automatism,” improvisational, serendipitous drawing and painting. Jazz music and improvisational theater.

One thing they’d try- like improv comedians, is to scavenge around for objects that suggested ideas to them. It could be trash, it could be natural, it could be junk in the garage, attic, basement, barn or wherever. It could be magazines or old photos or newspapers. Put things together in new ways and make collage (pictures), frottage (texture rubbings) or assemblage (3-D found object collage).

Here is a short list of easy ideas that would be perfect to try during quarantine.

  • Instead of looking for pictures to draw on Pinterest or Google, look on your own phone’s picture folder! Pick something to try to draw or paint that you’ve already taken a picture of. Think it’s too complicated? Crop it into a simpler, but interesting composition. Draw the square or rectangle boarders first and then fill in the composition.
  • Take a walk with your phone taking pictures of things you wouldn’t normally even look at. It can be around the block, around your yard, around your house or just around your room. Try looking specifically for examples of the elements of design: line, color, shape, space, texture, value.
  • On that phone walk; look for things that look like other things. Socks that look like animals, food that looks like faces, bottles that look like buildings. Let your imagination go wild.
  • PAREIDOLIA CHALLENGE; pareidolia is when you see faces in things that aren’t… well, human faces. Find as many things as you can that look like faces to you (that aren’t) and take pictures of them.
  • On that phone walk; look for things that look like letters and then use those pictures to spell out words- even messages.
  • Try drawing with something you don’t usually use. Usually draw with a mechanical pencil or a marker? Try using a wooden pencil, or a ballpoint pen or a Q-tip dipped in paint or ink.
  • Don’t have paint? Try painting with coffee, tea, punch, juice or softdrinks.
  • Try drawing on cardboard or a paper bag, wrapping paper, gum wrappers, old books or board.
  • NOW- Now you have things on your phone that you could draw. Draw some of these new weird things you’ve taken pictures of.

PLEASE– Take pictures of your Art explorations and email them to Mr. Mallory, attach them to this post on Google Classroom, or best of all- upload them right away to Artsonia!

Exploring New Artists

A couple of weeks ago I encouraged my Art students to do an “aesthetic scan” of a famous artwork. Last week, I assigned them to choose an artwork by another student at Boyer Valley and fill out a form giving them feedback. 

But I also hoped you might also Explore the Art World (one of the 8 Studio Habits of Mind) by seeking out new art or artists working today that are still alive. This is kind of a good segway into another Studio Habit for this week, Stretch & Explore. 

If you haven’t yet, do a search of Instagram, Pinterest or just Google with something you’re interested in (hunting, make-up, basketball, fortenite, whatever) and the word “art.” just see what comes up. When there’s an artwork you like, find the artist’s name and then look them up.

No big form to fill out or steps to follow, but why don’t you share their name with me, along with where they’re from, and what kind of art they make and why you like it. Either do it on a google doc like any other assignment, or just briefly in the comments below the assignment post in Google Classroom.

One is fine. More if you want. I have seven examples just so you can see how you might do it. Maybe you’ll want to look some of these up and be inspired to make something like one of them does. I found all of these just this week. The last two just last night in fact.

  • Sari Shryack from Austin, TX is my favorite. I love her thick, painterly style and her bright bold colors. On Instagram she always posts two or three pictures of the steps she went through, not just the finished painting.
  • Kadir Nelson was featured on CBS Sunday Morning this week. He’s an award winning children’s book illustrator. In some ways his realistic work reminds me of Norman Rockwell. He just finished a big painting about having courage and hope- perfect for this pandemic we’re going through.
  • David Choe is a Korean-American street artist in LA. His expressive, busy style builds layers of chaos into really exciting images charged with energy.
  • Steven Paul Judd I was looking up Southwestern art on Pinterest, like John Nieto, a favorite Navajo painter I liked when I was in high school when I stumbled upon this guy. He mixes Native American culture and images with pop culture and movies. Sometimes in paintings, other times in photoshop mash-ups. He’s hilarious, but makes powerful statements.
  • David Hayward is a former pastor and author who draws cartoons satirizing how faith and religion. Mostly Jesus and sheep. They look so simple, silly and gentle, but he makes strong points.
  • Scott Erickson is a painter, designer and public speaker. His paintings would make awesome tee-shirts or graphics. Incredibly simple and symbolic, but they really make you think.
  • John Bozz used to work for Ray Gun shirts in Des Moines, but now he’s opened his own studio/shop. He made posters for the DNR that look like 1930’s National Park posters.
  • Tara Hudson is an Omaha area graphic designer who specializes in prints, screen printing, and painting. Her work hasn’t quite matured yet, but she has a edgy, “neo-expressionist” style that reminds me of a lot of young artists in the late 80s & early 90s.

So what can you find? Skateboard art? Horse art? Minecraft art? Superhero art? Anime? Go explore. Tell us what you find.

6th Grade Art Ideas

Ideas for 6th Grade Art projects to try at home
Attached are links to my classroom website and a 6th grade Art Pinterest Board.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR ARTWORK!
When using Artsonia Classroom Mode on your Chromebook or thee free downloadable Artsonia app on your phone, be sure to use this access code: YDBW-PZJP

Also attached is a PDF from Artsonia with simple directions (& links to tutorial videos) to help you with using their app and/or classroom mode.

https://naea.digication.com/maldog/Sixth_Grade_Art

https://www.artsonia.com/class

https://www.artsonia.com/…/memb…/classmode/parent-letter.asp

7th Grade Art Ideas

Ideas for 7th Grade Art projects to try at home
Attached are links to my classroom website and a 7th grade Art Pinterest Board.

You 7th graders all have a lot of visual/Art talent! Believe it or not, I kinda miss ya! Stay home & stay well.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR ARTWORK!
When using Artsonia Classroom Mode on your Chromebook or thee free downloadable Artsonia app on your phone, be sure to use this access code: YDBW-PZJP

Also attached is a PDF from Artsonia with simple directions (& links to tutorial videos) to help you with using their app and/or classroom mode.

https://naea.digication.com/maldog/Seventh_Grade_Art

https://www.artsonia.com/class

https://www.artsonia.com/…/memb…/classmode/parent-letter.asp

8th Grade Art Ideas

Ideas for 8th Grade Art projects to try at home
Attached are links to my classroom website and a 8th grade Art Pinterest Board.

I really miss my 8th graders. I hope you’re all staying home & staying healthy. I feel terrible that this pandemic closed school just before you got to start Art class. I’m sure some of you would’ve done phenomenal at these projects. I bet you’d love the Surreaism!

PLEASE SHARE YOUR ARTWORK!
When using Artsonia Classroom Mode on your Chromebook or thee free downloadable Artsonia app on your phone, be sure to use this access code: YDBW-PZJP

Also attached is a PDF from Artsonia with simple directions (& links to tutorial videos) to help you with using their app and/or classroom mode.

https://naea.digication.com/maldog/Eighth_Grade_Art

https://www.artsonia.com/class

https://www.artsonia.com/…/memb…/classmode/parent-letter.asp

‘Comm Art’ Class Links

Here are some links & resources if you’re interested in learning more about commercial art or graphic design while your’e stuck at home. I will try to offer some more specific challenges in the coming weeks. I’ll also work on revising, updating and improving my website for this class. Meanwhile, check out the Pinterest board, there are tons of ideas there, especially for typography- which was what we were going to study next before the school shut-down.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR ARTWORK!
When using Artsonia Classroom Mode on your Chromebook or thee free downloadable Artsonia app on your phone, be sure to use this access code: YDBW-PZJP

Or tag @bvartdogs or #bvartdogs in your instagram post- or even just dm me on facebook. I’d LOVE to see what you’re making even after you graduate. Believe it or not, I probably miss this class most of all. I hope you’re all staying home and staying well.

Also attached is a PDF from Artsonia with simple directions (& links to tutorial videos) to help you with using their app and/or classroom mode.

https://naea.digication.com/maldog/Graphic_Design

https://www.artsonia.com/class

https://www.instagram.com/bvartdogs

https://www.artsonia.com/teachers/members/classmode/parent-letter.asp