Students will study Robert Rauschenberg's "Barge, 1962-63" and consider statements made by critics at the time. Students will also create a timeline of what was happening in the 1960's in the US. Students will identify the various processes used in "Barge". Students will also brainstorm images representative of their own community and create a collage from newspaper, magazine, and other image sources. They will also apply paint to the work. Students will also approach the subject through screenprinting.
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Students will look at Serra's 'Circuit, 1972' and Brancusi's 'Torso' and compare the two works. Students will consider how sculptors articulate a form in space and how the sculptor draws a volume. They will also consider the phrase 'articulation of process' as expressed in much of Serra's early work. Students will reflect on Serra's verb list and experiment by making three different works from three different materials in response to a verb. Students will also create a more advanced sculpture based on Serra's second verb list incorporating suggested action or movement within the work.
Students will look at Brancusi's 'The Kiss' and compare it to other sculptures they have seen. Students will also comment on some of Brancusi's aphorisms about art and the creative process. Students will create an artwork that responds to the artwork of Brancusi or Serra or Rodin. Students will also explore direct carving after the work of Brancusi.
Students will look at Richard Serra's 'The Consequence of Consequence'. They will then create a mock-up of a space in or near their school and create model sculptures for the space. Students will also write a dialogue between the artists Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra depicting what the artists might say to each other with the conversation revealing insights into their work.
Students will look at Oldenburg's "Late Submission to the Chicago Tribune Architectural Competition of 1922: Clothespin" and discuss scale, function, and form. Students will consider Oldenburg's reimagining of every day objects into monumental works of art. Students will then create their own "late submissions" for the world's most beautiful office building.
Students will look at Oldenburg's "Mouse Museum, 1977" and discuss the function of museums, the idea of collections, and the meaning of "alter ego". Students will create their own representation of their alter ego. Each student will be provided an object and asked to draw that object and then to draw the object again but transforming it into something else of a vastly different scale. Students will reflect on what they collect and sketch out the design for a museum based on their collection including internal and external views of the buildings.
Students will look at Oldenburg's soft sculpture "Soft Pay-Telephone, 1963" and compare it to a real telephone. Students will consider materials, scale, and shape. Students will also look for and discuss any anthropomorphic characteristics in Oldenburg's work. Students will comment on an Oldenburg quote about art and humor. Finally, students will use Oldenburg quotes as drawing prompts.
Students will make word associations while looking at an American flag. Students will then compare the American Flag with Oldenburg's "The Old Dump Flag, 1960" concentrating on proportions, materials, color, movement, shape, etc. Discussion will proceed to Oldenburg's idea of "grand symbols". Students will then collect recyclable items, flatten them, and sculpt a "grand symbol" of their community by tearing, crumpling, folding and spray painting the work. Students will divide into groups and create a performance piece incorporating all the objects made by group members.
Students will look at Ortega's installation art "False Movement (Stability and Economic Growth), read about the work, and describe the work in detail. Students will explore the concepts of capitalism, politics, and social issues and how they may be addressed through art by investigating aspects of form and structure such as fragility, levity, gravity, and weight; balance and tension. Students will participate in The Marshmallow Challenge (link provided). Students will also create a digital collage on a topic that concerns them.
Have students brainstorm a list of adjectives to describe places. As a group, look at Schiele's Old Houses in Krumau and then, working with a partner, to match words from the list with Schiele's scene. Have students reflect on process--how they know when an artwork is finished. Ask students about the use of anthropomorphic elements in Schiele's work and their own. Have students consider the terms looking and seeing and how the two differ. Students will produce an anthropomorphic landscape from their surroundings and write down similes and metaphors comparing parts of the landscape to the human form. Students will also work together to produce a series of images inspired by each other. Students will also work with the definition of "artists".
Students will look at Egon Schiele's "Seated Couple, 1915" and compare the two figures. Students will discuss how art can express feelings symbolically. Students will then consider Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss, 1908" and compare the two works noting proportions, perspective, color, decorative elements and the relationship between the figures and the environment. After a class discussion on allegory, students will create their own allegorical drawing. Students will then write a poem based on one of the works. Also, working in pairs, students will sketch each other twice making use of perspective to portray different aspects of the subject.
Students will look at Egon Schile's "Self-Portrait: Pulling Down an Eyelid, 1910" noting use of color and decorative elements, clothing, facial and body language and emotion. Students will also consider Schiele's use of line and his contrasting blocks of color. Students will compare his work to that of his mentor, Gustav Klimt. Working in groups, students will construct and act out a dialogue between artist and subject based on a Schiele drawing. Students will engage in two continuous drawing activities; two contour drawing activities; and create a digital self-portrait experimenting with contortion, asymmetry, and/or disproportionate elements.
Students will paint a landscape where the body and nature are interconnected. Students will experiment with weight, gravity, tension and balance. Students will also watch a Neto video on Intimacy.
Students will go through a series of sensory experiments to learn to express subjective sensations. Students will transform the classroom into an installation piece and discuss how they interact and integrate with the altered space. Students will also design and create a living sculpture where they are each a part of the interconnected work.
Students will view Neto's "Coconut Water" 2008. Students will also conduct fieldwork collecting data around the school and in their own neighborhoods, document their fieldwork through video, photographs, or drawings, and share findings through a roundtable discussion. Students will also select a typical local product and write a manifesto as to its importance. Also, students will create a mural in the style of Neto's installations.
Students will study "Flamingo Capsule", a painting by James Rosenquist drawing on the Apollo 1 training disaster. Students will try to connect the painting to the event by deconstructing the painting. Students will consider Rosenquist's composition and discuss the level of success the artist reached in portraying two opposite concepts within a single work. Students will research newspaper accounts of the Apollo 1 tragedy and create their own work responding to the event. Students will also experiment with scaling-up, the technique Rosenquist used to produce very large works.
Students will watch "Blow After Blow" by Garmendia (link provided). They will also view works by Salaberria and Zabala. Through discussion and analysis, students will explore "context" as it relates to process and method. Students will also research punk music from different parts of the world, find photographs that compare past and present events noting aesthetic differences while considering how new technologies have changed both war and journalism. Finally, students will re-design a Salaberria exhibition.
Students will watch and discuss an exerpt from Garmendia's "Untitled Orbea" 2007. Students will explore, video, and discuss a relevant object from the school. Students will consider local traditions, events, habits, or an unusual behavior in their community and create an imaginary monument that represents their community. Students will also design furniture playing with the function of the object.
Students will view and discuss works by Garmendia, Zabala, and Salaberria. Students will organize and construct an action sculpture, observing how objects react (how they move, sound, how the physical matter changes) if elements such as sun, water, or wind get involved. Students will use smartphones, cameras, and/or video to copy old photos and video comparing qualities of past and present. Students will also view the series "Unconscious/Conscious" and use photography and video to explore an emblematic building in their city.
Students will view Gillian Wearing's "Self-Portrait as My Uncle, Bryan Gregory"; learn about her process of documentary portraiture; and debate whether her work is "self-portraiture" or not. Students will also use collage to merge an image of themselves with that of another. Students will also write a character sketch of one of Wearing's photographs and a short biography of the person they have researched.