October 29, Wednesday

I am so excited about your WTHisit drawings. This big project is about process and allowing art to evolve organically. It is about constructing an image that echos a familiarity but upon closer examination the viewer must investigate and decide for themselves, “What the Heck is this drawing all about; what the heck is it? The idea is to allow the viewer to answer questions rather than handing the obvious answers to the viewer.  This was challenging and a bit advanced and look how well you did with this theme! The critique for these drawings will be on Monday, as many of you had a desire to continue working on these over this week and the weekend.

Wednesday, we will revisit gray-scale and value studies. Bring in your charcoal materials for working in class. Also bring in your oil crayons-I MAY have you working with those. We will see.

Pumpkin carving is on Wednesday afternoon if you are in the mood for fun and Halloween. You get to keep your large pumpkin and take it home.

*I will be loading some new pages onto this site for another class I am teaching. The RAC page. Just ignore that information. It does not apply to you. Try not to be confused by it.

My cat Theo. Silkscreen print I did at CCP-our field trip destination on Nov. 10. contemprints.org




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Oct. 27, Monday

Students, we will finish the WTHisit project on Monday. Remember to think about a graphic pattern that might improve your drawing: newspaper type, enlarged copies of photos, scrap wall paper or wrapping paper, old book diagrams, any interesting or odds and ends graphic. That pattern could be drawn or traced on the back side of the translucent Yupo paper. Make sure it is a pattern or drawn element that works well with the primary drawing-that is makes sense and supports the overall piece of work. I’m excited to see these finished.

I will hand out your mid-term evaluations at the end of class on Monday; A letter grade will be posted by noon as your mid-term. These are valuable so that you can clearly see where your strengths are in the class and where you could us improvement. These grades are not permanent on your record.

There is a pumpkin carving event on Wednesday this week through the Art and Design club. Carving and free pumpkins are there for fun and for keeps. Sweet.

The CCP class field trip is on our calendar; this is a required class trip-Monday, November 10. Go to contemprints.org for info on the facility.

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Art Supplies on the cheap-Saturday

The Rowayton Arts Center has a tag sale this Saturday. It is being held at the Community Center in Rowayton, 33 Highland Avenue. Lots of stuff usually: canvases, pastels, easels, drawing and painting gear. Here’s the flyer.

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Monday, Oct 20.

The school Facebook page for the arts Department is @ Art, Architecture + Design at Norwalk Community College. I posted some class pics there of Phase I of WTHisit. I was impressed with your good, speedy and focused work today. I’ll see you on Monday, ready for Phase II.

You will need these supplies: Yupo paper, fine markers, rubbing alcohol, Qtips, and oil crayons-plus your basic drawing materials.

We are like children building a sandcastle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea. (Pema Chodron)


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WTHisit project: Bring your boxes tomorrow

We have a large project launching tomorrow. Be on time and bring your boxes-Gift wrapped. See this file for where we are heading with this extensive in-class drawing assignment:  Agenda_Oct15_WTHisit process

Go to Gallery/Gallery 2 on this sight for inspiration to research Cy Twombly http://www.cytwombly.info/index.html


His use and reuse of common object in his sculptures, brushed over with white house paint, is a fine example of what you may emulate with your boxes. 

Supplies you need to provide:

Wednesday-YOUR BOX
On Monday, October 20: Yupo paper, Qtips, rubbing alcohol, fine black markers, black oil crayons.

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REMEMBER! your WTHisit box is due in class next week, and…..

In Greenwich CT, the Bruce Museum has an outdoor arts festival this weekend. The Museum grounds are covered with local artist’s work; some good, some not so good, but definitely worth the trip. Have a nice weekend.

Bruce Museum

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New Haven Arts event this weekend & class on Oct. 15th

Have a nice long weekend. Take the time to catch up in your sketchbooks; do not let this homework snowball out of control. Stay current in your out of class work.

On Wednesday October 15th you have two things due in class.


And….Event: Joe mentioned this happening in class this week. (This is not the trip we are taking/no worries) But it does look very interesting indeed. Remember this is a month-long arts event in New Haven, with a different focus each weekend.
Link here:  http://www.cwos.org/keynote-address/

On that subject, for those of you who are joining me on October 25, for the New Haven trip, please go to this website: http://www.cwos.org/keynote-address/

On the top menu, click on Curator Tours. Scroll down quite a ways until you see this tour with Deborah Daney at 2:00pm:
tourYou must order your tickets yourselves. These tours are selling out so do this now before you forget. More details on this weekend arts trip next week.


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