30
Sep 16

Inspiration | Scott Sueme


What is not to love about Sueme’s work?  His paintings are flat, with a brilliant use of  desaturated and pastel colors. His work uses abstraction and minimalism, breaking pools and other subjects into shapes using planes of color. Many of his pieces are almost monochromatic, using several hues of the same color.  

One influence I can see clearly in his work is that of David Hockney, especially his pool paintings from the 1960s and 1970’s. (See below.) 

Art Practice Prompt:

  • Create a work of art based on the color palette used in one of his paintings. 
  • Create a series of minimal photographs breaking your subject down to just the elements of art and getting rid of all clutter.   

  “A Bigger Splash,” 1967

“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” 1972


09
Dec 15

“Elements of Art” Animated by Kyle Busse


21
Oct 15

Radiolab | Colors Episode


(Adam Cole/WNYC)

You can listen to the podcast here, Radiolab.org, or download the podcast and listen on the go!


10
Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Lost Childhood Object

This week the Art One students are taking on Lenka Clayton’s art assignment Lost Childhood Object.   

 

Here is a little more info on the assignment, Clayton, and the PBS web series The Art Assignment straight from The Art Assignment’s YouTube Channel.  

This week we visit Lenka Clayton, another Pittsburgh based artist whose work finds meaning in ordinary, everyday objects. For her assignment, she asks you to partner with someone and recreate a lost childhood object, using their memory of the object and the materials you have around you. Here are your instructions:

1. Ask someone to describe an object they made or cherished as a child. Make a mental image of that object

2. Create the object
3. Give the object back to the person (Ideally, you’d do this project in tandem)
4. Document and upload using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Check out more of Lenka’s work: http://www.lenkaclayton.com/


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Lenka Clayton, One Brown Shoe

09
Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Sorted Books

This week the Photography One students will be completing Nina Katchadourian‘s assignment from the PBS web series The Art Assignment.  

 

Here is a little more about the assignment from The Art Assignment’s YouTube channel.  
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Published on Aug 28, 2014
In which we meet Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian in Lawrence, Kansas, at the former home of American writer William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997). Nina takes us on her journey of sorting Burroughs’s book collection and challenges you to sort some books yourself!Episode 13 Instructions:

1. Choose a person you know or would like to know better
2. Take a look at/through their library
3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person
4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)

Learn more about Nina’s work: http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/

And read about William S. Burroughs: http://www.burroughs100.com/


01
Oct 15

Photo Lesson | Cropping and Straightening

Straightening your horizontal or vertical lines in a photograph is one of the easiest ways to improve your photo.