JUST THE BEGINNING

Teach One 

For this weeks activity, i chose to teach my Niece how to spray paint her name! I remembered way back to the day at the beach when she wanted to try but wasn’t old enough, so i felt this week it would be awesome to let her experience it.  Being a teaching major i let her first try discovery learning. so basically she had the freedom to draw out a rough sketch of how she would want to paint her name.  Then when it came to the actual painting, i gave her tips that i learned from Jobe at Venice Beach.

# 1 Don’t be afraid of messing up, you can fix it later

#2 Don’t move the can, move your whole body, to avoid uneven lines

#3 There is no wrong way to make your own art piece

#4 Black is always the last color to use, and will n=make your piece shine!

 

Passing on these tips lead to this lovely picture:

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Even though the wind was not in her favor, she still did an awesome job and listened to all instructions!!

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* RIP a small patch of painted grass my Dad will find later.

 

 

The Art of Our Time 

First and foremost I have learned that summer classes can be awesome!! Throughout these past 12 weeks i have experienced a plethora of informational lectures and discussions dating back hundreds of years and have enjoyed every minute of it.  I feel that art can be a part of my professional career.  Being in physical education it might seem difficult to thing of art in that setting, but i want my students to have every opportunity to learn different avenues of life and culture.  With the knowledge i have gained from this class i can create lesson plans that could involve fitness and some sort of a walking art tour we learned about.  Or another idea for my special needs students could be finger painting (my favorite)!  It is true what Professor Zucman stated, “this is not the last, but the first week of art”.  I will continue learning and carrying the knowledge i have gained from this class!

 

 

 

Andy Warhol 

I feel that Andy Warhol was most impact with his “easy art”, in today’s modern society i see copies of Warhol paintings on stickers, t-shirts, and instagram walls.   After watching some of his films, i could see why people don’t really know he was also a film maker.  It was so true that he went the opposite direction from a Hollywood type of film.  For my personally i like his pop art pieces, they are just what i have always associated him with and are  pleasing to the eye.

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ART 110

Three Favorite Activities

1. Spray Painting – awesome to see that i can actually do it, and it was fun to be in the atmosphere at the beach.

2. Instagram- a great way to see how other students in the class were doing on the particular day.

3. Video Introduction- cool using software, and building a video, and seeing other students in the class.

 

Three Least Favorite Activities 

1. Prototype – It was difficult for me to think of an idea, i think i was having a artistic mental block that week.

2. ?  I cant think of any other activities that weren’t fun!!

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Best Part of Class

The lecture videos were great, and didn’t even feel like a lecture! They were always fun to watch and learn more information.  Also the activities, were lots of fun, being able to actually make those video instructions come alive.

 

What Should Go?

Maybe the video chats, i liked being able to have the text chats where ever i happened to be.  The text chats were more flexible, and having one person being the leader and having an open time each week was great.

 

E-Portfolio

I will be continuing my webpage of many years to come! I will be changing it to a fitness and nutrition blog, as well as having my professional resume and physical education information on different links!!

21st Century, Joseph DeLapppe, & Instillation

21st Century Art

First off i cant believe it is already week eleven, time has flown by! Secondly this weeks art history talk was interesting, learning about the newer art avenues.  The use of technology has opened new horizons for what art can be defined as. Digital art, was talked about most and covered many different areas, such as GPS, and data visualization.  The woman who created a data space that spelled out the word VOTE across the United States was awesome!! Chris Jordan’s art piece about the plastic bottles amazed me not only with the graphic photograph and detail, but also with the harsh statistic! Lastly the thought of thinking images, and how a so called fake or modified version of a vacation picture might be better than the real picture.  The fake picture could really capture what it felt like being there. 

 

Joseph DeLappe 

Another performance artist, who took the world of gaming and involved historical and political figures, and received mixed reviews.  The art piece that really struck me was how he went on the war video game and read off the names of the actual soldiers who were killed in the War.  I was shocked that not all the people playing that game were taking a minute to think about what they were doing and respect these men and women who actually go out and risk their life, and not sit on their butt and pretend to kill the enemy.  

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Instillation 

For this weeks student’s choice art, i chose to create an instillation piece on the beach.  With some help from my friends and sand toys we created an awesome castle complete with a mote and boat.  I had fun watching young kids walk past us and watching with jealous eyes as we were creating this awesome structure!! 

 

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Free Culture, Aaron Swartz, & Landscape

Free Culture

This weeks lecture struck me both while watching the video, and after during my hangout out with my group.  During the lecture i thought the words slave and pirate were perfect descriptions of how people in today’s society create and steal from each other.  I too am guilty of some of those mentioned topics of conversation. But as Sinji stated in our discussion i totally agree with paying a small price in order to legally own a copy of someones original creation. I want to be more of a citizen! photo 1

Aaron Swartz 

It was truly amazing to learn about this young man and all that he accomplished at such a young age.  It was also tragic learning that he passed away.  His stand on trying to create social good and new ways for people to interact and share was amazing to learn about!! Just think what he could have accomplished if he could still been alive! 

Landscape 

I decided that i would “barrow” my dads chainsaw while he was gone for the day, and pretended i was killed in an accident in my backyard. It was pretty funny having my mom pour fake blood over me and have my sister take the picture. I think it came out pretty good!!

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Abstraction, Representation, Mattes, & Random People

Abstraction & Representation 

This weeks focus in history was nice to see how different art pieces that we have previously studied all tied into this lecture.  The comment that Courbet made to art students in 1861 was weird to think about “art is only real and existing objects”… for me i love to see an persons imagination take over and see what they come up with, whether it be something real or completely made up.  I liked seeing some of Kandinsky’s works, and see how he was motivated by Monet to create color, shape, and space, as well as Kandinsky’s realization that its okay if you truly don’t understand a piece of art, and how you can later understand what it means.  In this weeks hangout it was only Heather, Jessica and myself, so we had a great girl chat about how all three of us preferred abstract art over representational, giving the pieces more meaning. 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes

The hangout really came alive when we discussed the picture of Mickey holding the plate of bones and how we all share a love for Disney.  These two artists have a unique style of portraying their art in a fashion that almost makes me angry at them for creating it, but on the flip side makes me take a step back and think about how creative that was.  For example the picture of her playing Pac-Man and the toxic fumes coming out into the air.

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Random People

I decided that since i was going to a country concert this past weekend that i would dress up in my boots, and hat, and talk to random people at the concert. I can still remember asking this one guy, “hey what do you think my major is?”, and half intoxicated he replied a professional bull rider, and i thought that was pretty cool lol.  Another woman by the name of Brittney who sat in the row behind me took a look at me and my attire, and studied it for a second, looked at my body type and said “fitness”, which is pretty close to P.E so i was impressed. Many people didn’t want to answer my question and kept walking by, but not one person got it correct. It was a great experience trying to see if they could figure out that in all actuality i wear gym shorts and sunscreen all day and play sports with children.  Who knows maybe ill start riding bulls lol 

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– bull rider

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-Business 

– Communications 

– Dancer

– Athlete 

– Math

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Aesthetics Beauty, Romanticism, Cardiff & Prototyping

History Talk 

This weeks history lecture was not really history but more of an informational learning experience.  Learning what aesthetics really is and how it uses beauty to define itself opened my eyes to what beauty really is.  In our discussion group we talked for quite a long time about what beauty is thought of in today’s eyes, and how one must be a celebrity to be truly beautiful.  I believe what John Keates when he stated beauty is truth, truth beauty.  I also believe what Hamlet said that beauty can lie.  Its a fine line between the both.  The Birth of Venus painting was beautiful, but i can also see how it does not truly represent the world at that particular time.  The part about Romanticism was interesting, I never looked at it this deeply before.

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Janet Cardiff

I was truly impressed by her her audio tour!!! The video that i watched of her at the train station was awesome, and tripped me out when she pointed herself out on the platform at the very end of the film. She style of art is really cool, it was fun to hear her change her voice for different effects throughout the film.  I would love to actually take one of her audio tours one time!!

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Prototyping

I had a hard time being creative with this activity.  Until it dawned on me when i spilled my In N Out cup all over my car, that i needed to build cup holders for my car.  Ever since i got my car i have never found cup holders that fit, because i have 4X4 there is no room for a plastic set!  The struggle was real! many times i would end up driving with one hand on the wheel while the other is frozen holding my iced coffee.  It was time for an idea! My first idea was to duck tape a small box to the under side of my radio to hold my drink, but there was not enough duck tape to make it secure.  So i thought that if one day i could get two strong magnets i could place one on either side of my glove box and place the box there to hold my drinks… i haven’t found the magnets yet but i think you catch my drift!!

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19th Century, Nikki Lee, & Instagram

19th Century

This weeks art history talk was awesome, I am truly beginning to understand the different time periods of art and how things have evolved into what art is today.  I had no idea about the encyclopedia, i was fascinated that there were only 4,000 copies originally made it sounds like nothing, but i’m sure back in that time 4,000 was a lot.  Also to realize that exactly 250 years later Wikipedia would be created, it amazing to think of how much something as simple as a book could grow to be something so huge in our lives, and then fall back to being nothing more than a paper weight on desks as we ask Siri to find the information for us, and most likely bringing up the Wikipedia site in the process.  Moving into the Realism portion of the lecture the part about how realism art was actually portrayed was cool to learn about.  The part about how realism art is about the content of the piece, and the Stone Breakers piece of art was a beautiful depiction!  In the Impression era i remembered back to my high school years in art class sitting in class making my 4 inch square that was eventually be a bigger part of the starry night painting, and not really caring what was going on, because all i wanted to do was go to lunch.  I now am realizing that that painting was and still is a big part of art history, and is so beautiful, and many people know of this piece of art.  The painting from Jacque Louis David and all of your past students renditions was funny to see, i might have to create my own one of these days.

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Nikki S. Lee

  This weeks artist of the week was Nikki Lee, she has by far been very different from the other artists we have studied in the past.  I love that her art captures her in every shot. The way she tried to fit into each so called “click” of people was fun and new, she didn’t let her ethnicity and gender stop her from her art.  This type of casual photography is what made me think of all the instagram pictures, and made me realize that each one of us is kind of like a Nikki Lee.  

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Instagram

Like stated before i loved to see the casual photography that each one of the students posted on Wednesday! Some of the pictures were crazy to see how good a cell phone and different effects could make a picture come to life.  Seeing what each student was doing throughout the day was fun to see the hashtag! These were mine and some of my favorites:

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Google Hangout

😦 Sometimes the internet hates me and during the hangout i lost connection, and by the time i was able to fix it, it was too late. I managed to snap this photo before i was shutdown.

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Renaissance Baroque, Meurent, & Spray Painting

Renaissance & Baroque

Now beginning to move to the right of the flow chart and into the 15th Century, starting at the bottom, art is reawakened. only taking twenty-five years to go from the early renaissance to get to the High Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci creates his famous Mona Lisa painting in 1505. It’s crazy to see how the painting is displayed and how many people visit it each day, it makes me think if  da Vinci every could have imagined people in today’s world standing in line to see his paintings. Also i see the Vitruvian Man picture in many books and really never knew that is was also done by the same artist.  In my hangout with  we talked about the painting Raphael created about his girlfriend, and how that same painting influenced other artists in later year’s. We both also thought it was strange that the carpenters for the Chapel created an entirely new steeple , but they could have easily just copied the  steeple right next to it.  Finally the clicker questions that were asked about the statues was hilarious!

 

Hangout with Julia

Hangout with Julia

 

 

Victorine Meurent 

This artist slash model for other artists is very interesting in the fact that while doing other research on her i only found paintings of her face.  Also in our hangout, we found it fascinating that for the art piece that is on the book cover she seems so calm and collected and she was only nineteen at the time.  We also started pondering about the question about her being a real artist or just a model for others….. which then brought us back to thinking about what is art, and this can be interpreted in many different definitions so it ultimately depends on the individual.

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Spray Painting 

I went to Venice beach on the weekend of the 26th, and was greeted by an awesome man who goes by his street name Lost.  He then said his name was Jobe.  Jobe taught me many different tricks and tips to achieving that perfect painting.  From holding the can at a different angle to code words if i ever want to spray paint on a freeway and the cops show up….. the code word is  “one time”, that means you drop the can and run like crazy! It was a great experience, and i learned so much, i will definitely be heading back there to possibly paint more. Here my creation!!!

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The Middle Ages, Cornell & Drawing

The Middle Ages  This weeks lecture on the middle ages was very interesting, i found myself wanting more and Google searched more images of Gothic Cathedrals.  It is very true that in today’s world we think of these places as Imax theaters, and their vast spaces amaze me how they could create something so large and yet very beautiful.  The rose windows were breathtaking with all the natural sunlight.  I found it interesting how that one Cathedral kept burning down and they rebuilt it but used a different style, and didn’t just try to copy the existing architecture.  I feel that goth and Gothic are two different things, although  it was pretty funny to see the jewelry side by side. church   Joseph Cornell After the lecture I found myself lost in images of his wonder cabinets.  I didn’t quite understand how intricate they actually were until i was zooming in and I wanted to be like Alice and take them apart and look even closer at each piece. My hangout group of the week also thought the Alice story was quite funny. We also talked about how some of us in the group could relate to his imagination and not even have to travel (pintrest)  One piece that stuck out to me was this: cornell2 I kept thinking that those were little doors that could be opened and have objects inside.   I also thought about how life could be like one of these doors and you have to open them up to see what is in store for your life. Drawing  This week I watched the video on drawing my name in bubble letters, and had more fun than i expected.  I also decided to do my painting project early, but that post will be next week.  But for now here is my attempt at my bubble letters. image (4)

Greece, Rome, & Woodman

Greece

Cruising into week three of this adventure in art history, it started with the ancient art and included Greece, Rome and other topics that weren’t not discussed but mentioned such as Egypt, Agean, and Etrucsan.  Surely the art that was created in this time period has effected how this classical art influences modern art.  The connection between art and science was interesting, and I found myself taking a minute thinking, that if there wasn’t anyone asking the questions, then there would be no answers.  Also the fact that technology today is practically killing the earth made me move my phone just a little bit further away from my desk, lol ( I just want my phone). Also the two sculptures were interesting to think about how the progression of art goes or could possibly go  from primitive to more life like features.  i loved when the lecture talked about the philosophers such as Aristophanes, because I am also taking a comic spirit class online this semester, it was great to think about how the plays of this era would have been done with this type of art around them.   In our Google Hangout my group, due to technical difficulties had a rough time getting the video clear so decided to text instead and shared some great and interesting thoughts.  For instance we talked about how values played a critical role in the way art was created in this era, and how older art has a sense of beauty that we sometimes lack with today’s modern approach to living, and also depends on a value system.

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Rome

Moving into Rome and learning a quick history about this atmosphere was awesome and interesting!  I couldn’t believe how large the Column of Trajan was and how intricate the carvings were.  The Roman topography and how it became a staple in modern art, logos and even movie posters! who would have thought that Trajan would be making an appearance in Titanic!!  The influence of Roman art transferred through history and is still appreciated today… which also lead to our artist of the week and how other artist can be influenced to create similar pieces of art like how Carol Twombly used Trajan topography in modern art.

 

Francesca Woodman

Like I stated before about how artist can be copy cats of each other.  I have no idea how to spell the two other artists that created other art pieces after woodman, but i liked to see how those other artists perceived and remixed her art piece of the girl hanging off the door.  I would have never guessed how keeping the art piece in its packing case would create a whole new dimension, and feel to the piece!  In the hangout we talked about how one person can’t be the judge of which art piece is better, like the old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Also i loved the quote that Banksy took from Picasso and made it his own by crossing out Picasso’s name was genius!

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All in all this week was awesome and i cant wait for next week!

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Caves, Body Art, And The Missing Hand

CAVES

This week was quite interesting to say the least.  To start going back to prehistory and going even deeper past the Paleolithic era and we came across cave art in hunting and gathering.  These huge yet highly detailed paintings were painted in karst caves.  At the early age of 17 in the year 1940 Marcel Ravidat and his friends discovered the Lascaux cave.  Being such a huge cave I was astounded at the fact that this young kid found such a great place.  From the picture I could see that the cave had several pathways and was a great place for cave paintings.  In our google hang out this week we touched on the fat that those cave paintings have held the test of time and still look amazing.  We would like to learn more about what materials they would have used to make such bright colors.  I thought it was very interesting why there were no paintings of the animals that the people ate, but only animals like bulls.  This cave only being used for special occasions was cool to learn about, it would be like the modern day fine china in the fancy dinning room.  The shaft part of the cave was the most interesting to me, the pocket of carbon dioxide just goes to show how the earth can change at any time.  The fact that the ancient people may have gone down in the shaft to do drumming and chanting.  The painting in the shaft is such an odd place to put a human painting since there wasn’t any human paintings in the rest of the cave.  My mind was blown when the professor talked about how other paintings like this “broken man” showed up in South Africa, and even was in a modern movie depicting a man dying and re-erecting to a shaman.  This weeks art history has enticed my interest in caves and ancient paintings and all the rich facts and history they hold.

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Carbon Dioxide at the bottom of the shaft.

 

 

 

"Broken Man"

“Broken Man”

BODY ART

This weeks artist of the week was a totally different type of artist from the performance artist Kaprow.  Ana Mendieta born in Cuba was a body artist, land artist, and environmental artist.   Known as a femoral artist Mendieta’s art work didn’t last every long like other art pieces in museums.  Her art only lasted for how ever long she wanted to stand there and pose for it.  Although with the use of cameras there were also pictures that were taken of her during her art performances.   Also in our hangout we talked about how her type of art made us stop and think about what Ana might want her audience to be thinking when experiencing her art.It was fascinating to see just how well she placed her body in her pieces.  The tree picture doesn’t even look like she is standing by a tree.  They way she never disrupted nature, she just blended in was amazing to see, and I am glad that pictures were taken so that others could value her art as much as I now do.

Google Hangout

Google Hangout

MISSING HAND

I had been excited for this weeks activity, and was ready to see what my cast would look like.  I had watched the video and was aware of the instructions, but I forgot probably the most important step… remember where you dug the hole.  After the 30 minutes were done the Professor and I were laughing at the fact that I pretty much “lost” my hand in the sand.  But minutes later and about another foot to the left from where I was digging was my plaster cast.  Weighing in at what seemed to be 15 pounds my plaster cast looked awesome!  With the added plaster on the bottom for a nice showroom touch my cast was perfect!  It was a un experience and it was great to hang out with Professor Zucman!

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Lost!

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Found!