Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Art 2 - Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative.
Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.

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Art One - Drawings in Pencil

The drawings below were all completed with pencil.  Which is your favorite?

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Art Two - Linoleum Printing Video

Watch the following videos for tips on cutting your linoleum block.  There are two to watch.

Art One - Perspective in Art

Notice how the following artists use perspective in their paintings.j

One point perspective on the ground - Italian artist Perugino
This painting is in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
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The School of Athens by Raphael
This painting is in the Vatican in Rome
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The Music Lesson by Vermeer
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Two point perspectve by Edward Hopper

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Also by Edward Hopper - American artist

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Art Two - Block print portraits

Below are examples of portraits using the block print method.  The white areas are carved away and the black is left in the material.  The block is then inked and printed.  What do you think?

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Art One - Geometric Forms

VALUE - the degree of lightness on a scale from black to white

We will be creating the ILLUSION of space using pencil.  We will move on to graphite to learn how to shade and create the illusion of 3-dimensional forms.

Drawing Elements of Light on Form - Shading
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