Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Sculpture of Man for Our TImes

    Study the images in this posting. The second image is a close-up of the torso and head of the 17 foot marble  statue of the biblical David by Michelangelo. It was sculpted in the years 1501-1504, at the height of the Renaissance in Italy. The last image is image is a triumphant equestrian statue in bronze of a military leader named Colleoni on his horse by sculptor, Verrochio. This was also created at the time of the Renaissance, in 1475. The top image is a life size statue of an anonymous man. It was created by Swiss sculptor, Giacometti. He made it in the 1950's.

    How do the Renaissance images differ from the modern man image? List 5 elements/characteristics that show how the two types of images differ. What do you think the Renaissance artists felt and were trying to say about humans in their time?  What was the modern artist trying to communicate? If you were to create a statue to communicate your ideas of humans in our time in the form of a standing male statue, what kind of statue would you make? Would it be made of traditional materials like marble or bronze, or would it be made of found objects or electronics? Would it convey hope or loss of hope? Would it show man to be puzzled, forceful, weak or powerful? Write 2 paragraphs describing your statue idea and what you hope it would express.

Monday, November 29, 2010

How to Be Immortal

  Look at the image in this post and think- "Who was this person?" Why is his portrait still being seen throughout history? Who was  Salvador Dali?  Art has made him immortal. His own art and images of him have brought him lasting renown. How would you choose to be immortalized in art? As a statue? In a painting? In a photograph? What would your image look like? What would it say to people in the future who might see it?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements".- Norman Douglas

I read this quote by Norman Douglas today and got to thinking. What do advertisements in our U.S. culture say? What do they entice us to buy? To strive for? To desire?
Close your eyes and think of the first advertisement that comes to your mind, What is the product it advertises? What makes you remember it? Does it make you want something? If you look deeply, what is the product in the advertisement promising you? Youth? Strength? Success? 

What is the role of the artist in our world?

  What do you think the role of artists is in our world today?  Write 3 roles you think artists can play in our society and describe why you think they are important.

What do we want as a society?

   My Drawing One class is working on a response to letters we received from teenagers who are presently serving life sentences in prison. Some of these persons are guilty of a violent crime, some were hit with Califronia's 3 strikes law and some may have been imprisoned unjustly. All were under 19 at the time of the crimes commited.
    We asked ourselves if life in prison with little chance of parole was the Christlike response to these young people's situations.... most of those incarcerated come from abusive, poor, and uneducated families. Many had poor representation. Most are children of color.
      Perhaps the crime started way back when these teenagers were little- when we as a society failed to reach out to help them grow in health, education and welfare.
      Is imprisoning youth for life the answer to a more peaceful society? Or is the making of a peaceful society to be had in a more constructive way? We are making art postcards to send to these youth to let them know that they are not forgotten as they serve their time in prison. Can you think of other artistic responses to the problem of harsh sentencing of youth?

"Freedom is not a gift but a conquest"- Paulo Friere

Just read this quote by educational thinker, Paulo Friere. Friere, who grew up in poverty in Brazil, has spent his life thinking and writing about how education can truly bring equality, democracy and freedom to all people.
He talk about how people in poverty need to fight for equality of opportunity  and that educators need to teach critical thinking so that everyone can really think about and question the status quo. Throughout history, artists have been at the forefront of fighting for freedom and equality. How can schools improve or increase arts instruction for students in order for our society to have image makers who care about injustices?

Monday, November 22, 2010


  A new sculpture is getting attention in the city of Chicago. It is a  30 ft. high GIANT EYEBALL, complete with colorful iris and realistic red veins. It was made by artist, Tony Tasset and can be seen in Pritzer Park.
 It is big, but is it art? Write a few sentences about why you do or why you don't think it is art.