Taught at Wheaton Area Schools - Minnesota
is making a connection
to past learning and discoveries.
It is a necessary task.
Without the application of new skills
and understandings such as design principles, a
person continues on the same level aS
one who has had no training.
There are many talented and creative persons who have great ideas (insights and things to say) but who have had no training in methods of composition, perspective or technical methods. Such"natural" artists are called PRIMITIVES. Any person who is entirely natural, instinctual and self trained is called a primitive. Primitives do things in their own way until they learn another, perhaps better, way. Henri Rousseau is a famous french primitive who was greatly admired by the modern art masters. America has produced hosts of unknown or less well known artists Grandma Moses, a woman who began painting in her 70's is an example.
Your art teacher has tried to give you tools which are valuable in producing art. Some of you would have eventually learned these on your own by analyzing and synthesizing the work of great artists. Your teacher, however has done exactly that, and saved you some of the time and trouble.
Your teacher has intentionally asked (urged) you to pursue ideas and methods which would not have not been your natural choices. Why? Because if you had only repeated yourself, doing things the same old way, you would have remained unchanged and unlearned in the essentials.
purpose of the time spent in the art class has been to equip you with
some working tools and knowledge, which you have the choice to use or
not to use at any time in the future. Will you be a better person if
you APPLY these learnings? Not necessarily a better person, but you
will definitely be a better artist. What are these basic skills. Every
art assignment given to you has put one or more into focus. Here are
some of them:
Observation skills related to seeing detail
Observation skills related to seeing shape,mass and proportion
Observation skills related to seeing color, tone or texture
Knowledge of figure and field (image and back ground) pattern relationships
Observing and drawing human figures with correct proportions
Observing and drawing human figures expressively
Producing 3 dimensional mass in 3 dimensional space; Using simple perspective methods
Synthesizing (creating and organizing) structure "in the round"
Ability to show mass using modeling techniques, both drawing and painting
Using liquid media, skill using the wash technique to sketch
Using color creatively or sensitively in a personal way
Using color realistically, the ability to identify and mix colors on a palette
Discovering what makes pictures harmonize or not harmonize
Applying design elements such as rhythm, harmony, transition, contrast, emphasis, etc
Understanding how to look at things visually ( seeing visual elements) and not simply identifying objects
Interpreting meanings identifying symbols, or personal icons
Develop skill in several kinds of drawing and painting methods /techniques,
Develop skill in drawing forms in perspective, suggesting depth and distance in space
Using creative problem solving; working within imposed limitations
Growing in discovering and understanding what other artists have had to say and how they said it
Art keeps kickin!!