Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abstract Painting by T.


If you want to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with me, meet in the main foyer at noon on Sunday, April 22. We will tour some of the painting collections for approximately 1-1 1/2 hours.

Your paper is due on May 9, 2018.


Students need to visit a museum and look at paintings. (If you want to join us as a group, the class is meeting on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at noon in the Main Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will be looking at the collection and then go to lunch in the cafeteria downstairs.)

Other possible museums to visit are as follows: The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rubin Museum, The Neue Gallery, The Bronx Museum of Art, The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, The Brooklyn Museum, The Queens Museum, The Frick Collection. Very often your CUNY ID will get you in for free, so bring it along. Obtain proof of your attendance (a receipt or ticket stub) and include it with your paper.

This paper will count the equivalent of one painting towards your semester grade.

View the paintings at the museum of your choice and choose TWO that relate in some way to each other. It could be subject matter, style, period, etc. Record who the artists are and list the dates they were made, medium, etc. Take a picture of each, and include them with your paper (no flash used of course).

Write a description of each painting and then compare and contrast them. How are they similar? How are they different? What things were the artists trying to communicate? What is the subject matter? Theme? Mood? What can you infer from looking at the works? Describe the composition. What are the art elements and principles you notice? (line, shape, color, texture, pattern, light and dark, volume, balance, rhythm, symmetry, asymmetry, etc.)

This should be at least two pages, double-spaced, type-written.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rubrics for Apples

   161 Rubrics—Red and Green Apples—Possible Points: 20

I have used and filled the space well—the apples are not TOO SMALL, and composition is interesting.
4—Yes, completely true
3—Somewhat, mostly true
2—My apples are a bit small and the background is too extensive
1—Not so much

Paint Application:
My paint is thoughtfully and cleanly applied
2—Here and there, yes
1—Not so much—I need to work on this

Light and Darks (Contrast):
I have light lights and dark darks and middle tones and I have used the complementary colors to make my tones less gray.
4—Yes! The contrast is strong, the painting pops and I used complimentary colors
3—Either the darks or lights could be more contrasted
2—My tones are too similar and flatness results and I didn’t use complimentary colors to make my darks
1—I have not shown much contrast in my shading and there is no use of complimentary colors

My tonal jumps are not visible.
3—Here and there the tonal jumps can be noticed
2—Some jumps are obvious
1—Not smooth at all

My background enhances my painting.
4—Yes. It contrasts with the apples
3—Somewhat, yes…maybe could be lighter or darker to make the painting stronger
2—It neither hurts or helps the apples
1—My background is non- existent or problematic and does not help the painting

A= 17-20
B= 14-16
C= 8-13
D= 5-7