Goals for the Day: Thurs. Nov. 6

Ceramics: Cylindrical Vessels


  1. Describe the specific steps needed to create a CYLINDRICAL VESSEL by listing and following an in class demonstration.
  2. Gather INSIGHT (KNOWLEDGE) on the specific terminology being used in class, and a HISTORICAL CONNECTION to a current project, by PARTICIPATING in a guided note/demonstration in class.

Let’s take a second to go back to yesterday’s class.  Whether you were able to view the video or not, hopefully you left with a well-constructed pattern to start your construction.  Today we will talk a little about the terminology and concept of creating this object, while also tying some of the information to some more historical/factual concepts.

What do you already know about CREATING FORMS?  Does making a pattern/template help you in the CONSTRUCTION phase?  What types of situations do you see your CLAY project having difficulty when COPYING the construction steps?

If you need to take a look at the Pattern video from yesterday, click here…Making a Ceramic Mug Pattern Pt. 1

Intro to Art: 1 Pt Perspective Drawing


  1. RECALL information from yesterday’s class to not only show your ability to draw in PERSPECTIVE, by showing proper use of SPACE and DEPTH
  2. Create a 2 PT PERSPECTIVE composition showing proper use of SPACE and DEPTH, by following an in-class demonstration on PERSPECTIVE DRAWING.

We are going to push the envelope a bit here.  I’d like to take your drawings to the next level to create a more dynamic drawing while also sticking to the rules of PERSPECTIVE DRAWING.  As we work through the class demo., think about any past experiences you might have had prior to being in this class.

What do the “PERSPECTIVE RULES” help you do?  Think about how you might explain this simple drawing style to someone who has “no drawing ability at all,”  What types of mistakes can you see people making when drawing in this style?


Painting: Working with TEXTURE


  1. Continue with identifying specific characteristics of creating TEXTURE by ACRYLIC BLENDING and listing various materials that can be used to create a painterly effect.
  2. Build a WORKING KNOWLEDGE (you can define them, and use them with confidence) of vocabulary terms that are SPECIFIC to PAINTING, by re-writing the meanings in your own terms on your demonstrated notes.

We are going to continue with our TEXTURE experiments today, however as we continue to CREATE, I also want to pay some attention to some PAINTING SPECIFIC VOCABULARY today, that will aid you in your next painting as well as help you with any type of quiz or test.  These terms are there to confuse you, but more as a tool to use so that you can COMMUNICATE your IDEAS better to the viewer.

What types of TEXTURES are you starting to notice work well with ACRYLIC paint?  What issues are you having when it comes to using new MEDIUMS to get a desired effect?  Think about your past paintings and any issues you might off had while painting, what type of techniques are you using now that may have helped with your original PLAN?


Drawing: the CHUCK CLOSE experiment


  1. Decide on the proper materials, measurements, and proportions on your personal drawing by referring to previously practiced classroom techniques.
  2. Listen to directions and be able to retell specific steps taken in the GRID ENLARGEMENT process by checking your peers work through a private critique.

Ok…this is it.  We have spent some time now really THINKING about our individual set-ups and DISCUSSING various techniques that Chuck Close used within his paintings.  Now we need to start moving on our GOALS and approach this challenge in a confident manner.  Take a look back at where your GOALS had you pointed the last few days…What types of issues have you had moving towards completing your goal(s)?

Keeping in mind there is not a wrong or right answer, What types of SHAPES are you going to focus on as you move through the various details of your portrait?  Are those SHAPES really there?  What does it mean to SIMPLIFY the box?


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