16 February 2010

spinal erectors, abdominals

here is a link (click here) to an earlier blog post on the spinal erectors and abdominal muscles. you should have your spinal erectors well under way and revised by now. we will begin abdominal muscles tomorrow and thursday.

15 February 2010

field trip

Our Life Drawing I field trip will be Wednesday, February 24. We are scheduled to board the bus at 9:15 am, outside the Applied Arts building along 13th Avenue, near the loading dock entrance.

We will be going first to the Walker Art Center to view the exhibitions, then to the Bell Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Check out this article (click here)–of special interest to you graphic and multi-media designers–by Brent Gustafson (New Media Designer at the Walker) on the creation of a touch-screen kiosk for the Walker's Benches and Binoculars exhibit, which will be on view during our visit.

While at the Bell Museum, you will each be expected to complete a one-hour contour drawing of the specimen of your choice (the Touch & See room has a great collection of bones, insects, fossils, etc.).

(a photo I took during my last visit to the
Bell Museum of Natural History, from the exhibit,
"Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century")

You can do this drawing in your sketchbook or on your larger drawing paper--but if you use your larger paper you'll want to bring a drawing board along, as well. Bring non-messy drawing tools (graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, conte crayon or pencil, pen, etc.).

You will need to bring something to eat, since we will not have time to stop for lunch. Usually we eat on the bus in between the museums. There is a coffee/snack cart at the Walker, just in case.

We will return no later than 5:30 pm.

Last trip, our bus was equipped with wi-fi, so feel free to bring your laptops along.

Please email me with names and emails of non-Art & Design professors I need to send an announcement to. I will automatically notify all Art & Design instructors.

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09 February 2010

exercises for the spinal erectors

watching this video and performing the exercises shown (before, during, or after building the spinal erectors on your maniken) will give an even greater understanding of the muscles. the more body awareness you can create for yourself this way, the quicker you will catch on to what the muscle is like, what it does, where its greatest stress and action occur on the body.

try it!

08 February 2010

visible body


here is the link to visiblebody.com
I have the best luck with the website when I use Safari as my browser.

07 February 2010

line variation and sensitivity

click here to access "Line Variation and Sensitivity," pp. 52 - 65 from Chapter 1: "Essential Skills and Information: What Every Student Should Know About Drawing."

Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation
Oxford University Press, New York, 2009
by Deborah Rockman

04 February 2010

gestural expression

Experienced artists, even before they ask themselves, "What does the subject look like?" ask,
 "What is the subject doing?"
That is, how does the arrangement of the major parts of the figure, the flower, the lamp, or the landscape allude to movement? What suggestions are there in the subject of directed energies coursing through its forms? For virtually everything we see implies some kind and degree of moving action. Such actions are inherent in the subject's formation and structure. The gentle curve of a tree limb or a human one, the forceful thrust of a church spire or a schooner, the graceful spiral of a staircase or a seashell, all these suggest moving actions–types of animated behavior; in other words, they all disclose some kind of gestural expression.
–Nathan Goldstein, The Art of Responsive Drawing, Chapter 1, "Gestural Expression," page 3.

image:Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669), Saskia Asleep, Pen, brush, and ink, 13 x 17.1 cm, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. I, 180.

Here is a link to Chapter 1, "Gestural Expression," from Nathan Goldstein, The Art of Responsive Drawing. 

The link will direct you to the blue drive.

The username and password are the same as your UW-Stout email.

Click here to get the chapter.

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