Tony Feher: Blue Painters Tape
This lesson will question the common use of tape and how it is used and viewed to the world. Tony Feher takes advantage of everyday objects; he alters the ordinary to create an innovative piece of artwork. Students will criticize the use of tape and create their own work of art using these non-traditional materials. Using various blue painters tape students will design a piece of transparency film developing their creative independence.
Anya Gallaccio: Sandpaper Landscapes
In this lesson students will interpret the use of nontraditional materials to replicate a local landscape. Students will explore and differentiate texture and value within an image to design a new work of art. Using materials like sandpaper and string students will heighten their artistic creativity to illustrate a landscape with specific elements of design (texture and value) in mind.
Thomas Hirschhorn: Assemblage
This lesson will enable students to experiment with various found materials to create a monochromatic assemblage work of art. During this process students will question and criticize the use and application of everyday objects. Using common materials such as cellophane, aluminum foil, and cardboard students will design and construct a work of art in the style of Thomas Hirschhorn. Students can also incorporate text by assembling a wide array of pre-chosen and printed words.
Rigoberto Luna: Vinyl Self-Portraits
If you had to describe yourself to another by only showing them objects, what would these objects be? This lesson will appraise individuality, allowing students to identify their personality and how to represent it through artistic expression. Students will scan an image of 4-5 objects that portray to the world a self-portrait. Using photographs students will replicate an image of their face with contour lines and transfer it with vinyl print outs onto their photograph of objects.
Tala Madani: One Point Perspective
The students will start by discussing and identifying the vocabulary of one-point perspective and the characteristics of it. Using Tala Madani’s recent artwork as a starting point we will analyze how she portrays depth on a 2-dimensional surface. The use of overlapping colors (or clouds) in Tala Madani’s artwork will also be brought to attention. The students will interpret these ideas into their own one-point perspective painting, exploiting depth and the use of overlapping colors.
Michael Menchaca: MesoAmerican Codices
In this lesson we will be acquainted with the Mesoamerican culture. Just like children’s books, Mesoamerican Codices told stories using imagery and so does Michael Menchaca’s artwork. Students will be creating their own codice using a variety of stickers on transparent film. Exploring color, pattern, and repetition students will develop and illustrate their own imagery with references to multiple codices. Creativity will be nourished as students develop their own characters and stories.
Adam Putnam: Layering Architecture
In this lesson students will analyze and expand upon architecture. Referencing basic architectural elements students will illustrate their own column, arch, dome, etc. Then adorning their drawing with a separate element will promote students creativity and appropriation for their own aesthetic.
Juan Miguel Ramos: Drawing and Photoshop
In this lesson students will develop an understanding between the connection of art and Photoshop. Within contemporary art the technology that is in artists grasp is exponentially beneficial. Students will gain a basic understanding of Photoshop tools and how the program can profit artists in the creative process. Using self-portrait contour drawings and overlaying them onto a photograph the students assemble a 2-dimensional digital drawing.
Matthew Ronay: Animals, Environments, and Patterns
Matthew Ronay develops fantasy installations within gallery spaces. This lesson will promote and encourage student’s imagination to creating his or her own fantasy animal and forest environment. Students will learn about Ronay’s artwork, and the importance of his handmade scenery and characters that relate to primitivism and spirituality. Students will illustrate these influences by making imaginative animals to guide them if they were to walk through one of Ronay’s installation forests. It is critical for the students to select and be able to defend what animal they choose to interpret and why.
Pak Sheung-Chuen: Newspaper Collages
Pak Sheung-Chuen also known as “Tozer” is a writer along with being an artist. In Hong Kong from 2004-2006, Tozer was a columnist of the (Sunday) Mingpao Daily Newspaper. While in San Antonio, Tozer will be writing four pieces for the Current, which can be found at www.sacurrent.com. In an interview with Ben Judson, Tozer writes in a black notebook and states, “That is the record of this kind of writing I do every day. The first part of the creation process is doing this.” This lesson will develop student’s creative process and design skill. Students will develop their own newspaper allowing liberty to be an author, designer, photographer, and editor. Students will explore the layout of newspapers and contrast it with a collage, aiming to combine the two separate entities into a cohesive artistic newspaper. Using various materials such as old newspapers, maps, tracing paper, photographs, etc, these newspapers will be an artistic rendition.
Clarissa Tossin: Geographic Maps
This lesson will nurture student’s application of research, design, and construction, allowing hands-on assemblage of juxtaposed satellite images. Students will explore two geographic locations that are connected in some way as subject matter, for example, one image of the student’s current residence and the other where a family member has lived in the past. In Clarissa Tossin’s, Geographic Accident (9,468 miles collapsed) she focused on two towns, one called Belterra, which is a rubber plantation village and the other town, Alberta is a sawmill town. Both were built by the Ford Company, yet one is in the Amazon Forest and the other is in Michigan Upper Peninsula. She aimed to merge the two towns together by cutting and folding. Students will experiment through cutting and folding maps in order to unite separate landscapes and develop a basic understanding of 2-dimensional materials to create an aesthetically pleasing 3-dimensional form.
Abstract Watercolor Landscapes: LED Lights
This lesson integrates basic science and sewing skills with the art making process. Students will be experimenting with watercolor to create abstract landscapes on muslin fabric. With the help of Makerspace students will be using conductive thread to sew a path onto their landscapes to connect two LED lights. The students will imagine walking their abstract landscape, using the conductive thread to illustrate this path and identifying the starting and ending point with the LED lights.