Homework 1:


Homework 2:

The video was quite interesting in talking about how art exists in everyday life and how it has influenced the modern world. A good example of this is Francis Wells, the heart surgeon using drawings to plan out his procedures and created detailed diagrams of the heart was really cool to see art used in such a practical matter. One thing that was almost disturbing was the use of his patients blood as a medium. Looking through the comments of the video I saw that other views felt the same way and it left me with a few questions about why he does this and if the patients ever know. I had never known very much about Leonardo Da Vinci prior to watching this video, but I find it very interesting how ahead of his time he was regarding medical knowledge. Taking into account how little resources he had at his disposal to do his medical research with makes it even more impressive. Lastly, Richard long, the ability to make art out of the very world we live in, and not in the sense of drawing it onto a paper. Physical art feels a lot more connected to the earth, for obvious reasons, but, I think as humans we take the earth for granted, his art allows us to appreciate the landscapes more and mother nature as a whole, every time he makes these crop circles its only a matter of time till mother nature destroys it.

Homework 3:

*I think it is interesting how most humans can only distinguish between 9 values and this is why artists do a value cahrt of usually 9 shades/values
*Different types of value charts can change the mood of the whole entire work, a mostly dark value chart will convey darker moods like night time for example
*Artists with less expereince mostly struggle to complete a full range of values mostly omitting the darkest values
*Contrast is what enables objects to be seen
* contrast can be used to direct the viewers attention to certain parts of the piece

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Homework 5:

Long list

1. Van Gough

2. George Grosz

3. Toulouse-Lautrec

4. Alberto Giacometti

5. Max Beckman

6. June Leaf

7. Jose Guadalupe Posada

Short List

1. Alberto GiacomettiI chose Alberto Giacometti since his sculptures immediately caught my interest. After reading what inspired his work I think its very cool how his work is about existentialism and the human condition. I also liked how small he made his sculptures from 1938-1944. Giacometti also kept notebooks and journals of his thoughts. I love the style of his sculptures and the emotions they portray.

2. June LeafI chose June leaf for her unique abstract drawings which portray a lot of emotions. She lived in Paris for some time to learn about art and to hone her skills. I like her piece Coney Island as it is one of her non abstract pieces yet portrays the same amount of emotion as her other abstract pieces.

3. Van GoughI chose Van Gough because he is arguably the most famous artist on the list and also one of the most influential artists for western art overall. His life story is also very intriguing as he experienced many obstacles including mental health issues with psychotic episodes which most likely contributed to his artist genius as well. Becoming known as a misunderstood genius is something that we see today with many people who are deemed crazy until after they have passed or gain recognition, Kanye West is a good example of this.

Homework 6:

  • The vanishing point is always located on the horizon level
  • The point of view of the observer is always the same height as the vanishing point
  • Parallel perspective is always projected towards a single vanishing point and angular perspective must have 2 vanishing points
  • It is important to keep lines parallel between edges
  • Another common error for angular perspective is when parallel edges tend towards different vanishing points
  • The mistakes in drawing a circle in perspective commonly come from drawing the square in perspective wrong
  • You can divide a vertical space into equal parts by measuring the length of the space and then the intervals can be divided as often as necessary.

Homework 7:

Van GoghVincent Van Gogh was born in the Brabant village of Zundert on March 30 1853. His father was a Protestant Minister, a year prior the family had birthed a still born child who was also named Vincent. At the age of eleven Vincent transferred from the local school in Zundert to a boarding school, he was not happy at this boarding school. At this time there was no signs of any artistic talent. At the age of thirteen he attended a secondary school in Tilburg, in his second academic year at the school he dropped out for an unknown reason, he never went back to school. At sixteen, Vincent’s uncle found him a job as a trainee at the international art dealer Goupil and Cie.There was a long period of Vincent’s life where he appeared lost and couldn’t find his path. He hopped between a few different jobs, ranging from art dealer to lay preacher. Vincent and his brother often wrote letters to each other, in these letters Vincent would often include a few sketches with the letter. Theo, Vincent’s brother, told him to focus more on drawing as he had faith in Vincent as an artist, this was a turning point in Van Gogh’s life. He moved to Brussels in 1880 to work on drawing technique and to meet other artists.Not surprisingly, Vincent’s parents were not very happy about his dreams of becoming an artist, this did not stop him. He took art lessons from his uncle, Anton Mauve. In 1881 Vincent moved back in with his parents, he continued honing his skills. Vincent at his point had now fallen in love with his cousin which further disappointed his family. On Christmas day 1881 he walked out on his parents and moved to Hague. An uncle had given Vincent his first commission which was twelve drawings of city views in Hague. In 1882 Vincent met Sien Hoornik who became his lover and model for his drawings. She was a former prostitute and was pregnant and already had a 5 year old daughter; Eventually they split up.In 1883 Vincent moved back in with his parents in Nuenen, he began painting farmers, weavers and workers. He was in an ideal setting to be a “peasant painter”, he drew at every opportunity he had. He asked his brother if he could give his works to him in order for an allowance. Theo wasn’t able to sell any of his paintings. Vincent eventually moved to Paris unannounced.During his time in Paris Vincent began to develop his own style with bright colors. His works slowly grew brighter while in Paris due to the influence of modern art. He also changed what he drew to more countryside and floral still lifes. He eventually grew tired of life in Paris and took a train that lasted a day and a night to arrive south of France. His style became more expressive at this time. Vincent began working with Paul Gauguin, they both had very different views on art which led to many arguments. Gauguin worked mainly from imagination while Vincent drew what he could see, their difference styles and lives caused tension to rise. When Gauguin threatened to leave it left Van Gogh so distraught that he cut off his own ear and wrapped it and presented it to a prostitute. He was admitted to the hospital for his ear and shortly after released.In 1889 Vincent spent 1 year in the mental hospital in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Once he had recovered he began painting again. His mental health fluctuated but he remained productive and produced around 150 drawings during this time. Vincent left the mental hospital in may of 1890. During this time he engulfed himself in art completing essentially 1 work a day. His mental health continued to decline though and on July 10 1890 Vincent shot himself in the chest with a pistol, ending his life. After Vincent had died there was a new found appreciation for his art that gave him the recognition he finally deserved.