Friday, August 31, 2007

Drawing Upsidedown

Drawing students had to copy Picasso's drawing of Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky. But they had to do it UPSIDE DOWN. This was to foster better perceptual skills involving edges, spaces, and relationships.

"This puzzle puts L-mode into a logical box: how to account for this sudden ability to draw well, when the verbal mode has been eased out of the task. The left brain, which admires a job well done, must now consider the possibility that the disdained right brain is good at drawing

For reasons that are still unclear, the verbal system immedi­ately rejects the task of "reading" and naming upside-down images. L-mode seems to say, in effect, "I don't do upside down. It's too hard to name things seen this way, and, besides, the world isn't upside down. Why should I bother with such stuff?"

Well, that's just what we want! On the other hand, the visual system seems not to care. Right side up, upside down, it's all interesting, perhaps even more interesting upside down because R-mode is free of interference from its verbal partner, which is often in a "rush to judgment" or, at least, a rush to recognize and name

Why you did this exercise:

The reason you did this exercise, therefore, is to experience escaping the clash of conflicting modes-the kind of conflict and even mental paralysis that the "Vase/Faces" exercise caused. When L-mode drops out voluntarily, conflict is avoided and R-­mode quickly takes up the task that is appropriate for it: drawing a perceived image."

Read pp. 57-61 (Above Quote from p.61) in our textbook, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain; a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence by Betty Edwards, © 1999 Tharcher/Putnam

Web Design Aug 31

Hey web heads,

I left out an important bit of code- and remember code is unforgiving.

To make your ordered and unordered lists to work, you have to include:

before each item in the list.

Sorry, my mistake,
Mr. M

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Drawing; The Vase Face exercise

This vase was a gift for the wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip. It features each of their profiles.

Why did you have to struggle with this field/ground exercise? To "...create conflict so that each person can experience in their own minds the mental 'crunch' that can occur when instructions are inappropriate to the task at hand." In other words, something that your left brain will reject so that your right brain can take over!

Be sure to read pp. 50-53 in our textbook, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain; a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence by Betty Edwards, © 1999 Tharcher/Putnam

Beware of Grog!

Web Design Aug 30

For tomorrow's quiz, and to add to your "XX829.html" assignments, don't forget about
"Ordered lists"

  1. like
  2. this
  3. one
  4. here

and "Unordered lists"
  • like
  • this
  • one
  • her

Homecoming 2007 Information

Date: September 28, 2007

Theme: Las Vegas

Dress-up Days:

Monday: Cowboy

Tuesday: Hollywood

Wednesday: Cross Dress

Thursday: Favorite Sports Team

Friday: Spirit Day

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Yearbook Vocabulary

Vocabulary terms for Yearbook
Quiz Friday, August 31, 2007

• Endsheets
• Sections
• Division Pages
• Libel
• Copyright

You can find these terms either used or defined or both on pages 1-22 in out textbook;
"123 Student Yearbook Guide" By Lungren, Kennedy, and Dalke 2004 Jostens Inc.

Ceramics Vocabulary

Vocabulary terms for Ceramics
Quiz Friday, August 31, 2007

• Wedging
• Slurry
• Slip
• Leather Hard
• Grog

Web Design for Tues Aug 28

Visit this link to see what the page you wrote today should look like:

Monday, August 27, 2007

Web Design; Vocab for Aug. 31 Quiz

URLs hold the keys to the Web*
As you examine a Universal Resource Locater (URL) for a specific HTML file, it looks something like this:

This URL is composed of six parts that work as follows:
1. Protocol/data source: For network resources, this part is usually the name of the protocol used to access the data that resides on the other end of the link. The syntax for this part of the name is as follows:
· ftp:// points to a file accessible through the File Transfer Protocol.

· gopher:// points to a file system index accessible through the Gopher protocol.

· http://points to a hypertext document (typically, an HTML file) accessible through the HyperText Transfer Protocol.

· mailto: links to an application that allows you to compose a message to send through e-mail to a predefined address.

· news:// points to a Usenet news group and uses the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) to access the information.

· telnet:// links to a remote log-in on another Internet computer, typically to select from a predefined menu.

· WAIS:// points to a Wide Area Information Server on the Internet and provides access to a system of indexed databases.

· file:// indicates that the file is local and is not a public Web page (that is, not available outside your directory or local network). Use this syntax for local data (typically, HTML files from your desktop machine's hard disks or other drives), but note that the syntax varies from browser to browser. If you're desperate for a more complete discussion of accessing local files, see the sidebar "URL syntax and punctuation for local file access" in this chapter.

2. Domain name: The domain name for the Web server where the desired Web page or other resource resides.

3. Directory path: The location of the Web page in the Web server's file system.

4. Object name: The actual name of the HTML file for the desired Web page or the name of any other resource that you require.

5. Spot: Sometimes, getting users to the HTML file isn't enough: You want to drop them at a particular location within the file. By preceding the name of an HTML anchor with a pound sign (#) and tacking it onto a URL, you direct the browser to jump right to a specific location. Using this structure is handy for large documents, where users might otherwise need to scroll a long way to get to the information they desire.

*These terms are taken from HTML For Dummies by Ed Tittel and Stephen James, 1997 and

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Ceramics Research Project

Since we're waiting for our clay to arrive anyway, let's get our research papers out of the way.
Ceramics students will research and report on the life and work of an important potter or sculptor. Papers should follow the Boyer Valley Community School Research Paper Guidelines style book. I have several copies in the Art Room. This is essentially the Modern Language Association's format.

We will continue to learn new vocabulary terms and I may throw in some exercises with modeling clay, so students will have until Friday, September 14 to turn in their first drafts. Final drafts will be due September 21. Ceramics papers should be 3-5 pages in length.

Ceramics Report Topics:
  • Bruno Luchesci
  • Jan Jacque
  • Henry Moore
  • August Rodin
  • Elie Nadelman
  • George Segal
  • Edgar Degas
  • Alberto Giacometti
  • Josiah Wedgwood
  • Clarice Cliff
  • Fredrick &/or Charlotte Rhead
  • Sen-no-Riyu (from Japan)
  • the Raku family (also from Japan)
I would LOVE it if you could also find some digital images of these artists or their works so that we could share them with the class. Monday, August 27 students will select their topics and we will look over the style book together.

Yearbook- pesearch paper possibilities

I wanted to try to compile a list of topics for students to look up for their "formal writing projects" in every class. This proved to be a challenge when it came to Yearbook. You can find individual school histories and yearbooks online, but there's nothing that says when schools started publishing yearbooks or why.

One researcher in Marysville, Washington put it this way:

"There isn't a whole lot of yearbook history online. So when I tell you that the oldest yearbook known to have been printed in the United States is a 1806 Yale University one I'm using up most of the on-line history."

This is about all she could offer as to the evolution of yearbooks:

Alumni Directories
-Full of biographical sketches of the graduates
-Predates the commercially viable letterpress printing process and the use of halftone printing process that allowed true and cheap reproduction of pictures.

Art and Literary Magazine
-Quarterly magazines (some times monthly) were very common around the turn of the century through the 1920's. These books were always soft cover and stapled. As the name says these books were the product of student writers and artists who published these books 4 times a year. The Fall issue was dedicated to football and the June issue was full of pictures of the Senior Class.

Picture Yearbooks
-Yearly books contained all same information that was common in the Quarterly Magazine yearbooks of that time. So they had student works of fiction and poems, cartoons, senior pictures in one volume. By the 1940 student works of literature, joke pages, alumni pages, and calendars where replaced by candid photographs and individual portraits of all students.

I'm leaning on topics having to do with prominent graphic designers, or aspects of design or publishing, or maybe the history of major magazines...

I guess we'll see. Watch this website for more.
Meanwhile- great job on brainstorming a theme. Thanks!

Next week we'll start talking about coverage.

Yearbook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yearbook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hey Yearbook Class,

This was interesting. I didn't even know that Wikipedia had an entry for "yearbook."

A yearbook, also known as an annual, is a book to record, highlight, and commemorate the past year of a school or a book published annually. Virtually all American, Canadian and East Indian high schools, most colleges and many elementary and middle schools publish yearbooks. The term may also refer to a book of statistics or facts published annually.

This article describes high school yearbooks, although most colleges and elementary and middle schools follow a similar format.

Two modes of information processing

Read pages 38-39 in our textbook Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain; a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence by Betty Edwards, © 1999 Tharcher/Putnam

Web Design Stuff


Here are a couple of links to things you could use.

By the way, there may be some assignments or projects that you will be able to email me instead of having to turn in your flash-drive.
Ask me for my email address in class.

If you ever need to get in touch with any teacher at BV via email, just remember their last name and first initial followed by ""

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Drawing & Seeing Aug.28

Handwriting can be considered as a form of expressive drawing. After all, it consists primarily of the most fundamental element of design, line. Our signatures are shaped by our cultural influences in our lives, just like any work created by any artist.

After learning about the character and style possibilities of line, and a little bit about handwriting analysis, we created self-portraits using only signatures. This one is Ryan's. I added a little color in PhotoShop, hope he doesn't mind. Everyone did a great job and I'll try to post a variety of people's work- not just his, but I did think the his hair made his stand out.

Read pages 21-25 in our textbook Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain; a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence by Betty Edwards, © 1999 Tharcher/Putnam

Web Design for Aug 22-23

Click on these links to compare your finished pages to mine, to make sure you did it right.



Now try this.... (also Aug 23)

Once you save the other graphic and included it into a webpage from that page's file folder, now try putting this in your website by putting its entire URL into the IMG SRC="" statement in your code.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007