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Artist Model Presentation

  1. 2. Absolutely ALL art-making is influenced by established or existing art and design practice, no matter how original or unique it appears to be. In the NCEA achievement standards 2.2, 3.2, 2.3 and 3.3, you will be required to become familiar with various artists’ ways of working, and use this knowledge to inform your own practice. In simpler terms, this means you will learn about other artist’s and how they make art. And they can be artist’s from any discipline- not just photography! We intend for you to be able to use that knowledge and understanding of artist models in your own art making. This does not mean that you will be copying an artist’s work . Rather, you will study the artist in terms of ideas, techniques, processes and procedures, and use them in a way that is relevant to your art making. You’ll be looking at all the decisions they make towards making an art work. What we are striving towards is the development of an individual way of working- your own ‘ personal signature ’. No matter which artist’s you’ve looked at, your art will be characteristic of you. Now that we’ve learnt about the use of artist models, let’s go over this sentence again. How does it apply to you?
  2. 3. Remember these words from the last slide? Let’s expand on what they mean. Ways of working is concerned with knowing : … Remember that all art making is influenced by established practice- even established artists are influenced in some way. The conten t an artist is concerned with. Content refers to what the subject matter means, or what the work is about. To find out the content of an artwork we must interpret the subject matter- through intuition and research . The kind of subject matter an artist uses. We can identify this by simply looking at the work. Characteristics of an artist’s personal style. These occur in their selection, exploration and development of ideas. Let’s put this in to our own words… How an artist uses materials and techniques and makes them their own.
  3. 4. Pearblossom Highway, 11th-18th April 1986, photographic collage, 77x112 1/2 in Today we’re going to look at the photocollage/ composite polaroid work by David Hockney
  4. 5. Celia’s Children Albert + George Clark, composite polaroid, 35x23 1/4 in For this wordbank activity, we’re going to write ten different words in our workbooks to describe this work.
  5. 6. Mother, Bradford Yorkshire 1982, composite polaroid, 56x23 1/2 in. My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 1982. Photocollage Now we’re going to share words that apply to all of the following works as a class. Be sure to take down any new words! Nicholas Wilder Studying Picasso, 1982, 48 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. Patrick Procktor Pembroke Studios, London 1982, composite polaroid, 52 1/2 x 21 in. Here’s a hint: Think about how his process affects how you ‘see’ his subjects… What do you think Hockney’s intention may be?
  6. 7. Photographing Annie Leibovitz While She Is Photographing Me, 1982 photographic collage, 25 7/8 x 61 3/4 in Robert Littman Floating In A Pool, 1982 photographic collage 22 1/2 x 30 in . These are a little different! What has Hockney done here?
  7. 8. Detail from ‘Self-Portrait’ 2000. 120 Colour Screeprint 65 x 54½ inches Edition/80
  8. 9. Emma, 2000. Oil on canvas 72x 60in. Private collection Now we’re going to do the same activity as for David Hockney
  9. 10. Georgia, 1984. Hand made paper-air dried 56x44in Keith/Mezzotint, 1972. Mezzotint 514x 41.5 in Make note of such things as media and what you think his process may be… Lucas, 1986- 1987. Acrylic on Canvas Inka, 2003. Close often finds new and interesting techniques for creating art works- look at this jigsaw woodcut for an image of Lucas!
  10. 11. Big Self-Portrait, 1967-68.Acrylic on canvas. 107 1/2 x 83 1/2" (273 x 212 cm) . Phillip Glass, 1969 Synthetic polymer on canvas. 108 x 84 in. (274.32 x 213.36 cm.) We’ve had a look at his recent work, now let’s look at his older art works. What similarities and differences do you think there are in terms of process?
  11. 12. In groups of three, make a circle diagram (like below) comparing David Hockney with Chuck Close. Get creative! Similarities David Hockney Chuck Close I want you to think really hard about what each work may mean, and what the particular processes used by the artist may mean.
  12. 13. Hint: We have looked at photocollage and composite polaroid works by Hockney And… we have looked at a range of acrylic and oil on canvas, hand made paper and mezzotint works by Close