Thursday, April 25, 2013

Interdisciplinary Arts: Friday

I have posted your still-life photographs to a temporary blog. Take a look. Browse through your options and consider which offers the best composition for your piece. You should save this image and prepare to transfer the basic block-in via projection either today or Tuesday. You are strongly encouraged to print an 8x10 photograph unless you have an iPad available for classroom use. If you took your own photos with a phone, great, but remember that the image I've saved for you is a 15 megapixel image (iPhone pictures are 5-8), which allows you far more zooming capacity for the detail expected in a photorealistic image. Once we make our selections, we will work in pairs to transfer the images with the projector. If you are not working on a transfer, you should be completing the blog work below.

1. Offer a reflection for the Chuck Close documentary. What scenes, techniques, or elements resonated with you? (one paragraph)

2. The article on edges (from Wednesday) was written by Anthony Waichulis. Visit his online gallery, browse his and his colleagues' work, and pinpoint your favorite still-life image. Identify it and describe the qualites that you find exemplary.

3. Use the links on Mr. Kefor's art blog or any other online resource to track down at least 5 still-lifes that demonstrate particular visual characteristics that you hope to display in your own photrealistic piece. Paste them into a Word document along with bullet notes for each. Narrow your margins (save paper) and print this resource to include in your sketchbook/study pages.

4. Complete a compositional thumbnail from your selected photo. Include a 5 value key and range. Keep this for reference and to include in your study pages.

5. In the interest of planning ahead, view last year's proposal brainstorming for the forthcoming independent study. Brainstorm possibilities for your own proposal (post here as a paragraph).

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Walden: Jigsaw Assignments

1. Economy (Anderson, Clark, Woodworth, DaSilva)
2. Where I Lived, & What I Lived for (Barrette, Wry)
3. Reading (Brown, Cardone)

4. Sounds (Fairbairn)
5. Solitude (Germano)
6. Visitors (Goldberg)
7. The Bean-Field (Hynes)
8. The Village (Kennedy)
9. The Ponds: Parts A - B (Keough)
10. Baker Farm (Kiley)
11. Higher Laws (Korona)
12. Brute Neighbors (Lynch)
13. House-Warming (MacGray)
14. Former Inhabitants; & Winter Visitors (Maia)
15. Winter Animals (Morse)
16. The Pond in Winter (Ready, Ready)
17. Spring (Silva, Silver)
18. Conclusion (Travers, Weaver)

Linked here.

Honors Juniors: Emerson's Self-Reliance

1. How is Emerson's idea of Self-Reliance different from and similar to the common use of the term (take care of your own needs and don't depend on others outside yourself)?

2. In what ways is Emerson speaking religiously -- that is, about our relationship to the divine?

3. Which of the core persuasive techniques- ethos, pathos, logos- does Emerson use most effectively? Defend your selection with at least 2 direct excerpts (avoid the quotes below).

4. Choose two of the following quotes to analyze in relation to two of our texts from this year (The Color Purple, Death of a Salesman, The Grapes of Wrath). Be specific.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.
Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other.
Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.
And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.