Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Katie and Samantha are smiling because they have recieved their StudioAP scores. 5 and 4 resectively. A good showing for the first year. They are both bound for MICA in the fall. Good Luck, you two.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Charlie's Toolbox

Mike Grieg
Mike painted this 24x36 oil from direct observation in the APStudio Class in answer to a homework problem: Household tools - interesting viewpoint
mike is going to New Hampshire Institute of Art next year

Thursday, April 15, 2010


For 20% Exam credit you will complete a DIPTYCH of suspended objects of your choosing. Your paintings will be "ABOUT " conveying a sense of HEAVY vs LIGHT or
WEIGHT vs WEIGHTLESSNESS. Your focus wil be on rendering objects accurately but with a minimum of detail, cast shadows and playing up the tension between opposites. This is a painting about an idea over the objects themselves.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Painting Maggie

When sketching a pet, or any animal for that matter, one needs to work quickly. Students sketched our model for the day, Maggie, and had to stop when she moved and concentrate on other parts of their drawing, then return. We made 5 second gesture drawings that stretched into a 20 min sketch. A lot of fun.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Wayne Thiebaud
Your next painting will be OF food. But it will be ABOUT light, the colors of white, and thick textured paint.
sketchbook assignment: full page drawing of food on a plate with:
Dramatic lighting 5pts
size, view, placement 5pts
3 mapped gray tone shapes 5pts
raking shadow 5pts
due friday

Friday, March 5, 2010

3/4 portraits using the "formula"

In these oil paintings the students had to use 'THE FORMULA"
Their compositions had to inclide an "escape hatch" to lead the viewers eye back out of the picture and include at least 3/4 of a figure.
They were their first large oil paintings.

Monday, February 8, 2010

snow day homework

(Painting by MICA student)
Honors and AP Studio students will complete a drawing in any media that shows "the formula" that is something in the foreground leading you into the middle of the picture with the subject in the middle and an escape hatch, like a door or window behind. You may draw from life or use the photographs you have shown me. This can be a 2PAGE SPREAD in you sketchbook or on 11x14 paper. Use at least 3 tones or include as much information(detail) as you can OR Create a mood with light and shadow. Leave no white unless its an important shape. IMPRESS ME! No quick sketches will be accepted. due the day you return to class. Probably Tues.