Mask or Print project by Kyle Darnell

This month we are rotating projects between either mask for Dia de los Muertos or Printmaking for raditude. So tell me about it.

What is it?

Why is it?

How will it look when its done?

Lastly, I would like you to post a link to an artist related to your project. For Day of the Dead it could be sculptors, hispanic artists, up cyclers. For Printmaking its probably just going to be a relief artist, so make it a good one.

Ketchup Week IB by Kyle Darnell

Here is an opportunity to complete missed online assignments for half credit. That may not sound like a lot, but an extra 5-30 points can be the difference between a B+ and an A. Post which ones you caught up on here. And remember, Chrome and desktop is being finicky for posting. So exhaust your options before emailing me.

Style IB by Kyle Darnell

This weeks online assignment is brought to you by Ellison Mills. I think their is a lot of different avenues to pursue in this.

What art styles do you gravitate your interest towards and why? 

I find the most interest in art deco. The influence of this movement in architecture has drawn my eye due its simplistic and modern aspects. Additionally, art deco gets a lot of attention in varying films, emphasizing the popularity of this style.

Keeping up with the Carravaggio's IB by Kyle Darnell

This week's online assignment is brought to you by Sophie Nicholson.

If you could resurrect one artist and give them a reality TV show, who would you choose and why? 

I'd choose Caravaggio because he was just as dramatic as his paintings. Not only is he remembered as being arrogant and rebellious, he literally just. Challenged people to sword fights. Randomly. Who does that? Caravaggio does. According to one of his biographers: ''after a fortnight's work he will swagger about for a month or two with his sword at his side and with a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or argument, with the result that it is most awkward to get along with him''. After reading that, tell me you wouldn't love to see this man thrown into modern society and put on TV. I don't even watch reality television, but I would pay to see some sort of Keeping Up With Caravaggio. Aside from just his hypothetical value as a source of entertainment, I definitely would not be complaining if he could come back and make more artwork. It would be super cool to see what new stuff he'd make and how his art would change in reaction to the modern world.

Curatorial Rationale IB by Kyle Darnell

Here is your assignment before this whole thing becomes links.

Seniors: Write a Curatorial Rationale. This is just a rough draft so you can start writing down ideas that we have discussed or is still in your head. Use this as an opportunity to get the bad ideas out. This will be due Sunday. The next week you will comment on two different curatorial rationale's that have already been posted to help the process along.

Juniors: An artist statement is a declaration of artistic intent. It is your opportunity to not only describe your art series as a whole, but you and why you are here. It ranges from influences, but what you want to viewer to see or understand from your work. I would like you to take a piece of art you have made in this class, briefly describe it and give it a one paragraph artist statement. For help on what they look like, google is a good place to start. 

This is a two week assignment, so take your time.

Art and demo IB by Kyle Darnell

In your sketchbooks I asked you to research only one art piece instead of an entire artist. Please post a link to that here with some accompanying text. Why you picked it, how it might inform your work, that sort of thing..

In addition to that post a link to a video on figure studies. Make sure it is appropriate and that it is relevant to what you are doing.


Please everyone don't post the same thing. Please. 

Unlimited Time and Resources IB by Kyle Darnell

This weeks online assignment is by Ryan Ruder. Do not disappoint Ryan Ruder.


You have an unlimited supply of money, time, and resources to make one art piece. What would you make? 

I would make my own visual novel book series. The books would be set in the world of Aedoreas, a fantastical land full of Tolkien-esque nations and characters. The two main kingdoms, The Drakonhold Hegemony and the Sableclaw Dominion are in a constant state of warfare. The visuals of the novel would focus on the romantic geography of the setting. The Drakonhold capital is situated in the jaws of rough, red mountains. The city itself is on a plateau, with the foreboding steel castle looming over the squalid and poor slums beneath it. The Sableclaw city is surrounded by a massive forest with supernaturally big trees, and hugs a pristine southern coastline. I think the world-building of the novel could go on forever, so I think having infinite time and resources would help.

Ask anybody anything IB by Kyle Darnell

This week I want you to post your own online assignment. Obviously make it art related and PG, but I want you to ask interesting questions, preferably with a supporting document and your own example of how it would be answered.

Heres my question which is its own type of response:

The Night Watch by Rembrandt is rad, but could it be better if instead of the ghost of Rembrandts wife, it was ham sandwich? What artwork would benefit from replacing one item with food?

Personally I think it could work, but you would need to suspend some amount of doubt and just go with it. An obvious example would be Grant Wood's "American Gothic" where you replaced the farmer with an ear of corn. I wonder if you could replace food with a person tho. Like Claes Odenberg's "Spoon Bridge" being replaced with just a big ol picture of his big dumb face.





Throughout the year I will pull from these and ask them. It may not even be for IB, could be for VA or FAC. 

Tell me about your project IB by Kyle Darnell

What are you doing? Tell me about your project. For some of you it is printmaking so tell me about the process so far. For others, its probably weird, so tell me about it. Use this as a way officering out some of your brainstorming or how things are going. You can use this info in your sketchbook.

Lotus IB by Kyle Darnell

Tell me about Lotus. What bands did you see? Was there any rad art? What awesome food did you have? Tell me a little bit of your opinion about the IU campus.


If you didn't go, tell me about that. Or make something up. Like you were fighting dragon robots or something. Actually, anyone can interject make believe into this.

Ketchup Week IB by Kyle Darnell

There is no new assignment this week. Instead I am giving you the opportunity to complete assignments you missed for half credit. Doesn't sound like much, but it is way better than a zero.


Now I am not going to dig through all the posts to find who caught up on what, when. You will need to comment on this with which ones you caught up on and I will double check it from there. If you don't write anything here, I will assume you didn't need it.

Recommend an art book IB by Kyle Darnell

Recommend an art book we should get for class. Provide a link on I won't get all of them, or even most of them, but I can get some to bolster our library. 

Here is an example of what I expect your post to look like.

Piranesi: The Complete Etchings

by Luigi Ficacc

Art You Don't Like IB by Kyle Darnell

We all have prejudices about art. I personally have several (don't ever do scratchboard art in my class). This weeks assignment is to tell me what you don't like and why. Please provide a link to back up what you are talking about or so I have an idea of what they do. You can write about an art style, an artist, or a whole art period that you don't like. Please touch on why someone might like them though, I want to know the other side of the coin.

Here is an example:

Damien Hirst is terrible. Early on he was with the YBA (Young British Artists) and had actual credibility with his work. It was inventive, efficient and visually pleasing. Then he took a turn, I personally believe its when he became friends with the lead singer of U2, Bono. He started dressing and acting like Bono and as his celebrity grew his art declined. He reverted to the bare necessities of Post-Modern art, the grand scale. He started spender untold amounts of money to just kill and preserve animals in formaldehyde and said "Hey guys, look how great I am!"

The highest of his terribleness comes with the piece titled "For the Love of God" which is just just a human skull covered in diamonds. He started describing the media he works in as Money. Nobody needs that. Nobody needs Damien Hirst.

Careers Project IB by Kyle Darnell

The current project you are working on is taking last weeks online assignment and turning it into an art. So what I need from you is your list of materials from your sketchbook, what your project entails, and how you will handle it.


Post this as soon as possible so I can get you materials.

Art You Like VA by Kyle Darnell

Post a link to an artist you like.  Please refrain from the Ninja Turtles (DaVinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello), try to find someone more current. Write a little bit about what you like and how you would recomend them to others. 

Here is mine.

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Trenton Doyle Hancock deals with issues ranging from current political climate, cool scenerery, to the deeper recesses of the artists' mind. His work is dynamic, playful, dark, and super weird. I would recommend him to anyone who enjoys an artist at play.

See, simple and to the point. These discussions will be posted every Monday and due every Friday.

College IB by Kyle Darnell

Tell me about the college or University you are at least 90% sure you are going to in the Fall. This isn't meant to shame, I'm just interested in what schools you are going to, what you are majoring in, and wether you are going to pursue art at the college level in some capacity. I know an art minor is relatively easy to obtain and generally helps out most job interviews regardless of what field you go into. The ability to think abstractly and creatively helps  you stand out in any situation.

For Juniors I want you to do the same but with your dream school.

To make this consistent I will go over the criteria.

The school you are going to and why you are going there.

Your major, plus a link to the department.

A link to the art department of that school and wether you will be pursuing art in any capacity.


Again, this isn't to shame or make you feel bad about the school you get into and I will still sleep the same tonight regardless of if you go into art.