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.

Comic Review IB by Kyle Darnell

Your assignment over the weekend was to read a comic. Your online assignment is to break it down. Pull out the 4 key characteristics to story we discussed.

First what is it? Post a link.

What is the Setting, Theme, Conflict, and tone?

Now how does that relate to yours? What did you notice about the comic from the standpoint of a writer?


Next week be prepared to write your online assignment all about your comic.


Comparative Study IB by Kyle Darnell

In December we are going to do a project called Comparative Study for IB Art. In it you will compare and contrast 3 pieces of art by at least 2 different artists from different cultural/time backgrounds. Without going into it too much it can be a bit of a chore, so I want you to start thinking of it now by researching who your artists might be.

Think different  time frames entirely and be sure to include a link. You may need this later. It might be easier to make them completely separate and have absolutely nothing to do with each other. During this project you will make artwork inspired by them, so keep that in mind.


My example would be someone I'm very familiar with, someone I know nothing about, and someone who is diametrically opposed to the first one.

Rembrandt van Rijn - Printmaking and painting from the 1600's

"Black" Maria Martinez - Pueblo Potter from the 1900s.

Damien Hirst - Terrible art person from YBA movement until now.


Seniors, write a quick recap of the one you have already done.

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 amazon.com. 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.

What did you learn? IB by Kyle Darnell

Tell me something you learned this year. Preferably it is about art, but I guess that can range as long as you can connect it.


This is for 10 extra credit points, some of you really need this. Even if you don't, still do it. I am less likely to do XC for future classes if there isn't participation.

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.

Art You Like IB by Kyle Darnell

August was forever ago, so I am reposting this assignment to see how your tastes have changed.

This is due this Sunday not next and is worth 10 points


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 recommend 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 Sunday and due every Friday.

Curatorial Rationale by Kyle Darnell

Here is your assignment before this whole thing becomes links.

Seniors: Write a Curatorial Rationale. They are due by Saturday. You will then receive edit ideas and rewrite your Curatorial Rational, which will be due by next Friday before class. (Don't worry about the dates too much, you will have time in class to accomplish this.)

Juniors: Write notes on at least two Curatorial Rationals. You have until Sunday. You will then do the same process again, by the next Sunday.


Here are links to help explain things. I will also be talking quite a bit about it in class. 




Getting Political by Kyle Darnell

Political cartoons are pretty important. Throughout history they have been used to shine light on a dark subject or even further propagate the opinion of the either a government or a news paper. Linked below is a pretty brief history of political cartoons. There are several pages, they don't take too long though.



Your job is to find a political cartoon, past or present, and write a little bit about it. Also post a link so everyone can see. Don't just type in political cartoons either. There is a lot of information out there and several famous artists even contributed throughout the year. For example, did you know that DR. Seuss was a very successful political cartoonist? Did you also know drew anti Japanese propaganda cartoons for the US government during ww2? Thats what i'm saying, dig around a little.


Reminder, these are worth 20 points and are due by the 19th.

Art Time Police by Kyle Darnell

In this assignment you are a Art Time Cop. Your job is to travel history and find artists guilty of committing a crime, then erase them from the time-stream. What are they guilty of? How will erasing them change Art History?

Vincent Van Gogh

Crime: 1st degree wasting paint and 2nd degree annoying fans.

Van Gogh is synonymous with the post-impressionist movement and when his art was collected after his death, helped influence several artists to take more chances with composition and color. That being said, most of his work is terrible. Famous for his impasto technique of laying oil paint onto the canvas in a very thick manner, sometimes straight from the tube, to create his own vision of a scene. Huge waste of very expensive paint that he never had to buy, as his brother Theo was bankrolling him. Just a shame to waste paint like that. That also caused every freshman dorm on ever college campus apparently come pre-furnished with a Starry Night poster.

You know when you like a band but hate their fans? Van Gogh is OG that. Removing Van Gogh will save me from every college freshman art class of breaking the students of their misguided love of Van Gogh.


And I should emphasize to not write about Hitler or George W Bush. They both are know at periods of time as being artists, but they are not most famous for those things. So adjust accordingly. And this is opinion based, if you don't agree with someone thats fine. Also try not to repeat artists.