Artist Catchphrase VA by Kyle Darnell

This week's online assignment is courtesy of Emmalee Gladding. 

Pick an artist that you think creates interesting art pieces. After looking through some of their work, come up with a slogan that portrays their techniques or their motivations. Did looking back on a majority of their compositions improve your ideals about them? 

For example take the work of Mark Rothko, he creates large paintings of rectangles drafted in different colors. I have been in many art museums looking at pieces similar to these where people around me have said something along the lines of "Why is that in here, I could have done that." So the catch phrase I would give to the portfolio of Rothko is, "put your money where your mouth is". If the people at the art museum can make art the same way Rothko can, then I'd like to see them try. 

Don't forget to explain why you choose a certain catch phrase for your artist!

Video Demo by Kyle Darnell

I would like for you to like me to a youtube video of a drawing demonstration. Preferably an informative one. It doesn't need to be about figures necessarily, it can just be one that you found helpful and you think more people should know about it.


Keep it school appropriate, geez.

Ketchup Week VA 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.

Final Project VA by Kyle Darnell

Explain to me what your final project of the semester is. You won't have too much time as we are doing a very brief 50 point project about food. So detail the following:

What is it?

Why is it?

What size is it?

This isn't a binding contract, you can change it, I just want to you try to commit to something like this. If you really need, I can give you a suggestion.

How was your break? VA by Kyle Darnell

Tell me about your break. Five days off is a great thing. I hope art was a part of your life. Heres mine.


During break I took it easy. I drew some comics, played some video games, ate way too much, but most importantly, I drew this sweet tortoise with an ice cream sundae on its back. I drew this thinking of the comic I am working on, just got to find a way to have this thing destroy a city.


Spirit Animal of the Baroque VA by Kyle Darnell

Artsy had this great article on the Baroque time period. I've talked about it in class in reference to Caravaggio and Rembrandt, but there is a meaty middle between full of artists that changed the course of art history.

Your assignment is to read this article and pick an artist discussed to find your Artist Spirit Animal. Don't over think it, just find an artist that speaks to you and why. Talk about how they embody your ideals and morals. There is plenty to choose from here. Also link an animal that you think represents that artist.

Comic VA by Kyle Darnell

Your assignment over the the past few days 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.

Famous Artist VA by Kyle Darnell

From time to time you will answer questions posted by IB art members. This week's question is posted by Brooklynn Cox with her response.


In the distant future, you are a famous artist known for founding your very own artistic movement. What is this art movement called? What is it about? This can be as serious or as goofy as you want.

"My art movement would be called "Ecoviridism," which combines the root 'Eco' and the Latin word for green, "viridis." The movement has an ecology-based meaning as it promotes the protection of the environment, but this meaning is in the background. The art in this movement can be identified by the strong presence of the color green, but always and only in the background of the image. The subject matter, medium, and individual meaning ranges wildly but all pieces have one common theme: that protecting our environment is in the background of our thoughts, when it should be in the foreground. The movement sprang about as a response to the worsening environment. This was more of a serious answer, but there is my art movement!"

Art You Don't Like VA by Kyle Darnell

Tell me about an artist or art style that you don't like. Now don't take this personally, as if the artist is making work that specifically exists to make you upset. Just think about things that you don't like, a good reason why that is valid, and make sure to not talk about money. It is easy to get wrapped up in how much a painting auctions for. For the most part the artist had nothing to do with that and it shouldn't influence you when talking about the validity of art.


Masks VA by Kyle Darnell

Were making masks this month, so write about masks. I would like for you to find a link about constructing masks. It might be easier to find instructions about making masks that don't involve cardboard, but you probably want to research the type we are doing in class.

You can also look up puppets if that is what you are wanting to do with your project. Like a mask that has controllable arms or something.

Hispanic Artist VA by Kyle Darnell

This month is dedicated to Hispanic Heritage an Art culminating with a Procession of Dia de los Muertos November 1st. We will be making masks and costumes, learning about hispanic culture, and mainly just being super rad. So to start it off I would like for you to write about a Hispanic Artist. There is a lot to choose from so focus on South and Middle America. Basically I'm saying don't write about Picasso or Dali, actually just stay away from Spain.

Make sure to put a source.

Write about their influences, their work, why they did what they did.

Ketchup week FAC 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.

Illuminated Manuscripts VA by Kyle Darnell

Illuminated Manuscripts are wonderful. Dating back to the dark ages they were the only way to produce a book. Fine craftsman used quills and calligraphy pens to reproduce stored knowledge using patience and ink.


I want you to research something about them. There are various artists that have produced their own versions throughout the years. One of my favorites is poet/philosopher/artist/madman William Blake. He combined calligraphy with printmaking and hand coloring to produce several of his own books, which were mainly about his cult.



Book Binding VA by Kyle Darnell

Now that you have bound your own book, I would like for you to reflect on it a little bit. What did you like about it? What didn't you like? Since you are a pro now I would like for your to research a different type of bookbinding for a future project. We did Coptic, I would like for you to find a different one and write about it. Their are hundreds to choose from as every culture has different methods of binding and their own unique twists.

Art Techniques VA by Kyle Darnell

There's a lot of different ways to make Art. I know some, and so do you. But I want to know what you don't know. Your assignment is to think of a technique or media you would like to learn. This can be charcoal drawing, watercolor, acrylic, bookbinding, collage, crackle paint. Honestly anything. And you will post a link to it online with a brief description of it. We won't get to most of them in class, but we might. Here is my example.

I would like to learn Comic Book art. And not just how to arrange a book or write a story, but how to deal with certain angles, scene building, the importance of line. I think this would help the class because I think everyone has a story I'm sure they want to get out.


So that is mine. Moving forward, stop plagiarizing these posts and don't forget to include links.

Art Movements VA by Kyle Darnell

Write about an Art Movement you enjoy. Here is a quick reference to several  Be sure to include an artist from that time and a link.


Here is mine:

The Baroque period existed in the 1600s and its style consisted of dynamic figures, extreme dark to light shading called tennebrisim, and was considered the natural evolution of the High Renaissance. Some artists are Michelangelo Caravaggio, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Artemisia Gentileschi. It was succeeded by Rococo and Neo Classical art movments.

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? VA 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.There will be one more online assignment next week.

Your Future VA by Kyle Darnell

Simple, tell me what you plan on being after college and why. Never too early to start thinking about it. I don't expect it to be about art, but make sure to include a link to what you are talking about. And not everyone can be a Wolverine Trainer.

Early in my High School career I remember that I really wanted to be an Animator. I practiced outside of school constantly. Around Senior year I saw what the real world was like when I did a workshop for animation and ultimately decided not to pursue it. It wasn't about money or workload, it just wasn't what I was willing to commit myself to.

That being said, the average person from the Millennial generation forward will change their careers at least 4 times. So consider that when answering this. Its not about money, its not about what your parents/guardians want. Its about what you want.