Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eye-Human- Iris-Patterns, form, shape, texture, DRAWING /MM (felt) Eyes

Everyone's iris patterns are as unique as their fingerprint.

Art Rubric---General Art Middle School-High School...


"How We Talk About Art"


FORM (designing, what you use)

Elements and Principles of Design:

Elements: line, form, shape, space,  value, color, texture

Principles: movement, contrast, pattern, emphasis, unity, rhythm, balance

CONTENT  (what it means, what it's about, ...)

What you are trying to say, define, and redefine includes:

Personal stories, nostalgia (specific times, memories), Historical events, Influences- Art Historical, Art movements & periods (Modern Art, Abstract art...), Artists, popular culture, spirituality, religion, World History, Anti-war, feminism, equal rights


pencil, color pencil, pastel, chalk, acrylic/oil paint, watercolor, fibers (yarn, raffia),clay,
paper making, photography, technology, video, performance art/conceptual art

                                                               RUBRIC: 4, 3, 2, 1   

1. _____Respectful to teacher and fellow students.

2._____Respectful and appropriate use of class art materials and tools.

3. ____Clean up on time independently, without being reminded. Assist colleagues and teacher
           with maintenance of the classroom.

4. ____Clear understanding of assignments and projects-ability to follow guidelines.

5. ____Clear use of elements and principles of design for each project. (Form)

6.____"Content"-clear vision and explanation of assignment-verbally and in written content.

7.____Concern for craftsmanship, neatness, value of the art project. 

8. _____Allowing for "time" for the best results-refrain from rushing through work.

Grade Scale for Rubric                                   Grade Scale 100 pt. System                

4--A                                                                  100-90=   A
3--B                                                                    89-80=   B
2--C                                                                    79-70=   C                                               
1--D                                                                    69-60=   D

*assign a number from 4-1 for each of the 8 items- divide the total by 8 to receive grade results.
ie: if your total was 24-divide by 8 = 3 (B)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ai Wei-Wei

LACMA 2011


San Paulo, Brazil

Houston, Texas

Ai WeiWei ( eye way- way) Born in l957 currently resides in Benijing. He combines contemporary art with art of ancient China.

1.How can art be an asset for maintaining the existence of a culture? (historical, autobiographical, memories through images)

2. What do you think Ai WeiWei is trying to express by incorporating the Chinese Zodiac into large sculptural forms? (displayed throughout the world, Los Angeles, New York, Texas, San Paolo Brazil...Wei-Wei- art is political)

John Valadez (1950) Los Angeles

Diane Gamboa (l957) Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chinese Zodiac Animal Story

The Great Race >

Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time.  On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race.  The first twelve animals across the fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiac named after them.

The Ox helps the Cat and the Rat <

All the animals lined up along the river bank. The rat and the cat, who were good friends, were worried because they were poor swimmers.  Being clever they asked the strong ox if he would carry them across.

"Of course", said the kind ox.  "Just climb on my back and I will take you across."

The Rat Wins the Race +

The rat and the cat jumped up and were very excited when the ox took the lead. They almost reached the other bank when the rat pushed the cat into the water leaving him to struggle.  Just as the ox was about to win the race, the rat leaped on his head and on to the bank to finish first.

"Well done," said the Jade Emperor to the proud rat.  The first year of the zodiac will be named after you.  The poor ox had been tricked into second place and the second year of the zodiac.

The Tiger Takes Third Place  =

Shortly after the exhausted tiger clawed his way to the rive bank to claim third place. Swimming across the river had been an enormous struggle for him against the strong currents.  The emperor was so delighted with his efforts that he named the third year after him,

The Rabbit hops Across the River &

Next to arrive was the rabbit, who hadn't swum across at all.  He had hopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating log which carried him to the shore.

"I shall be very happy to call the fourth year after you," the surprised Jade Emperor explained

The Helpful Dragon is Fifth  % 

Just then a kind dragon swooped down to take fifth place.  The Jade Emperor asked, "Why didn't you win the race, when you can fly?"

"I needed to make some rain, because some people and animals needed water to drink,"the dragon explained.  "
Then I saw a little rabbit on a long in the water and I blew a puff of wind so that the log would float to the river bank."

"Well that was very kind of you. You will have the fifth year of the zodiac named after you."

The Snake Surprises the Horse  #

The next thing the Jade Emperor heard was the sound of the horse's hooves.  Just as he was thinking the horse  would be the next animal to arrive, a sneaky snake wriggled out from around one of the horse's hooves.  The horse was so surprised that he jumped backwards giving the snake a chance to take the sixth place in the race.  The poor horse had to be satisfied with seventh place.

The Goat, Monkey and Rooster Work Together  @

Not long afterwards a raft arrived carrying the goat, monkey and the rooster.  They explained to the Emperor how they had shared the raft that the rooster had found. The goat and monkey 
The goat and monkey had cleared weeds and pushed the raft to the shore.

The Emperor was very pleased that the animals had worked together.  He said the goat would be the eighth, the monkey the ninth and the rooster the tenth.

The Dog takes a Bath  **

The next animal to finish was the dog. "Why are you so late when you are one of the best swimmers?"asked the Jade Emperor.

"The water in the river was so clean that I had to have a bath on the way." Explained the Dog.

His reward was to have the eleventh year named after him.

The Boar Claims Last Place  $

There was one place left in the zodiac and the Emperor wondered when the last winner would come.  Finally he heard a grunt from the boar.

"You took a long time to cross the river,"said the Emperor to the boar.  "I was hungry and stopped to eat," explained the boar.  "After the meal I felt so tired that I fell asleep."

"You have still done well," said the Jade Emperor.  "The last year of the zodiac will be named after you."

The Cat Crawls Out of the Water   ^

As for the cat who had been pushed into the water by the rat, he finally crawled out of the water but was too late to have a year named after him.  He felt very disappointed by the rat and since then cats have never been friends with rats.

From that day to this the Chinese Zodiac has followed this cycle of years named after these twelve animals.


Chinese New Year for 2015 is Feb. 19.   It is also the year of the Goat, it sometimes is known as the Year of the Sheep or Ram, since the Chinese word does not specify the difference.

1. Why is the cat and the rat no longer friends after the Emperor ordeal? 
What does the expression: "carrying a grudge is like taking poison and expecting someone else to die."

2. What deed did the dragon do that made him fifth place? What did the Emperor say to him when he saw him after the rabbit?  

3. Regarding the Dragon's response to Emperor: how do you think the expression : "No good deed goes unpunished." pertain to the behavior of the dragon.

4. The goat, monkey and rooster worked cooperatively to reach their goal.  In your opinion what kind of behavior/personality traits do each animal have that constructed a cooperative paradigm?
(paradigm= model, example, pattern,prototype, archetype)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

300 Signatures or 50 plus Cards -Gratitude-Friendship-Goodwill-and more...


Your project is to display acts of gratitude, Friendship, Goodwill, and more by making a card for each of your classmates and teachers (50 cards +) or collecting 300 signatures in which you express a friendly request. 

50 cards plus: -Design cards that are about 4"x 6" in dimension -you can have the same design on the cover of each card or change them to add a personal touch to each card.  (It is important to personalize the cards in some way-Something you have recognized about each person you send a card to.

Materials: drawing paper folder, color pencils, paint, pattern paper

-300 Signatures:Design a large card /or your own creativity/ acquire 300 signatures of your classmates/family. REMEMBER TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE WHEN REQUESTING THE INDIVIDUAL'S SIGNATURE.


-creativity of design elements: color, line, materials, craftsmanship


-ESSAY FOR PROJECT- 500 word essay about Process= 100 4.0
- Idea/inspiration for your project/reasons why

 (ie: I was inspired to make contact with the students of Libra and Linda Marquez High School in order to make new friends and to see other students' perspective about our high school.  New friendships are important to me now as I mature and need to understand what the future holds for me and my fellow classmates.  

-Process- What did you decide to design for your project:

 (ie: I chose to make a large card for my signatures.  I wanted to look like the large cards I used to receive from my parents when I was a kind.  The size of the card made me feel important and loved.  I used to keep it in my room the whole year.

-What you learned from your experience.
 Share some anecdotes (small stories) about your experiences.  (

(ie:) I learned that most of the students I spoke to were willing to sign my card without a problem.  One student said he thought I was a great idea to and said he would help me ask other students for signatures.  One Friday during the project he met me at lunch an walk around with me gathering students and saying what a wonderful experience it was to "show the love and to spread the love".

(ie) I made the 50 cards necessary for this project.  I didn't realize that my teachers would be so grateful to receive the cards.  Mr. Rodriquez said that working everyday with numbers sometimes keeps him out of touch with the creative elements at school.  Many of his students express gratitude for the help with math but rarely do they write a note or card.  I felt I played a true role in Mr. Rodriquez' happiness.

-What did you learn about other people during your experience. Share some anecdotes (SMALL STORIES ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES).

(ie): Most students were eager to sign my card but occasionally I would get a student saying "I need to get paid for this, my signature is worth money at least $1-5 bucks!  "I think this is stupid and not real art.  I explained to the people that said "it wasn't real art", that are has many descriptions.  We have been learning about "Conceptual Art" where the idea is the most important thing.

-Conclusion: begin with the first paragraph and re-emphasize.  

(ie: ) I think that expressing concern and acknowledgement of the students and teachers at Libra has help me to open my heart further...

500 words-typed and handed in with your art project (100pts)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chiascuro...What I learned and how I can make it fit into Calculus, English, Spanish, History, Algebra, Biology, PE,,,,

Death of Marat 1793 (Jacques Louis David






-CONCEPTUAL ART (idea over product)




(IE: How does the concept of chiascuro that is used on a painting or drawing get redefined in Calculus?)

2. Make a connection with the concept.  What knowledge or information can I bring to the question?

3. How can I solve the problem at hand? 


How does Chiascuro fit in my house?

light, dark, abstraction, minimal, focus, modeling

Candlelight and fire from the hearth

Dining table with candlelight and electric light and street lights

Mini-altar with candlelight and  electric light

Mini-altar with candlelight and electric light

Mixed lighting

Lewis Jorge chiascuro

student chiascuro