Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I've had a headache all day and it won't go away. It's been like that for the past few days.

In other news: I like art.

I'd type more, but my head's about to explode


maken monkeys

Going to try to make some more monkeys today. Not going to comment about maken a monkey out of me.

The crew working with paper is making some cool stuff.

Everyone enjoy the weekend and have safe return trips for those traveling.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Exquisite Corpse II

Heres part of a fresh exquisite corpse written by Hellbound Henry, Meghan , and Kat:

I had 18 glasses

of bliss

madness or pleasure?

Completely Shot to Hell.

But still bundled

tightly together

Thursday, November 26, 2009

turkey day

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy turkey day.

Make sure you make an outline drawing of your hand to transform into a turkey.

be safe everyone


Monday, November 23, 2009

jeremy fish

Jeremy Fish, who is one of my favorite artists, is having his first museum show down in laguna and his body of work is huge and amazing. seriously, check it out! i was fortunate enough to have caught his show at the fecal face gallery in SF last spring.

megan st.clair

Saturday, November 21, 2009

After having so much trouble with my litho piece, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like our next project. I'm hoping to redo the last one because it was impossible to get 5 prints that were even close to being the same. I'm hoping I can get the new plate to ink up more consistently because I really like how my one print turned out.


Friday, November 20, 2009

The Exquisite Corpse will Drink the Young Wine

I think every artist should use Exquisite Corpse to get their juices flowing (creative ones that is).

Its a game that can be played with words or images. It is thought to reveal the collective unconscious of the group.

Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement. The name "Exquisite Corpse" comes from a line of poetry created while playing the game: "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine." Exquisite Corpse is played by two or more people, each of whom writes a few words on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal part of it, and passes it on to the next player for his or her contribution. You can make up rules if you wish, and there are various ways to play. Its a great way to be creative with your buddies! I have had a blast countless times with Exquisite Corpse drawings and poems.

Exquisite corpse drawings (prints, paintings, etc.) work the same way as the poems. Draw something, cover or fold over most of the image and pass it on. The next person adds on to what you created (without knowing what it is). The results are phantasmagoric!

(click to enlarge)

As an example, the following is an Exquisite Corpse composed by the intrepid Academy staff using the sentence construction Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Noun:

Slung trousers melt in a roseate box.
A broken calendar oscillates like sunny tin.
The craven linden growls swimmingly. Blowfish.
A glittering roof slaps at crazy ephemera.

I'm always down for an exquisite corpse so if you wanna try one, hit me up!


Tim Burton at the MOMA
more npr picture show
found his sketches amusing


Thursday, November 19, 2009


I'm suffering from an array of blocks where my final project is concerned. I've decided on the vague concept I'm going for, but am screwed on specifics. I just thought I'd take time out of my blockage to be productive and post on the blog. I'm not entirely happy with this effort. Our idea for the theme is good enough, but I think that the whole thing has become less open than it probably should be.

This combined with my lack of enthusiasm for the sheer amount of prints we have to crank out by the opening has me stressed. I've got no idea how I'm going to manage to crank out ten different prints by the second week of December. This may be easy for some, but I think I interpret things a little bit more literally since I'm a graphic design major. Each of my prints is going to have its own theme to it and I worry that I won't have the time to make each one complete. For the moment, I'm just gritting my teeth and hoping that everything will turn out better than I expect.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

cheap paint!!

At Hobby Lobby on 21st and woodlawn they have a ton of titanium white tubes both oil and acrylic for 2.99

they're are the very back north end with the discounted stuff

love, TIM

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I went to mr tom hucks artist talk, it was worth it. He gets 18 cases of free PBR on the 6th of everymonth. I think that PBR is worthless.


This guy is neat, watch all 5 minutes to be imressed.
I saw the "Off The Roll Tape Sculpture Contest" and after doing some searching about it I came across a site where an artist named Mark Jenkins does a lot of pretty awsome tape sculptures. He also has some video you need to check out. Follow the link:
-Jason Rose
Happy B-Day Monika!!!


the artist that does a lot of thom yorke and radiohead's artwork is a printmaker! check out stanley donwood's prints. theres a mixture of screen and lino.

btw... dont forget about tom huck today!!!

megan st.clair

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fall Semester, ect.

Well I finally got my schedule for next semester figured out, and must admit I'm a little sad that this semster is coming to a close. My schedule next semester pretty much blows. But such is life I suppose. I can't believe how much I've enjoyed printmaking. I knew I was excited to learn about it when I signed up for the class, but really how much I've enjoyed it and how sad I am that I don't get to take another print class next semester has surprised me.

I'm excited and anxious to print my litho tomorrow. Since I chose a fairly flat design I am doing two colors, and after helping out with Michael's on Friday I am nervous about how many tries its going to take to come out with 5 that are exactly the same using two colors. Hoping for the best though.

On another note, watched the movie Whatever Works last night. It's a film written and produced by Woody Allen. Check it out One of the better movies I've seen in a while.

Bree S. Williams


I made this video over the weekend. It a little different than my other work. I am myself surprised where it came from :).
If you could give me some feedback that would be helpful.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

I can't think of anything to blog about this week. After working 6 days a week for the past few months, followed by almost getting fired from my job (long story), plus school, I'm starting to feel it. I don't remember the last time I was able to relax.

With all that being said, I'll leave you with a video I found on YouTube the other day


Friday, November 13, 2009

Awesome Printmaker Tom Huck comes to the Ulrich

Have you seen "Snacktime Marcy"? Did you dig it? Well, the guy that made it will be here on tuesday!

Lecture: Tom Huck, artist's talk, "Rural Satire and Graphic Terror",
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU campus. Free. "Snacktime Marcy" on exhibit through December. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Information, (316) 978-3664.


Art Educator and Mentor

Art Educator and Mentor
Vernell Morgan, Art Educator and Artist 11/9/2009

In 1938 when Viktor Lowenfeld and his family arrived in New York City, he spoke very little English, and knew almost no one. He came with a Master’s degree in art education from Weinerkunstge Schule, also, a PhD in psychology from the University of Vienna. Viktor had already published several books and articles before arriving in America. The Nature of Creative Activity became his first English publication. With the help of family friend Gordon Allport, head of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and an organization called Refugee Teachers; Lowenfeld secured a position with Hampton Institute.
Hampton Institute President Howe offered Viktor Lowenfeld the position of associate professor over the Industrial Arts Department. This was a trade school at the time (Ritter, 1990).
Upon Viktor Lowenfeld arrival at Hampton, he began asking Howe for permission to teach art classes. Lowenfeld couldn’t understand why there were no visual arts offered at Hampton. He saw Black people active in music, dance, and theatre, but not in the visual arts (Grisby, 1977). To identify with his students from Hampton, Lowenfeld chose to live in a Black community, using drinking fountains, and community facilities which were restricted just for Blacks (Peter, 1988).
Howe was reluctant to allow teaching art, if it was not related to learning trade and industrial careers for the students who would receive training in those areas. The institute was divided in the following academic areas: the schools for Agriculture, Business, Education, Home Economics, Summer School and Social Studies. President Howe had said, “These people are not interested in the visual arts,” Lowenfeld refused to give up and accept President Howe’s answer. He asked for a chance to offer classes in drawing with no credit given to see if anyone would attend.
Howe finally issued a letter November 8, 1939 to all departments at the institute, informing students that there would be classes starting in November consisting of drawing, modeling and painting (Ritter, 1990). According to John Biggers, one of Lowenfeld students stated that 700 students attended class that evening without receiving credit (Grisby, 1977).
Some of the students that enrolled in his classes were John Biggers, Charles White, Samella Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett and John Bean. There were many more that enrolled later at the insistence of other African American students (Ritter, 1990, Wardlaw, 1989). According to Grisby this is how the art program at Hampton Institute began.
Lowenfeld believed art is related to mental health; i.e., a creative person was a healthy person. The value of art was not in its beauty, but in the outlet for expression its creation provided. His goal was to help his student’s develop a healthy sense of confidence and emotional well being. Lowenfeld therefore provided enlightened art classes which would allow “self adjustment through creative activity,” a phrase he would often say to his students (Ritter, 1990).
According to Lowenfeld, art education serves two purposes. First, it promotes psychological well being. He states that emotional growth and creativity could be stifled if one was not provided with emotional outlets. Second, art education helps provide cultural identity. For the students at Hampton this meant racial identity. Neither of these concepts was a Lowenfeld creation. Both had already been developed in America and in Europe.
As Lowenfeld taught at Hampton he developed his own theories about Black Art in America. He believed Black art was influenced by three basic factors:
1. The African heritage of Blacks
2. The social status of African-Americans in the United States
3. Western Civilization
Because these factors are different from those affecting white artists, Lowenfeld taught that black art must make a different statement from mainstream white art (Ritter, 1990). He felt the awareness of self was necessary to break away from this limitation.
In “New Negro Art in America” (1944) Lowenfeld stated that the art work that is created will enhance awareness and reflect the experiences of the Afro-American in society. In short Lowenfeld taught his students not to feel they had to produce art work to please others opinion on what art should look like, but they should paint from the heart. And paint they did (Ritter, 1990).
What made the students at Hampton so distinguishable was the radically expressive style they collectively and individually developed. In Hampton’s art program the students were vested in Lowenfeld belief that art was communication ,a tangible expression of feeling ; that art was not an end, but a means; and that art was a very personal product , a view into one’s inner self (Ritter, 1990).
Victor Lowenfeld recognized the need for self- actualization and self-development in the art work of his students, his life’s work was a result of efforts to meet this need.


Grisby, J.Eugene. (1977) Background for Teaching; Youth in a Pluralistic Society. Art and Ethnics, Wm C. Brian Publishing Company, pp 133-135

Ritter, R. E. (1990) Five decades: John Biggers and the Hampton Art Tradition. Hampton University Museum. pp. 8, 9, 11, 13

Smith, P. (1988) the Hampton Years; Forgotten Legacy, Art Education Journal Nov. 1988. pp. 38-42

Wardlaw, AJ. (1990) A spirited libation; promoting an African heritage in the black college, The American Impulse in African American Art , Dallas Museum of Art. pp. 70

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Let's Get It Started

Hi all, I am excited to get this next print started. I think I will go in today and put in some time on the print, but I sure hope someone is there to help me since I missed the print demo last time.

NPR picture show

i thought this was great especially the potato smile :)
megan st. clair

Monday, November 9, 2009


Check out the work of Ross Racine. It is pretty cool stuff since they are drawn.


i want to eat your artichoke heart

i found this website the other day and came across some great prints. there's quite the variety from chin colle to carborundum (collograph) to monoprints. check it out when u have a minute.
megan st.clair

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Oh, and...on a vaguely related note

I've also always loved art history. If it weren't virtually required to get a doctorate, I'd want to be an art historian. I adore looking into the art that was made in the past and relating the historical events surrounding it. One of my many beloved artists is Jacques Louis David (with whom I happen to share a birthday). I also happen to be reading a book right now in which David is a key character. The Eight plays to my love of history and art. It also takes some of the people depicted in his paintings and brings them to life as dimensional characters. I won't say who for any of the nerdy people who might want to read the book, but two figures in the above painting, The Intervention of the Sabine Women, play major roles in this book.

Well, now I suppose I'll stop lending too much information about my uber nerdy self.


Hello, all.

In my increasing quest to find an identity for myself as an artist, I've been looking to my most immediate resources. You see, I'm a graphic design major, but my original intent was to go into illustration. I've also considered being a tattoo artist or maybe just sticking with graphic design. I'm maddeningly indecisive about it. Well, now I'm verging on considering production design for theater or maybe even movies, if I can get that far. I've always loved studying the intricacies of production design and my sister is a theater tech major, so with her skills in lighting and fly rails, maybe we could combine our efforts and monopolize a local theater industry somewhere.

But I digress. Long story short, I've been looking into a family friend's career as a graphic, environmental, and theatrical designer. Michael Downs is extremely talented and has designed everything you could think of from the lion exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, to the South American tour of Grease. My favorite works of his are the sets for Oliver and Cindrillon. His style is really different and nothing like most of what you see on a regular basis. I probably can't hope to have as much success in my life, but I can at least aspire to it.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

I originally planned on blogging about prints made from tires from an article I saw on, but then I can across something I liked more:

I thought it was interesting to see someone take a photograph and then recreate it 3 dimensionally using paper.

Here's the link to the tire prints if anyone is interested:


More links

I just wanted to share more links that I have.

I saw the city and art show it was pretty interesting. I have just been out at school most of the day building a canvas to paint on. I think I broke my stapler I guess stuff happens I just wish it would not happen in the middle of stretching canvas.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Out of place

Lately I have been super into things that are disconnected and out of place. Things that seem random, unreal, or disgusting. I came across these pieces where the artist takes a photo with people in the frame, then takes one and turns them into a drawing. A black and white, minimal drawing. I love how these drawings break down the detail and confusion of life and our bodies into lines.
I lost the link while typing this.

I also found another website that I find interesting.
When we were in New York, I thought about doing just this. Drawing people I saw on the subways. It moved too quickly for me, and was too compact for me to bust out my big sketch book and start staring and sketching. On the plane, however, there were no boundaries. There was no challenge though, since I had about an hour and a half to draw the back of passengers heads.
Anyway, check it out!

Emily Ritter

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2!

Sorry if this isn't important to anyone. I am just very excited to be getting this game on Tuesday! I feel like it is an appropriate subject to talk about because the artistic styles of everything in the game reminds me of methods used by printmaking. Here take a look and see what you think.

Michel Gondry Makes All the Music Videos You Love

Michel Gondry is an amazing director who has made music videos for Beck, Bjork, Daft Punk, The White Stripes, and The Chemical Brothers (to name a few). You probably love at least one of his videos already. He is brilliantly surrealistic and bizarre. CHECK IT OUT!



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

WACK! Art and Feminist Revolution

What a loud title of a show, but the work in the show looks pretty nice, balanced. There are multiple interesting installations an ideas that can be used in our final project. It is worth looking at - in my opinion, even though it is not the most recent show.


WACK! Art and Feminist Revolution

What a loud title of a show, but the work in the show looks pretty nice, balanced. There are multiple interesting installations an ideas that can be used in our final project. It is worth looking at - in my opinion, even though it is not the most recent show.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I've missed a few it's blogs on speed time.

#1: I spent pretty much to whole day today finishing up my prints and boy was that fun. Now I'm tired, your tired, we're all tired. To much printing in one day makes Jason a psycho. But overall I'm glad with the way things turned out, althought I'm sure I could spend another few days adding details and what not.

#2: I think we should make critic day food day. It's my belief people would be more talkative and open if they could all eat. Who doesn't like eating...I practically do it everyday. When was the last time you had a food day is class? Food days make the World go round!

#3: I recently came across a site:
that's pretty cool. This artist makes his art from paper...cut and torn, which he then attaches to wood for the background. He has some pretty amazing things going on and also has prints avaliable. I'd love to see some of his work in person...the interent can't really give this sort of art justice.

#4: My windshield got hit by a rock from a big stupid truck (yes that is the technical term) and now I have two tiny little bitty ittsy minney chipies. I'm not for sure how this has anything to do with printing except for the fact it may inspire the masses to create some awsome art revolving around anything and everything to do with windshild chips...and big trucks.

#5: Printing has been a bitter sweet experience, has it not? There are times I enjoy it and times I'd rather jump off a bridge. I think the most inspiring part is learning a new technique that I actaully care about (not the ones that are less than cool) and pushing it to see just how far I can go, while learning all the while. Then you have the processes that just don't make any logical sense to me, but I have to do anyway. But in the end I guess you have to experince the bad to know the good.

#6: You know something else I just realized we haven't done yet in this class? That's right, watch a movie! Everybody loves to watch movies during class, I say we have a movie day and bring snacks to partake in the joy. Make it a movie related to printing...there's got to be a few out there...and the way it's not only educational but fun too! I can see it now...

#7: Definition: Naive 

Use naive in a Sentence

having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.

-Jason Rose-

The final project

Hey it's Tim, a regular blogger

I wanted to say that Josh, Tatiana and I met yesterday to discuss the final project.  What we decided on was a prinstillation that utilizes both video and print in order to get the idea of Monstrosity or what that word means to each of us acrossed.  There will be four projectors back to back projecting the video into a cube made of a semi-transparent surface which will be screen printed.   We will discuss it more in class this afternoon.  

Monday, November 2, 2009


Monothon 2009 is taking place this week in Norwalk, CT. wish i could go as i love monotypes!
megan st.clair

Sunday, November 1, 2009

More interesting things.

I always enjoy it when people post links to art websites. It gives myself and others more exposure to things we have never heard of. This is why I am always posting links and photos. One website I recently came across is
It reminds me of this magazine I used to read called Look-Look. It was a collection of photos, poems, art, and anything else you can think of.
Check it out. You might find new inspiration.

Emily Ritter
Sorry this is late... I think I have a pretty good idea what i want to do for the final project. Let's just hope the rest of the class approves.! My idea is monster party.

-Susie McHugh