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Lecture 2- Dimensions and Value

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Lecture 2- Dimensions and Value ARTH 203

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This is Lecture 2 of Week 1. In these notes we continue of of shape (2D) and form (3D), then going into Values.
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Date Created: 09/03/16
Dimensions and Value (August 28    , 2016) Shape ● 2D ● Outline and colors used to enclose space (flat enclosed area) Form ● 3D ● Shading & highlighting can add a dimension of depth ○ Turns shapes into forms Organic and Geometric ● Shape and form can be either one of these things ● Organic­ rounder, seen in nature ● Geometric­ angular, man­made Artwork: Ansel Adams­ 1927: Monolith ● Artwork is organic and abstract ○ This is due to “representational shape” (what is found in real life) ○ Abstract art is still organic ■ Abstract means that it’s “derived from reality” but simplified/ fragmented ■ Can be geometric as well Miriam Schapiro­ 1983: Baby Blocks ● Organic­ flowers, plants ● Geometric­ quilt blocks, baby clothes (debatable due to lines giving it a more organic feel) ● Artwork reflects a feminine approach with the quilting pattern and flowers Implied Shape and Line Legs­ figure/ ground relationship (one is “upfront” the other is the “background”) usually high  contrast­ black and white M.C. Escher­ 1938: Sky and Water ● Shows interaction between 2 forces Shepard Fairey­ 1989: Obey (Andre the Giant Has a Posse) ● Interblock of positive and negative space ● Popular street artist ● Uses bold styles to grab the attention from audiences Value­ relative ● Black and white vs. (black and white) Caravaggio­ 1599­1600: The Calling of St. Matthew ● High contrast of values The amount of contrast: ● Low vs. High vs. Balanced ● Darker values­ Uneasiness, fall back into space ● Lighter values­ pop out, bright Beda Stjernschantz­ 1897: Pastoral ● Oil on canvas ● Space and perspective used view people in painting Asher Brown Durand­ 1849: Kindred Spirits ● Plays on perspective ● Far objects not in focus, blurry ● Sharp objects are closer, thus in focus Ancient China­ 1770: The Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour (Scroll Six) ● Isometric perspective Vanishing point ● Linear perspective­ mathematical, use of vanishing pt & horizon line Albrecht Durer­ 1805: Large Horse ● Illusion of 3D space ● Fore­shortening: the shape that is drawn at a different angle (perspective) of a 3D object


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