Lincoln Center Institute at the Museum of Modern Art
Visual Artist - John Toth
September - October 1998
with Patty Covich, Heather McCartney and Sam Laybourne
"What do you see, and how are you changed by what we see?
Can we see artworks that reveal creative movement and elements of dance?What do artworks reveal about improvisation and communications skills?
Explore process of Visual Thinking: Describe / Analyze / Interpret. (MoMA 1998)
Look at visual art works that focus on "visions".
Explore the organizational relationship of things.
Explore qualities of body language , composition, rhythm and energy.
Art Works Under Study: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Lawrence, Jacob (American.), "Migration" series
Kahlo, Frida (Mexican, 1910-1954), "Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair", 1941
Matisse, Henri (French, 1869-1954) "The Dance", drawing of "The Dance"
Lerger, Femand (French, 1881-1955), "Exit the Ballet Russes", 1914
Mondrian, Piet (Dutch, 1872-1944), "Broadway Boogie Woggie"
Magritte, Rene (Belgian, 1898-19 7) "Empire of Light",
van Gogh, Vincent (Dutch, 1853-1890), "The Starry Night", 1889
Some Questions to consider:
"What do you see, and how we are changed by what we see?
How do artists reveal meaning through the compositional placement of people, objects, colors,?
What does body language say about our beliefs?
What are national systems of order?
How does rhythm create movement ?
How do artists create energy within art works?
Activities that will enhance discovery:
Lesson One / Body Language
Body Language... the shapes we make.
- use simple geometric shapes to draw body language that communicates meaning.
- use gesture lines to redraw body language from above. How does content change?
Dynamic relationships... the space between us.
Lesson Two / Moving through space
Lesson Three / Energy
Explore qualities of visual energy: vibration, intensity, movement, color.
Make drawings with craypas that imbue energy with action lines.
Make compositions that balance static objects with energetic objects.
Consider qualities of energy from a review of the museum visit.
How did artists create energy within paintings?
Ask students to compare works that shared themes.
What do you see in this picture?
How does the artist create energy?
How did the visual energy effect meaning?
FABRIC AND VIDEO INSTALLATION
INTERMEDIA - DIGITAL ART - SCULPTURE - PAINTING - DRAWING - X MEDIA - POETRY - MUSIC - VIDEO
PODCASTS - THEORY - INNER EYE - ADVOCACY - EDUCATION - SCHOOLS - PERFORMANCE