More Contemporary Artists to Inspire lessons (USA)
- Dear Art Educators,
Here is another list of artists I saw at Ann Arbor....This will be my last
bunch to share. More can be found on the Ann Arbor Art Fair sites that I
DRAWING - PAINTING
Jill Kline - Surreal Drawings (and some paintings)
See 02-03 drawings - one Surreal painting would be good for your perspective
forms in space lesson.
Suzy Scarborough - Renaissance influence - math connections:
Paintings -mixed media collage:
Vermeer fans will like her home page image. She begins by creating an
overall grid-work of symbols, diagrams, text (from Renaissance images) -
overlays with number cut-outs. Painting is transparent over the numbers and
images. These are very rich to see up close.
Ann Harper - not so pretty portraits of children (and more) - moody -
Sure to start a good discussion with students. Some of Steve Shanks work is
similar to Ann Harper's
C.L. Cunningham http://www.clcunningham.com
Mixed media drawings/painting with a soft look. Subtle value/color
blending - soft shading. Media is layered. Graphite - watercolor - pastels
Lissa Herschleb - surreal/tribal influence portraits - fanciful
plants/animals/insects - watercolor with ink?
http://www.lissaherschleb.com Right now all she has on her site are
reproductions...but good inspirations for kids
(She would be good for that Haring portrait lesson that I posted).
METALS (but ceramics too)
Jon Michael Route - metal smith:
Ceramics teachers will want to check out his gallery - "dancing" coffee pots
and tea pots - fun! (images scroll across)
CERAMICS - SCULPTURE
Thomas Wargin - Sculptor - Organic - Surreal cast forms
http://www.wargin.com/index.php Man/nature - Man/Machine
Amanda Miller Ceramic Sculpture
I selected her because of her Ceramic heads - they have an "African"
(Nigerian - realistic ceramic heads) look to them.
Cathy Broski - organic body forms (abstract) - Ceramic vessels and
I did a coil vessel unit with my advanced students that had to be inspired
by the human figure - here is an artist for that lesson.... I may write it
Michael Gard - Woven wire figures:
http://www.michaelgard.com/ the wire is knotted over a wax figure - once
the figure is done - the wax is melted away.... These may inspire a wire
figure lesson for your students. Thee are other sculpture on his site, too
(one wire hand with world globe).
John Pritchard - Acrylic Sculptures - and jewelry....Acrylic vessels:
I am not sure what kind of lesson you could do with kids - My husband really
like this guy's work. The jewelry is new to me - he didn't have that at Ann
Arbor. Jewelry could inspire a mat board scrap lesson - with that resin
poured over - or maybe Friendly plastic.
Sharon Strasburg - non-objective monotypes - very painterly
Mary Mark - Hand painted linoleum - with painted frames - embossed borders:
http://www.marymark.com (I think I have her linked already on my
Try printing with black oil base - then painting prints with watercolors.
Robert Fuller - Focus down photographs - from scrap metals - beautiful
http://Amitmay.com/fuller.htm Old, discarded, industrial waste, scrap yards
and other forgotten locals. That is where Fuller often gets his best ideas.
Mark Orr - Scavenger Furniture... My husband and I really like his work -
from found pieces - shutters - boxes - and more... Hit the garage sales and
see what you can find to recycle into ART!
Tropical Heatwave - Libby Hodges
Fun - whimsical clocks - Might inspire a high school 3-D design project.
Functional Sculpture (my hubby really liked her work).
If any of these artist spark a lesson - I would like to know...send me one
example of student work (if possible).
I have business cards for these artists - many with images of their work. If
anyone wants the cards let me know. I will put them in an envelope and mail
Judy Decker - Ohio
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