Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Storytelling in Japanese Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is having a large-scale exhibition on Japanese Folk Painting. This is a must-see show for anyone living in the United States. Roberta Smith, one of the biggest names in the field of Art Review, wrote a brilliant review on this show and it went out last Friday in the New York Times! I have never imagined that she would write about Japanese Art.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Next Week and the Finals Week.

Dear Beginning Painters,

Please take this End-of-the-Semester Survey in a timely manner: < http://bptg.blogspot.com/2011/11/next-week-and-finals-week.html >. This should take 2-3 mins to complete.

Next week, the class is meeting off campus at 6:15PM on Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 2011, in Hiroko Ohno's studio in Brooklyn. We can wait until 6:30PM for everyone, but please make every effort to be in the studio on time, as a courtesy to this talented artist. Her studio address is:

Hiroko Ohno-Broome
100 Jay Street
Suite 28-D
Brooklyn, NY 11201
T 718 855 8808
F 718 855 8733

Hiroko is in NYC with NYFA. I posted materials from yesterday's lecture on Japanese Folk Painting on blackboard.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20th, you can drop off all of your work at 5:45PM with me in the Painting Studio. I will be there but do not stay for the entire class time, so email me. No attendance during the Finals Week, but you can fail the entire course if you forget to submit your work on Dec. 20th because the next day is the Grade Due. Please do not wait until the last minute and do not take any chance on this.

Bring me medical notes on or before Dec. 20th if your attendance has been poor.

We are not allowed to meet on Reading Day (Dec. 13th) and this is a college policy. However, you can leave your work with the Visual Arts office (M223-office G, Mr. Helmut Eppich, 718-482-5709) with a note for me, Nozomi. I will not be on campus on Dec. 13th but will be available via email.

I asked everyone to photograph all of their paintings to post on their blogs with comments. This is especially true when you cannot make Dec. 20th. ePortfolio is optional.

All paintings and sketchbooks will be returned after the Finals Week before the college closes for the holidays. This is a standard procedure for all studio art courses at LaGuardia.

Enjoy painting and I will see you all next week,


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Lab Hours for in-class painting. Individual conferences for the final project. Charles Burchfield's "Abstract from Nature" painting (this pdf file is on blackboard). Chie Fueki's Bodyless Body painting. Reports and Drawing Presentations about this semester's LaGuardia Drawing Marathon from students. Discussions on Extra Credit painting and a possible studio visit with a Japanese Folk Painting artist in Brooklyn. Cookies.

Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Homework WEEK 10:
Complete all paintings and bring all of them next week. Update your blog with images and writings. We are probably visiting a painter's studio in Brooklyn on the last day of class (Dec. 6th), so I will distribute related info next Tuesday, after I confirm this visit with the artist.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Lab hours for the Abstract from Nature Project. Reading distributed. Videos and discussions on Picasso and a community-based painting project in Brazil. Individual conferences for the final project.

Videos that we watched:
Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Behind-the-scenes Tour with the Director [12:26]. Picasso's progression in painting. European Modernism. School of Paris. African Art influences.

Praça Cantão, Favela Painting Project [7:21] in the Design with the Other 90% Cities@the UN by Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. A possible relationship between painting and a community.

More materials on blackboard.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Extra Credit 2 (Optional)

LaGuardia Drawing Marathon in M229 from 5:00PM Saturday, Nov. 19th to 10:00AM Sunday, 20th. Overnight life drawing sessions on campus. Bring your sketchbook. There will be an attendance sheet, so please sign your name at the entrance. No photographing the nude models or talking on a Cell Phone while models are posing. Contact the Visual Arts office for more details. Refreshments will be served overnight, for free. Free Admission and you can come and go anytime.

#Extra Credit 1 is in WEEK 8 of the handout folder section on blackboard, which is also Optional.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Optional Field Trip to The 9/11 Memorial Park.
#The following photos were taken by Yasmine, a student in the course.