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• Born: May 21, 1471,
Nuremberg, Germany
• Died: April 6,1528,
Nuremberg, Germany
• Painter, Printmaker
• Style: North High Renaissance

Hare, 1502

Albrecht Durer was one of the most prominent artists of the Northern Renaissance. His luscious prints, beautiful portraits, and detailed illustrations of animals and plants made him one of the
most important artists of the Northern Renaissance. Durer became the leader of his time, by introducing the principles of perspective and mathematics into the art of northern Europe. His paintings, printmaking techniques, and books inspired his contemporaries to develop new techniques.

For this exercise, look at Durer’s attention to detail when drawing and painting animals. Select an animal and sketch an animal in your sketchbook. Sketch from observation. Spend them majority of your time looking at your subject to accurately describe the textures and shapes that capture the feeling of the animal.

• Painter, Installation artist, graffiti
artist, and Sculptor
• Born: 1974; Bristol, UK
• Style: Street Art

Banksy- Street Artist
Banksy is a British Street artist whose work has political and social undertones. Banksy’s political stance is anti- war and anti-consumerism. His work was featured in an Academy Award nominated documentary, has been featured in many museums and galleries, and has been purchased by celebrities. Banksy employs juxtapositioning in his work to make a statement. His work often combines unexpected elements blended together.

In an art journal or on a sheet of paper, create a work of art that juxtaposes two contrasting items together to make a statement about how you see a particular topic. For example, Banksy took a dove (a symbol of peace) and juxtaposed it with a target and a bulletproof vest. By using these images together, it creates a different meaning and challenges the viewer to think in a different way. For your concept, consider how you can use juxtaposition in your work.

• Born: August 6,1928;
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
• Died: February 22,1987; New York City, United States
• Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor, Photographer, Filmmaker
• Style: Pop Art

Marilyn Monroe, 1962

Andy Warhol is perhaps one of the most famous artists of his time. Warhol was fascinated with images from popular culture, including everyday items, actors, musician, celebrities, and popular events. Warhol’s images, constructed using silkscreen, photography, and painting, toyed with interesting color relationships and repetition. Warhol’s fascination with celebrity cultured turned him into a celebrity himself, who mingled the very celebrities he idolized. He became wealthy and famous during his lifetime, started a magazine, and created hundreds of works of art and films.

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Andy Warhol

For this activity, select a symbol, person, or object from current popular
culture, and create a work of art in your sketchbook that utilizes repetition
(at least four times) and a color relationship (primaries, complements,

• American Painter
• Born: November 15, 1887
Near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
• Died: March 6, 1986 (aged 98)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Style: Modern

O’Keefe’s Close Up Flowers
Georgia O’Keefe has been called the “mother of American Modernism”. Georgia O’Keefe refrained from joining in on the trends of art, but instead cultivated her own style of art inspired by nature (flowers and landscapes) and the places she lived (New York and New Mexico). Her close up studies of flowers are iconic. She often developed her works in a series of paintings of the same subject. Her flower series are among her most famous works. Over her lifetime she produced thousands of paintings!

Select an object from nature (e.g. shell, leaf, flower, etc.). In your art journal or a
sheet of paper, create a close up drawing in color or fully tonal black and white
close up drawing of your object. Show the texture, tonality, and consider your
composition when creating the layout of your object.

• Born: 1760
• Died: May 10, 1849
• Painter, Printmaker
• Movement: Edo period
Ukiyo-e (Japan)

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 1829-32

Hokusai is one of Japan’s most well known artists. His series, 36 Views of Mount Fuji ,became enormously
popular and iconic. One of the most famous works, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, depicts an enormous
wave overcoming fishing boats with Mt. Fuji in the background.
Hokusai’s style is Ukiyo-e, a style of painting and printmaking produced in Japan between the 17th and 20th centuries. Some popular themes of Ukiyo-e include landscapes, stories, and theater. Hokusai is believed to have said: “At the age of five years I had the habit of sketching things. At the age of fifty I had produced a large number of pictures, but for all that, none of them had any merit until the age of seventy. At seventy-three finally I learned something about the true nature of things, birds, animals, insects, fish, the grasses and the trees. So at the age of eighty years I will have made some progress, at ninety I will have penetrated the deepest significance of things, at a hundred I will make real wonders and at a hundred and ten, every point, every line, will have a life of its own.”

Many of Hokusai’s prints of the Great Wave depicts nature’s great strength. In your sketchbook,
contemplate nature and an instance in which nature was stronger that man. An example could
be a storm, flood, or lightening. Create a work of art in your sketchbook that depicts nature in its
strongest form (good or bad) and its relationship to humankind. This may be any medium.

• Painter and Sculptor
• Born: October 25, 1881; Málaga,Spain
• Died: April 8, 1973; Mougins, France
• Style: Modern

Picasso’s Blue Period
The Blue Period refers to a period in Picasso’s life in which he painted primarily in shades, tints, and tones of blue. Picasso painted many people suffering: the poor and destitute, the lonely, and those struggling.

Picasso was influenced by the suicide death of his close friend. He fell into a deep depression. At the time, many were uninterested in this style of work. Shortly after this time, Picasso’s work shifted to a more pleasant style and mood called the Rose Period.

Complete a sketch in color that uses color in an emotional manner. Use
color and gesture to describe the feelings of the subject. Use color as

• Get out your sketchbook and a
• Free draw!
• Draw whatever you want, just make
sure you are focused for the full 5
• You choose the subject matter; add
any materials you want!
• Have fun, express yourself.

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