Saturday, June 7, 2008

Graduate thesis show and painting process

the paintings below were done as part of my graduate thesis. in a nut shell, i used my art making process as a basis of my research to understand more about the artist / art teacher identity. during the months i spent researching, i documented my painting process and i have included the images below.

"Masters of Art in Teaching Art Capstone Exhibition" - a fancy way of saying my thesis show.
the image above is from the show we had at the Winfisky Gallery at Salem State College. the show was this past may and in the image you can see two of my paintings and a framed monoprint.

side streets of beverly (21x42 inches - triptych)
this is my finished painting. below are the steps that show part of my process. i worked on the painting over the course of a few months.

step 1: layout images and glue them to the panels

step 2: paint an underpainting... i just really like orange as an underpainting

step 3: paint - i block in the big colors. most of these colors get painted over right away

step 4: paint more

steps 5-10: just keep painting. i usually paint over everything a few times. often i glue new images over areas that are not working or just paint over entire spaces entirely.

process (11 x 22 inches - diptych)

this was another painting that i did as part of my thesis. i was encouraged to make a piece that expressed some of the challenges i faced in dealing with artist / art teacher identity. in this piece i incorporated some school curriculum maps, teacher assessment procedures, student assessment procedures, and my class schedule... all of the things that felt at odds with my artist self... and tried to recreate them into something more me.