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Kentucky Educational Television
Ideas for Classroom Use: High School/College
Program 1, Segment 1
How Artists Get Started

SEGMENT 2: Process: How Artists Paint
SEGMENT 3: Ideas: How Artists Choose What To Paint
SEGMENT 4: Touchstones: Measuring the Value of Artworks
SEGMENT 5: Ideas: Furthermore


Segment Length: 10 minutes
In-cue: Start at the beginning of the program.
Out-cue: “I was trying to imitate ...” (in reference to Edward Hopper)

Description
Host and painter Robert Tharsing introduces the series and briefly describes “realism.” The four artists featured in the program—Gaela Erwin, Dal Macon, Laurin Notheisen, and Sheldon Tapley—give brief accounts of how they became involved in making art, who inspired them, the training they received, and where they derive ideas for their work.

Keywords
aesthetics, composition, figure painting, landscape, still life, Realism

Kentucky Core Content
AH-H-4.2.36, AH-H-4.2.38

Discussion Topics
Some questions to ask your students:

  • How does the way artists see the world seem to be different from the way “ordinary” people see it?
  • Is there someone in your family who has supported your particular interests and talents? Who was that person? In what way has he/she shown support?

Classroom Activity Idea
Following are additional periods of art and artists to explore. Have students do an online or book search for these terms and provide a brief oral summary of what works look like by artists listed or of the common look of works from the chosen historical period or art movement.

  • Historical periods or art movements: Impressionism, Renaissance, Baroque, Abstract, Conceptual
  • Artists: Michelangelo, Jan van Eyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Thomas Eakins, Jasper Johns, Pieter Brueghel, Raphael, Richard Diebenkorn, Arshile Gorky, Edward Hopper


SEGMENT 2: Process: How Artists Paint
SEGMENT 3: Ideas: How Artists Choose What To Paint
SEGMENT 4: Touchstones: Measuring the Value of Artworks
SEGMENT 5: Ideas: Furthermore


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