Objective versus Subjective Art • What is subjective art? Art based on opinion, judgment, assumption, beliefs; varies person to person. • What is objective art? Art that is observable: able to be seen, heard, touched, smelled, tasted, factual • What are the advantages of studying both? Objective Art Realist Artist Andrew Wyeth: Master Bedroom, watercolor Andrew Wyeth, Curtain Call Maria Sibylla Merian was a naturalist and scientific illustrator who studied plants and insects and made detailed paintings about them. Her detailed observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly make her a significant, albeit not well known, contributor to entomology (the scientific study of insects). Nature Studies A painting showing the metamorphosis of Thysania agrippina produced in 1705. Another version exists in which all but the opened-winged butterfly is reversed. Subjective Art "Stuart Davis in Gloucester,” part of a collection of over 60 paintings and works on paper that survey Stuart Davis’s work in the Gloucester, MA. Glouster Landscape, Stuart Davis The left side suggests an interior scene, while the right side evokes urban architecture or a factory environment. Bright red and blue frame the heavy black outlines. Davis's blaring colors, geometric shapes, and bold lines helped capture the quickening pulse of early-twentieth-century America. In the 1920s and 1930s, when most of his contemporaries were still using nineteenthcentury techniques, Davis delved into abstraction, appropriating images and rhythms from jazz bars, backstreets, and the industrial clutter of cities. Essential Questions: How can you turn and uninteresting subject into an interesting drawing? What’s the difference between looking at something analytically compared to emotionally? In what ways does our point of view change our relationship with an object? How can observation be used as a tool? Enduring Understanding: Close observation can both enhance our information and expressive ideas. Now we are going to be creating our own subjective and objective dyptich. We will complete the following: 1. 2. 3. A blind contour drawing of a man made tool or organic object. Subjective: three drawings of the same object in colored pencil first, then enhancing one of the drawings using expressive marks to show movement (manmade) or location (organic). Objective: three drawings of the same object in color pencil and graphite pencil from different viewpoints: frontal view, alternative angle, and a zoomed in area.