This will be where we inspire, share and exchange class material for the foundation studio art I class at the Dwight-Englewood school. We will supplement class material with this blog. Be Ready To Interact!


Your Sketchbook is an essential part of your Studio Art I experience.  Check out the following links to amazing sketchbook pages:  Russell Stutler’s Online Sketchbook pages:

Candy Killer Blog who uses both traditional sketching combined with computer modification:

Veronique Groseil is an artist with a blog entitled Groseil & Fruits, the blog is in french but the art, imagery, collages and sketches are universal in meaning and metaphor. She is certainly one of my faves and I encourage you to check her blog out!!!

Sketchbook pages by artist Veronique Grosiel

Sketchbook pages by artist Veronique Grosiel

Another interesting thing to check out is this you tube video in which markers, rulers, and time-lapse are used to create a city scape scene:  

Sketchbook page from Artist Arkady Roytman

Sketchbook page from Artist Arkady Roytman

Arkady Roytman is a wonderful illustrator and watercolorist whose has a phenomenal collection of moleskine sketchbook pages he shares with his viewers!

Another phenomenal set of sketchbook images are at artist Dmitry Samarov ‘s site in which he shows his sketchbook pages. Check it out!

Artist Dmitry Samarov's sketchbook 2007-2008

Artist Dmitry Samarov

What is a Moleskine sketchbook?         and why do artists love them?

( mol-a-skeen’-a)
MOLESKINE is the legendary notebook that has held the inspirations and ideas of everyone from Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway to famed author, Bruce Chatwin. Artists, authors, and geniuses of all variety have long appreciated the simplicity and superior functionality of these notebooks.

Originally these books were produced by small French bookbinders who supplied the Parisian stationery shops frequented by the international avant-garde. However, In 1986, the last manufacturer of Moleskine, a family operation in Tours, closed and Moleskines were gone – but not forgotten. As a result of their previous popularity and demand, they did return. In 1998, a small Milanese publisher brought these books back for writers, artists, travelers and all free-thinkers around the globe.

Linear Perspective

The system of linear perspective was developed by Brunelleschi during the Renaissance.  Brunelleschi used this system to help him design/ engineer the great dome in Florence.  Visit the Duomo with a quick virtual tour.

The Duomo, Florence, Italy



Basically, perspective gives the artist a series of rules to help her or him create the illusion of space and depth on a flat piece of paper.  Artists tried many methods to make their paper come to life.


One method for capturing the natural world!

One method for capturing the natural world!

How about looking at this Metacafe video to review the basics of one-point perspective drawing that we went over in class…Make a comment about how you think linear perspective helped influence the design of buildings like the Duomo.



Temptation by Max Ernst

Temptation by Max Ernst

The movement known as Surrealism began in the 1920’s and was inspired by the writings of Sigmund Freud.  Dreams and dream analysis were an important aspect of Surrealism.  The works of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Remedios Varos are some of the most famous painters of the Surrealist movement. 



Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

Persistence of Memory by Salvador DaliEmbroidering the Earth

The works of Salvador Dali even inspired a famous dream sequence in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Spellbound.

You will be creating your own Surrealist landscapes in this class.  Be sure to check out the post on perspective to help make your flat piece of paper come to life!