Saturday, 27 September 2014

Joaquín Sorolla and the United States

We are going to visit the exhibition "Sorolla y Estados Unidos" and attend a workshop thanks to "La Fundación Mapfre".

Joaquin SOROLLA's masterpieces, Valencian painter on PhotoPeach

Preparing our visit
Let's play a game in order to prepare our visit.

A- Choose a word and write it down in your notebook:

Wordcloud about Sorolla with Wordle, by Rosa Fernández

B- Now, let's play watching this video: 
Stand up if you listen to your word, and clap your hands when you hear it again.

Self-portrait (1899). Fundación Banco de Santander
C- Are you ready to answer these questions?

  1. Where was Sorolla born?
  2. Where can you find a big reproduction of his work in Valencia?
  3. What's the name of the sea painted by Sorolla?
  4. What does he "capture" about the coast?
  5. What kind of pictures did he paint?
  6. Match: 
  7. Do his paintings look like reality?
  8. How about his brushstrokes? Do you think they are big or tiny ones?
Let's take a look at one Sorolla's painting on Google Art Project. And ... a second one.

Swimmers, Jávea -fragment- (1905). Museo Sorolla

Monday, 22 September 2014

Kinetic typography

See fonts come to life in these amazing kinetic typography animations, including music videos, movies and more.

Sunday, 21 September 2014


TYPOGRAPHY is what language looks like. 
It is the art and technics of type design.

Type the sky
Type the sky is an original project by Lisa Rienermann, a student of Duisburg-Essen University. Each letter is an empty space in the sky of Barcelona surrounded by buildings. She says: "Todo comenzó por la Q. Estaba en una pequeña calle de Barcelona y al mirar hacia arriba vi las casas, el cielo y las nubes. El área oscurecida por las casas dejaba entrever una forma en el cielo que parecía una Q. Esa fue la idea de la técnica. Pensé que si una Q me había encontrado a mi, no sería difícil que yo encontrara al resto del alfabeto. De modo que pasé semanas mirando al cielo, buscando el resto de las letras entre las casas."

Eating from A to Z! By Luiza P. (Flicker user). She says: “This project was conceived as a way to document my eating habits and routine, through the creation of an alphabet.“

A pop-up book.

Human alphabets
Human Alphabets 3

View more presentations from Sotirios R.
Human alphabets 2
Human alphabets 1

More examples:
  • Draw me a song: take a look to these wonderful typography examples. Posters.
  • Modular typography: Made typography using half moon shape as the negative space between box shapes. Then translated into cardboard sculptures mimicking the same design elements. Sculptures.
  • Fillingraphy on typography. Cakes!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The first task: Typography

This is a task I like doing when we begin a new course. It let me get to know you, learn your names and, by the way, we work with a "popurrí" of items which we are going to work with along the next nine months.

I realize you don't understand very well what your are doing now. Don't worry, you will. We will hang them in our cork and we will have good references for the different topics we are going to deal with, such as technical drawing (parallelism, perpendicularity, Thales), image, typography, visual elements (dots, lines, colours, textures), design process, sketching ...

You will see your drawings published in this blog very soon....

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Who are you?

Publishing comments on this blog sometimes will be a task in order to answer a question, give your opinion, do a challenge, ...
Therefore, I want you to begin with the first one:

I would like you to introduce yourselves.

Just click on "comentarios", under this post, and write your name followed by the initial of your surname and your course. You can tell me about your hobbies or whatever you want to share.

Example: Nadia C. 1º A. Hello teacher. My hobbies are basketball and dancing.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Get set, go!

1st B and C and 3rd A, B, and C: this year I am going to be your Visual Arts teacher. Besides, I will be the hometeacher of some of you (1st C), so...
Hope we have a great time learning content and language and MAKING ART together!

The countdown is going to start:
And... by the way, we will use and learn new technologies (but... without forgetting  traditional techniques).

And everything LOVING ART!