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Contemporary Artist Project

Select a contemporary artist from this list. Make sure their art is 2 Dimensional!


Wikipedia Contemporary Artists


Homage Study

Homage to an Artist

Starry hair

Homage means great respect and honor, or something done to honor a person or thing. We pay homage to our ancestors and say prayers in HOMAGE to their memory.

In Middle English, homage specifically referred to respect for and loyalty to a feudal lord. The word was borrowed from Old French, probably from omne, homme "man," from Latin homō. The noun suffix –age is used to mean "an action, process, result, or state."


Materials:  Research information, graphite, watercolor.   We will be spending time learning some watercolor techniques before you launch into the painting


Part one:

Research an artist from the list and links on line and answer the research question paper using the information you find.  This must be done legibly and neatly as it will be included with your original work. 


Part two:

Create an original artwork in watercolor, subject and topic up to you, which pays HOMAGE to the artist you study and communicates an actual meaning.


For instance, if you choose to research Basquiat (you can’t by the way…you know enough about him if you are in Art 3)  You might create a painting that has some kind of element from his artwork in your own.  Keep in mind, this is not a copy…but an original work.


If you choose a modern artist like Khalo, you might have one of her icons located in the artwork, like a cat or a monkey as part of the scene.   Or as above,  if choosing Van Gogh (he’s not on the list on purpose) like the artwork pictured above, you might have his sky swirling in someone’s hair.

Imagery should be totally your idea except for the homage to the artist.  Here again; a painter like Basquiat used bold colors and abstract shapes.  You might have a person in your artwork wear a shirt that contains one of his designs.


No writing.  No nudity.  No gang related or violent imagery.  No drug imagery. Consider audience!


Standards assessed:  4.0

Time Frame:  Three class days for research/response.  Two weeks for sketches/artwork.



We will spend a few days prior to drawing sketches doing some practice with tube watercolors.  These  behave differently from pan watercolors you may be used to.

Techniques covered will be:



Dry brush

Wet into wet

I will expect to see all of these techniques in your work.


Sketches for this will be due three days after our final research day.

On return from Spring Break, we will be learning watercolor techniques.

Alexander Calder

"My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six." ~ Alexander Calder


"To an engineer, good enough means perfect.

With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect." ~ Alexander Calder



Task 1  Biography:

Complete this task to find out about Alexander Calder, and the contributions he made to the art world.


Visit the ROGallery to find out:

  1. When was Calder born?
  2. What were the occupations of his mother, father and grandfather?


Visit the Alexander Calder Foundation to find out:

  1. What were his first two sculptures at age 11?
  2. Calder was not always an artist.  What other careers did he work at before setting out to be an artist?
  3. What was Cirque Calder?
  4. When did he create Cirque Calder?
  5. How did he carry his circus around?
  6. In 1931, there was a significant turning point in Calder’s work.  What was it that was so significant?
  7. Who named Calder’s sculptures “mobiles”?
  8. When did Alexander Calder die?



Task 2 Kinetic art:

Complete this task to find out about kinetic art, and its connections with Calder.

Visit info please to find out:

  1.   Define in your own words “Kinetic Art”



Visit the SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) to find out:


12.   Find a picture of a mobile that is not hanging, but mounted on a stationary base, and draw a picture of it.



Visit these YouTube clips to watch Calder’s Circus:





13.  Describe or draw (your choice) what is happening in the video clip of Calder’s wire circus.




Task 3 Mobiles:

Complete this task to learn about Mobiles, and see what Calder’s mobiles look like.

Visit Info Please to find out:


                  14.  Define the term mobile.


Visit the Guggenheim Museum to see some mobiles by Calder.




                  15.  Which mobile is the largest of those pictured?


Task 4 Stabiles:

 Complete this task to find out Calder’s Stabiles, and find out where you could go to see one in real life.

Visit info please to find out:


                  16.  Define the term Stabile.



Visit the links below to find:


  1.  One of these stabiles resides in the state of Illinois, where is it located?  Where are the other stabiles located?


Four Arches

Big Sail


Le Guichet

The Hawk for Peace


Task 5  Look at several of his works!


Visit 2 or more of the following sites to see what you like:


Calder works on


Calder on ArtStory


Calder on MOMA


Calder exhibit at the Tate:


  1.  Draw a picture of your favorite Calder work of art from these sites.
  2. What is the title of your favorite work, and when was it made.


Task 6 Make A Virtual Mobile!

      Complete this task to create an online mobile, and animate it.


Visit one or both of these links below to create a moving sculpture online!


20.  Draw a picture of the mobile you created on one or both of these online activities.


Mobile Maker