29 January, 2010

A Wolf Kahn Curriculum

After Wolf Kahn, #1
9.5" x 6"
Pastel on Paper
Casey Klahn

"Painting is easy, till you know how."
Edgar Degas. h/t Wolf Kahn.

Speaking of Kahn, I found an interesting lesson plan at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts: Wolf Kahn, A Curriculum of his Life, Work and Influences. I didn't like the section where a teacher assigns common meanings to colors, but if you stand back from the whole lesson plan, you see a nice hodge-podge of data on contemporary beliefs about color. Actually, it is a collection of various lesson plans on color, with an emphasis on Modern art and current artists. There are also a lot of art and education links embedded in this plan.

The Wolf Kahn images are enough to recommend this pdf. file to you.

Quote, Hoyt Center curriculum,

These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.


loriann signori said...

Wow Casey, what an excellent resource you have shared with us. I can't wait to sit down and savor the whole thing.
Love the quote, "to be creative, ... may mean nothing more than the refusal to be habit ridden." Also loved knowing that he likes "to go to the danger paint with color... almost too sweet. too harsh, too noisy or too quiet." Great way to look at exploring.
Thanks again.
PS Have you every studied with or met Wolf Kahn?

Casey Klahn said...

No, I haven't, Loriann. I did see his pastels in NYC.

SamArtDog said...

Thank you so much, Casey. Again. The Colorist continues to be not only a treasure trove of links but a wonderful journey towards the heart of color.

Unknown said...

Thanks Casey, have you seen this?


Pujdak said...

Hey Casey

Love your pastel work - awesome stuff.

Im an artist / painter from so cal Im turning 50 in a month or so - & Im considering going back to school - specifically to further my studies in fine art/ painting..Wondered if you could give any advice or suggestions on some possibilities..not much out here in California - their is a a fine art school in San fran - I did go to school at the Art Center college of design years ago - but that is primarily a design school and their fine art department is lacking ...I dont have a bachelors degree allot of professional experience in the art and design world some college at a JC as well..

thanks for any advice or if you know of anyone that might be able to steer me in the right direction.

all the best Nicholas Pujdak

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, SamArtDog. Appreciate your reading. Yes, I did see it, Lou. Very entertaining.

Mr. Prujdak. Great to see your website, and I'm glad you are painting what you love, esp. surfing and so. Cal.

If I were starting out today, I'd probably get an education at an atelier in classical realism. Then, I'd promptly forget all of that, and paint from the heart.

Only you know yourself if you could get through a course at an atelier, and yet not drink the kool-aid.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Casey, for the naming this resource. I'll look into it.

Pujdak said...

thanks for the feed back I appreciate it...all the best

Casey Klahn said...

As always, Kathy, thanks for looking in.

You're welcome, Pujdak.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I have always loved Wolf Kahn! Thanks for sharing the lesson plan from the Hoyt about him. I saw a nice show of his work in Reno at the Stremmel Gallery last year. A thrill to see his work in person.

Anonymous said...

I was the model for a workshop taught by Wolf Kahn at the National Academy of Design. It was about two years ago, I think. Nice guy! He said I had a beautiful flesh tone. And I responded, "Why thanks, Wolfy baby!" (No I didn't say that. Just kidding :lol:)


Casey Klahn said...

Hey, Claudia and Katherine. Everything's different in person. Claudia, that must have been an education. I find Wolf Kahn's videos where he speaks, and his longer interviews, very enlightening because he can speaks in-depth.

Bruce said...

Thanks so much for the link to a wonderful reference on WK.

Casey Klahn said...

Pleased to meet you, Bruce.

Jo Reimer said...

I just tried to find this lesson plan and hit a brick wall. Perhaps they've taken it down.

Nancy Moore said...

Hi Casey,
I stumbled upon your posting and was very interested in seeing Kahn's curriculum but it appears the Hoyt has taken it down. You don't still have a copy of the PDF that you could share by any chance?

Casey Klahn said...

I actually think I do...let me search.

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