Web Sightings for December 2009

Photo by Craig Roland (2009)

Happy Holidays!

Before I present this month’s Web sightings, I want to mention two events that people sent me announcements about that I would like to support. The first is an ATC Meetup that will occur on the third Sunday of each month (beginning in January) at Arizona Art Supply in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, see ArtistTradingCardCollaborative.com.

The second event is Draw On!, a community program started by the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, that will occur March 27 to April 10, 2010. The annual event brings people of all ages together through the simple act of drawing, while also fostering new and imaginative ways to draw. Last year over 2,500 participants at forty locations all over Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts participated. Check out the Draw On! Photos on Flickr from last year’s event to see the types of drawing activities that take place.

Okay, now on to this month’s listing of Web sightings:

First up, check out the incredible black-and-white photographs of African animals in their habitat by Nick Brandt.

Next, this collection of thousands of short video clips from movies has got to be useful at some point, so I bookmarked it. I’ve forgotten who posted this in my Twitter stream this month, but you know who you are. Thank you!

Since I brought Sound Art up here before, I thought it was appropriate to add this video of Felix Thorn’s Felix’s machines to the collection:

Yoko Ono is collecting a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world. Include yours at SMILING FACE FILM.

Here is another participatory project with a valuable message: Planetfesto is a manifesto for the Planet, a ribbon of images that will eventually surround the World created by individuals in 43 countries–so far. You and your students can contribute. Check out the lesson plan that is available on the site.

Students in Jason Santa Maria’s Communicating Design class at the School of Visual Arts were assigned the task of designing their own local currency. Looks like a great project for high school or middle school art class as well.

Boy! Peter Callesen can do some cool things with paper. Check out his website.

How to Draw Anatomy is a library of rare and valuable figure drawing ebooks in PDF format.

I like the simple presentation method used here to explain New Media.

Lastly, I find Jim Denevan‘s drawings in the sand fascinating. They are labor intensive, typically taking up to 7 or 8 hours and requiring Denevan to walk as many as 30 miles or more. They are done entirely freehand, without any measuring aids.

The video below shows Denevan’s 2009 land drawing in Nevada, captured by filmmaker Peter Hinson. According to Hinson “What really strikes me is that you can’t see anything from the ground. I had no idea what the piece looked like until we were aerial! Jim is good at what he does.”