Projects and Exercises for the first 4.5 Week grading Period
Sketchbook prompts will be assigned each Monday and will reflect current projects.
Every Friday, a sketchbook assignment will be due
Each entry is worth 25 points. 10 points will be deducted each day that an entry is late.
Sketchbook Entries Assigned thus far:
1. Contour Study: Due 8/24
Choose 5 different interesting objects and Draw them three different ways:
Using the regular contour line drawing method, fill your page with a drawing of something edible. Add color! For an additional 10 points, draw the same food item using the blind contour method. Add color to this drawing as well.
3. Gesture Drawing: The Study of the movement and the energy of the spirit of a subject. Due 8/31
After participating in the collaborative gesture project in class. Practice more!
In your sketchbook, complete the following exercises:
Project #1: The Artist's Portfolio-100 Points Due 8/21
What is a portfolio? A portfolio is a vessel used by an artist for the purposes of storing, transporting, displaying, and protecting their precious artwork. Portfolios can be very modest or very sophisticated and high-end. Usually, beginning artists start out on the more modest end of the spectrum and work their way up to buying nicer and nicer portfolios that suit their ever-changing, and ever-improving artwork. In this class you will asked to create a large amount of work. Each assignment I give you is expected to be treated like gold. After all, this is your creation, you will be pouring hours and hours into each project, why abuse your work? You wouldn't want to, so you will be making your very own artist's portfolio. Since you are a beginning artist, we will be starting out on the modest end of the spectrum. After filling out the plan sheet I gave you and deciding on a design that you and I agree on, you will be given a large piece of oaktag paper. The oaktag is sturdy and easy to draw on. As mentioned in my presentation (also attached below and title " The Artist's Portfolio," the theme of this design is you. Yes, it's all about you again. Here's your chance to show all of us what you're made of. What goes on in that head of yours, what are your goals and dreams, what inspires you, what makes you tick? Express yourself by using the different types of lines we discussed in class as well as loads of color and cover every last square inch of at LEAST one side of your portfolio. Make sure to add your name and class period so I know who to give credit to. If you finish early, then flip your portfolio over and start decorating the other side. Utilize your time to experiment, play, and get yourself drawing again. Many of you have told me that you have not had art since elementary school or ever! This will get your creative juices flowing again. I can't wait to see the results.
Access the project presentation here
The Love of Line
Project #3 Sweet Contours
Don't think that you can draw? Yes you can!!!! The key to learning how to draw is to simply practice and teach your brain to record what your eyes see rather than what your hand/mind wants to draw out of habit. Drawing from observation is the key to success in art! If you can draw you can create anything! just trust me as I guide you through the step by step fun of learning to draw. We will be using the amazingly colorful packaging of candy as our subject for this study. Choose then arrange your candy as desired on a sheet of white watercolor paper. Record what you see. Once your composition is approved, ink in your pencil lines. Utilize the skills you learned in the watercolor workshop to add life to your study.
In Class Exercise: Watercolor Workshop!
25 points for painting + 25 points for notes
Watch and learn as I demonstrate some useful and gorgeous watercolor techniques. Create your own sampler of techniques to use as reference for your Contour project as well as your future artistic endeavors!
Long Term Project: The Infamous Big DOODLE!
Due January 2019- Last Day of Class
Access the presentation here.
Find the project sheet here
Every day students enrolled in these courses will need to bring...
A #2 Pencil
A black ink pen
One fine tip black Sharpie Marker
One very fine tip black Sharpie Marker
One white vinyl eraser- no pink erasers!!!
A sketchbook or spiral ring notebook
IGAD Students should also have a combination lock for their lockers.