ADVANCED ART 1st Quarter PROJECTS Do not expect to use drawings from your sketchbook. Instead, your sketchbook should be used to plan, brainstorm, practice a technique you’d like to use, etc.Pace yourself so you can accomplish the work without rushing at the end. I expect to see three of the six done just by midterm (Sept. 21, so due Sept.19). 50 points each.
3 observation drawings. These can be still lifes, landscapes, interiors, magnifying glass-type details, figure drawings (these can be quick sketches of someone while you sit in class, or at the library or cafeteria), or self-portraits. Use an actual setting or photograph.
Use 3 different mediums—pencil, marker, charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, or pen and ink. Minimum size 9” X 12”. All must be critique ready—which means: they need to have finished edges (I’ll explain), unintentional smudge marks removed, be drawn on an appropriate-for-the-piece surfaces, and be labeled.
1 observation paintings. These can be still lifes, landscapes, interiors, magnifying glass-type details, figure drawing, or self-portraits. Use watercolors or acrylic paint. Must be on stretched paper, prepared canvases, or wood panels. Use an actual setting or photograph.
Must be critique ready—which means: they should have finished edges (Acrylics/oils) or be matted (watercolors) and be labeled.
1 mixed medium collage. Any combination of two or more mediums. You can use a non-traditional surface and include text, found images, and/or drawn and painted elements. Remember a collage is layered. The piece should be connected as a whole not separated images mounted on a single surface. BEGIN by thinking of a theme or idea you want to convey. For example: school pride, beauty, or the power of technology.
1 abstract drawing, painting, or mixed medium piece. This also can be on a non-traditional surface if desired.It is not the same as 3 above. You will be working with texture, color or value, form, mood or emotion without using specific images.
SKETCHBOOKS In addition to using your sketchbook to brainstorm ideas or plan projects you will need to complete 5 sketchbook assignments. Number the backs so when I collect the sketchbooks I’ll know which pages to count. You need not do these in any particular order. Three should be done by midterm (Sept. 21). 25 points each.
Cut and paste images from magazines or generated from the computer that say something about you. Consider this your practice collage except that the theme or idea is self identity. You may use text and you may add some drawn elements to help connect your images/text if you want. On the back in 4-6 sentences summarize/explain your piece.
Pick three images from the list and combined them in one picture. List: turtle, octopus, bird, clock, scissors, tooth, sandwich, popcorn, refrigerator, shoe, poodle, drum, puzzle piece, hammer, kite, hat, pig, dice, horn, timer. You can use any medium you want.
Using oil pastels, sharpies, or colored pencils follow the instructions. Draw three vertical lines, one horizontal line, two circles, make a pattern in one of the areas created by your lines, one additional shape, fill in an area that has nothing else in it. As you create the drawing think about your over all composition. Think about balance,emphasis, and unity. Decide which side is the top and on the back of your drawing write the word top on the side you choose. Then answer these questions: What is the emotional content of your drawing—how does it make you feel? What aspect of the drawing contributes most to the emotional content?
Pick two objects or an animal and an object then create a series of five drawings so that the first item morphs into the second item. Study the example on the right. You may use graphite or colored pencils.
Pick a word that has meaning for you. In some kind of block lettering (at least an inch and a half tall, draw this word in the center of your page. Now create some sort of patchwork around/behind your word. Include some solid areas and some areas with pattern. Remember the principles of balance, repetition, unity, and variety as you develop your drawing. Also think in terms of representing your word through your choices.
CRITIQUES Our first formal critique will be Thursday September 20. The second critique will be Tuesday October 23.
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