DRAWING PAINTING OR MIXED-MEDIUM PROJECTS (50 points each) 1). SURREAL ENVIRONMENT--Historically, surrealism dealt with blending dream and reality.Most of the subject matter involved paintings and drawings which depicted unnerving, illogical images with photographic precision.Creatures were created from everyday objects and environments included impossible elements, such as a waterfall flowing from a picture frame. PROCESS
Look into the following artist to get a sense of what surrealism entails: Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Frida Kalho, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning,
Create your own surreal landscape, environment, or creature. You may begin with a photo of an actual landscape and simply superimposing an object that isn’t part of the landscape onto it in a believable way.For example, a meadow with spoons growing up in the grass.Or, you may choose to be more extreme. If you choose to create a creature you must pay some attention to the environment in which it is found, in other words the negative space around the creature.
Your drawing should be on a 12”X18” or larger sheet of paper.
You can use any medium (pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolors or acrylics).Color can help accentuate the absurd but black and white can serve to make your drawing seem more normal.As the artist you must decide which you prefer and be able to defend your decision.
2). PROTEST/ADVOCACY ART-- PROCESS
Pick an issue. These do not need to be controversial but can be.The possibilities are endless.What topic do you care about? Ask yourself how you can illustrate or depict your point of view or how you can visually represent the emotional content of the topic you pick.If you are stuck Google controversial issues and see what you find.Or, Goggle social justice, mental health, teens, sports, education, advertising…etc. to simply start looking for ideas.
Your work does not need to be limited to one scene or realistic image.This project could lend itself nicely to a collage style of multiple images.
Use a large canvas, large watercolor paper, or another large surface for your painting or drawing.
Because of the purpose behind “Protest Art”—drawing attention to your subject matter--color can often play an important role.Therefore, chose your color palette carefully.It will possibly determine the success of your project.
3). FINDING RELATIONSHIP-- PROCESS
For this project begin by finding two images that somehow relate to one another.For example you can use an image of a jungle and an image of a tiger.Print out both images so they are nearly the same size.Next break each image into 9 to 12 sections. This can be done simply by breaking each image into equal squares or rectangles or the sections can be more abstractly drawn.The only stipulation is that the two original images must be split in the same way. Next, puzzle your images together using 6 sections from one of the original images and six sections from the other.Now draw your new blended image.
Your original images should not be black and white.Though your final drawing will obviously be abstracted the sections need to connect with one another.Your color palette can help to establish that relationship.
Your final drawing should be no smaller than 9” X 12”.
4). CONTRAST DRAWING PROCESS
For this project you will pick two or more objects to set up as a still life.Be sure to make a footprint plan so you can replace your objects in the same way from day to day until the project is finished. Use a back drop to box in your objects.Shine a lamp on your objects to create a strong light source and cast a shadow.
Draw this still life twice, once using black charcoal on any colored paper and once using white charcoal on the same colored paper.
The purpose is to study how light establishes form and line therefore AVOID outlining your objects.Instead focus on drawing the range of light to dark values. NOTE: The white charcoal functions in the opposite way the black charcoal functions, meaning you will need to focus primarily on the highlights when using white charcoal and primarily on shadow when using the black charcoal. Feel free to utilize blending tools in order to create your mid tones.
These drawings should be on 12” X 18” paper.
5). EMOTIONAL CONTENT PROCESS
Emotion is often depicted in an artist’s work whether intentionally or subconsciously.For this project the whole point is to express a strong emotion. So, begin by picking the emotion you want to express.
While the project does not have to be abstract if you ever wanted to work abstractly this might be a perfect opportunity.The project may also lend itself to a mixed medium expression or collage work.
Once you have picked the emotion you plan to depict, conduct some research.Do color theory experts have anything to say about the emotion you have chosen?What do your friends or family associate with the emotion you’ve chosen?Are specific images connected to this emotion either in your own experience or culturally?While making decisions about how or what to draw keep considering the research you conducted.
There are no restrictions on size or surface.
6). SELF-PORTRAIT LIKE AN ARTIST
To complete this project you must first conduct some research. Pick a specific style of art from this list: Ancient Egyptian, Greek or Roman, Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Impressionistic, Oceanic, African, Realism, Pointillist, Cubist, Symbolism, Surrealism, Pop, American folk (sometimes called Colonial), Native American, and indigenous art from South America.Next pick a specific artist (unless specific artists weren’t known).You do not need to pick a portrait artist but it might be helpful in order to complete the project. Print at least two examples of his or her art and write a short summary describing the style.What was the focus? What elements of art or principles of design were important to the style?
Next, copying the artist’s style, paint or draw a self-portrait. You may work from a photo or use a mirror.Your figure may be full body or a head and shoulders shot.Either way, do not neglect the negative space.
Your painting/drawing must be at least 12” X 18” and in color though your palette may be limited based on the genre/artist you choose.