Project 2 for Drawing I, Art 110:005

Due Dates:

Preliminaries::

Thurs, 9/13

Completed Project:

Tues, 9/25

Critique:

Tues, 9/25

This is your 2nd major project.  For, this assignment, you will practice your sighting and measuring skills and observational drawing skills to produce a detailed contour line drawing and a shaded charcoal drawing( 14” x 20” ).  You will need to make 6 thumbnail sketches from different points in the still life. These thumbnails will help you plan out the execution of your final drawing.

The main purpose of this assignment is to develop your observation skills and arrangement of compositional space on your picture plan. You will want to choose an object with a lot of detail ( Natural objects tend to work best ). Focus on a the details object to facilitate the switch to the analytical side of your brain. You are only able to use line to indicate a sense of three dimensional form and shallow space. Use the viewfinder to devise a good composition. Consider the importance of both positive and negative shapes.

Spend a decent amount of time lightly laying out your drawing on paper to ensure your exterior contours match your reference and the viewfinder. Once the overall shape of the form is sketched begin your detailed contour line drawing. Use line variation to indicate depth and form.

Materials

Sketchbooks

Pencils/Erasers

Graphite Pencils

Various Charcoal

Drawing Paper

Artist Tape

Your project will need to contain the following items and meet the following requirements:

General Requirements

  • 2 final drawings

  • 6 different thumbnails of still-life planned out with viewfinder

  • Borders taped off before starting drawing

Overall composition/arrangement of image

30 pts

Evidence of preparatory work influencing final piece

20 pts

Accuracy, craft, and clarity of final images

20 pts

Detail and Mark-making

30 pts

                                                                                                                                                100 pts

This assignment is due to me at the start of class on Tuesday, 9/25. Critique on Tuesday, 9/25.

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Project2Rubric

Croos Contour Example 1

Cross Contour Example 2

Cross Contour Example 3

Charcoal Example 4

Charcoal Example 3

Charcoal Example 2

Charcoal Example 1

Art 130: Focal Point Collage

Due Dates:

Tues, 9/04

 

The term collage is a work of art made by pasting bits of paper, cloth, or other material onto a flat surface. The process was first attributed to French artist Georges Braque ( a contemporary of Pablo Picasso ) in the early 20th century. The word actually means “pasting” or “gluing”. It is a medium that many artists such as Romare Bearden, Arturo Herrara, Fred Tomaselli, Michael Villequette, etc., continue to work in today.

 

For this series of homework projects, you will need to gather a supply of collage materials ( old magazines, old books, scraps of paper, old art projects, cloth, fabric, etc ). Look elements that have both an interesting color and texture. You will also need an adhesive such as glue sticks, rubber cement, and modge podge to attach the pieces, and cutting implements ( scissors, exacto knives, box cutters, etc. ). The type of adhesive you use depends on the material you are trying to glue down, you will have to experiment sometimes to see which will work best.

 

Each collage will have a specific design goal, however the visual imagery will be up to you. In addition to that goal, you will need to attach a piece of tracing paper over your finished collage and convey to me how you completed the design goal. Be sure to draw and write on your tracing paper, not your collage assignment. The point of the tracing paper is for you to show me your creative thought process.

 

Each collage should be 5” x 5” with a 1” border all around. These collages should be on bristol paper. Be sure to carefully measure out your edges and cut clean lines. Presentation is very important and will be counted as part of your grade.

 

Emphasis and Focal Point

 

Very often in art the pictorial emphasis is clear, and in simple compositions, such as a portrait, the focal point is obvious. But the more complicated the design, the more necessary a focal point may be in organizing the images. As a general rule, a focal point results when one element differs from the others. Whatever element interrupts automatically attracts the eye by this difference.

 

                   

Example #1                                                                       Example #2

“Major-Minor Orange-Blue”,                                     “Sketch for Several Circles”

Ceri Richards                                                                     Wassily Kandinsky

 

The possibilities are almost endless, but here are a few ideas to consider:

  1. When most elements are vertical, a few horizontal forms that break the pattern become focal points.
  2. When most elements are irregular, spontaneous forms, an almost geometric shape breaks the pattern and becomes a focal point.
  3. In a design consisting of large smooth shapes, a small, linear, detailed element is emphasized.
  4. When many elements are about the same size, the one that is larger is visually important and/or gives variety to the design. See example #2
  5. In a design of mainly abstract forms, the occasional recognizable images becomes a focus of attention. See example #1
  6. When one item is isolated or sits apart from the other elements it becomes a focal point. Just by its separation, the element takes on visual importance. See example #3
  7. Sometimes absence can create a focal point. If a design contains a regular rhythm or repetition, when you skip a beat a focal point is created. See example #4.
  8. The placement of elements in a design can also direct the viewer’s eye to the focal point of an image. In example #5, both figures are pointing to George Washington. This creates an implied leading line.

 

Example #3

“Surrender of Lord Cornwallis”

John Trumbull

 

Example #4

“Hesitate”

Bridget Riley

 

 

Example #5

“Parson Weems’ Fable”

Grant Wood

 

You will need to create a collage that exhibits a strong focal point or emphasis. You can use one of the strategies outlined above, combine different approaches, or develop one on your own. You will need to document on your tracing paper where your focal point is and why it is the focal point.

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Weekly Archive Assignment

There are 2 parts to this assignment.

1. You will need to maintain a wordpress.com archive that will serve as a source of inspiration for your future design endeavours.  To succeed as artists, you need to be aware of contemporary environment in your chosen field. Each week you will add 2 items to your archive.

  • A post related to New Media Art/Artists
  • A post related to the visual art field or artist

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Project 1 for Intro to Digital Art I, Art 224:003

Due Dates:

Preliminaries:

Phase 1: Thurs, 8/30

Phase 2: Thurs, 8/30

Phase 3: Tues, 9/04

Phase 4: Thurs, 9/06

Completed Project:

Thurs, 9/13

Crit:

Thurs, 9/13

 

This is your first major project for this course. For this assignment, you will make a black and white abstract composition out of found object. You will scan your found object and create various digital and analogue pieces that will culminate in one large final piece. This project is divided into several progressive phases. Detailed steps required for each phase can be found below.

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Project 1 for Intro to Digital Art I, Art 224:002

Due Dates:

Preliminaries:

Phase 1: Wed, 8/29

Phase 2: Wed, 8/29

Phase 3: Wed, 9/05

Phase 4: Mon, 9/10

Completed Project:

Mon, 9/17

Crit:

Mon, 9/17

 

This is your first major project for this course. For this assignment, you will make a black and white abstract composition out of found object. You will scan your found object and create various digital and analogue pieces that will culminate in one large final piece. This project is divided into several progressive phases. Detailed steps required for each phase can be found below.

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Project 1 for 2D Design, Art 130:005

Due Dates:

Preliminaries: Stage 1— Thurs, 8/30  ; Stage 2— Thurs, 9/06

Due: Tues, 9/11

Crit: Tues, 9/11

 

This is your first major project for this course.  For this assignment, you will explore texture, mark making and collage as a method for developing dynamic compositions and space by using representational images in a non-representational method. This assignment is intended to explore the process of solving pictorial problems and develop your understanding of design elements, principles and pictorial relationships.

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Project 1 for Drawing 1, Art 110:008

Due Dates:

Preliminaries: Thurs, 8/30

Due: Thurs, 9/06

Crit: Thurs, 9/06

 

This is your 1st major project.  For, this assignment, you will practice your sighting and measuring skills by focusing on the contour shapes of the still-life.  You will create positive/negative silhouettes based on your observations. You will need to make 12 thumbnail sketches of different points in the still-life.  Thumbnails are quick sketches that should take no more than 30 seconds to draw. These thumbnails will help you plan out the composition of your final 4 drawings.  Two of the drawings will have black positive space and white negative space. The other two will be the inverse (white positive space and black negative space).

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Project 1 for Drawing I, Art110:005

Due Dates:

Preliminaries: Thurs, 8/30

Due: Thurs, 9/06

Crit: Thurs, 9/06

 

This is your 1st major project.  For, this assignment, you will practice your sighting and measuring skills by focusing on the contour shapes of the still-life.  You will create positive/negative silhouettes based on your observations. You will need to make 12 thumbnail sketches of different points in the still-life.  Thumbnails are quick sketches that should take no more than 30 seconds to draw. These thumbnails will help you plan out the composition of your final 4 drawings.  Two of the drawings will have black positive space and white negative space. The other two will be the inverse (white positive space and black negative space).

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