• Drawing and Painting                                     rabbit                                


    Drawing Exercises to start the trimester:

    All students write an artist statement at the end of the trimester. Based on their work or themes they explored throughout the trimester.

    Drawing Unit:

    1. Letter Alterations: Choose at least 10 letters (may be a word or phrase). Turn each letter into imagery that relates to the word or phrase you chose. Use pencil to sketch, thin black pen to outline. Keep the drawing black and white unless otherwise noted.
    2. Drawing Exercises: Observational Drawing Outside (2 days). Sketching and contour drawing focusing on line only. Draw a stack of books, focusing on perspective.

    Shading Exercises: Introduction to Sketch and Wash Pencils. Still Life Drawing to Practice using the pencils and the techniques. (Drawing with water used to extend it).

    Draw an object that is important to you and incorporate shading into it. Use at least four different levels or tones of the pencil. Draw the object using regular pencils, sketch and wash pencils, colored pencils,

    Oil Pastel/Chalk Pastel: Draw a larger object like your backpack and use only chalk or oil pastels. Incorporate shading. Try shading using the opposing color. (Red - Green/ Blue-Orange/Yellow-Purple).

    1. Drawing of a person you admire; any age. Use the grid technique to transfer the image to paper and draw the person incorporating shading with pencil into the drawing.
    2. Map Mixed Media Drawing: Find a place in google maps that has personal meaning for you. This may be your home, our school, a favorite place for vacation, a grandparent’s house. Print the bird’s eye view of the place on an entire piece of printer paper. Using black paper underneath, and a very sharp pencil or ballpoint pen, trace important parts of the map onto the black paper using the printout. Take a white conte crayon and rub it gently over the traced map. The impression of the pen should show up. Incorporate gouache and colored pencil into the final piece.

    Painting Unit:

    1. Eye Painting: On scrap wood or cardboard. Each student paints his or her eyes on a small piece of board.
    2. Graphic Imagery Collage: create a drawing or painting that incorporates letters, numbers, graphs chart maps, symbols with images. Use rubbings of signs from around campus to get the letters for this assignment. Cut out the letters and collage and incorporate drawing along with the cutouts.

    Dry Brush Technique Exploration: use a contrasting color on an underpainted piece of paper or on construction paper.

    Wet on Dry Technique Exploration: Wet paint on dry underpainting or construction paper. Opposing colors give a nice effect.

    1. Beginning Observational Painting: in sketchbook, choose 7 simple objects to draw (tissue box, light, pole, eraser, etc. draw thumbnail sketches. CHoose one of the 7 objects you sketched from life that gave you more difficulty. Set up this object in front of you and do a dynamic drawing of it on larger paper. Paint it simple with one or two colors--may be a monochromatic painting. Choose a dynamic light source on the object and create a shadow in the same color scheme on the paper. Practice incorporating shading into the object.


    1. Acrylic Paint Tape painting: Use drafting tape on paper to create a mask that won’t rip paper. Show work of Bridget Riley, Sequel 1975 to show sharp edges created by tape as one example of a tape painting.
    2. Gouache Exploration: To explore the paint, students make a ladder of 11 boxes. In the middle box, they paint one color directly from the tube. In the boxes on either side they add a small amount of a different hue to the original color and label the box. See what colors you can make. Everyone shares their ladders in the end. Free choice gouache painting in small scale incorporating details and texture.
    3. Underpainting: Make a transparent underpainting--thin even coat of paint like a watercolor wash or an opaque underpainting--more paint added or a textured underpainting--paint applied less evenly. Use this as a basis for a painting. Set-up still life using glass to paint on top. Try not to use much, if any, white to create the glass forms.
    4. Acrylics: Bring fruit and veggies into classroom and photograph/draw using iPads. Choose one of your photos to turn into a close-up painting in acrylics. Use grid technique to transfer it to larger paper/canvas paper for your acrylic painting.
    5. Printmaking: Block prints on paper. Students choose the topic and create cards using a block.