Drawing and Painting
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.
- Charcoal Eraser Drawing: fill a sheet of 12” x 24” paper with charcoal leaving an inch border around the entire edge. Use an eraser to draw a scene that shows shadows and forms. Drawing Glass vases.
- Drawing of a Glass to show shading (2 classes)
- Watercolor painting practice: Sketch bikes or cars or in garden outside and practice watercolor techniques to create form and shading on paper. Create a longer watercolor painting that incorporates at least 3 techniques we learn: salt, resist, blending, fan brush, bleeding, dry brush.
- (ongoing project) tessellations: create a unique tessellation that you repeat across a page and color using markers; incorporate zentangle designs into every other tessellation. Design an album cover using the tessellation design. Good project if Ms. K. is absent.
week 2: Eye Drawing: Draw an eye with great detail on 9” x 11” white paper. From the eye, create a composition that builds from the central eye shape (this cannot be the rest of the face). Draw inspiration from designs or other imagery that you can tie into the drawing. Spend 2 class periods on this detailed drawing. Write 3 sentences at least to describe the image.
Alternative idea: Draw an animal eye large on paper and include as much detail as possible. Use masking techniques and watercolors to complete the painting.
Memory Project: Students are assigned a child to draw from another country. These drawings are mailed to the children and HIllview students receive video footage of the kids receiving their portraits.
week 3-4. Color Scheme Animal Painting in gouache: Take a photo of an animal and run it through the cut paper filter in Photoshop. Use this breakdown of shapes to help paint your painting. Choose an animal to draw, portrait or entire animal. Students must work from an image and animals may NOT be cartoons. Draw a preliminary sketch on 12” x 18” paper and choose 3 colors ONLY to paint it: primary colors, secondary colors, split complementary colors, or 3 tertiary colors. With the 3 colors, choose which one will represent the darkest tones, medium tones and lightest tones and draw in these sections in the animal drawing. Paint accordingly.
week 5. silk painting: create a painting on silk that shows depth. Choose either a flower, landscape, underwater, abstract design, or animal as your topic
week 6: SKETCHBOOK app: landscape painting: Import a photo as 1 layer in Sketchbook and use it as a guide for your painting. Use similar or enhanced colors for the painting and a drawn line as the top layer for details. The painting should have at least 3 layers.
week 7: Monoprint Drawings: Draw on plexiGlas or mylar with water based markers. Wet paper and create a monotype print. (1 class). Suggestion: print landscapes.
week 8: Perspective: Draw a checkerboard (or other similar format game) in perspective (1 point). Include at least 4 pieces in play on the board. Incorporate shading into the drawing. You may use your iPad to find an image of a checkerboard online or use the real examples in the classroom. Or Corner of room drawing: include all the details for the corner of the room.
week 9-10: Self Portraits on foamcore--Draw yourself in profile and add color. Link to the artist Alex Katz. or Emotional Self Portrait: Photograph yourself on your iPad. In the camera feature (iPhoto) adjust the colors of your face to reflect your emotions at the time. We will cover the meaning of certain colors to help you with this task. Draw yourself with the new altered tones to represent your emotional self. Use oil pastels.
11: Paintings with Texture: Using canvas boards, layer oil crayon and paint and scratch out designs to create texture. See downloaded project from Dick Blick (Layer and Scratch).
week 12: You are a children’s book illustrator and have an impending deadline. Choose a passage from the book, **************, and illustrate it to the best of your bility. Your drawing must reflect the storyline. The book will really be printed and read to students at Oak Knoll School.
Week 13: take a photograph on campus that you would like to turn into an acrylic painting on canvas. Use a filter to simplify the tones in your image and print. Transfer to canvas and paint in shapes of color to show tones.