Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Art 1 Set 5 S.D. 3

For the "new" study drawing #3 topic, do not forget to tape your venn diagram into your sketchbook.
For those of you who were absent, you will need to come in during tutorial to make up this exercise of comparing/contrasting before spring break. It will only take about 15 minutes, but we are not planning on giving more class time for that study drawing.

Also, your grid drawings are due next week before spring break!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Art 1, new for set 5 (#2)

For the "new" Set 5 Study Drawing #2, follow these instructions.
1) Begin by tracing the 8x10" matboard template onto the page for s.d. #2 (as you did for the initials you did for s.d. #1)

2) Next choose an odd number of leaves and draw their exterior contour (do not trace them) into that rectangle. See example below. Yes, it is o.k. if they go outside of the edges of the rectangle. You can see that I did mine fairly large so as to not have to paint as many tiny shapes later. : )

3) Once you have your leaves drawn, use a ruler to draw an odd number of diagonal lines from one edge of your paper to another so that the lines bisect/intersect the leaves.
See example below (yes, I know it's blurry, but you can still get the picture - no pun intended!).

4) Get your watercolors handy and mix up a color/value that utilizes at least 3 colors in the mixture. Begin by painting one of the shapes.
This is where is gets a little confusing so let me try to explain the process as you look at the next two pictures.
You are painting "every other" shape. You want to allow all of the lines you have drawn to still "show up." The painted portions will be touching at "corners" or "points" instead of longer (straight or curved) lines.
It is helpful to put really light/tiny "x's" in the spaces you are going to paint before you paint them so you do not get confused.
In essence, if you paint part of a leaf, in the area adjacent to it, on either top/bottom or side(s) you will paint the area outside of the leaf - the negative space.

4.2) The finished product should look like this (below). You can still see the shapes of the leaves, as well as the diagonal lines, but the surface has been fragmented/abstracted so that it becomes more about shape and color vs. drawing perfect leaves.
It's a different "way" of looking, and forces you to use a different part of your brain...which is good!

Again, this is the "new" study drawing #2 for set five. Your finished product should resemble the picture above. If you have questions, please ask.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Art 1 Matboard

As announced in class today, you need to get one 32" x 40" sheet of matboard.
Not each, but for two people to share.
The color doesn't matter to me as long as it is NOT black or white - avoid those two at all costs (they are just too "contrasty" compared to your pencil drawing...trust me). Do, though, get something you like and/or think will look good with your drawing.

The best selection will be found at University Art on Meridian just off of 280 (heading southbound towards San Jose. Closer will be Aaron Bros. on Bascom (on the corner shopping center at Hamilton - near Whole Foods).
Of course other places carry this item as well, but they may not have exactly what you/we need.

We will be using this to "frame" your finished grid drawing, so make sure it is "clean" and the corners are in good shape.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Art 1, new for set 5

As discussed in class today:
Study Drawing #1 for Set 5 has been changed. Reminder for what you must have on that page.
1)8x10" rectangle in the middle of the page
2)your initials
3)initials must touch all 4 sides of rectangle
4)initials must be overlapping
5)must use one color of tempera paint
6)mix at least three diff. colors together
7)use the same value/color for all initials

As we discussed, this will turn it in to being more about shape and color than anything else.
You'll end up with a nice little abstract piece.
I need not be able to "read" the initials. A cool design is even better.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cool Video to watch

A very cool video that uses sand to make images...set to music.
As a frame of reference, think Ukraine, WW II, population loss, etc.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010