Fall 2015 Art and Design
Abstract Line Design
Our first major drawing project focused on the application of the elements and principles of design into an abstract design. Students were expected to use at least 12 types of line in order to create a unified composition with an obvious focal point.
Continuous Contour Line
The students learned the continuous contour line drawing technique. They carefully observed objects, then showed the internal and external details with one connected line.
Continuous Contour Drawing - Pastels
We studied continuous contour line drawing in order to observe the contours within forms. We also learned about Georgia O'Keeffe, and her large, detailed compositions which depicted natural forms. Students then used the contour line technique to draw with glue on black paper. They finished their pieces with pastel to create beautiful color harmonies.
Shaded Drawing - Multiple Views
Students were introduced to shading through value scales and spheres. Then, they applied their new skills to drawing a 3-d object of their choice. Each student drew their object from multiple angles, in order to better understand the form, and to create visual variety. These drawings were cut-out and placed on colorful backgrounds. The students chose whichever 2-d medium they wanted, from watercolor, to pastels, to collage, and more.
Expressive Self Portraits
For our final project, students learned about the proportions of the human face, and used this knowledge to create expressive self portraits. After several practice portraits, students thought about what they wanted their final portraits to express or reveal about them. Students considered how setting, composition, facial expression, pose, props, color, and other elements could reveal important aspects of their personalities. The final portraits were painted with water colors.
Every week, students complete a visual journal assignment. Through this work, students explore personal themes and experiment with materials. Non-traditional materials and methods are highly encouraged. The emphasis of visual journals is self expression.