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Art 100 Assignments

The class is organized into three sections; value, perspective and expressive drawing. Class work is divided between exercises and assignments. Assignment carry more weight in terms of your grade.  An assignment is approximately every five weeks.

 

Skull drawn using black and white charcoal.

Value Drawing
Goal: Distinguish the balance of light and dark in a still life object while developing an eye for the interplay of overlapping shadows.
Problem: Analyze a complex geometric surface and render light and shadow as accurately and naturalistically as possible.
Limits: You may only use two colors: black and white charcoal.
Concepts: Value, gradients, highlight, core shadow, cast shadow, reflected light, ambient light, shading, cloudy hands, grasp dragon's tail, proportion, siteing, Crane style
Materials: 18×24
Colored paper, black and white charcoal pencils, sandpaper board, kneaded eraser
Evaluation: You will be evaluated on your ability to build a strong, detailed value drawing using good pencil work, the ability to capture shadows and highlights, the ability to create contrasting edges and to achieve an overall tonal consistency.


Floating Architectural Drawing
Goal: Make a value drawing of a futuristic world of structures and forms floating in gravity free space . Use the techniques of shading and linear perspective that you have learned in class.
Problem: Use 1 or 2 pt. perspective to create the illusion of depth. Add shading to create a sense of light and dark.
Concepts: perspective, horizon line, vanishing point, value, gradients, highlight, core shadow, cast shadow, reflected light, ambient light, shading, cloudy hands, grasp dragon's tail, proportion, siteing, vision,
Materials: 18×24
″ paper, black and white charcoal pencils, sandpaper board, kneaded eraser
Evaluation: You will be evaluated on your ability to use linear perspective to create a visionary drawing of an alternative world. Each of the skills you have learned
Floating


Patterned Ink Drawing
Goal: Create a drawing that consists of nothing but patterns that spread across the entire surface of the drawing.
Problem: The object is to generate the image on the fly as you go.
Limits: You are not permitted to sketch out a design beforehand.
Concepts: Line, pattern, Snake style, unconscious mind, flow
Materials: 18×24
Strathmore paper, Sharpie pens, Micron pens
Evaluation:You will be evaluated on your ability to invent a variety of patterns in your drawing that flow organically and that fill the page with density.