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Art 102 Assignments

At the end of each assignment there will be a class critique. Please be sure to document your work as you go as will be asked to submit a digital portfolio of all your assignments at the end of the semester.


Drawing in the Expanded Field

Instructions

Make a drawing using the environment as the support of your piece. 

Preparation 

Think about the exterior environment in terms of the surfaces and textures that are ideally suited to be the support for a drawing. What opportunities offer themselves to communicate an idea?

Medium and materials 

Be creative in your approach to materials. You need not use conventional art materials to complete this assignment.

Presentation

Use your phone to document your work. Email me a photo so we can project them in class.

Materials

Variable

Criteria

  • How does your drawing extend the idea of what a drawing is and where it can be encountered?
  • This is not a graffiti art assignment so please don't fall back on its formal conventions.

Life Drawing

Duration: 1 week

Instructions

Make a drawing from the installation featuring the human skeleton. You will be asked to draw directly from life.

Preparation

We will go through a series of warm ups and a re-introduction to pencil techniques.

Medium and materials

Drawing paper, charcoal, graphite 

Concepts

How to use the easel. Site drawing and proportion, contour line, value and shading

Criteria

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to reproduce natural proportions

Altered Still Life Drawing

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Duration: 2 weeks

Instructions

Make a still life drawing that demonstrates your compositional creativity as well as your ability to shade subtle effects of light and shadow.

Preparation

Create 3-5 thumbnail sketches of an orange, lemon or a lime that you have prepared, altered or intervened on some level.

Composition

Use the rule of underlying rectangles to compose your still life drawing. In other words, avoid placing the fruit at random places and instead use the grid to allocate the space. Avoid occupying the dead center of the picture plane.
Create 3-5 thumbnail sketches that explore a variety of locations for the subject matter. Bear in mind the vertical, horizontal and diagonal stresses. Choose the most interesting thumbnail to use as the basis for your final drawing.

Medium and materials

Use a range of graphite pencils from 2HB (hardest lead) to 8B (softest lead). Make your drawing on a piece of paper 18" x 18".

Terms

Underlying rectangles, format (horizontal or vertical), armature, aggregate shapes, composition, foreground and background plane

Criteria

  • Work is a tonal drawing of a tangerine
  • Demonstrates a level of completeness
  • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

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#ArtTrumpsWall

An experiment in art's ability to influence public discourse

 

 

What

We will work with artists Jill Holsin and Andrew Sturm to create designs for projection onto Trump’s border wall prototypes along the US/Mexico border.

Why

The goal of this project is to learn how artists craft images that can influence public opinion or to take part in a public dialogue about social, political or economic affairs to name a few.

How

Before beginning our designs we will learn about how artists in the past have aimed their art at the public audience as opposed to a gallery-going audience. Next we will look at some graphic styles that are suited to the task at hand. We will learn about icons and how to create an image with just the right amount of detail to be legible. Andrew and Jill will choose the best 8-10 designs to be included in the project. That means not everyone’s design will be projected, however, everyone’s project will be graded and is a required part of your digital portfolio.

When

No date for the projection has been set yet but it will be happening this semester.

Medium and materials

We will be using mixed media including, ink, brushes, stencil, aerosol, acrylic and/or other materials.

Outcomes

You will learn how to work within a collaborative environment. You will learn how to indicate type. In addition, you will learn how to properly broadcast an image into a media sphere.

Media

Border wall prototypes become canvas for light graffiti

 

Activists Project Messages of Resistance and Solidarity on Border


Fotoaktion!

Duration: 3 weeks

Instructions

Work with a partner to photograph each other for a sitting or standing portrait. Your drawing will be based on your black and white photo.

Preparation

Work with your partner to photograph each other against a blank background. Once you have settled on a photo, print it out and use it as the basis for your drawing.

Composition

Use the rule of underlying rectangles to compose your drawing. In other words, avoid placing the figure at random places and instead use the grid to allocate the space. Avoid occupying the dead center of the picture plane.
Create 3-5 thumbnail sketches that explore a variety of locations for the subject matter. Bear in mind the vertical, horizontal and diagonal stresses. Choose the most interesting thumbnail to use as the basis for your final drawing.

Medium and materials

Use a range of graphite pencils from 2HB (hardest lead) to 8B (softest lead). Make your drawing on a piece of 18" x 24" paper

Terms

 

Criteria

  • Work is a tonal drawing of the figure
  • Demonstrates a level of completeness in both technical and aesthetic terms
  • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

Cloud Atlas

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    Duration:

    2 weeks

    Instructions

    Make a drawing of a cloud-cape that visually explores the effects of light and dark, soft and hard, near and far. Rely on the gestural elements of your skill using Cloudy Hands, Grasp Dragon's Tail, and Tiger's Claw to create a lush tonal drawing with a rich range of tonal value and diversity.

    Preparation

    Research images using the internet, the library or magazines and newspapers to find a challenging image of a cloud.

    Composition

    Traditionally landscape and cloudscapes are made using a horizontal format. However, you may also use a portrait format. Make your decision based on the image you choose to work from.

    Medium and materials

    Use any dry drawing medium you prefer i.e. charcoal or graphite. Keep you images black and white. No color allowed on this assignment.

    Dimensions

    18' x 24"

    Criteria

    • Work is of a tonal drawing of a weather event.
    • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
    • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork
    • A unique sense of space and light is achieved
    • Demonstrates a level of completeness

    Inspiration

    Vija Celmins


    Sequential Self-Portrait

    Instructions

    Duration: 3 weeks

    Create a drawing that is comprised of several separate frames like a comic book is. The subject is a self-portrait that focuses on unexpected yet characteristic aspects of your life. Also include images of objects, places and textures that can be loosely or directly tied to your experience(s).

    Use space effectively while using unusual combinations and divisions of space in the picture plane. The final result should reveal an unexpected perspective on what it's like to be you!

    Objective

    Work from life, photographs, anatomical art, and the human form to create an interesting composition as well as evoke an intent and emotion.

    Medium and materials

    Graphite, ink, colored pencils and/or charcoal on 18" x 24" paper

    Criteria

    • Explores several choices before selecting one
    • Plans carefully
    • Demonstrates awareness of the elements and principles of drawing
    • Uses space effectively
    • Demonstrates a level of completeness in both technical and aesthetic terms
    • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
    • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

    Media

    Sequential Art


    Border Wall Project

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    TBA


    Imperial Bedroom

    Instructions

    Your bedroom has a unique sense of space and place that reflects your personality and place in the world. Make a tonal drawing of your bedroom that communicates that sense of place and space. Consider the idea of order vs entropy, the managed disorder that most people maintain in their living querters.

    Composition

    Use the rule of thirds to frame your composition. In other words, avoid placing the main elements in the dead center of your composition. Choose the most interesting thumbnail to use as the basis for your composition. You will rely on your knowledge of one and two point perspective to complete this drawing. Create sense of space and dimensionality. 

    Medium and materials

    Use charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, graphite or ink (in the form of a Micron pen set).

    Dimensions: 18" x 24"

    Criteria

    • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
    • Drawing demonstrates good shading, cross-hatching, stippling and other pen and ink techniques
    • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork
    • Demonstrates a level of completeness

    Inspiration

    George Shaw

    Vincent van Gogh


    The Eye

    Value

    Due
    Wed Apr 17

    Instructions

    Make a drawing that incorporates the eye as a symbol. Consider art history as a source as well as advertising and propaganda art.

    Composition

    Your drawing should be based on a creative combination of the given elements which can be juxtaposed in any proportion or manner.

    Medium and materials

    Use charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, graphite or ink (in the form of a Micron pen set).

    Dimensions:
    variable

    Criteria

    • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
    • Drawing demonstrates good shading, cross-hatching, stippling and other pen and ink techniques
    • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork
    • Demonstrates a level of completeness

    Inspiration

    Odilon Redon


    A Sense of Place

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    Due
    Wed May 17

    Instructions

    Make a drawing that represents a corner of the world you know intimately, such as a street corner near your house, a corner store you frequented as a child, a park you played in or your own home.

    Preparation

    Your drawing should be based on photographic material that you take. Search your environment for interesting scenes in alleyways, junk yards and street corners near your home. Create 3-5 thumbnail sketches of landscape views in your sketchbook.

    Composition

    Use the rule of thirds to frame your composition. In other words, avoid placing the main elements in the dead center of your composition. Choose the most interesting thumbnail to use as the basis for your composition.

    Medium and materials

    Use charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, graphite or ink (in the form of a Micron pen set).

    Dimensions

    18"x24"

    Criteria

    • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
    • Drawing demonstrates good shading, cross-hatching, stippling and other pen and ink techniques
    • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork
    • Demonstrates a level of completeness

    Research Project

    Instructions

    Develop a final project based on research you have done throughout the semester in you sketchbook.  The final project must show some element taken from art history. In addition, develop an artist statement to accompany with your drawing.

    Criteria

    • Work should be developed throughout the semester

    • Use art history as inspiration (artists do not work in a vacuum!)

    • Track research using a sketchbook 

    • Meet with the Prof showing ongoing progress during the semester

    • Rational for artwork (WHY did you create it?) Artist Statement

    • Demonstrate creativity in using multiple approaches and problem solving

    • Demonstrate effort through extra time spent OUTSIDE of class researching as well as working in all classes.

    • Demonstrate craftsmanship in the final artwork

    Medium and materials 
    There are no constraints on the materials for this assignment. Use charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, graphite, ink.