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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

Dissected Still Life Drawing

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Duration 2 weeks
Instructions Dissect a tangerine and make drawings at each stage of the dissection.
Preparation Study the notebook drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to get an idea of of the level of detail you should aiming for in this assignment.
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

  • Is a result of close observation

  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

Inspiration https://yesartstudio.blogspot.com

Cloud Atlas

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

Art History Outtakes
Homage, appropriation, theft and borrowing from the dustbin of history

Duration 2 weeks
Instructions 
Preparation
Composition 
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

A Sense of Place

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

Final Project Option 1: Sequential Self-Portrait

Duration 3 weeks
Instructions 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

Final Project Option 2: 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

Final Project Option 3: The Eye

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