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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.

Life Drawing

Outcome To develop an increased knowledge of the technical and aesthetic potential of a variety of drawing media.
Instructions Make several drawing from the installation featuring the human skeleton. Each drawing uses a different material and technique.
Medium and materials Drawing paper, charcoal, graphite, ink, brush, colored pencils etc
Concepts Cross hatching, hatching, tonal drawing, ink wash etc
Criteria

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to reproduce natural proportions

  • Explores a wide range of materials

Dissected Still Life Drawing

Outcome To expand skills of observation and composition
Instructions Create a series of 3-5 drawings that explore the structure of a tangerine. Use your camera or a magnifying glass to zoom in for detail. Arrange the drawings onto your support in a way that reflects a thoughtful approach to composition. Identify as many of these parts as you can:

  • Albedo

  • Endocarp

  • Exocarp

  • Juice sac

  • Pedicel

  • Rind

  • Wall


Medium and materials Colored pencils, illustration board.
Terms Underlying rectangles, format (horizontal or vertical), armature, aggregate shapes, composition, foreground and background plane
Criteria

  • Work is a color drawing of a tangerine

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness

  • Is a result of close observation

  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

Inspiration

student example 1
student example 2
student example 3
The Secret of Drawing BBC video

Tonal Drawing of Fabric

Goal To describe form with a deepened and expanded knowledge of the elements and principles of form, light and shadow.
Instructions Create a finishde tonal drawing of the still life set up in he class. Pay close attention to the dynamic changes in the folds of the cloth and he way light and shadow interact.
Preparation How to Draw Fabric Folds
Composition Keep in mind the following:

  • Look for the lines. How do they finish?

  • Look for the connections between shapes. Are they connected by lines?

  • Only draw what you see

  • Don’t lose track of the larger shapes

  • Establish a palette of four tones. Refer to them when shading your drawing

  • Proceed using four tones

  • Squinting helps increase contrast

  • Move from large to smaller tonal areas

  • Play hide and seek with the oultines

  • Add tone around the contour of your finished drawing to bring out the highlights


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

  • 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

Scrambled Eggs

Goal To describe form with a deepened and expanded knowledge of the elements and principles of composition.
Instructions Bring three still life objects to class. Create a composition in which all three objects appear in space. Scramble the scale of each object to create a surreal effect.
Preparation Research objects and images to draw from. Create three to five thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook before you begin drawing on the final sheet of paper.
Composition Keep in mind the rule of thirds
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

  • 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

A Sense of Place/Space

Goal To solve advanced problems regarding spatial relationships within a composition.
Instructions Make a drawing based on photographs of a part of the world you know well, such as a street corner near your house, a corner store you frequented as a child, or a park you played in or your own home. The drawing must create a sense of space through the use of linear perspective and/or atmospheric perspective.
Preparation Create three to five thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook before you begin drawing on the final sheet of paper.
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 Use 18"x24"paper. Your image size can be variable
Criteria

  • Composition is arrived at through a planned process

  • Drawing demonstrates good shading, cross-hatching, blending, stippling and other pen and ink techniques

  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness

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

Goal To communicate ideas and concepts in a drawing.
Instructions Use art history as a source of inspiration for a drawing
Preparation Choose an artwork from a gallery or museum to base your assignment on.
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
Criteria

  • Drawing is based on a example taken from art history

  • Composition is arrived at through a planned process

  • Drawing demonstrates good shading, cross-hatching, blending, stippling and other pen and ink techniques

  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness

Self-directed drawing

Goal To research and develop a drawing based on one’s own personal interests using skills developed over the semester
Instructions Using your chosen medium create a master drawing that leverages your personal interests and concerns about a particular subject matter.
Preparation At the beginning of the semester begin to collect and archive imagesd and idas in your notebook as you begin to think about your master drawing.
Medium and materials Graphite, ink, colored pencils and/or charcoal
Dimensions Use 18"x24"paper. Your image size can be variable
Criteria

  • Drawing is arrived at through a planned process

  • Drawing demonstrates good technique

  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness

  • Demonstrates awareness of the elements and principles of drawing

  • Uses space effectively

  • Demonstrates a level of completeness in both technical and aesthetic terms