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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 assigments at the end of the semester.

 

Drawing in the Expanded Field

Value

Due
Mon Feb 6

Task
Make a drawing using the environment as the ground 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 grafitti art assignment so please don't fall back on its formal conventions.

Intervention Still Life Drawing

Value

Due
Mon Feb 13

Duration: 2 weeks

Task
Make a still life drawing that demonstrates your 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 thirds to frame your composition. In other words, avoid placing the fruit in the dead center of your composition.
Choose the most interesting thumbnail to use as the basis for your 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 16" x 20" illustration board with a three inch margin.

Criteria

  • Work is a tonal drawing of an orange or lime.
  • Demonstrates a level of completeness
  • Composition is arrived at through a planned process
  • Composition adds to the intent of the artwork

Drawing using a single repeated mark

Due
Wed Mar 1

Task
Make a drawing using a repeated stroke, mark or gesture. That is to say use the same mark over and over again to build a drawing like you build a wall using bricks or any other modular element. Your drawing is limited to three objects: a square, a triangle and a circle.

Preparation
Play with your drawing materials to come up with a suitable mark you can repeat in your drawing.

Composition
Your composition has no constraints but must exhibit balance and coherence. You may only represent a square, a triangle and a circle.

You may play with the following variables

  • scale
  • proportion
  • negative and positive space
  • value
  • color

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

Dimensions
18"x24"

Criteria
You will be evaluated on the resourcefulness and creativity in working with the assignments constraints.

Inspiration

El Lissitzky
Wasily Kandinsky
Steve Reich
Sol Lewitt


Cloud Atlas

    Value:
    Due: Mon, March 13
    Duration: 2 weeks
    Description:
    Make a drawing of a cloudscape 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

    El Lissitzky
    Wasily Kandinsky
    Steve Reich
    Sol Lewitt


    Alternative Art Supplies

    Value

    Due
    Wed Mar 22

    Task
    There is an unlimited source of materials which can be used to make marks on paper. Search your home or your environment fro an alternative to the art supplies usually bought at the Art supply store. Your may choose abstract or representational subject for your drawing.

    Preparation
    Alternative materials can be dry such as a spice, dirt or some other material, or they can be fluid or semi-fluid like catsup. You may be drawn to the material because of its physical properties or its symbolical value or both. IN addition you must also create a new tool to make your drawing. it cannot be a conventional brush or pencil of any kind.

    Composition
    Will you choose to playthe unconventional materials into a conventional composition, or you may find that unconventional materials demands unconventional composition methods and techniques. Do you want to communicate a message or do you simply want to use the materials fro their aesthetic qualities?

    Medium and materials
    Not available in art stores

    Dimensions and support:
    Variable

    Criteria

    • Dos your choice of material have clear aesthetic and or formal qualities that add value to the work.
    • WHat jkinds of ghestures lend themselves to your chosen materials? Search and experiment

    Inspiration

    Vic Muniz

    Perry Vasquex


    Class Mural

    Value

    Due
    Mon Apr 17

    Task
    We will create a large scale drawing together as a class. Details to be forthcoming.


    The Eye

    Value

    Due
    Wed Apr 17

    Task
    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

    Value

    Due
    Wed May 17

    Task
    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

    Inspiration

    George Shaw