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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
Tue August 29

Instructions

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
Tue Sep 19

Duration: 2 weeks

Instructions

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

Cloud Atlas

    Value:

    Due: Tue Oct 3
     

    Duration:

    2 weeks

    Instructions

    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

    Vija Celmins


    Portrait Drawing

    Value

    Due

    Wed Mar 22

    Instructions

    Create a portrait using anatomical studies (bones, muscles/ etc.)

    Objective

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

    Preparation

    Medium and materials

    Graphite, colored pencils and/or charcoal

    Dimensions and support

     

    Criteria

    • Explored several choices before selecting one

    • Planned carefully

    • Several sketches

    • Demonstrate awareness of the elements and principles

    • Used space effectively

    • Tried unusual combinations

    • Demonstrates outstanding problem-solving skills

    • The artwork was continued until it was as complete as it could be

    • Artwork is beautifully and patiently done (pride)


    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

    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

    Value

    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

    Due
    Wed Mar 1

    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

    • Final work is a “SUBSTANTIAL” work of your choosing

      • Series of work is a culmination of the research

      • Created at least 10 works during that research (Not Including Studies)

      • Final series has a cohesive theme (Drawing or MIXED)

    • 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

    • Demonstrate an understanding of design in the use of the Elements and Principles in the final work of art

    • Developed an artist statement with the artwork.

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

    Dimensions
    18"x24"


    Advanced Linear Perspective Drawing

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