Fundamentals of Art By: Olivia Wright

Thematic Library Window Mural

Problem to Solve: Collaborate to design a painted mural on the windows above the library. Your design will be based on the FSD annual theme and will positively influence the FSD community.

"Positivity Spreads" Our group worked really hard to create a mural that spread out main ideas to the viewer. Our mural is communicating that positivity can spread to even the darkest of places. This can encourage and inspire the Fairview School District Community to be a light in the darkness. It shows them that even the smallest “seed” of positivity can reach out farther than ever expected and make a huge change in the world we live in. To show this through art, we had an array of positive items such as a rainbow, sunshine, and a giant flower in the center of our mural with a darker scene spreading towards the edges. To show that this positivity was spreading we used dandelion puff seeds. They floated across the scene and showed the positivity reaching to the darkness. We wrote “Positivity Spreads” across the left and right of the scene to further explain the ideas to the viewer. Our favorite part of making the mural was making mistakes. It was really fun making mistakes and turning them into something new. If we had to choose something that we are most proud of, it would be our teamwork and flexibility through the whole project. We really enjoyed creating a mural to share with the Fairview Community and hope that it’s positivity, as well as ours, spreads to our fellow students as well as everyone else in the Fairview School District.

During this project I learned that teamwork really does make the dream work. My group as a whole pulled through and completed the project by splitting up and working on different aspects that contribute to a whole.

Drawing Lessons

"Preassessment/baseline drawing"

Problem to Sove: Create a reproduction of your chosen image (flower, tiger, or eye) by using graphite pencils on paper.

By drawing my flower, I learned that it's not as easy to draw an image from a photo as it would seem. Contrarily, you need to slow down and pay more attention to detail.

"Draw a perSon"

Problem to Sove: Draw a person and self assess what drawing level is evident.

I believe this drawing would be about level two. It's higher than a one because I drew more than a stick figure. And the drawing isn't a very high number because it has much room to improve.

"Vase/face & monster Vase/face"

Problem to Solve: Practice the drawing strategy of switching to right brain dominance while accurately drawing the reflection of the face.

During this assignment, I learned that drawing upside down is interesting to try for the first time. Also, it can actually make drawing easier when trying to draw a replica of something.

"Upside down Drawing"

Problem to Solve: Allow your right brain thinking strategies to dominate while you accurately draw your chosen image upside down

During this assignment I learned that working upside down helps a lot when trying to get accurate lines and shapes. It allows you to not think about the actual thing or object that you are drawing but the single line you are drawing.

"Blind Contour And Contour Line Drawing Of Hand"

Blind Contour Problem to Solve: Without looking at your paper, record all of the edges of your hand. Your goal is line specificity.

Contour Problem to Solve: Use the grid lines on the plexiglass view finer to help you replicate your contour line drawing of your hand. You are aiming for accurate proportions and line specificity.

During this project I learned that using grid lines really helps to draw proportions correctly. It was also fun to use the plexiglass.

"5 Contour Line Drawings Of Objects From Observation"

Problem to Solve: Increase your accuracy of proportion, foreshortening, overlapping, congruity, and specificity by practicing drawing contours of a minimum of 5 objects.

While drawing the five contour line drawings, I learned that in order to draw a solid sketch, one needs to slow down and work carefully. My first drawing, the cup, compared to to my last drawing, the shoe, I believe improved due to me slowing down and taking my time.

"Blotted Contour Line Drawing"

Problem to Solve: Transform your most interesting and best contour line drawing into a blotted contour line drawing inspired by Andy Warhol's graphic design work.

While completing this project, I learned that some mistakes can make artwork better. I did not mean to make the think black plots and in and around my shoe, but it ended up giving my project a better visual appeal.

"Negative Space Of A Ram"

Problem to Solve: Train your brain to observe and record the shapes and angles of the negative space with the intention it will increase the accuracy of the positive space.

By drawing the negative space of the ram, I learned how important it is to get the foundation right-or in this case the main contour lines. What I mean by this is that the first few lines have to be in the right location or else the rest of the drawing will be disformed and incorrect when trying to draw a copy of something else.
Skeleton Drawing With Sharpie

"SKELETON trAcing in ipad"

Problem to Solve: Select a section of the skeleton that is just above your comfort challenge level and utilize the rule of thirds and touchs 3 sides of your paper to create a dynamic composition.

"SKELETON Drawing With sharpie"

Problem to Solve: Apply your knowledge of right brain dominance, contour line techniques, negative space, and rule of thirds in order to draw a strong composition of the skeleton in proportion.

While working on the skeleton Drawing, I learned to try and remain focused on the lines and shapes that I was drawing. Rather than what the line or shape was apart of. This helped my my final drawing look more like the photo.
1st Quarter Sketchbook Assignments

"Ipad insert"

Problem to Solve: Use the template paper provided to design an original "your name" artwork to be displayed in your ipad case.

During the "iPad insert" assignment I learned to read all directions before starting the project. While doing this assignment I wasn't aware until I was finished that I needed to include my last name as well. This explains why "Wright" is much smaller than "Olivia."

"Exploration Of Procreate App Through Transforming A Selfie"

Problem to Solve: Explore the Procreate app by transforming your selfie into a unique and visually interesting image.

While completing the selfie assignment I learned and explored many of the different brushes in Procreate. I used many of the sketching brushes in this assignment and also learned how to use the smear tool.

"My Artful Image: Emphasis And Visual Movement"

Problem to Solve: Design and create an image that uses visual movement to guide viewer’s attention to your emphasis of a chosen image.

Through this assignment I learned that little designs, such as the dots, can go a long was to make an image more appealing. I got the idea for the pool design at a swim meet, and the small dots and arrows made it all come me together.

"Scale And Proportion"

Problem to solve: Create a conceptually meaningful composition by using Procreate to transform the SCALE of chosen object(s). The change in SCALE needs to change the meaning or story of the image.

During this assignment I learned how to insert photos into Procreate. I believe this this will help with further assignments.

"All Things That Flower"

Problem to Solve: Design a unique and creative composition relating to the theme, "All Things that Flower". Your artwork will be submitted into an art competition at the Tom Ridge Center.

During the "All Things That Flower" assignment I learned more about the different brushes in Procreate. This is because I needed to find an appropriate brush for the center of the flower and the stem.

"Negative Space: ActiveTransformation"

Problem to Solve: Activate the negative space by transforming it into part of the positive space. Find your own unique way of solving this problem.

During this assignment I learned that I need to properly understand the assignment before completing it. I learned later that I didn't do it right and I lost points in the end.

"'O' Design"

Problem to Solve: Invest an hour of “invest”igation into what you can transform this “O” design into while creating CONTRAST and BALANCE in your composition. I want to see how far you can push the design while maintaining the existence of the “O” form. What can you come up with? Surprise us all.

During this assignment I learned that a simple design such as the green dots can fill up space in a positive, visually appealing way. I also learned that using first leveling thinking will not earn full credit even if hours are spent on an assignment.


Inspirational Icon

Problem to Solve: Pay homage to an inspirational icon of your choice by transforming a photograph into a segmented portrait with colored pencil.

For the "Inspirational Icon" project, I chose to do Chloe Grace Moretz. I admire her because of her actions in the recent global Women's March. I participated in the Erie Women's March, and at the same time she was protesting in LA. I find it intriguing that a famous actress would have the same views and want to advocate for such an important cause, just as I did.

During the "Inspirational Icon" project, I did more with colored pencils then I have in my whole life. I put a lot of time into the final product and am happy with the end result. I really like how the color scheme worked out. If I could have done anything differently, I would have chose different color for the pale pink. It ended up being kind of scratchy and blotchy. I liked this project very much and would do it again.

Perspective Activities

Problem to Solve: Visually identify how the rules of perspective function in our every day environment by labeling the orthogonal lines, vanishing point, and horizon line.

During these activities I learned much more about perspective. I've done some of these activities before in other classes, but I expanded my knowledge a lot more. I already knew how to do the majority of it but what was new to me what the vocabulary.

Geometric Object Graphite Value Drawing with Zinger

Problem to Solve: Apply your knowledge and skills of creating proportion, perspective, value range, hard edges, soft edges, and value gradations to create an illusion of a three-dimensional environment on a two-dimensional surface.

During this project, I learned so much about shading. I had never done it before and it was a nice start to get into the "You as Who" project. Overall, sharing was pretty hard and I hope I get better in the next project.

"You as Who?" Self Portrait

Drawing Problem to Solve: Apply your knowledge and skills of drawing to create a realistic self-portrait of you imitating a chosen individual. You are in charge of choosing someone to imitate, preparing your props and facial expressions for the camera, and executing a unique artwork.

During this assignment, I expanded my ability to shade. I wouldn't say shading is my forte, but I got better. If I could do anything differently, I would change my photograph. I regret making myself do something so hard with all the pearls, skin, and hair. I haven't finished the project yet but I hope it turns out well.

2nd Quarter Sketchbook Assignments

"SOcial comment image for puBlic ViEw"

Problem to Solve: Pick a social cause that you feel strongly about and design an image to communicate your position on the issue. This is an opinion piece; it should express a view and try to persuade the audience (our class).

During this assignment, I learned how you can insert an image and draw over it to create a more personal version that's your own. I did this with the quarter and I like the turnout.

"Bully ball"

Problem to Solve: Use the clues in this paragraph to help you draw your own interpretation of the story within one image/page.

By completing the "Bully Ball" I learned that combining the most random things will make a more interesting and active image. While following the requirements of the "Bully Ball," you have to be creative and think out side the box.

"Strange Combos"

Problem to Solve: Create a dynamic composition by making the combination of that noun, verb, and adjective your emphasis.

During this sketchbook, I learned more about the different brushes on Procreate. I expored different ones for the outer space background. Another thing I learned from this was that any three things can go together no matter how random they are.

"BeFore and after"

Problem to solve: Extend the story line of a famous artwork by designing a scene which occurred before and a scene which occurred after your chosen artwork. (You can display this as a vertical orientation, like the example, or a horizonal orientation, like a comic strip)

From this assignment I learned not to procrastinate. I waited for the last minute on this one and it clearly showed. Despite this, I still completed what was required for the assignment and got it done.

"Cartoon PoRtraiT"

Problem to Sove: Draw yourself as a cartoon character as if you were also in the TV show, movie, etc. Draw yourself in the same style as the animator did by repeating his/her visual schemas. (Example: Phineas has a triangle head, so draw your head in the shape of a triangle)

Honestly this was probably one of my favorite sketchbooks. This was probably because I had fun with it and tried more than usual. From this assignment I tried to apply what I've learned in class to what I was doing this week on the iPad.


Problem to Solve: With whom, where, or with what do you feel most at "home"? Photomontage (artistically collage) at least 5 images of persons, places, or things which are reflections of your definition of your "home".

During this assignment I learned more about the eraser tool. To make the pictures look faded in the apples, I lowered the opacity and it gave the look I was looking for. At first I was clueless to how to appreciate this sketchbook, but tried my apple tree idea and I'm happy with the finial product.

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