Fundamentals of Art By: Michael Kanarskiy

"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.

Artist Statement: The name of our mural is Little Change Rebuilds. The mural is communicating that one person can start a change and people will join in and help. The Batman symbol is the one person starting the change helping fix the city and the little yellow people helped and joined in. Our favorite part of making the mural was the teamwork in making the message work. Our mural also shows that if you start a change in a small space, then it will spread. By: Jesse Verner, Trey Chase, Michael Kanarskiy, Daniel Rutkowski, and Ethan Corbin

The thematic Window mural taught me that teamwork makes the dream work. Before we started making the mural, we (as a group) never thought we could accomplish everything in time. Then as we collaborated together, we realized teamwork can solve everything.

"Drawing Lessons"

'Pre-Assessment/ Base Line Drawing"

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

I learned that drawing is a lot harder than it looks. Also, you have to put in a lot of effort to draw really good!

"Draw a Person"

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

"Draw a Person" with Drawing Stages Handout (Bottom Right and Middle Right ) and Left Brain vs. Right Brain (Bottom Left and Top Right)

"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.

I found out that using your left brain helps you a lot. In the monster vase drawing, I picked a hard image to do. Using the left brain helped me, though it's not perfect.

"Upside Down Drawing"

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

I learned that drawing upside actually really helped me. It showed things I have never seen in my drawing. Overall, I am very impressed by my drawing ability.

"Contour Line Drawing of a Hand" and "Blind Contour Line Drawing of a 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.

I learned that looking for specificity is key. Once you find the specific lines using your left brain, your drawings look more real!

"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.

I learned that looking for proportion, foreshortening, overlapping, congruity, and specificity make your drawing come alive. I am very impressed with my drawings.

"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.

I learned that blotting is a very effective strategy. You can many photos at once. You can also, even mess up and it's okay!

"Negative Space of 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.

I learned that focusing on negative space really helps you see shapes you have never seen before. It helped me in the future greatly.

"Skeleton Drawing with Sharpie"

"Skeleton Tracing on 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.

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.

In this assignment, I put together everything I learned in the previous assignments. Using those methods, I made the image look good!

"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.

I learned that letting me do a creative assignment helped me express mysellf in art. This assignment was very fun!

"Exploration of Procreate Through Transforming a Selfie"

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

This assignment is where I got to mess around with Procreate a lot. It helped me understand certain tools I never knew about.

"My Artful Image"

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

This really took my creativity to the next level. I found out how to do many weird, intricate things on Procreate.

"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.

In this sketchbook assignment, I chose to take a tiger and a cat eating a mouse to show predation. The reason I made the tiger very big was to show there are always predators in the world that can hurt you. Since the cat and the mouse are small, this represents the weak. (Prey) In this world, most likely there are more powerful people above you that can hurt you. (Predators) -Michael Kanarskiy

Reflection: I learned how to use photoshop. It helped me later along in another assignment. This also showed me how to get peoples attention through art.

"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.

I learned that if you want to win the competition, you need to put in time and effort. This helped me make my drawing look priceless!

"Negative Space: Active Transformation"

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.

I learned how to use my brain for creativity. I wanted to use the letter "M" for something and realized that the "triangles" in the "M" could be Batman ears!

"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.

I learned how to make one image look like another image. I really wanted to contrast my drawing. Once I started, I went all in! That's why I won the sketchbook assignment of the week!

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