Fundamentals of Art By: Amanda Miller

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.

Interpretation of a Mural Poster
Mural Sketch
Work on Our Mural

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. By: Amanda Miller, Maille McGraw, Olivia Wright, and Hannah Kupniewski


Throughout this project, I learned that working on a project as a group can make work a lot more fun and a lot easier. It helped a lot having a group to work with me who was easygoing and hard working. I really enjoyed this project and I'm excited to see the impact affect it will have on our school.

Drawing Unit

Pre-assesmenT/baseline drawing

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

Reflection: This activity helped me figure out how the different pencils worked and the type of shading they created. It showed me that I am capable of accurately putting what I see onto paper. It also showed me some areas that I need to work on.

Draw a person

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

Drawing Level: I think this drawing is in the dawning realism stage because as the artist I included a general shape with small details showing a general understanding. I also noticed that I went back to drawing the person the way I had 3-4 years ago.

Stages of Development
Right Brain vs. Left Brain

Monster Vase Face

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

Vase Faces

Reflection: I was surprised at how well I could duplicate the reflection of my drawing. It was also really cool to make my eyes switch back and forth between the vase shape and the face shape.

Upside down drawing

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

Upside Down Drawing

Reflection: Drawing this minion helped me to train my brain to use the right side rather than the left. I found it suprisingly difficult to maintain using the right side. However, with trial in error, this drawing helped me learn to stay right-brain focused.

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.

Contour Line Drawing

Reflection: These drawings helped me train my eyes to notice the little details in a picture that matter when drawing contours. The blind drawing was weirdly satisfying to see how the lines came together. The plexi-glass drawing showed clearly how important every detail is in a contour line drawing.

5 contour lind drawings of Objects from observafion

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

Reflection: These drawings surprised me by how time-consuming they were. It took a long time to get all of the little details correct in the 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.

Blotted Line Work

Reflection: When I first started this project I thought I wasn't going to like the way it turned out. the blotchy lines and streaky colors looked really sloppy to me from close up. However, once I saw the finished product from a distant, I was really impressed with the way it looked.

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.

Reflection: This activity helped me understand the importance in negative space of every distance on the page. Too short of a distance in one place could lead to a deformed ram.

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.

Reflection: Although time consuming, this activity helped clarify to me all of the different pieces that I would need to apply to complete this project. It gave me a great base for starting my project.

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.

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.

Artists Statement

I chose Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) as my inspirational icon because as a child watching Star Wars with my family I remember always looking up to her in the movies. She was a strong and brave person and it inspired me to fight for what I believed in no matter what the risks. As a child it inspired me a lot and gave me courage to try new things, make new friends, and speak my mind regardless of what other people thought.

Mind Map

Reflection: This project was one that I was really proud of. I liked the way that mine turned out. Throughout creating the project I learned a lot about how to use colored pencils in different ways o create a different visual effect. I learned how different colors give different feelings and do different things for the artwork. I also learned how to use Adobe Photoshop.

Perspective Activities

PersPeCtiVe iPad activity

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.

Reflection: The worksheets and activities that we did to learn about perspective helped me better understand how perspective works. It's going to greatly aid me in the future in my drawings. I will be able to accurately portray scenes because I understand how perspective works.

Geometric Object Graphite Value Drawing with Zinger

Value Scale and Value Gradation Worksheet

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.

Reflection: I did not enjoy this project very much, but it has taught me a lot. Completing this project helped me train my mind to look for value in a scene and then place it on my paper. One of the big drawbacks of this project was that the light kept shifting so what I was looking at was a little bit different almost every time.

"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.

Reflection: This project is by far the one I am the most proud of. I'm really impressed with how much my shading technique and accuracy at adding value has increased. I love the way this project turned out. There are parts that I think I could've done better, but none of it makes it look bad.

First Quarter Sketchbook Assignments

iPad Insert

IpAd insert

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

Reflection: I really enjoyed completing this project and seeing it in my iPad. A lot of people have complimented and asked me about it. I'm really proud of this sketchbook assignment.

Transforming a Selfie

Explorat 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.

Reflection: I was impressed with how well this project turned out. I like the way the words go along with the light and dark contrast of the picture. This project was another one that I'm very proud of.

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.

Reflection: I was sketchbook winner of the week for this assignment. It took me hours of work to complete this project. I really enjoyed working on it and winning sketchbook winner of the week was really cool.

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.

Reflection: I used a picture of a dove over a picture of the Earth to represent what the main goal is in this life: peace on earth.

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.

Resolution: This project was really calming to create. I was really proud of the work I did on this project and was suprised to win sketchbook winner of the week.

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.

Reflection: This project was one of my least favorite but only because I got so distracted by all of the options I had to choose from for subject matter. I didn't know where to start. However, I think that it turned out all right in the end

ContrasT & balance in the "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.

Reflection: This project was really fun to create. It was simple and relaxing and I really enjoyed making this one.

2nd Quarter Sketchbook Assignments

Social comment 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). Some possible ideas are: Anti-war, Patriotism, Hunger, Environment, Abortion, Ethnic tolerance, Literacy, Anti-smoking, Freedom of speech, Voter apathy, Recycling. You may also pick your own.

What I think: I chose to do the topic of flag burning for my art. While legal, flag burning, in my opinion, is extremely disrespectful and shouldn't be allowed. Millions of men have died for that flag and when people burn it it's as though they are saying that they don't care about the sacrifices made for their freedom. Those men who died of our flag gave their lives to make sure each and every one of us could live freely and burning the flags says you don't care.

Reflection: I enjoyed this project because I was able to share my opinion with the class on a topic. It was hard for me not to use words and I think I ended up using too many.

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.

A big bully ball is chasing three paperclips through a bright meadow leading to a dark alley, which has seven hungry dictionaries rapidly flying out into the light. In the distance an army of pencils are marching in rows armed with angry balloons. The pigeons are laughing at the stray dog that is desperately chasing his teeth.

Reflection: This assignment was a fun one to do. I liked seeing how so many different styles created the same project. Everyone had a different view on the storyline and it showed through in the picture.

Strange combos

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

Word Combination: Hungry, crying, apple tree

I really liked creating this one because it was so goofy. I was fortunate to get simple words. I was really impressed with the people that had harder words and their project looked really good.

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)

Reflection: I love the way this one turned out. I think that the picture I chose is beautiful and I'm proud of the way I recreated it in two different scenes.

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)

Reflection: I really liked this assignment because it allowed me to use a different style. This assignment was cartoon based and it was fun to draw in a cartoon style rather than a realistic.


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".

To me, home is not a place, it's a feeling. Two years ago I moved to Fairview with my family. I left all of my friends behind. Leaving them felt like leaving a piece of me. When I got to my new house, I didn't see it as home. I kept expecting to drive back down to my old town and go "home". The entire first summer I was in Fairview I didn't feel at home. I felt awkward and out of place and I just wanted to go back to see my friends. However, once school started I began making new friends and slowly I began to see my new house as home. So, to me people are what make a place home. A home isn't a home without friends and family around who love and support you. I don't think the word home has anything to do with a house and everything to do with the people one cares about.

Reflection: I liked writing about this project. It was fun to share some of my background with the class because most people don't really know me.


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