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