Fundamentals of Art By: Hannah kupniewski


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.


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 assignment I learned that in order for a whole group design to work, you have to work together to a good final product. Being apart of a group requires people to think about not only themselves, but the others in their group.



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

During these assignments I learned that the details are what really make the drawing. Without the detail of a drawing you would be unable to really identify the photo. I wish I would have had more detail added to this, but I didn't realize the importance of it at the time. I also learned the importance of the different values of the photo we were supposed to draw. The different values add dimension the drawing.


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

I believe that this drawing is in the schematic stage, because I show through the drawing that I have a good understanding of where the shapes go together. The schematic stage is the stage that shows your understanding of here shapes should be placed.


I learned through this drawing exercises is that it is really difficult for me to be able to draw the face exactly as I did on the other side. I found that it was easier once I was able to zone in and only use my left brain. Without having to put a label on what I was drawing I feel that I was able to get a better understanding of how I view things.


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

During this assignment I realized the importance of the proportion of what I was drawing, as well as the angles. When I was drawing upside down I was able to completely forget what I was supposed to be drawing, so I was able to focus on the shapes. With this though I wasn't able to see that I was drawing on an angle. I think this definitely benefited me though, because I was able to use this strategy on tracing the contour lines of my Inspirational Icon.


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 Plexiglas view finer to help you replicate your contour line drawing of your hand. You are aiming for accurate proportions and line specificity.


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

During this assignment I learned that it can be challenging working from the real object because you have to be the one that makes it two dimensional. When I was drawing I noticed how important it was to incorporate the right proportions of the objects, and there angles.


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.

During this activity I learned just much the arts can vary. When I was using the calligraphy pen with the ink it was hard to control just exactly where the ink would go once I would blot it onto the other sheet of paper. However, this made me realize how flexible the process of making art can be.


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.

With this assignment I learned the importance of looking not only at the positive space of what the picture is actually about. Additionally looking at both negative and positive space allowed me to get more specific shapes. When I was doing this project it was a little harder than I thought I would be, to focus just on the negative space. However, this really helped me on getting the shapes to be, for what I think is almost exactly the same.



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

I learned with this assignment how much line specificity and negative spaces can help pull together a drawing. Without having the negative space it would have never allowed this drawing to have such dimension. The line specificity is what created a clean and structured drawing.




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

I learned in this sketchbook the basics of how to use procreate. At this stage I really had no idea how to use procreate, but I got a better handle on it. I learned how to use the smudge tool. As well as being able to insert multiple layers.


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

I learned with this sketchbook how emphasis can really change the direction of a picture. Along with the visual movement, these two combined allude for a very visually appealing drawing.


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.

I chose to do a small wolf that is blue howling at the moon. As the wolf is howling it is transforming the moon. I believe that this shows that something so small can be a big change. The wolf that is blue against the black and white scene, is howling at the moon. This then makes the moon turn blue. Even though that the wolf howling at the moon is normal, it still creates change. This shows that there is never something too small to make a big change.

I learned in this assignment how important it is to have the proportions right in the drawing. If your proportions are off, it would easily be interpreted wrong, or change the overall meaning.


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 in this assignment that sometimes when a mistake happens you just have to go with it. Originally my flower was completely different, but I was able to change the background to black. With this I was able to learn that on the different layers when you add a background color it can change many different ways. I also learned that there are many different ways to interoperate this assignment.


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.

In this assignment I learned that there are more than one way to create a photo. By using the negative space verses the positive space it allows your mind to have to work hard in some cases to see the dual meanings.


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.

In this assignment I learned the many ways to incorporate the "O" design into things. I didn't realize how often there is an "O" in advertisements. I also learned that balanced art is more appealing to the eye. Without having a balance to your image the art can look off set messy, or just unpleasant to look at because of the disorganization.


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

Artist Statement: I chose Kim Kardashian because she has incredible personality strengths. Even though Kim is ridiculed by thousands of people every single day she constantly has a positive attitude. Kim embraces that she is not perfect and that she has flaws, and doesn't let anyone make her feel bad about them. The Kardashian brand would have never started without Kim, and even though it was unconventional she has never let that stop her. Today she has created a multi-million dollar company. Kim receives one of the highest amount of yearly income in the TV personality industry.

Throughout this process of making my inspirational icon I learned the importance of proportion to make a persons face look right. I also learned that the color scheme that you chose is crucial to the end product of you drawing.


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.

I learned that putting emphasis on perspective makes a drawing better. Along with perspective you have to have everything proportional to look better.


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.

I learned through the process of drawing this how important time management was with drawing my objects in the right proportions. As well as how the different value shades transform you drawing from 2-D to 3-D.


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.

What I took away from doing this project is that it actually isn't that hard to draw a portrait. With the help of the grid making my proportions was crucial for the placement of all my facial features.


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.

I learned through making this sketchbook that by using a symbol of bad and hatred, it would get my point across better than just writing plain words.


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."

I learned in this project that everyone interpretation is different. How you think something symbolizes one thing may not or doesn't in another persons mind.


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

I learned that people think of very different and odd things when asked to name a noun, verb, and adjective. When all kinds of different types of the nouns, verbs, and adjectives it creates some very interesting pieces.


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)

I learned how much creativity can but put in place by thinking of more than just what is in front of you. Going out side the box and creating a new story or a continuance of what you believe the image is expressing can have very different end products and interpretations on the same image.


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.

I learned throughout the process of making this sketchbook that there are many way to portray your personality. What matters is how you think your personality should portrayed.


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".

I learned that the way I view my home was easily described using symbols, such as the earth and the sun. Although people may not get the deeper meaning, as long as you know and the people you love know, what other people think isn't important at all.

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