Fundamentals of Art By.. cullen Hanlon

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.

This was the first group project we did in art class. My group members were Nikki, Lucy and Alexa. They listened to my ideas. I had fun to work and listening to music


Pre-Assessment/Base Line

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

Drawing of Prompt "Draw a Person"

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

Drawing Stages handout

Right and Left Brain informational handout

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.

Upside Down Drawing

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

Blind Contour & Contour Line Drawing

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.

3 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.

Blotted 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

Inspirational Icon

FUNDAMENTALS of arts 2nd Quarter

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.

Perspective Activities

Problem to Solve: Practice the rules of linear perspective by following the verbal directions on how to draw boxes in both 1 and 2-point perpective.

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.

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.

" 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.

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.

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.

Strange Combos

Problem to Solve: Create a dynamic composition by making the combination of that noun, verb, and adjective your emphasis. My words: iPhone, weird looking and listening.

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)

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)


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"

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