Fundamentals of Art By: Heather Lewis

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.

These are our sketches for the mural.

Artist Statement:

As a team we learned to work with everyone's talents and try to make sure everyone was contributing something they felt comfortable doing.

DRAwing lessons

-Pre-assesment/ 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 from this project how different values can make a difference in your drawing. Before you draw you need to determine the where the darkest parts are if your drawing and the lightest. With these in mind, I was able to make sure my artwork looked realistic.

-Draw a person

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

I believe this drawing level is pseudorealistic because it has realistic features.

Left brain vs Right brain

-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 learned how much the shape of a line affects the outcome of your drawing. If the line did not curve at the correct degree, then it wouldn't look like a face anymore.

-Upside down drawing

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

From this assignment, I learned how important proportions were. I found out that I was enlarging my drawing making the size uneven.

-Blind contour & 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.

I learned how important it is to get what you see onto the paper and not what you think it should look like.

-5 contour line drawings of objects from oBservation

I found out how difficult it is to translate a 3D object into 2D. However I did learn that I needed to get my perspective right in order for the object to look correct.

-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.

This project was interesting because we got to use ink and water colors which I have always been interested in both. I liked how we were able to be creative with the watercolors and it made me learn how to use the paints correctly.

-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.

The ram project made me really focus on lining up all the elements of the object. I also worked with the proportions to get it as equal as possible.

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.

-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.

By using the negative space technique, it was easy to match up the drawing to the real life object. I also learned how important it is to line your photo up using the rule of thirds.

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 how to be creative and my make my work stand out with colors.

Exploration of procreatethrough transforming a selfie

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

I learned how to use some tools and how to get used to using the stylist on the iPad. It was useful to learn these basic tools to build our knowledge off of.

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.

I learned how you can visually emphasis an object but creating movement in the image.

Scale and proportion

Problem to solve: Create a conceptually meaningful composition by using Procreate to transform the SCALE of chosen object(s).

I learned to think of something relavent and relate it back to our assignment to create a deeper meaning.

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 leaned to use my abstract side of my mind to come up with some form of artwork that stood out.

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 challenge myself to think of something that used negative space but isn't basic. I decided to do this one because earth is made up of people from different places so I wanted heads to represent that.

"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 wanted to tie this project back to the last one so I challenged myself to come up with something that represents the world and all the different cultures. I felt that the flags, the globe, and commonly known places would justify the job.

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.

"Flaws are my favorite part of people” once said the inspirational actress, Emma Stone. At a young age, Emma dreamed of becoming an actress in Hollywood; yet no one believed in her. However, with her determination, she was able to slowly prove to the world how talented she truly was. Along the path of success, Emma showed all those she worked with how to find the best in people. With her kind spirit and aspiration of becoming well known, Emma has inspired those to follow their dreams no matter the circumstance.

This project taught me how to really take advantage of the grid and perfect my artwork. I also learned how to have patience with the color pencils especially the dark blue.

Perspective activities

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.

This lesson helped me realize how many different perspectives there are. I was able to use this knew knowledge on the next project.

Geometric obJect graphite value drawing with a 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.

I discovered how to shade the graphite pencils without using a smudging technique. I also learned I like to use the H pencils for almost everything.

You as who

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.

During this project I learned how to draw features and hair, which I have never done before. I learned how to smooth the shading yet still create edges when needed.

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.

For this assignment I learned how to convert a picture into a something meaningful.

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.

I found out how to draw based on what I read; drawing what I see in my mind.

Strange comboS

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

My words were shimmering, apple, blinking. I discovered how to use different colors to create dementions.

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)

For this project I was able to spend some time looking up different artwork and learn more about the artists.

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)

This project I was able to recreate a cartoon which I have never done before.

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