Fundamentals of Art By: Brittany Noble

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.

"Beauty and the Beast" As a group, we tried to come up with ideas that could inspire those scared to speak up and are unsure of themselves to grow and help make the world a better place. After thinking and thinking and thinking, we decided to go with the theme of "Beauty and the Beast". By selecting this theme, we hope that our mural can influence people by showing them that one person can change another and the world positively. From bad to good or beast to man, everything can change for the better and by having the Belle change the Beast to a man, it proves that. From the start of the mural to the end of it, our group found all of the experience enjoyable, but if we had to pick something we enjoyed the most, that would be finally seeing our hard work paying off. In the end, we all enjoyed creating a theme to help inspire "Be the change". By: Trisha, Leah, Brittany and Valerie

Throughout working on this project and with these people I learned quite a few things. I mainly learned that working with other people can be difficult because you all have different ideas, but, when those ideas come together, they can create something incredible.

Pre-assessment/Base Line Drawing

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

When I first started this project I quickly learned that drawing the most simple things can become very difficult. The idea of a flower is simple but when you go to draw that everything changes. I found this project fun and would like to redraw it another time.

Draw A Person

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

I learned two simple things when I did this project. That humans are hard to draw and that I have a LONG way to go to get to the artist I would love to be.

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 remember doing stuff like this when I was a kid. I never realized how different techniques can help make drawing stuff like this, and in general, easier. I learned that just watching how lines curve in a drawing can make it easier to copy down and draw.

Upside down drawing

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

I really enjoyed doing this project. Sure it was a pain to flip the picture around and try a new way of drawing but I learned a lot, such as that flipping the image upside down can give a fresh look on it. When you do that you see all of these little lines and slopes you can fix to make the drawing better, which is highly useful.

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.

While doing this projected I learned something. I learned that drawing and writing with your eyes closed are two very different things. One is much harder than the other. I also learned that simple, small lines can give an image depth which will come in handy when drawing.

5 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.

I found this project quite interesting because even though you are looking at an object from a certain angle, the minute you try to put it down on paper you just can't quite seem to get it right. I learned that it is important to keep the lines specific and pick an easy angle to draw from.

Blotted contour line drawings

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.

I thought this line blotting project was going to be easy. I was wrong. Very wrong. I quickly learned that blotting lines can be very difficult since you have to control the pressure you put onto the paper. I also learned that the ink in the ink pen sometimes wouldn't come out so when you moved it around and it came out it made a gigantic blot.

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.

While doing this project I learned that when you are doing the lines, you want to take a step back and look at the picture as a whole to make sure you have everything in the appropriate place. I also learned that it is easier to draw when you try and draw the negative space.

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.

I found this project to be difficult as well since I ended up messing up the proportions. Because of those screw ups, I learned that they are okay to make. The skeleton doesn't need to be perfect, there can be some changes as long as it's for the best for the drawing.

iPad insert

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

What I learned by doing this project is very simple. Don't go based off your first idea. I ended up doing that and about half way through I wanted to change it. I wasn't a huge fan of what I was drawing but I ended up just working with it and creating something that got me through the project.

Exploration 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.

I absolutely loved doing this project though it didn't start off that way. After a lot of experimenting I chose how I wanted to do the image. In the end, though, I learned that I should go with how I feel about it. There were a few details on the drawing that I was debating if I should keep or not based off whether or not other people would like them. Just go with what you like.

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 found making the shapes and patterns for this project oddly difficult. I ended up calming my brain down and just drawing random shapes that emphasized the umbrella until I found ones that I liked. I learned that I should just keep trying different ideas until I find one that I like.

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.

When it came to this project I had no idea what I wanted to do. Yes I had ideas but they all seemed very common and overused. In the end I learned that I should just pick an idea I liked even if it was very common and try to change it so it had its on uniqueness.

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 don't think I've changed my mind so much while doing one of these projects. I created many different canvases and changed what I wanted to do very often but I learned something. I learned that I should just pick one idea I really like and go from there. Just get that idea down and build off of it. This project ended up being a really fun one to do.

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.

Creating a negative space image was a a lot harder than I thought it would be. I'd get one idea and try to execute it but I would fail because I was unsure of how to do the negative space. It was just one of those things where my brain couldn't wrap around how to do it. In the end I laremed that I was making it a lot harder than it needed to be.

Contrast and balance in the "0" 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.

While doing this project I learned that trying o be creative is hard. The O shape is such a simple design but when you have to make it look interesting, you start getting many ideas or none at all. It was enjoyable to explore all the different options I had to do with this.

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.

I learned that photoshop is a useful tool to change the colors, size and sharpness of the edges of an image. Also how to be careful when drawing hard edges.

Perspective Activities

I learned how to find perspective in drawings and artworks. I also learned that artists use perspective in their artworks in a variety of different ways.

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.

One thing I learned was that perspective is everywhere. I also learned how to try and identify perspective in things around me.

Value scale and value gradation worksheet

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.

Doing this project thought me that it is a lot more difficult to draw something even though its right infront of your face. It also taught me how to properly place value.

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.

While drawing this project, I learned to be more careful when placing down contour lines. I also learned to be more careful when placing value.

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).

This sketchbook taught me to take a step back and look at problems in life. It also taught me to think about what social causes I support and what I can do to help them.

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.

After this project was finished, I learned that even though that everybody had to follow the same guidelines, everyone's take on the it was different. I also learned how to put a crazy idea into a drawing.

Strange combos

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

Since I had to draw random words, this sketchbook helped me expand my creativity to come up with something whacky and fun to look at. It also taught me to have fun and to just relax while drawing.

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).

While doing this sketchbook, I learned to get more creative when looking at paintings and other pieces of artwork. I also learned more about the painting such as looking more closing at colors and other details.

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).

I learned that even though many cartoon characters look simple, they aren't that easy to draw. It taught me to find little hacks to make shapes to create the characters.


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".

Doing this sketchbook made me take a step back and look at what I identify as home when I have never really thought about it before. I learned what home means to me.

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