Plants and Patterns

Students began these bold paintings by planning the composition of their plant on their paper. In their 4 planning sketches students drew the plant so that it crossed the edge of their paper in 2 or more places, this helped to turn negative space into interesting shapes and create ‘window’ through which to view the wall paper.  After students determined their composition they began to develop their wall paper, students looked at the designs in my last post to gain inspiration. Students were encouraged to create unique patterns that would challenge their skill level in drawing and painting. To apply the final pattern on their paper students used transfer technique using tracing paper and graphite. The final painting took about 7 days to create, they are made with tempera paint applied with a variety of brushes.

Requirements
1. Controlled paint application
2. Use value to show volume in pot
3. Mix a range of colors

Materials
Tempera Paint
Brushes
90lb watercolor paper
ruler
tracing paper

Wallpaper Examples

In the next lesson we are going to focus on shape and pattern, to inspire our patterns we will look at examples of textiles and wallpapers. Wallpaper is an aspect of interior decoration that has been around for hundreds of years, historical techniques include hand-painting, woodblock printingstenciling, and various types of machine-printing.

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Introducing Color Theory

Worksheet introduces students to primary, secondary, and tertiary colors as well as several palettes.
Worksheet introduces students to primary, secondary, and tertiary colors as well as several palettes.

While color theory is a vast subject, in this unit I introduce  color theory as a practical guide to color mixing and an opportunity to explore harmonious color combinations, or ‘palettes’.

  • This PowerPoint Presentation on Color Theory allows students to visualize color relationships before they begin mixing color themselves.
  • This accompanying Word Doc. worksheet on Color Theory helps students remember key terms and serves a reference for later discussions. It also includes my standard grade form for the evaluation of student work.

Requirements

  1. Mix colors thoroughly .
  2. Colors are opaque.
  3. Colors are balanced, appropriate for their place on the wheel.

Message or Material?

Sculptor and installation  artist, Jessica Stockholder, has a long track record of amplifying the everyday to otherworldly proportions.
Sculptor and installation artist, Jessica Stockholder, has a long track record of amplifying the everyday to otherworldly proportions.
Banksy is a street artist who combines dark humour with graffiti  in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works feature political and social commentary and have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy is a street artist who combines dark humour with graffiti in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works feature political and social commentary and have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

What kind of art are you more interested in exploring: abstract, material driven art, like Jessica Stockholder creates,  or  message driven, representational art like Banksy creates?  Why?

Introduction to Painting

Over the course of four classes students used black and white tempera paint to create studies of cow and goat skulls. Because this assignment was an introduction to the medium students were not allowed to  draw the skull before they began, or rinse their brushes while they worked; these limitations forced students to embrace the medium and adapt the it’s strengths and weaknesses.

Project Requirements

  1. Range of values
  2. Brush strokes describe planes on skull
  3. Skull fits on and fills page

    Materials: Tempera Paint, 90lb watercolor paper
    Dimensions: 9″x12″
    Time: 4 x 55 min class periods

Scaling Self Portraits

In this assignment students used a variety of graphite pencils to create an original self portrait based on a photograph. Students began this project by gridding their photographs and their papers  to help scale and translate the image. When the papers were gridded sufficiently, students the drew contour lines of the figure and then began to fill them in with value and texture.

Project Requirements

  1. Show a range of values from black to white.
  2. Show three distinct textures: hair, clothing, & skin.
  3.  Use H, 2B, 4B, & 6B pencils to achieve a range of values.

    Materials:  photograph, ruler, drawing paper,  pencils, plastic erasers,   drawing stump.
    Dimensions: 9″x12″
    Time: 10x 55min classes
    Scale or grid without a ruler:
    grid

Spring 2014

Welcome to our classroom Blog for the spring semester of Drawing and Painting! I look forward to using this site to promote student creativity and communication, share resources, and keep students and parents informed about classroom activities.

Students will use this blog to

  • Share original artwork with friends and family.
  • Give thoughtful and constructive feedback on peer work.
  • Post comments, critiques and artist statements.
  • Participate in polls and discussions.

Parents may use this blog to

  • Read our course schedule, syllabus, and discipline policy.
  • Stay updated on classroom needs and activities.
  • Look at and comment on student work.
  • Access resources for local art news and events.

Please check back weekly to see what we’ve been up to!