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Non-Objective Colored Pencil Design

High School Art

Carrie Smith

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Non-Objective Colored Pencil Design


What is non-objective art?
How did non-objective art start?
Is non-objective art really art?
Who made non-objective art?
Art that uses the elements of design such as color, line, shape, value, texture and form to create an artwork, but does not necessarily represent or reference anything in the visual world.
Up until the 1900's, artists believed that they were only supposed to make art that represented something else. Everything that they painted had to be present in reality.
The word "non-objective" can literally be broken down into the words "no object."
However, by the mid-1800's, some artists began to abstract some of their images of reality. They began to make their images less about the subject, and more about the elements and principles of design or the materials that they were using.
By the 1900's artists began to feel more free to make their art with no reference at all to reality. No longer did they have to make art that directly represented something else. Now, art could be solely about the elements and principles of design.
This art can still represent feelings, or emotions; but it is not restricted to looking like something that actually exists in reality.
Some famous non-objective artists include:
Jackson Pollock
Piet Mondrian
Wassily Kandinsky
William Joseph Mallard Turner. Rain Steam and Speed the Great Western Railway. 1844.
James Abbott Whistler. Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. 1875.
Henri Matisse. Woman with a hat. 1907.
Pablo Picasso. Dora Maar au Chat. 1941.
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of a Man. 1433
Assention. Titian. 1513.
Leonardo di Vinci. Study of Horses. 1490.
Thomas Cole.The Course of Empire The Savage State. 1836.
Python. Heracles and Athena. 480 BC.
Robert Delaunay. Le Premier Disque.1912-1913.
Wassily Kandinsky. On White II.1923.
Piet Mondrian. Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red. 1937.
Arshile Gorky. The Liver. 1944.
James Brooks. Boon. 1957.
What do you think? Why?
1. Viewfinder - Make a few circles with a compass on a piece of tagboard. Make them different sizes and leave an inch of space between them. Cut out the circles using an X-acto knife on a cutting mat.

2. Magazine Designs - Look in magazines for images that have interesting shapes, colors, textures, lines, a variety of sizes, contrast, an interesting area off center for a focal point, and gradations of colors and values. Make sure you can’t really see what the picture is of but the design that you see with the viewfinder is interesting. If it has all the principles of good composition then tape the finder over it and save. Find at least five.

3. Grid - After a small critique, select one that is the best to enlarge on drawing paper with a grid. Using a 12"x12" drawing paper, find the middle and draw a line dividing it in both directions making a cross in the middle. Use the middle point and a compass to draw an 11" diameter circle. Do the same on the small non-objective viewfinder picture.

4. Drawing - Enlarge the most important lines by using the grid as a way of keeping good proportion. When finished with the enlarging -- graphite the back and transfer to good drawing paper to make the final drawing.


Know, understand, and utilize the elements of art and principles of design.
Learn the art style of Non-Objective Art and artists who used this style.
Make judgments on great compositions and design elements. Find beauty in unsuspecting places.
Develop skills and utilize colored pencils effectively. By using colored pencils the drawing will use layers to recreate the colors in the magazine picture.
Create a non-objective design from a magazine photo using a viewfinder.
Use mathematical skills and proportions to enlarge photo to fit within an 11" diameter circle.

Five Modes of Design:
1. Naturalism - photo realistic
2. Realism - representational
3. Stylized - simplification of details
4. Abstraction - distortion and overlapping to create new shapes
5. Non-Objective - no recognizable object, elements producing the principles of design
Viewfinders - assorted sizes of circles on tagboard
X-acto Knives
Drawing Pencils
Kneaded Rubber Erasers
White Drawing Paper - 12" square
Masking Tape
Strathmore Artagain Drawing Paper
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Introduction to Colored Pencils Packet

This is a project that will test you to create a
design using the Non-Objective Mode of Design.
Non-objective is the type of design that is full of
colors, shapes, lines, values, forms, textures,
using the Principle of Design to make a
composition that has NO recognizable subject or
objects. It instead relies on the elements and
principles of design to create a balanced
interesting composition having a center of
interest, directional movement, rhythmic shapes,
variety of size, balance of values and colors.
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