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Drawing Unit

blind contour, contour, neg/pos, deductive/additive, sighting (angles and proportion)
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Stacy Schierholz

on 14 August 2014

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Which artist do you think is better, the one who made the drawing on the right or the one who made the drawing on the left?
Draw what you know.
Draw what you see.
When you draw what you know, you don't really have to look at what you're drawing, because you already know what it looks like, right?
When you draw what you see you put aside what you know about your subject (the thing you are drawing) and look intensely at the many angles, shapes, and values that make up the object.
Training yourself to see in a new way can be difficult and takes a lot of practice.
So that's what we're going to do!
EDGES
LAYERS
COLOR / PATTERN
VALUE
PUTTING IT ALL
TOGETHER
REFLECTION AND CRITIQUE
CONTOUR LINES
Cy Twombly
Egon Shiele
Gala Bent
PRACTICE!
Happy Friday!
DO NOW:



PRACTICE DRAWING #1:

BLIND CONTOUR
Blind contour drawings are drawings you make without looking at your drawing. You ONLY look at your subject and NEVER at your paper. This helps trick your brain into drawing only what you see, not what you know (or think you know). This is an excellent technique to practice any time to improve your drawing skills.
Learning Targets:

You understands art knowledge and skills.
1. You will know the art vocabulary words: blind contour, contour line drawing and
line quality/weight.
2. You will be able to use line to produce observational drawings.
3. You be able to use a full range of value.
4. You will be able to create a pattern using warm or cool colors.

The student demonstrates thinking skills using artistic processes of creating, presenting, and responding.
1. You will use the ideas, skills, and techniques learned in your practice drawings to
create an original work of art.
2. You will refine your work of art through feedback and self reflection


EDGES are the lines we see where one things stops and another thing begins. In art, we call them CONTOURS. Objects can have an outside contour (the line that goes around the outside of an object, like the outline of the shape of your head), and inside contours (like the line your top and bottom lip make where they come together). Contour line drawings are drawings that show line with little or no value (shading). They are meant to capture the subtlety and shape of an object. Being able to see and draw these subtleties is the first step in learning to draw realistically. Many artists practice this their whole lives.


What you’ll do:
Tape a sheet of drawing paper to your board. Starting at your table, draw the object without looking at your drawing. You will need to hold your drawing board on your lap and turn to the side so that it is harder to accidentally see your drawing. Draw SLOWLY! You will have 10 minutes at each table, and it should take the whole time. Your eyes should never be ahead of your hand. When it’s time, move to the next table. You will have six different blind contour drawings for your portfolio.

What you’ll need:
Pencil
6 sheets of drawing paper
Drawing board
Tape
Patience
DO NOW:
How would you explain to someone who has never heard of contour drawing, what a
contour
is?

Do you think you are ready to look at your drawing while you work? You will repeat the same sequence of drawings that you did with blind contour, only this time you can look. You should only look at your paper to connect lines and to adjust the size of your shapes. You should still be focusing most of your sight on your subject. Draw only what you see. If you are looking at your paper more than your subject, you will go back to repeat the blind contour drawings.
CONTOUR
Do a contour line drawing of this hand.
DO NOW:
DO NOW:
Do a contour line drawing of this eye.
Contour line drawing:
PEOPLE!
DO NOW:
Do a contour line drawing of
just
the hair. You can do one on the front and one on the back.
DO NOW:
1. If you have not gotten a sketchbook, take out your planner and write yourself a reminder to have your sketchbook by Friday!!!

2. Draw this frog. Use
ONE
CONTOUR LINE (do not lift your pencil up off your paper once you have set it down...this will give you a drawing with one continuous line.)
1. Have a sketchbook for Friday.

2. Draw this face using
ONE
CONTOUR LINE (do not lift your pencil up off your paper once you have set it down...this will give you a drawing with one continuous line.) Do not turn your paper right side up until you are done.
DO NOW:
DO NOW:
1. Have a sketchbook for Friday.

2. Draw this portrait using a CONTOUR LINE. Imagine the contours that extend into the blue box (from the arm and shoulder). Extend your contour lines to finish drawing the arms and right shoulder.
DO NOW:
What objects in this painting are closest to you? What objects are furthest away? How can you tell?
Does art have to be an object (like a drawing, a painting, or a sculpture)? Can it be an action, or an idea? Please explain your answer, don't just write "yes" or "no."
SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #1: LINE
CONTOURS: edges, and shapes made when a line closes.
DIVIDE SPACE
DECORATE
Mark Rothko once said, "There's no such thing as a good painting about nothing."
What do you think he meant by this?
How would you judge his paintings based on his own criteria (what he said above)?
DO NOW:
Tell me what you've learned so far:

1. What is a contour line?
2. What is a blind contour drawing?
3. What are TWO things you can do in your drawing to make something look close and something look far away?
4. Which colors are warm and which are cool?
Are there other ways to use lines in art besides drawing and painting? How does this artist use line?
DO NOW:
Answer the following question:
Why do you think art is important to society?
DO NOW:
Define POSITIVE and NEGATIVE space.
Next, draw a square on the back of your sheet and draw the negative space of this photograph. Thank you, and happy Thursday-Friday.
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