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ARTISTS OBSERVE: Unit Activities
Transcript of ARTISTS OBSERVE: Unit Activities
*** If every piece of art used the same style, thickness, quality of line, it would be BORING!
This worksheet is meant to push you THINK!
FILL each box with multiple lines in each corresponding box.
One popular way all different line types are used in art today is through zentangles
We will use 3 drawing pencils
it describes forms (3D)
Creating a value scale:
Use your three drawing pencils to create a 6 step value scale. NEATLY!
Something to keep in mind:
Value is not just black and white - it also applies to color
Four basic Forms:
Three Categories of Light:
3. Shadows / Cast Shadows
Tonal - flat, smooth
Hatching - lines
Cross Hatching - crossing lines
Stippling - tiny dots
Shading the four basic forms
Put your shading skills to the test by shading the four basic forms according to the directions and picture on the worksheet. Take your time and shade NEATLY!
Don't forget about the back!
What's in your
What's in your pocket?
You will need to think of 3-5 small, common objects you have with you everyday (whether you carry them in your pocket or not). You will create a drawing of these items (a still life). NO PHONES!
Preparing for your drawing:
Composition - How will the objects fill the frame/page?
Will any objects overlap?
Should I have anything extend off the page?
Use a viewfinder to help find the best composition
Take a photo of your final composition with your phone!
STEP 1: Contour Drawing
On your piece of 8x10 paper, begin by LIGHTLY drawing a general outline of your different objects as well as any other shapes/details within those objects.
Once you have each object blocked in, you can start to add shading (include all highlights, midtones, shadows, and cast shadows).
I'm sure the last thing you want to do is draw a face, especially your own... but you're going to do it anyway!
Draw what you SEE, not what you THINK you SEE!
Drawing a face seems "hard" becuase our brains actually play tricks on us by making us draw what we think we see rather than really drawing what we see.
Ready or not, here we go!
We're not spending a ton of time on this drawing, so it does NOT need to be a masterpiece! I would much rather see an honest effort in the drawing rather than a rushed attempt at making it "perfect". Keep this in mind before you freak out!
You're drawing YOUR face, so everything may not be proportioned identically to the step by step in your packet or in the previous image!
A very quick and loose way of sketching that can help you plan composition and better understand what you are trying to draw.
For our gesture drawings, we will be using charcoal, and we will be drawing each other
Charcoal comes in a few different forms, but it is useful for creating a great deal of contrast and blending smoothly in drawings
Take your 12x18 paper and fold it into fourths. Together, we will complete four different gesture drawings with charcoal.
Although we only used charcoal for our gesture drawings, charcoal can be used to drawing anything, really...
Grid drawing is a VERY useful technique when you want to reproduce something ( a photograph, more often than not ) exactly within your art. Even professional artists use this technique because of how precise you can be.
Why are the pictures on my worksheet upside down?
They're upside down on purpose - keep it that way! Using the grid method while drawing upside down makes it much easier for your brain to just focus on individual shapes rather than the whole picture at once.
What is it?!
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying
objects correctly on a
surface by suggesting depth or distance
It's flat - just like the paper you're using
Our whole world is 3D - we have length, width, and height
We use it because it takes our 2D drawings to a whole new level
the distance between objects
imaginary line where the eyes can see the object or scene - where sky and ground meet
point on the horizon line where receding parallel lines seem to meet
a drawing has one point perspective when it contains only one vanishing point - all lines meet in the same place
On your worksheet, complete three boxes in one point perspective following the image on your paper as a guide
a drawing has two point perspective when there are two different vanishing points on the horizon line - half the lines recede to one the other half to the other
On your worksheet, complete three boxes in two point perspective following the image on your paper as a guide
Why does it even matter?
We physically cannot create a completely accurate drawing of a three-dimensional space without it. Like it or not, we need it!
You've all used watercolor paint at some point in your artistic life, but now you're going to learn how to use it in a more controlled, mature way since this isn't elementary school anymore!
This is the watercolor paint we will use. IMPORTANT: The empty side of your watercolor paint is NOT your mixing palette!
THIS is your mixing palette!
Watercolor Landscape Postcard
Everyone will get a 4x6 piece of watercolor paper to create a postcard for a location of your choice that features a landscape from that place
1. Decide a place you would like your postcard to be for
2. Find a photograph of a landscape at this location (use your phone!!!)
3. Create a contour line drawing based on the photograph - make sure you hve a good composition!
4. Think about adding some sort of text to describe your location
- if you do this, DO NOT just do your normal handwriting, make it artistic!
5. ** Optional** Go over any lines you'd like to keep with a THIN Sharpie and erase extra pencil lines.
6. Start painting!
Ahhhh, finally. It's time for a real project!
Now that you've learned many basic drawing skills, materials, and observation skills, it's time to use this knowledge to create something that YOU want to make
WHAT!? I don't know what to do!
Relax. It's normal to not know what to do right away. Art is meant to be personal, and you should feel some sort of connection to it. Think about what you like, what makes you happy, and what you can make that will keep you motivated to work on it for 1-2 weeks of class.
no matter what you do, it must be done from observation (no just making things up)
you may NOT directly copy someone else's art found online
you may use one detailed idea or you may combine multiple ideas into one
you may combine materials and techniques however you wish
BEFORE you can start anything on your actual final project, you MUST ALWAYS plan! This means research, find reference photos, and sketch!
Watercolor Still Life
The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Reference Photo vs Sketch (Step 1!)
LIGHTLY Sketch with pencil your watercolor paper.
Now it's time for watercolor!
Lines that block in the outline and large shapes/details of objects WITHOUT shading
Blind Contour Line
Lines that are drawn without ever looking at your paper - only at the object you are drawing
Lines drawn without ever picking your pencil up off the page
Line- a single point that starts in one place and moves to another.
Light Washes First...
More specific and stronger colors as you build your layers!
THE BIG PROJECT!
To finish out this unit, we will complete our first larger project. For this project, we will all work with the gridding method, and you will have the choice of subject matter and material.
You will need to select a PHOTOGRAPH that you will recreate using either drawing pencils or watercolor paints. Your PHOTOGRAPH should NOT violate any rules on the no no list.
***A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN IMAGE TAKEN ONLY WITH A CAMERA - NOT AN IMAGE OF SOMEONE ELSE'S ART!!!!!!!!***
We will use the gridding technique to recreate this photo using either drawing pencils or watercolor paints