Students engage in a variety of studio activities involving a wide range of materials including watercolor, oil pastels and colored pencil. Through discussion and hands-on studio work, students are able to recognize representational, abstract and non-objective art. There is an emphasis on drawing the human figure from observation, resulting in imaginative compositions. Through group critiques and journal writing, students refine their reflective abilities. They may be asked to write critiques based on observations of a master artwork using art vocabulary learned throughout the quarter. This course prepares interested students for the Studio in Art exam offered during the fourth quarter.
Descriptions of slide shows below:
Students practiced observational drawing through looking at their shoes. They also created depth by including a background from imagination, and developed a slogan.
Sign Language Contour Hands with Shading
Students learned about contour line drawings through practice, discussing Art History, and exploring diversity through employing an alternative form of communication. They viewed line art by Al Hirschfeld, who is known for his caricatures of famous people, and practiced blind contours--drawing without looking at their paper or picking up their pencils.
Then, they reviewed complementary colors, opposites on the color wheel, and chose to draw their initials using sign language on either pink, orange, or yellow paper. Some students did not have middle initials, or chose to sign a favorite number instead.
Students combined contour line drawing with shading using a full range of values (lights and darks) to create realistic depictions.
Final steps included designing fonts to illustrate what signs they chose and cutting and gluing their artwork on the respective complementary green, blue or purple paper.
Students practiced observational figure drawing by posing for and drawing each other. Proportions were discussed and backgrounds were added from imagination.
Radial Symmetry Sketchbook Covers
Students wrote their names in bubble letters, and then transferred that design eight times around the center of their sketchbook covers. They colored their designs with colored pencils and Sharpie markers, with an emphasis on values (lights and darks).