Both classes have now completed the "jungle" drawings. The homework is to repeat the project following the same rules.
1. Make a continuous composition; touch all edges and have very little empty negative space.
2. Start with a large shape that fills all or half the composition.
3. Add smaller groupings and clusters, overlapping forms and changing scale.
4. Address values paying attention to value patterns and establishing a rhythm and movement with light and dark passages.
The drawings posted on Mar. 30 and Mar. 24 are all excellent examples of the assignment. As stated in class, you may make a drawing with your own still life materials or make a new composition by cropping from the in-class drawing.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday Night Game Night. Our introduction to ink took the form of "The Exquisite Corpse". This is an old Dada/ Surrealist game. We discussed the various techniques and applications of ink by way of slides before jumping in. More explorations in ink to follow.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday's 7A class began the "Jungle" drawing. We will continue with these on Tues. bumping the INK lesson to Thursday. Pics from the class will be posted next week. For details about the project and pics from the Mon./ Wed. 7A class read the posts from Mar. 22 and 24.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Started working with the Tues./ Thurs. 7A class. In preparation for the student show and for the sake of continuity, the class worked on small, bird's eye view compositions. Same as the drawings the Mon./ Wed. night class made before Spring Break. Again, the project is inspired by the drawings of Richard Diebenkorn. The instructions were (1) choose 3 to 5 objects (2) take a bird's eye view (3) touch at least 3 edges (4) employ cropping (5) address the categories of light and include cast shadows into your design (6) pay particularly close attention to the negative areas.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There's a terrible glare on this drawing but the composition is good. It has a wide range of values including cast shadows. The objects are placed at opposing angles (dinosaur and envelop). There is textural / surface quality to the table top. At first glance it may appear to only engage two edges (bottom right) but the crack in the table touches the top dividing the table into two portions (three edges touched). This drawing as well as those in class were drawn with graphite pencils.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Richard Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn made numerous small drawings and paintings of objects situated on his desktop observed from various viewpoints. Students chose three to five objects and composed compositions viewed from above creating an interesting tension between positive and negative areas. The drawings were 12 x 9 in. rendered with graphite pencils.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The rules of linear perspective follow:
1. Perspective establishes the location of the viewer; above, below, center, left or right. Therefore, you must have a fixed point of view.
2. All parallel lines will appear to converge at vanishing points located on the horizon line (eye level).
3. Horizon Line and Eye Level are the same thing.
4. A high horizon line displays more ground than sky (bird's eye view).
A low horizon line displays more sky than ground (bug's eye view).
Middle horizon line displays equal parts.
5. Objects will appear to diminish in size as they recede into the distance.
For examples of perspective in art look at the work of M.C. Escher.