Class Twelve

Heading into the final stretch!

Checklist of all the drawings you have done and will need to do.

You have done a lot! Or not. You need to sort through all the drawings and check off what you have done.

The rest of the semester:

Week

Homework

Done?

12

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Using pencils, ink, or charcoal, draw a still life that has a great deal of fabric involved.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Using colored media, draw a portrait or self-portrait.

Start getting your portfolio together: see what drawings you need to do.

13

Free Draw! Come in prepared to work on preparing your portfolios.

Portfolio: Clean up, sort, and turn in your work, clearly labelled and ready to be graded. I will have your work in the studio as well and will meet with each of you so you know what I am considering giving you.

Progress Book: turn in what you did this year, I am not going to grade these, I need to see how to structure them better. I will return them the last day.

14

Final Exam: come in and draw a final drawing and turn in any other work you need to finish up to complete your portfolio.

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED after this day.

Class Eleven

Classwork

  • Go over the traditional color model
  • Explore colored pencils
  • Render still life or objects with colored pencils
  • Blend, burnish and otherwise work with the medium

Homework

Due: Next Week

Actual task:

Fill a clear glass and shine as much or as little light on it as you want. Take out 6 colored pencils and group them into these groups:

Triad 1: yellow, red, blue

Triad 2: orange, green, purple

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn):
Draw the glass of water with the first triad: yellow, red, blue
Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

50

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn):

Draw the glass of water with the second triad: orange, green, purple
Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

50

Class Eight

Class

Charcoal!!!!

I had to choose between getting materials for you and making a handout. I will catch up next week with a full handout.

Homework

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a complex single object with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a still life with several objects with dramatic lighting with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

A complex single object with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

50

A still life with several objects with dramatic lighting with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

50

 

Class Seven

Class:

Two Point Perspective

Homework:

Knowing Brooklyn: Draw how you wish

Due: March 30

Actual task:

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how you know Brooklyn. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how Brooklyn know you. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

A large formal drawing about how you know Brooklyn. Draw however you wish, but make it neat and ready for a show!

50

A large formal drawing about how Brooklyn knows you. Draw however you wish, but make it neat and ready for a show!

50

Class Six

Homework

  • Warm up (on larger newsprint): Contour drawing
    Self portrait, 20 minutes. Pay attention to composition and proportion. Fear not, these are just for me to see.
  • Drawing One (on newsprint): Draw a one-point perspective of an imagined view or room.
Criteria Points
Warm-ups: Contour self portrait
Do a couple, really examine the scene and KNOW it!
20
One Point Perspective Imagined Scene (On Newsprint)
Keep it clean! Protect it with newsprint as you come to school.
80

Week Five: Homework

Cylinders with Tone: One Point Perspective

Due Next Week

Actual task

Warm up: Isometric Exercise with Tone

Drawing One: Still Life with Tone
I am looking to see you develop more detail and accuracy in your depiction of the still life. After you are done, try to take a photo of the scene from the same point of view and we will compare it next week! Email me the photo.

Drawing Two: Cylinders in One Point Perspective
I recommend you use your non-photo pencils for this! I want to see the drafts you do of this before you finalize your homeowork!

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

Warm-ups

10

Still Life with Tone
(email me the photo you take of the scene you drew)

40

Drafts of Cylinders in One Point Perspective

10

Cylinders in One Point Perspective

40

Week Four

What is one point perspective good for?

giphy

What is isometric projection good for?

isometric_games

Due Next Week

Actual task

Warm up: Gradient & Isometric Exercises

Using the handouts I am giving you, complete the texture and isometric exercises to warm yourself up for this week’s homework.

Drawing One: ON GOOD PAPER FOR FORMAL CRITIQUE

Tone drawing: draw a contour drawing and add tone to bring out the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. Fear not: this is more to show me what you need to learn, not to make you upset.

Drawing Two: ON GOOD PAPER FOR FORMAL CRITIQUE

Using the simple technique we covered today, draw several cubes in space in the same composition. I will score on neatness and novelty.

Criteria

Points

Warm-ups

20

Tone Drawing on GOOD PAPER

40

Perspective Drawing on GOOD PAPER

40

Week Three

  • Lecture/Warmup
  • Check Homework from last week:
    • You will check in with your groups, make changes
  • This week’s work:
    • Negative Space
    • Blind Contours
  • Introduction to the Illusion of Depth

Homework

Due: February 24

Everything should be in your progress book on printer paper.

Warm up

I need to see at least one full page of warm ups. Three would be ideal and I will require these for every class and assignment.

Drawing One

Choose an object in your home. It can be fairly complex if you are feeling confident. If you choose simply shaped items, put a few together. Draw these with a blind contour line, using your pencil as we did in class and try not to peek!

Drawing Two

Do a negative space drawing of the exact same item(s) at the exact same angle.

Extra Credit

Do anything in my class a few times and you will get extra credit.

Criteria

%

Warm-ups

10

Drawing One: blind drawing of objects

30

Drawing Two: negative space drawing of same objects as above

30

Go to website and watch, read, take in material!

10

Class Two

The plan for today

  • Go over homework
  • Materials
  • Fundamentals
  • Progress Books
  • How to start drawing
  • Measurement with a ruler
    • Plans
    • Elevations
    • Homework for next week

Homework:

Due next week

  • Warm-ups: I want to see your warm ups for each time you draw: at least two pages, 5-10 minutes, wherever it takes you. Date these and save them in your book.
  • Plan of your bedroom (to scale)
  • Elevation (to scale): Front of your building/house. This means you have to go out side at look at it. If that does not work, pick a building you can see from a window.


Criteria & Credit

Criteria Percent
Warm-ups: You did a lot, really explored and played with the materials 20
Formal Plan of your Bedroom:

  • Neatness
  • Followed directions in terms of scale
  • Added twist of meaning
  • On time
35
Still life! 

Set up a few items, try drawing them with sight measurement! No worries, just see how it goes, you are learning new visual vocabulary with your hand and eyes!

Formal Elevation of house/building

  • Neatness
  • Followed directions in terms of scale
  • Added twist of meaning
  • On time
35
Read material on website (Fridays) 10

How to start drawing

An introduction to our materials

  • Pencils: hardness, tip, sharpness
  • Erasers: when to use them, when not to
  • Ruler: coming up later today
  • Paper: we are sticking with copier paper for now, so more on this soon.
  • Our Physical Equipment: Eyes, arms, hands, height

How to Begin? Step One: Warm Ups!

Like any new and strenuous technique, you need to warm up each time you start to draw. It helps you calm down into the best frequency of thought, it helps your hand get ready, and it sharpens your mind to the media and expectations. Draw like this 5 to 10 minutes a day– it should be plenty of time to get the job done.

WARNING:  You will draw crap.  That’s okay. Just make note of where you can improve, but don’t stress out about it.

Step Two: Study/sketch

This class is a part of the Study phase. It is where you go out, study others, and acquire new skills.

This is meant to be a mental workout. When you push yourself past your comfort zone in a physical workout, you body adapts and becomes stronger. The same is true of a mental workout. When you push past your mental comfort zone, your mind will adapt and become smarter. In short, you will become a better artist.

Step Three: Truly Draw

Remember, drawing is another way to articulate sight. To draw is to see. Once you are feeling confident, it is time to put it all together:

  • Play: Start out using loose line, dig into your vision, play and start determining what the piece calls for. Do not start with heavy lines, do not erase, just start rooting around until you start feeling more assured.
  • Test Yourself: Try something that scares you and master it.
  • Make it Relevant: It isn’t enough to draw something accurately. Make it mean something! Make it mean something to yourself first and foremost.

Materials

You must buy some of the materials for this class. I strongly suggest Dick Blick  stores as they dot the city and are affordable. They acquired Utrecht, but still under different names, so be sure to check those stores out as well.