Monday, September 21, 2009

Who Am I?

We have begun to embark on our major portfolio project entitled, Who Am I? Self-Portrait.
During the past week we have created a list of "interests" and "hopes" along with a self-written Who Am I? Poem. These two things have created a foundation for the project's main theme. Students should think of a minimum of 15 symbols/illustrations that represent them. For homework over the weekend, everyone should know their 15+ symbols and arrange them in an organized fashion that should be transferred into the silhouette of their head. This sketch/draft silhouette is due this Monday or Tuesday (depending on the class).

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!!
Good luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009

9/14-9/15 Monday-Tuesday

DoNow: Draw a musical instrument
A1: Self-Assess your "Ladder to Success"
A2: Introduce Color and Vocab
  1. Color Wheel
  2. Color Spectrum (ie. rainbow through H2O, oil, prism...)
  3. Hue - the name of a color (red, orange, blue...)
  4. Primary Colors = red, yellow, blue
  5. Secondary Colors - mixing 2 primaries together = orange, green, violet/purple :: example equation = yellow(p) + red(p) = orange
  6. Tertiary (Intermediate) Colors - mixing 1 primary + 1 secondary together = yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange :: example equation = red(p) + orange(s)(red+yellow)=red-orange(t)
T1: Create your own color wheel. Then create an "alternative" color wheel.
T2: Review for Quiz (Wednesday)

Familiarize self with EA's Holistic Rubric.
Learn and experiment with color.

HW: Study for Quiz
  1. Line = 5 kinds (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved, zigzag); 5 variations (width, length, degree of curve, texture, direction)
  2. Blind/Modified Contour drawings
  3. Negative and Positive Space
  4. Shading = highlights and shadows
  5. R-mode = shifting into the right side of the brain (your creative side)
  6. Still Life
  7. Composition = how you arrange your illustration on the paper (centered, off-centered...)
  8. Point of View (POV) = how you, as the artist, conveys a meaning/a message in your artwork for the viewer to decipher.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


DoNow: Create a symbol/ design with your initials.
A1: Still Life Drawings (station 1)
A2: Ladder to Success Drawing (station 2)
(The class was split up into smaller groups to complete each task. Halfway through the class, the groups switched stations.)

Notes on board:
* Composition- How you place your image on the paper. How much of he object do you see? What do you want the viewer to focus on? (ie. centered vs off-centered; zooming in = intimate, up close and personal...)

* Point of View- Where you are looking from conveys a meaning. How does your Point of View impact your drawing? (ie. are you below it, looking up? are you looking down on it?...)

Students will observe inanimate objects while drawing them with great detail (a still life drawing)
Students will practice using both composition and point of view to create a balanced, meaningful illustration.

HW: #5 Look around your house...what artifacts symbolize/ represent your family's culture/beliefs? Draw them to the best of your abilities. (SB)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


DoNow: Draw some flowers.
A1: Shading Review
T1: Shade a sphere (SB) using a handout's tips and directions
A2: The 4 Basic Shapes found in Nature
T2: Shading 4 Basic Shapes (worksheet)
T3: Combine Shapes into your own creation (SB)
HW: No HW...except to catch up if you're falling behind!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


DoNow: Draw your hand
A1: Review Contour Drawings
T1: Blind/Modified Contour Drawings - hands
A2: Positive and Negative Space
T2: Positive and Negative Space Designs
HW: #2 *Draw a modified/blind contour drawing of your shoe (SB)

DoNow: Draw your hand holding a pencil
A1: Review Expectations
A2: Shading Techniques
T2: Practice shading with help from handout
HW: #3 Free Choice (SB)

DoNow: Draw a picture of your stool
A1: Talk to the Text
A2: Share out findings
T2: Upside Down Drawings - see handout
T3: Name Plate - include: 1. name, 2. minimum of 3 colors, 3. no white space, 4. creative background
HW: # 4 Find something in a magazine and draw it upside down (SB)

... in class excerise.

... upside down drawing for homework.