Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
We also experimented with drawing tools such as plastic spoons, tooth brushes, pallette knives, sticks and branches, etc.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Another method is the use of the grid. Albrecht Durer is well-known for using this device. In his day, it was a wooden frame with wires running through it. Today, it's easier to draw the grid right on a photographic reference.
Below is the first finished drawing from the class. The photographic reference is on the left. Using this method is a good way to learn to look for specific shapes, and to avoid drawing stereotyped symbols.Amelia Earhart (charcoal) by Arianna Crawford
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
A sketch, of course, can be defined as "a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, esp. a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details" (Random House, 2010). In other words, it may be an idea more than a finished work of art. Some of those ideas we might take further, and some we may abandon. Sketching is like brainstorming on paper.
Another kind of sketching is a type of practicing. We did some sketching outdoors. The assignment was to draw something we could see. Just outside the art room is a courtyard. The vision for this space is for it to be an outdoor classroom. Currently there are benches, a bird bath, and flowers. Eventually it could be our own Giverny!
In addition to classwork, each unit of study will conclude with a portfolio check. Students can earn extra points by working on sketches outside of class. It is not a requirement, but students might enjoy keeping a sketchbook of their own. You can get a pretty good one at Walmart for just under four bucks. Eventually, they will be available in the school store.
The class with the largest enrollment is Sculpture & Pottery. We discussed different types of sculpture including additive and subtractive sculpture. As a warm-up exercise, we experimented with both additive and subtractive techniques of sculpting with clay.