Experimenting with the familiar.
Choose a domestic ritual, a routine daily activity that occurs in the home environment - your house, apartment, or room - and make that the subject of your drawing. The ritual could be one that is as common as washing dishes, or it might be a more particular experience like gathering camping materials for a trip.
18” x 24”
Drawing in monochrome (Graphite, Colored Pencil or Pen & Ink for Value Study, Paintings will be completed in acrylic monochromatic palettes)
Consider the entire area in which your domestic ritual occurs, not only the immediate vicinity such as a countertop. If the activity you choose is preparing coffee in the morning, you could compose your drawing so that the activity is viewed from inside the kitchen. This requires an environmental engagement with light, space and composition. Experiment with different viewpoints and eye levels to determine the best way to compose the space you are observing. The ritual that you depict could occur in the foreground, middleground, or background of these space.
Drawings that exploit changes in light tend to describe the location of the event more effectively for example, the foreground might be bright and the surrounding space in shadow. You may use direct observation of your environment or exaggerate the changes in illumination for dramatic effect.
Master Copy Remix
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
Learning to paint is difficult… very difficult. Just like most other traditions, it is very helpful to know who did it before you were around, and what they learned while doing it. This can help us from having to reinvent the wheel so to speak. Consider the remix in music, this is considered one of the highest forms of respect a musician can pay to another musician, to rework their song in their own unique way. In this project, you will be asked to rework a painting by a modern master in a new palette. These will be large format (BIG) paintings completed collaboratively with your table mates! We will take a look at three methods for achieving a respectable rendering of your master painting.
Create an accurate translation of a master painting using a grid, projection or windshield wiper looking methods.
Identify and practice a common color palette or the arbitrary color challenge.
Develop/cultivate craftsmanship and the artistic studio habits of mind.
Variety of drawing materials
Canvas bars, canvas, staples
Select 3 paintings from the hat. Coordinate with your group which one you would like to proceed with. If there is no consensus play rock paper scissors to decide the winner.
Build and Gesso Canvas with your table mates.
Begin drawing and tracing your top images from your selection. Be sure to strive for an accurate contour drawing to ensure success with the painting.
Identify which method of transfer you will use and transfer image.
Identify you palette (3-5 colors plus tints, tones and shades) and take some time to consider what colors will go where. Do not move on until you know what color every part of your drawing will be. I strongly suggest a color study be completed in colored pencil beforehand.
- Pick your subject matter: Person (self or other) or object(s)
- Create 3-5 drawings of your subject from different angles and points of view.
- Dissect, cut, tear and de-construct your drawings.
- Reassemble your drawings to show all angles and viewpoints at once in your image.
- Add value, texture and additional linear slices or fragments for rhythm, balance, and emphasis.
- Balance, Refine and Finalize
- Identify your palette: Mono or duo-chromatic w/ underpainting.