Objective: Focusing on Value, students will create non traditional portraits based on the work of Ana Mendieta.
Step 1: Play around with smashing your face (gently!) against the glass window in the back of the art studio (or the small piece plexiglass) to see how distorted you can make it appear.
Step 2: Choose your favorite pose and have Mr. Barron photograph it.
Step 3: Complete the Steps to working with a Grid worksheet and practice sheets.
Step 4: Draw your portrait using graphite or colored pencil (1 color). You may choose between a freehand (windshield wiper looking) process or a grid based process for transferring your image to paper.
When you distort features, change proportions, and alter visual cues, there's not a whole lot of "perfect" left; you can only draw what's there. These changes can take away the mental block that often holds young artists back while they're working on portraits. You can work on softening shading, using and blending values, sharpening details and whatever drawing technique you see fit. Enjoy!
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
Experiment with arranging a variety of images in a dynamic composition. Identify and practice using common color palettes and color strategies for harmony and emotional impact in your work.
Create a dynamic all over composition using overlapping and a variety of scaled images.
Identify and practice a common color palette.
Develop/cultivate craftsmanship and the artistic studio habits of mind.
Variety of drawing materials
Brainstorm a list of 75-100 objects. You may use categories such as food, transportation, animals, etc to help stimulate ideas.
Begin drawing and tracing your top 25 images from your list. Be sure to use overlapping and scale as a way to add interest to your image.
Select one section to crop/enlarge for your panel painting.
Identify you common palette 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 in your painting.
Project #1 Mandala Painting (Radial Symmetry)
- Gesso (Primer) your Record with 3 coats of Gesso.
- Experiment with making mandala designs using our small square sheets of paper. Fold the paper into a triangle 3 times. Then create a design leading back to the main folded corner. Be sure to use a variety of shapes and lines.
- Open your folded design up and at one of the windows or light tables trace to the next panel over from your original design, then flip the design for the next panel over and trace the two previous panels again. Continue until all panels are completed in a radially symmetrical design (rotating around a center axis or point).
- Once you have settled on a design and your record is primed and dry you can begin transferring the design for painting. Trace the shape of the record and cut out your design.
- Using the side of your pencil and being careful not to press too hard begin covering the back of your design drawing with graphite (pencil). Try to cover as much as possible but it doesn't have to be perfect. Big gaps or wholes will result in a poor transfer.
- Tape your design right side up onto the record how you want to trace it.
- Trace your design in colored pencil so you can see where you have traced. Redraw the image from the "ghost image" on your record.
- Pick 3-5 colors (you can also lighten or darken them with white, black or grey) and create a radially symmetrical pattern/design. Be sure to take care of your edges and color consistency.
- For an extra chellenge see if you can fade colors or values within your shapes.
- Use one sheet of colored construction paper folded in half to create the front and back covers.
- Collect 15 sheets of drawing paper and place them inside of the construction paper cover you have assembled.
- Staple the paper in with 3 staples located at the top, middle and bottom of the sketchbooks binding.
- Create your cover design using your name and things that reflect your interests or personality. Be sure to use at least 75% of the paper.
- Be sure to include your class period on the cover as well.