weekend to-do [due 11/3]

weekend to-do [due 11/3]

I. Complete in class still life [come up and work in our room]

  1. draw from life
  2. use grid method
  3. may use photo print out to resolve scale issues but value should be from live viewing
  4. be sure your use of value expresses
    1. volume
    2. types of light – reflected light, core shadows, cast shadows, etc
    3. surface differences in how light behaves — glass vs fabric vs plastic fruit

II. CRIT HW – put drawings up by 8 am on Tuesday in other studio.

III. BRING – 18″ ruler, black pens, india ink, cheap small brush, cup to put water in.

Here are some of y’lls drawings begun.  If you were absent, the still life is on the east wall of pur room. Don’t move spot lights but do turn them on.




  Kate and Charise

Yay! Smooshed faces on copy machine realize in charcoal

Yay! Smooshed faces on copy machine realize in charcoal

Using the grid method.  










Day one of learning to look plus WEEKEND 1 to-do list. 

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Day one of learning to look plus WEEKEND 1 to-do list. 

Blind contour self-portraits with a hand mirror. Well done every one! It was a great frist day. 

Before Tuesday

  1. Five (5) self portraits. At least 3 should be blind contour—even better if they all are. Max time on one drawing 30 minutes, minimum time per drawing is 20 minutes. Set a time for ten minutes to keep up with were you are in your process. Remember: this process is about really learning to look at all the nuances of what you see. It is not about the drawing which will just be a byproduct of your looking.  

    this counts as an example of one self-portrait. one drawing per page.

  2. If you havent got your artist image and test in your sketchbook,ake it happen. See previous post for the two questions. 
  3. Sketchbooks due for grade Tuesday. Bring tour drawing kit and supplies. Bring a lock if you want to keep most your stuff in a locker. 



Weekend to-do (due monday 4/20)

Weekend to-do (due monday 4/20)
  1. BRING to class on Monday = 3 ink drawings – HW not from class (see description below); paint brush; ink;
  2. READ or review chapters 1-5. You are responsible to know their content. Read and learn key terms and concepts.
  3. DRAWINGS: Three ink drawings for  critique on Monday
    • Each drawing is to be comoleted with a differnt nonart tool–beads, string, fork, knife, etc
    • All drawings are to be of smae still life you put together. Carefully consider your arrangement. Considered dramatic lighting.
    • Three drawings=three that you want to have graded, meaning you may have to make more than three.
    • These will probably gestural in nature but should also deal with light and shadow. I also suggest test running each tool yo find out what kind of marks are possible. The goal is not an outlined ink drawing. But to explore light, value and texture.

Here are some in-PROCESS sample drawings from class.   






weekEND [easter] to do list

What you need for Wednesday 4/8

  • Two homework drawings [see details below]
    • Prior to 3 pin your two homework drawings up for a class critique + grade
  • INK [bottle from your kit]
  • bowl for ink
  • items, nonart, to dip in ink. ie:
    • mardigra beads
    • kitchen utensils [whisk, forks, serrated knives, etc]
    • toy cars
    • golf balls
    • keys
    • junk
  • BLACK. wear black shirt, pants, shoes. Ink stains

Homework [2 drawings 2 to 3 hours each]

  1. ONE Point perspective [this is last weekend’s homework]
    • choose hallway of some kind
    • sketch in lightly with charcoal–use ruler, establish your horizon line your one point
    • shade like we did in our egg value drawing through darkness and removal
  2. TWO Point Plus drawing
    1. go to coffee shop, cafeteria, library
      • space should include tables, chairs and people, shelving is a perk
    2. sketch in lightly–use ruler, establish horizon line and necessary points for each object
    3. hold camera up parallel to your body directly in front of your eyeball and snap a black and white shot of the space for later VALUE reference (lights and darks)
    4. complete using your charcoal to create value (review your 6 types of light / shadow from book). You can use the room code and draw in classroom. Be sure to lock yourself in the room. See previous email for code…be sure to hit the * after the numbers.

Each drawing should take 2-3 hours. Consider this a PROJECT/Portfolio grade (versus homework grade).

NO CLASS on Monday 4/6 = holiday. So the homework PROJECT [2 drawings]

Bring five or more copy machine self-portraits Wednesday 

Bring five or more copy machine self-portraits Wednesday 

we will be working on copy machine self portraits via value studies, using a grid, and erasure.

Here are some samples from today.



















Portfolio + Sketchbook Review (1) One [DUE 3/9]

Portfolio + Sketchbook Review One


Preparation to do prior to Monday

    • One drawing from those done in class according to the method listed.
    • This drawing should be an interesting, well-executed example of the method indicated.
    • You may redo any drawing, but it must be in accordance with the method indicated.
  2. LABEL
    • Make a tidy small label (~1×2).
    • Put your name and the method.
    • You will pen these below each image.
  3. INSTALLATION (pre-layout at home, take camera picture, use this to guide you Monday for quick installation. You will have ten minutes to install)
    • Consider carefully your arrangement.
      Presentation in terms of orderliness and what is next to what can make a difference.
    • Pin up or pin up clips and hang paper from these clips
    • You will probably need pins or clips at the bottom corner of each piece since they will want to curl.
    • Use checklist to confirm you has it all.
    • In one corner of each sketch label it according to the checklist (so I know what is what; don’t make me guess).
    • Place on floor below Portfolio work you mounted on wall.

Grading Considerations

  • Exploration of method and adherence to the method
  • Presentation of work
  • Labeling of work
  • Gives the appears that the suggested time was used (for homework/sketchbook projects)

Portfolio Checklist (classwork)

  1. ________   (1) Blind Contour (classmate)
  2. ________   (2) Blind Contour (self portrait)
  3. ________   (1) Gesture Drawing of Classmate
  4. ________   (1) Cross Contour Drawing (boxes)
  5. ________   (1) Organizational (drawing)
  6. ________   (1) Negative Space (chairs)
  7. ________   (1) Value Drawing (eggs or eggs and toilet paper)
  8. ________   (1) Grid Value Drawing (self portrait)

Sketchbook Checklist (homework)

Include homework even if not in sketchbook

If it is not done, you may still complete it for a grade. It must be submitted with Portfolio. I have ordered them by week so that you can check blog for directions and samples of the method. Plus I highly recommend reviewing textbook description. The grade is based on time invested on each and full used and exploration of the method assigned.

Week 1

________      (8) Vertical panorama drawings of your room

Week 2

________      (1) Blind contour, 5 hands and two feet drawing

________      (3) Blind contours, self-portraits

Week 3

________      (1) Blind contour, full body self-portrait

________      (2) Blind contour, head and shoulder multi-pencil

________      (1) Blind contour, take a line for a walk around a room

Week 4

________      (20) Gesture drawings, human

________      (4) Organizational line, bedroom or bathroom

________      (1) Self-portrait

Week 5

________      (2) Negative space drawings

________      (1) Ghost drawing of self designed still life

Week 6

________      (1) Grid Value drawing from photograph

Week 7

________      (1) Value removal drawing from Xerox (self-portrait)


WeekEND to do list [for Monday, March 2]

WeekEND to do list [for Monday, March 2]

READ–Chapter 5

PREPARE–must bring Monday!!!

  • Stick your head/face on a copy machine
  • Make 10 different self portraits
  • Be emotive [make faces]
  • Print size should be 8 1/2 x 11
  • Bring to class Monday
  • Bring your charcoal and erasers


  1. From the photo printout
    (note copy below for those absent)
    enlarge and print out at 8 1/2 by 11.

    • Length wise, fold in half and then again.
    • Width wise, fold in half and then again.
    • Crease all folds
    • Unfold and smooth flat
    • Fold pattern

  2. In sketchbook
    • With pencil, extremely lightly make three vertical lines evenly spaced to subdivide the page
    • Make three horizontal lines to subdivide page
    • Note this mimics your photo print out
    • draw very light grid that matches fold pattern (but scaled to fit sketchbook page size)

  3. Using folds and page grid to locate image parts by location and scale, replicate photo image through the use of VALUE only…no lines…implied lines will occur where different value areas meet…Complete as we did in class. Here is sample Amanda was working on in class Wednesday

Photo options [Scale to page 8.5 by 11 and PRINT out]

weekEND to do list for Monday 2/16

weekEND to do list for Monday 2/16

Negative space drawings (2)

TEXT – review chapter 3 on line

DRAWINGS – TWO 2 negative space drawing (40 minutes min each)

Options. May be done via line or dark charcoal (see image below)

Some objects that might be interesting to use for this project–bicycles, hangers with bathing suits or bras hanging from them, a pile of chairs, a pile of paperclips, rubber bands and such, close up of brushes and combs…

Samples of in process drawings from class today…click











Kathy made us so negative today!!!

Kathy made us so negative today!!!

Negative space. Drawing all that wasn’t, all the gaps that were not chair that is. Drawing what isn’t! The gaps! The chairs were realized in what wasn’t. Well done.