In Class Assignments and Reflections

Landscape Painting


Painting Reflection

Please mark where your work falls on each standard and justify your decision below:

For technical skills I believe I deserve a meets. The painting is completed and passed in on time with all of the required papers. The painting techniques I used are very consistent and provide a piece of good quality, such as the sky. Lastly, Attention to detail is good like in the mountains to show different shades.

For creative problem-solving skills I believe I deserve a meets. The color scheme is interpreted well into Ansel Adams photograph for example the red tree in the middle and the mountains grabbing the purple from the roof. Also in my painting there is a lot of mixing creating new original colors which best show the color scheme. Lastly Ansel Adams photograph was interpreted well with the color scheme.

Charcoal Still-Life


Still-Life Drawing

1. Look at the famous artist’s work that we discussed in class (the laminated sheets). Compare your marks to the marks created by Henry Moore, Vincent van Gogh and Giorgio Morandi. Which of the three artists’ marks, are the most similar to yours? Explain why and exactly where you used these marks: The marks on my still-life relate mostly to Vincent Van Gogh’s. Vincent Van Gogh’s and my marks both use many lines to show the shape of each object, such as the rounded objects and the depth or direction of the stacks of paper. Unlike Marandi who used more cross-hatching. So I think my lines were most like Van Gogh’s because of how he used them to interpret the shadows on the objects.

2. Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain: I am most proud of my thumbnail drawing I used for My final draft and my final still-life drawing. These drawings show much improvement from my previous drawings, such as the one on brown paper. These two drawings show much better proportions. The final draft also has much better shading which create a more realistic picture.

3. What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important. The first things I have learned is to blend the lines with the outline in order to hide the outline. Second is that no shadows have a harsh line they all blend. Lastly, When trying to get the correct proportions, you can use your pencil to find the correct angle. All of these things help create a more realistic picture and lead to many other things to look better.

Color Meaning Collage


Painted Color Wheel


Part One: Color Vocabulary

Hue- The 12 hues consist of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The three primary colors are blue, yellow, and red and they combine to make secondary colors, which combine to make tertiary colors.
Primary Colors- Primary colors are colors that can be mixed to make a range of colors. These are blue, yellow, and red.
Secondary Colors- A secondary color is a color made by combining two primary colors. These are purple, orange, and green.
Tertiary Colors- A tertiary color is a color made by mixing one primary color with one secondary color. Such as red-Orange.
Analogous Colors- Colors in the same family. Such as yellow, red, and orange.
Monochromatic Colors- Monochromatic colors are all the hues of a single color. Such as sky blue and darker blue.
Complementary Colors- Colors that are directly opposite to each other on the spectrum color wheel. Like red and green.
High Intensity- The strength of a color and stands out very much. Like red or Orange.
Low Intensity- A color with not a lot of strength and doesn’t stand out very much. Like gray.
Warm Colors- The colors of red, orange, and yellow are considered warm colors because they are the colors of fire. These hues are also said to advance, meaning they appear to come forward, making the walls feel closer.
Cool Colors- Blue, green, and violet are considered cool colors. When you think of a cool lake or ice covered pond, you see cool colors. These colors make the scene look like it is receding.

Famous Paintings and Color Terms

Paul Signac
The Red Buoy. 1895. Oil on canvas Primary Colors.
Paul Signac
The Papal Palace, Avignon. 1900. Oil on canvas Secondary Colors.
Paul Signac
The Railway at Bois-Colombes. 1886. Oil on canvas Tertiary Colors.

Claude Monet

Breakwater at Trouville, Low Tide, 1870; Oil on canvas Analogous Colors.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Street, New York No. 1, 1926, oil on canvas Monochromatic Colors.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Gate of an Adobe Church, 1929, Oil on canvas Complimentary Colors.
Giorgio De Chiricho
Giorgio de Chirico. Piazza d'Italia. 1913. Oil on canvas. High Intensity
Mark Wethli
Under A Northern Sky, 1992. Oil on linen Low Intensity
Claude Monet
The Floating Ice, 1880, Oil on Canvas Warm Colors.
Georgia O'Keeffe
My Shanty, Lake George, 1922, Oil on canvas Cool Colors

Value Portrait Collage


Portrait Collage Reflection

1. Technical Skills: I feel I exceed the standards on technical skills. I feel I payed great attention to detail in both my face and my sweatshirt creating a realistic feel. I also overlapped the pieces well, creating few gaps. Lastly final product with the modge-podge finishes the piece in a neat way.

2. Creative Problem-solving Skills: I feel I meet the standards in creative problem solving. The face looks realistic especially the the bags under the eyes. I also think I represented the photograph and captured all of the detailed shadows such as in the sweatshirt with all of the different shades constantly changing throughout the sweatshirt. Lastly, by choosing the pieces I did I feel I created a three-dimensional look when the final product is completed.

3. Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing? The techniques I used during this project will help a lot in future projects. It will help me look at the shades and where the light hits more closely. This skill will allow me to capture the realism of the object I am drawing.

Positive and Negative Space Drawing


Seeing and Drawing Negative Space Reflection

1. Technical Skills Justification:
For technical skills I feel I meet the principles of the the design. My four different thumbnail sketches are strong. Also I show that I have experimented with the shapes and executed an interesting one rather well. There are little if any bent edges and smudges.

2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification: I feel I deserve a meets on creative problem-solving. This is because my pattern is original and interesting. Also the the positive and negative space in my drawing are equally interesting. Lastly the shape is executed relatively well with few flaws in the pattern.

3. Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work? An artist makes a thumbnail sketch in order to get the key elements of the object down so they can remember them for when they start the drawing quickly. The thumbnail sketches helped me become familiar with the plants so that I could have a more accurate final design.

4. Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project? The background is very important because the negative space is supposed to just as interesting as the positive space and a good pattern can accomplish this. A larger more open design will create a lighter feel and a smaller design with more lines creates a darker feel. These looks are completely which shows that just by making a design larger it can change the feel of a drawing completely.

Leaf Designs





Free Choice




Leaf Reflection
1. Technical Skills Justification:
For Technical skills I believe that I meet the standards. On all of my leaf designs there are very little glue marks and pencil marks. Also the cuts on all of my designs are for the most part cut out very well. Lastly my name and the principles are on the back of each design.
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I believe that I deserve a meets on creative problem-solving skills. This is because my designs demonstrate each of the principles in an interesting way. Most of my designs also use positive and negative space relatively well. Lastly I feel most of my designs are original.

3. Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain.
I feel that my rhythm design demonstrates positive and negative space the best. This is because the white spaces on the two corners where the black leafs aren’t make it look like there are leaves there without cutting out the actual leaf. I used the black outline to accomplish this.
4. Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
My tension design shows it the most. Because when you look at it you think of tension much more than the others about their principle.

Sketchbook Assignments

Still Life Drawing #2


Still Life Drawing #1




Falling And Exploding



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