In Class Work

Color Vocabulary

Define the following and give color examples:

Primary Colors: The primary colors are: red, yellow, and blue

Secondary Colors: The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.

Tertiary Colors: Another six tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

Analogous Colors: Colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. They tend to look pleasant together because they are closely related.

Monochromatic Colors: They are all the hues (tints and shades) of a single color. As a result, the energy is more subtle and peaceful due to a lack of color contrast.

Complementary Colors: Two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel, which when placed next to each other make both appear brighter.

High Intensity: The brightness or dullness of a color. A pure hue is a high-intensity color.

Low Intensity: A dulled hue, a color mixed with its complement is called a low-intensity color.

Warm Colors: Warm colors are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space.

Cool Colors: Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression.

Value Portrait Collage

Value Portrait Collage

Technical Skills:
For technical skills I deserve 3.5. I worked very hard on making sure that all of the pieces fit together well. My project is very organized. There is a clear distinction between colors. I am happy with my final result.

Creative Problem-solving Skills:
I ran into a few problems along the way. My eyes were very difficult to recreate. I decided to make them different colors so they would stand out on my different skin tones. In the end, I think it worked out well. Because of this creativity, I deserve a 3.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
This can be very helpful for drawing for many reasons. One of the reasons being that I now have a greater appreciation for shading. Shading gives an image depth. I didn’t fully understand or appreciate this until I completed this project.

Positive/Negative Space Design

Positive/Negative Space Design

Negative Space Self-Assessment

Technical Skills Justification:
I deserve a high grade for technical skills. This piece of art took me so long to complete, quite literally hours. I spent a long time deciding which thumbnail I would draw. Once I had chosen that I had to decide a pattern. I went around the room to get some possible ideas from my classmates and noticed that no one had decided to do dots. I tried a small patch on my paper and realized that it would be difficult, but I was willing to try it. About three hours in I realized that maybe I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew. However, I had already begun and it was too late to go back. Now that I am finished, I am very happy with the end result.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
The positive and negative space work exceptionally well together. I really like my selection of negative space, (the dots) because when you look at my paper from a distance it looks as if it is a plain, grey piece of paper. However, only when you get closer do you see the details. My pattern is simple, yet unique. It works well with the complexity of the plant.

Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
Artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing because it helps to see the object in a smaller scale before working on the details. When I was drawing my thumbnail sketch of this plant I rather quickly drew the general shape of the plant. However, when I was had to draw it on a larger piece of paper, I was forced to draw the real details of the plant. If I had to draw my plant without a thumbnail sketch prior, I don’t believe it would have turned out as well as it did. Therefore, the thumbnail drawing affected my work in a positive way.

Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project?
It matters which pattern you choose for your background in your sketch for many reasons. Say for example, you have a somewhat dull plant. With a more interesting background it could help to liven your art. With a more interesting plant, it makes sense to have a more simple background design, so the art is not too busy. With a very clustered, or busy pattern you will most likely have a dark background. With a very open, empty background, the pattern will be lighter and it will be more difficult to see the details of the plant.

Leaf Designs


Reflection Questions

Technical Skills Justification:
Technicals skills in this project were impeccable. I spent lots of time focusing on cutting and making sure that all edges were neat and cleanly cut. There are also not glue smudges visible on the leaves or white paper. The attention to detail on these four pieces of art are wonderful. So much time went into making sure that each leaf looks identical and uniform with the others.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
The three indicated principals of art were executed wonderfully. Each of the three clearly demonstrates either tension, rhythm, or balance. The fourth piece of art adds to the collection wonderfully. It doesn’t quite fit in with any of the other three principles, however it has a beautiful display of positive and negative spacing. No bit of the paper is insignificant or to be overlooked as empty.

Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain.
My “tension” piece of art does the best in using positive and negative space. This piece of art is meant to draw your eye to one part of the paper. It does this in a way that one corner of the paper is left white. There may not be any leaf there, however it is still a useful space because it helps focus the eye of the observer to the main display.

Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
Again, my “tension” piece of art best communicates its principle. Because it uses the positive and negative space so well, it draws the eye of the observer to the main point of interest. The leaves are arranged in such a way that they are almost touches, but not quite. The thought of being so close, but not completely touches can often become very frustrating and cause tension between the observer and the art, which is really what I wanted to do. It’s good if the art shows tension, however it is even better when there is tension between the piece of art and the observer.

Sketchbook Assignments

Household Tool

Household Tool


Falling Piece


Exploding Piece


Tesselations Piece