In-class Assignments:

Landscape Painting:


Technical Skills

Meets the Standard
o Portfolio is passed in on time.
o All required information (see checklist above) is present. Craftsmanship and presentation of the painting, as a whole, is good quality.
o Painting techniques are consistent and good quality.
o Attention to detail is apparent and consistent.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills

Exceeds the Standard
o This painting is especially creative and innovative: painting demonstrates a clear translation of Ansel Adam's composition.
o Mixing beyond secondary colors is apparent and used well. More than eight mixed colors match your famous painting.
o An outstanding attempt has been made to match the color scheme of your famous painting, with very similar amounts of color fields in both that painting and in your painting.
o Layering and texturing of the paint demonstrates an obvious understanding of the painting style seen in your famous painting.

I think that my painting meets the standards for Technical skills because I could have been more neat and precise with my painting. But overall I feel that since it is passed in on time and the required information is present, my painting deserves a meets. For Creative Problem-Solving Skills I think that my painting deserves an exceeds. I spent a lot of time making sure my color scheme matched Claude Monet’s “The Floating Ice” painting. I paid attention to detail and worked hard to make my painting look realistic.

Final 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:
My work most resembled Giorgio Morandi. Out of all these artists, Morandi’s work seems to be most realistic, which is something I tried to do in my drawing. I tried to make the shadows look realistic and blended, something that Morandi also does. Morandi also pays attention to detail, which adds to creating a realistic.
2. Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain:
The drawing that makes me the most proud is my final still-life drawing. After learning the basics essentials, I was able to create a somewhat realistic looking drawing. I tried to pay close attention to detail of shadows, shape, and placement. I feel that my focus payed off and helped me to achieve my goal.
3. What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
One important thing I learned is that angles are often much more extreme than they appear to be when just looking at objects. Due to the complex angles, you must find a way to accurately depict the angle in your drawing. Another thing i learned is that there is a great deal of different values of grey that can be used to show different parts of the drawing. The third thing I learned is the importance of blending the darks with the lights, but also keeping the two separated enough to see the lights and darks.

Negative Space Drawing:


1. Technical Skills:
I think my leaf design assignment meets the standard. All of my thumbnail sketches were completed and diverse, but some were definitely done with better quality and I took more time on them. I think I did a good job of focusing on the negative space rather than the positive and not outlining the figure. On my final picture, I could have spent more time making the background neat and consistent, but overall it is a pretty interesting design. I tried to keep my paper as neat and clean as possible, therefore it is pretty tidy.
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills:
As far as creative problem solving goes, I believe that my drawing meets the standard as well. I did not outline the figure of my final drawing tried to fill the whole page with a proper amount of positive and negative space. I made sure to zoom in on the plant so that it looked interesting. I could have had a more interesting background that gave it more character, but overall I spent a lot of time and focus and it payed off.

3. Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
Artists make thumbnail sketches so that they can give themselves different views of the image they are drawing, so they have choices of what the final piece will be. Drawing the thumbnail really helped me a lot because they were all so different, it allowed me to be creative in drawing them all. Drawing these thumbnails really helped my final drawing because I was able to zoom in on the plant at different angles and create an interesting image. When I blew up the thumbnail for my final, it may not have been exactly the same as it’s thumbnail, but it allowed me to change the image a little to make it more creative.

4. Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the “look” of this project?
It matters what your background is because there are so many choices that depict your image differently. You can choose a dark and exciting background which brings out your positive space more, or you can have a simple light background which portrays a calmness to your work. It also depends on how close together you place the images in your background, closer images will give the background more tension and excitement, whereas more separated images may give the background more flow. I chose a background that was not exceedingly dark or light.

Leaf Designs and Reflections:

woodsonleaf1.jpg Free choice
woodsonleaf2.jpg Rythm
woodsonleaf3.jpg Symmetry
woodsonleaf4.jpg Tension

1. Technical Skills:
I think that overall, my leaf design project meets the standard. I made sure that I spent time cutting precisely and gluing neatly. I also made sure that I used as much black paper as I could to fill out the space and make it look interesting, but still show the negative space as well
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills:
I used the past examples as references, but made sure to not copy, and to use my own creativeness. I think that all of my designs exemplify the principles of which they are classified. I tried not to make my designs simple and boring, but have them follow the principles but expand my possibilities of what I could do using the shapes. In expanding the possibilities I really tried to make all of the designs different and interesting in their own ways.
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 think my symmetry design is the best design using positive and negative space. The leaf itself is the main focus of the picture, but then the exact outline is around it with negative space between. This creates a feeling of expansion and it makes the design a lot more interesting. I also cut the middle leaf in half to add to the expansion feeling, this added to the creativeness of the picture.
4. Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
I think my rhythm design best uses the principles of art. This design, to me really looks as though it is in motion. I used a lot of the page and zoomed in on the leaf, but by looking at it you can tell that it looks as though it is falling. I carefully placed the leaves in different positions and angles to show diversity as well.

Sketchbook Assignments:

Still-life Drawing #2:


Still-Life Drawing #1:





woodsonfalling1.jpg Falling
DSC00697.jpg Exploding

Household Tool: