In Class Assignments - Sketchbook Designs - Reflections

Landscape Painting



I gave myself a Meets the Standards for technical skills because the portfolio is passed in on time with all the required materials. I think that the presentation of this artwork is good quality and presents itself in a artistic manner. The painting technique I tried to follow was difficult because of the kinds of brush strokes made and all the different colors needed to create the feeling and mood but I think I did that well but could use some practice. In this painting there is some detail in places but the landscape photo did not show much detail because it was mostly dark but I tried to add detail to get the feeling of what the painting was.

I gave myself a Meets the Standards for creative skills because I believe I portrayed Ansel Adam’s photo well and used the color to turn it into something brilliant. In this painting there are many colors and not a single one of them came straight out of the bottle. I mixed the colors well to create the necessary colors to create a feeling and mood and went way beyond the secondary colors. The color scheme of the famous painting that I tried to use was a difficult one because there were so many different colors and they were all intermixed but I did my best and I think it came out well.

Final Still-Life


Color Meaning Collage


Color Wheel (Painted)


Value Portrait Collage



1) Technical Skills: 3
I gave myself a 3 for technical skills because I think the technical part of this piece of artwork is good. When constructing my portrait I tried to leave as little white space as possible and overlap each piece to create a solid color. I think that I did this well and it created a well composed collage. I also gave myself this score because I followed the instructions for this project and the overall quality of this piece is good.

Creative Problem-solving Skills: 3
I gave myself a 3 for this because I think I used to different shades of color well to define the different shapes and objects in the portrait to make it look like a person. I think that the shades were used effectively and when looked at, this portrait does look like me. I think there are some areas that aren’t very strong such as the merge from my cheek to the background and my eyes. But I think that even though there were some areas that didn’t work well, the overall appearance makes this a masterpiece.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
I think that it helps when drawing because it can give you a new perspective on shades of color and different color values. Breaking down different shads and values of colors can help you draw to create a better portrait and can help you realize the different values of things to help define your drawing.

Negative Space and Reflection


Technical Skills: 3.5
I gave myself this score because I have four complete thumbnail sketches that are well
composed and show a good outline of the positive and negative space. My craftsmanship
I very well done and it is very neat and there are no pencil marks visible. The attention to
detail in overlapping the triangles that make up the negative space is very great. The actual
paper is very well-kept and the paper is in very good condition.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification: 3.5
I gave myself this score because I thought I created a unique pattern to make the positive
space really show up. I think that because of my pattern, the positive and negative space really
worked well together and created a masterpiece. I think the amount of positive and negative space
is well compared because there is not too much of either which makes for both the positive and
negative space to be interesting and draw attention.

Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
I think that artists create several thumbnails in order to try different methods and look
at different shapes before they pick their favorite one. This gives them a chance to see what
things look like before jumping into a real drawing and not know what to do. It gives them a plan
how they will approach the drawing. This helped me because if I hadn’t I would have probably taken
the first sketch I had done and used it as my formal drawing and it wouldn’t be my best work.
But because I have many to choose form I can look at the different shapes and choose which one
will look the best.

Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background?
How do different patterns affect the “look” of this project?

The pattern is important because if you choose a pattern with not enough
dark space and is too spread out it will be hard to determine what is positive
and negative space and it won’t define the space very well. The darker the pattern
the more the positive space will jump out to you and it will be easy to see the object or drawing.
Some patterns that are very boring can create a dull mood when looking at the drawing,
but if the pattern is interesting it makes you look again at it and really think about it.

Leaf Designs


Free Choice







Leaf Design Reflection

1) Technical Skills Justification: 3
I gave myself a 3 because I think I used good craftsmanship. I payed close attention to detail in the cutting and gluing. I tried to make sure there were very few and almost no pencil marks showing. I followed the instructions and all guidelines to these designs.

2) Creative Problem- Problem Solving Skills Justification: 3
I gave myself a 3 because I think I used my creativity as much as I could to create the moods of Rhythm, Tension, and Symmetry/Balance. I followed the guidelines and created designs that grabbed the attention of whoever is looking at it. I think I used the positive and negative space equally interesting and they look really cool.

3) I think my design that was categorized as Rhythm was the most interesting and successful. I chose this one because I think I used both the positive and negative space well and they compliment each other. I think that the motion of the leaves flows well and looks really cool and attracts the eye of whoever sees it.

I think the design of Balance best communicates its assigned principle. When you look at it each side is exactly the same and really portrays stable balance. I think I used the positive and negative space well and they compliment each other quite well to portray a sense of balance.

Color Vocabulary

Hue -
These 12 hues consist of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The three primary colors of blue, yellow and red combine to make secondary colors; which combine to make tertiary colors. (colors on the color wheel)

Primary Colors
Primary colors are sets of colors that can be combined to make a useful range of colors. The colors that are used to make up all other colors.
(Red Yellow Blue)

Secondary Colors
A secondary color is a color made by mixing two primary colors in a given color space. (Orange Green Purple)

Tertiary Colors
A tertiary color is a color made by mixing one primary color with one secondary color, in a given color space. (Blue purple - yellow green-orange red)

Analogous Colors
Analogous colors are a palette of compatible color combinations that blend well together. They are neighbors on the color wheel. (Red Blue Purple)

Monochromatic Colors
Monochromatic colors are all the hues (tints and shades) of a single color. (Different Shades of blue - baby blue light blue aqua blue dark blue really dark blue)

Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are pairs of colors that are of “opposite” hue in some color model. (Purple + Yellow - Blue + Orange)

High Intensity
The strength of a color with a lot of strength and stands out very much. (Bright colors: Red Yellow Orange)

Low Intensity
The strength of a color with not a lot of strength and doesn’t stand out very much. (Grey)

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. Thus, they can actually make a room feel cozy when used in decorating.
(Red Orange Yellow)

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.
Because these colors have a tendency to feel like they are receding (or backing away from you), cool tones are often used to paint the walls of a small room to make the room appear larger. (Blue Green Purple)

Artist Colors

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The Red Buoy: Primary Colors (Paul Signac)


The Papal Palace: Secondary Colors (Paul Signac)


The Railway at Bois-Colombes: Tertiary Colors (Paul Signac)

Claude Monet


Breakwater at Trouville, Low Tide: Analogous

Georgia O'Keeffe


Street, New York No. 1: Monochromatic


Gate of an Adobe Church: Complementary


Giorgio de Chirico. Piazza d'Italia: High Intensity

Mark Wethli


Under A Northern Sky: Low Intensity


Autumn Light: Warm Colors

Georgia O'Keeffe


My Shanty, Lake George: Cool Colors

Sketchbook Assignments

Still Life Drawing





Falling & Exploding





Household Tools


Salad Things