In Class Work

Landscape Painting

Technical Skills
I believe that I deserve an exceeds the standard in this category. I have completed my work on time and passed it in when it was due. I have paid attention to all the required information on the checklist and the craftsmanship is high quality. I believe that I have paid outstanding attention to detail when I look at my painting compared Ansel Adams’. It is recognizable and I think that I have done a good job with this project.

Creative Problem Solving Skills
I believe I deserve a 3.5 in this category. My painting is similar and is a basic translation of Ansel Adams’ composition. I believe I have mixed and used secondary colors well, but although I have 8 colors, I do not believe an outstanding job has been done to match those colors perfectly. I think that I did a solid job, but not worthy of a 4. I also believe that layering of the paint demonstrates a good understanding of the painting style seen. I think I did a good job with the creative part of this project.

Color Vocabulary

Define the following and give color examples. Use the websites above for reference.
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Hue- One of the main properties of color dealing with lightness.

Primary Colors- These colors can not be created by mixing other colors. The primary colors of a color wheel are red, yellow, and blue. See color wheel for examples.

Secondary Colors- Are created from mixing two primary colors. These colors are green, orange, and purple. See color wheel for examples.

Tertiary Colors- These color are created by mixing primary and secondary colors. There are six of these on the color wheel. Blue-Green is a good example of this.

Analogous Colors- These colors are ones that are placed next to each other on the color wheel. Blue and Blue-Green is a good example of analogous colors.

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

Complementary Colors- These colors are across from each other on the color wheel. Green and Red are a good example of complementary colors.

High Intensity- a color with high intensity has a lot of strength and stands out more than the others. This is also known as the brightness or dullness of a color. A few examples of this would be red, yellow, and orange.

Low Intensity- a color with low intensity does not have a lot of strength or stand out as much as the high intensity colors. A good example of this is gray, and blue-green.

Warm Colors- warm colors are the vivid, energetic colors which are said to advance in space. A few examples of warm colors would be red, orange, and yellow.

Cool Colors- these are the calm colors on the color wheel. Give the impression of a relaxed atmosphere. A few examples of cool colors would be blue, violet, and blue-green.
I used the websites provided for this research.

Value Portrait Collage


Technical Skills
Overall, I feel I deserve an exceeds the standard in this category. For this project, I feel that the craftsmanship if very good and the collage is high quality. I payed a lot of attention to detail during the construction, and there are no gaps in between the pieces of paper. This piece requires a lot of effort and time, and I feel that I have given the effort and put in the time that deserve an exceeds. My collage is done well and I feel that this shows best on the right side of my face, especially in the eye. I think I did a very good job and paid close attention to detail in this part of my collage. Overall, I feel that this category deserves an exceeds.

Creative Problem Solving
I feel that I deserve a 3.5 in this section of the project. I feel that my face and features are done well, however the left side of my face is lacking the three-dimensional piece that would make my collage an exceeds. I feel that there are a wide range of values and overall, I did a good job in making the rest of the piece three-dimensional. I feel that the shapes in my face, other than the left side of my nose, are well defined and show a resemblance with my actual face. I don’t think I got an exceeds on this piece, but I feel I did better than a meets.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing? I think that breaking down a photo in value shapes will help me because it allows the artist to see all of the different values that make the picture realistic. With the knowledge of being able to view the different values we will be able to draw the different values of a still life with more accuracy and make the overall finished product more realistic. Being able to recognize and put to use the different values of a still life will help our drawings.

Negative Space Drawing and Reflection


Negative Space Reflection

1. Technical Skills Justification: I feel that I deserve an exceeds the standard in this category. I have four quality thumbnail sketches and I have a practice sheet of the patterns included. I believe that my craftsmanship is high quality as a whole, and my attention to making the background flow makes the piece look very interesting. I think that my final product is neat and the design looks great.

2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification: I believe that I deserve an exceeds the standard in this category as well. I think this because of my background. It really draws attention to make the final product a dynamic composition. It balances the piece out, making the positive and negative space equally interesting. I also think this product deserves an exceeds because my pattern is very interesting and unique. It outlines the positive white space extremely well, but adds an interesting dimension to the final piece. Overall, I feel that I did very well and took my time to produce quality piece of artwork.

3. Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work? I believe that artists make thumbnail sketches because it gives them a rough draft to look at and critique. It allows the artist to figure out what works and what doesn’t, making the final piece a combination of the things they like and what works. It also allows the artist to get opinions from other artists, which will make the final that much better. It affected my final product because I was able to get honest opinions from others and look at my own work to see what I liked and what I didn’t. If somebody throws down a sketch as their final, they aren't utilizing all of the tools at an artists disposal.

4. Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project? The pattern for the background matters because this artwork requires equally interesting positive and negative space. If someone just throws down a background, or just simply leaves it white, then they are not utilizing all of the things that can make this piece interesting. It adds a whole other dimension to this design because it makes the final product positive and negative space, not just one or the other. Different patterns can affect the look of this project because each pattern is the background of the positive space. It is such drastic part of the piece that it has such a big affect on the final outcome. With each pattern being different, it allows the artist to be creative and create something that is truly theirs.

Leaf Designs





Leaf Design Reflection:

Technical Skills Justification: I believe that I deserve an exceeds the standards on technical skills and justification. I have done all that was necessary to think that my artwork should fall under this category. My pieces are clean cut, my attention to detail is very noticeable and I have no pencil marks or glue stains on my pieces. I know that I paid a lot of attention to detail when I was constructing these designs, and I think that it shows in my final pieces.
Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification: I believe that I have met the standard when it comes to creative problem-solving skills and justification. My designs demonstrate tension, rhythm and balance, and my free choice design show the effects of positive and negative space. These are not exceeds, but I did what had to be done to meet the standard.
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 that my symmetry design successfully uses positive and negative space. Interesting positive shapes are created from the placement of the leaves, and it make this piece all that more enjoyable to look at. When I designed the piece, the leaves seemed to flow and create a peaceful image with interesting shapes in both the positive and negative spaces.
4. Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain. I think that my rhythm design most successfully communicates the assigned principle. The shapes are similar and repeat in a way that flows through the piece. This demonstrates rhythm when you look at the design because the leaves almost make a circle with the stems, making the piece flow and communicate rhythm to the spectator.

Sketchbook Assignments

Still Life #2


Painted Color Wheel


Color Meaning Collage


Still Life #1








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