In-Class Work

Final Landscape Painting

Technical Skills:
I believe that my painting falls under the meets category. To begin, all of the required information was present in my painting. I had more than eight colors that were similar to the Ansel Adam’s painting, and there was an obvious translation from the Adam’s painting to mine. Also, the major layers of the landscape were obvious and the contrast between the colors distinguished the different parts. My work reflects high quality in these categories, however, my attention to detail did not reach its full potential. I found it extremely difficult to use attention to detail and still maintain the style that I was using. However, I used my best effort to draw out the different major components of the picture. If I used a smaller brush, and pulled out different colors and shades my painting would have more thoroughly expressed the black and white picture that I was illustrating.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills:
I believe that my piece of art falls under both the Exceeds and the Meets the Standard category. To begin, my painting illustrates a basic translation of the Ansel Adam’s composition. It is not especially creative or innovative, but it does clearly show a translation. Next, I pride myself in the colors that I used in this painting. exceeded the usage of eight different colors from the famous painting. In addition, I believe that I evenly matched my color scheme to that of the piece of art I was using. Finally, I believe that I illustrated the style that the famous painter used. In conclusion, I believe that my creative problem-solving skills were more apparent than the actual technical skills.

Final Still-Life Drawing


Final Still-Life Drawing Self-Assessment

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:
Out of these three artists, my marks are most like that of Vincent van Gogh. This is because in van Gogh’s work he mostly uses mostly soft lines, but in a specific direction. Each of these lines has meaning because they show the motion that the shapes are illustrated as doing. It is because of these lines that van Gogh creates that establish such an interesting composition and texture. I believe that by showing these types of lines it concludes in a much more realistic looking product. I used these lines in my final still-life drawing because I wanted my artwork to be presented as very probable and realistic, as opposed to more abstract. I use these type of lines in specific places on my drawing. The most obvious place that these lines appear is on my teapot and on my tall circular object in the background. These lines are more prominent in these specified places because these are circular objects, and I used these lines to define that the objects curved.
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 two of my drawings in my portfolio. To begin, I take pride in my contour hand drawing. This is because although it make not look very realistic it shows attention to detail and shape. I believe that it was in doing this exercise that I began to understand that by drawing what you see is better than drawing what you know. I am also proud of my final still life drawing. All though the final product may not have turned out exactly as I pictured it, I am proud of the effort I put in to exaggerate use of lines, and shading. The overall may not be as realistic as I would have liked it to be, however I believe that the shading and the use of a variety of lines enhances the drawing immensely.

What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
I have learned a variety of important things throughout this project. To begin, I have obtained the knowledge of how there are many different ways to use lines. This is very important because by using these different kinds of lines it helps the drawing to look more realistic and interesting. In addition I learned about the way that shading enhances a drawing. Instead of using just grayish tones, by making a drawing more black and white, it pulls out highlights, and shows more shadows. This is important because by using this in my drawings it creates a more three-dimensional look. Finally, I have learned that by drawing what you see and not what you know is the key to art. I had never tried to do this before taking this class, and being involved in this unit of study. However, after doing so, and using my eyes instead of drawing from memory. As I can see in my final drawing, by doing this it has expanded my drawing skills.

Part One: Color Vocabulary

Define the following and give color examples. Use the web sites above for reference.
Hue- A hue is primarily a shade of a color. This means that it is a graduation or a different tint of a certain color. Essentially, it is not one of the colors on the color wheel, but a different variation of this. One color example of this would be a the color between violet-red and red. This would be a hue because the colors violet-red and red are on the color wheel but between those two colors would be a hue or a tint.
Primary Colors- The primary colors are the three main colors in the color wheel. In other words, you can make any color by using these colors or variations of these colors. These three primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
Secondary Colors- The secondary colors are green, orange and purple. These are defined as colors that are made directly by mixing two of the primary colors. An example of this would be mixing blue and yellow, which are two primary colors. By doing so the result would be green, which is a secondary color.
Tertiary Colors- The tertiary colors are essentially made by mixing both the primary and secondary colors. It is easy to understand this by picturing the color wheel. The primary colors create the secondary colors, and the primary mixed with the secondary colors create the tertiary colors. One example of a tertiary color would be between red and purple, because red is a primary color, and then mixed with a secondary color (purple) it creates a tertiary color.
Analogous Colors- Analogous Colors are color schemes that are pleasing to the eye. They are made up of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. The designs that they create are often comfortable. The colors are contrasted, but they are similar. The strategy in creating an analogous color scheme is to choose one color that would dominate and another one that supports it, in addition the third color would be used as an accent of the colors. An example of this would be black, gray and white.
Monochromatic Colors- Monochromatic colors are colors that are “shade or tint variations of the same hue.” An example of this would be a two light blue shades that are of the same tint, so they would be very close to each other on the color wheel.
Complementary Colors- Complementary colors are colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. This contrast of colors creates a vibrant look when they are put next to each other. One example of two complementary colors would be red and green.
High Intensity- High intensity colors are those that are bright and vibrant. These often will determine the feel of the piece of artwork. An example of this would be a bright color such as neon yellow.
Low Intensity- These colors are often more of a neutral tone than high intensity. They are not as vibrant and they are more of the gray feeling colors as opposed to bright white or black.
Warm Colors- Warm colors are colors that represent the feeling of heat or fire. These are colors that are not dull, but they give off the feel of warmth, hence the name, warm colors. Examples of these colors would be red, orange, yellow and pink.
Cool Colors- These colors are colors that represent the feeling of ice or water. These colors give off a feel of coolness. Some example of these colors would be blue, green, purple.

Picture_1.pngAmy's House, 2004, Pastel on paper
Picture_5.pngIn Newfane VT, 2004, Pastel on Paper
#3.pngMarlboro Woods, 1999, Oil on Canvas

#4.pngLe bateau atelier (The Boat Studio) 1876; Oil on canvas

#5.pngBreakwater at Trouville, Low Tide, 1870; Oil on canvas

#6.pngThe Floating Ice, 1880, Oil on Canvas

Portrait Value Collage with Reflection

1. Technical Skills:
I believe that I deserve a meets+ in the technical skills category. This is because as it says under the meets category the presentation as a whole is good quality. I believe that my artwork strongly demonstrates good quality and very strong attention to technical skills and detail. In addition, there are little or no spaces, as it says in the Exceeds category. In addition, in the Exceeds category it say that the gluing and modge-podging neatly hold the pieces together. I believe that I deserve a meets+ as opposed to a meets because I follow the requirements for the exceeds except for a lack of neatness in a few places where the pieces are not neatly glued together, as precisely as they should.

2. Creative Problem-solving Skills:
I believe that I deserve a meets+ in the creative problem-solving skills. This is because in the Exceeds section it says that the face looks 3-dimensional. It additionally says, that the shapes of the features are well defined and that they are broken into a large range of different values. I believe that my artwork presents these very well. My features are well-defined, and the collage is obviously a face. Also, this is strongly shown by the use of different values in my collage that define the features even more. I believe that I deserve a meets+ as opposed to an exceeds because my nose is not as obvious as the other features.

3. Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
The exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes might help when you are drawing because it shows what values should go in which positions on the collage. Without doing this previously it would be much more difficult to determine which values should be placed in what spots on the picture. By breaking down the photograph it strongly emphasize the different value shapes on the picture. If this process were not done previously to making the actual collage, it would be much more difficult to use accurate shading on the piece of artwork. In conclusion, by breaking down a photograph into value shapes it will help because it will create a much more realistic picture.

Positive/Negative Space Drawing with Reflection

Technical Skills Justification-
I believe that I should receive a Meets+ on the technical skills justification. This is because as it says in the rubric exceeds, I have four well done thumb nail sketches that demonstrate different compositions and there is a great deal of evidence that I experimented with many different patterns. In addition, my attention to details and shapes is very precise. The reason why I believe that I do not deserve an exceeds is because the edges, are a bit bent, and the ink smudged in one part of the drawing. In conclusion, I believe that because of the effort that I put into this piece and the outcome, I deserve a Meets +.

Creative Skills Justification-
I believe that I deserve and Exceeds in this category. I think this because as it says in the exceeds rubric, “the positive and negative space work exceptionally well together,” I believe that this statement strongly applies to my piece. In addition my negative and positive space is equally interesting, and they both show different organic shapes. I consistently use the same design, and I believe the repetition and my placement of the designs is very unique and original. For these reasons, I believe that I deserve and Exceeds in the creative skills justification category.

Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing?In what ways did it affect your work?
I think that artists use thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing to get a feel for what they are going to do as their final piece. In a way this can be related to a rough draft of a piece of writing. A thumbnail sketch is a starting point, just a first draft to see what you want to add and take out for the final piece. This affected my work, because it showed me how the positive and negative space looked so much more interesting in one thumbnail opposed to another.

Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the “look” of this project?
It is very important what the pattern is for your background, because it is supposed to be as effective, and eye-catching as the space that is not filled in. The entire idea of this assignment was to show how both positive and negative space can be interesting. By choosing an interesting and unique background design it enhances the interest and originality of the background part of the piece. Different patterns affect the “look” of this project because depending on the design the entire feel of the piece can change.

Leaf Design with Reflection

Technical Skills Justification:
I think that I deserve a meets the standards for technical skills justification. This is because, my work is neat and clean, however, the lines of every design are not perfectly cut out. While working on this project I payed attention to the craftsmanship, but in all I concentrated more on the creative part of this assignment. In the Leaf Design Rubric a Meets the Standard states that the craftsmanship as a whole is good, with few smudges, pencil lines or glue marks. This statement describes my technical skills for this assignment very well. In conclusion, I think that I deserve a Meets in the technical department, because even though my art is not messy, I believe I could have done a bit better.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I think that I deserve an exceeds the standards for creative problem-solving skills. I spent the majority of my time focusing on being creative with my ideas, and being original in using positive and negative space. I dedicated quite a bit of time to this project, in and out of class. I spent time focusing on each of the four designs individually, and I think my four pieces show the time I put into the project. In the Exceeds the Standards section it says that the visual impact is very good, I think that in looking at my work this stands out much more that my technical skills. In conclusion, I think that I deserve an Exceeds in the creative department, because my art demonstrates original and unique thinking.

Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain.
In choosing one individual design, I would come to the conclusion that my free choice most successfully demonstrates positive and negative space. I feel strongly about this because, in this design positive and negative work together as on. In this case, without half of a positive leaf in this design, the leaf would not be complete, this is also true considering half of a negative leaf. The leaves, together, strongly show the difference between positive and negative, additionally they demonstrate the ways that they can work to form one object even with the contrast that they show. In conclusion, I believe that my free choice most successfully demonstrates positive and negative space because of the way positive and negative space is used together.

Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
I think that my symmetry design best communicates the assigned Principle of Art. I would say this because, the symmetry is obvious, and it conveys the feeling of a mirror image. I also believe that I incoorparated the usage of positive and negative space into my design in an interesting way. In conclusion, I think that out of the four designs my symmetry best communicates the assigned Principle of Art because it show symmetry in a unique and interesting way, while following the guidelines of symmetry.

Sketchbook Assignments

Still Life- Number 1


Still Life- Number 2


Color Meaning Collage


Painted Color Wheel





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