In-Class Assignments

Landscape Painting with self-assessment


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Final Painting Self-Assessment
Technical Skills Justification
I feel as though I deserve a 3.5 on technical skills. Although all the required items are in my portfolio, and it was turned in on time, my painting leaves a little to be desired. However, I feel like I put a lot of hard work into it, even though the final product did not turn out exactly how I wanted it to. I think my painting would have turned out better if I had paid more attention to the details in the photograph.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification
I feel as though I deserve a 3.5 on creative problem-solving skills as well. As with the technical skills, my painting came out well, but not quite at the exceeds the standards level. There is a good translation of the Ansel Adams photo, and there are eight colors that match the famous painting. The color schemes are very similar, however the dominant colors differ between my painting and the famous one. I also show an understanding of textures used in the famous painting, but it is not obvious.

Final Still-life drawing with self-assessment


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Final Still Life Drawing Self Assessment
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:
I feel as though my marks most closely emulate those of Henry Moore for a variety of reasons. First, my lines are very loose, like shown in Moore’s etching, Vultures. This is displayed throughout most of the drawing. Also, Moore shows a kind of curved crosshatching, which I have also done in my drawing. I show these marks on the shading of the teapot in my drawing.

2. Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain:
The two drawings that make me the most proud are the pre-instructional drawing and the final still life. I am proud of the pre-instructional one because I feel as though it is a good drawing for having no instruction or practice drawing still lifes before this. I am, however, most proud of the final still life. It shows great progression in my work from the start of the year, and reflects the hard work I put into it.

3. What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
Three important things I have learned are cross hatching, the use of negative space, and the proper technique of how to blend black and white charcoal. Cross hatching is a very important technique for shading. This is because from the use of cross-hatching, I am able to get darker and better shades for my drawings. The use of negative space is also very important. It is important because using negative space is a great way to find another way to look at an object to draw, and can cause you to see things you might not have seen before. Lastly, the proper technique of blending black and white charcoal is very important. This is important because it allows much more variety in a drawing, rather than just using one color of charcoal.

Color Vocab Assignment

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Value Portrait Collage with Reflection

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Value Portrait Collage Self Assessment
Technical Skills Justification: I believe I deserve a 3 on technical skills. My craftsmanship for this piece is overall good quality, and it is showing that I took time and care to do it. The gluing and modge-podge holds the collage together well, and there is little white space showing. Overall, this piece is one of the better ones I have done this year in terms of technical skills.

Creative-Problem Solving Justification: I believe that I deserve a 2.5 on creative-problem solving. This is because although I tried to make the face look as realistically as possible, it is not very well defined and sometimes blends into the background. The face is very close, however, to looking three-dimensional. More attention could have been paid to defining the features to accomplish this.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing? There are many reasons that breaking down a photography into value shapes might help while drawing. It makes you more aware of how many different values there are in every picture or drawing. Also, breaking down a drawing into different values can make something easier to draw as a whole. This strategy would be similar to using grids to enlarge a drawing.

Negative Space Drawing with Reflection

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Negative Space Self Assessment


Technical Skills Justification: I believe I deserve a 2.5 on technical skills. This is because although my final drawing came out nicely in my opinion, I could have paid attention to detail a little more. Also, my thumbnail sketches could have been better and are a bit messy. The texture I used looks good for the most part; however it is a little too space out in some areas.

Creative Problem-Solving Justification: I feel as though I deserve a 3 on creative problem-solving. The positive and negative space on my final piece work well together to make a strong composition. The pattern I used for the negative space is creative and looks good when used as negative space. However, the pattern could be a little neater in some areas.
Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
Artists use thumbnail sketches before a formal drawing for many reasons. One of these is being able to experiment with what they want to do with the drawing before they make it permanent. It helped me have a variety of plant drawings to consider for a final piece. Also, I was able to experiment with many different patterns and textures before settling on one to use.
Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project?
The pattern I used for the background matters very much for this piece. This is because it defines the negative space that is used for making the shape of a plant. If I had used a different pattern for a background, my project would have looked different. This is because different textures create different looks, feelings, and moods in every piece.

Leaf Designs with Reflection

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Positive/Negative Leaf Design Self-Assessment

Technical Skills Justification:
I feel as though I deserve a 2.5 on technical skills. Although I tried to, it is not very evident that I payed attention to detail. I feel as though my technical skills are best displayed in the design that displays tension. The design features many shapes cut and glued close together, created a tense piece.
Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I feel as though I deserve a 3 on creative problem-solving skills. When I was creating the piece that displays tension, it appeared to me that I would not be able to fit it all on the page. However, through maneuvering the shapes and cutting them a bit more, I was able to fit them all on, which I feel resulted in my strongest piece. Using creative problem-solving skills, I was able to make my art better in this piece, particularly the use of unique composition with the leaves.
Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain.
I feel that the design displaying symmetry best uses positive and negative space. Although it is not totally symmetrical, as I did not plan on using it as my symmetry piece at first, the use of positive and negative space greatly enhances this piece. I used the outline of the leaves I cut out and placed them diagonal from each other, with the cut out leaves in the empty spaces. I believe this was a good use of positive and negative space for this project.
Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
I think that the piece displaying rhythm best reflects the assigned Principle of Art. It appears as though the leaves are moving up and around the page. Also, I was able to make it appear to be moving without the use of symmetry. Through placing the leaves and the other items on the page carefully, the piece is a good example of rhythm.

Sketchbook Assignments

Painted Color Wheel:

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Color Meaning Collage:


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Still Life 2:

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Still Life:

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Tesselations:

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Falling/Exploding:

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Household Tool:


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