In Class-Work

Landscape With Reflection:


Technical Skills:
I deserve a meets the standard for technical skills because my portfolio was passed in on time. The painting as a whole is good quality and you can tell the time and effort was put into it. The technique that I used was consistent throughout my work and it is detailed, but not as much detail as it should have.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills:
The painting is well done, but it doesn’t get the exceeds because there isn’t really any detail. On the other hand, there are a variety of colors with different shades. I did attempt to match the color scheme, but my greens did not go with it at all. This is what really holds me back from having an exceeds. My layering was done very well, beginning with the sky and going down into my picture.

Still-life Drawing With Reflection:

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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 think that the marks on my still-life drawing are similar to both Vincent Van Gogh and to Giorgio Morandi. My marks are similar to Vincent Van Gogh in the way that there are a lot of lines and each line is purposeful within the object in the drawing. I used these lines on all of my objects besides one side of the box and on the outside of the bowl that is holding the fruit. I think that these types of lines made the boxes appear a lot more realistic opposed to the lines that Henry Moore used. Also by using these lines it highlights the dark and light values very well. On two areas of the still-life I used cross-hatching which resembles the work of Giorgio Morandi. On one side of the box and on the bowl that holds the fruit. In Giorgio Morandi used cross-hatching everywhere and used drew the lines in different directions when he wanted to show a new object. I tried to do this, but I found that I liked making the lines look more purposeful like Vincent Van Gogh’s lines.

Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain:
When I first began drawing, the still-life, for example, it was terrible. My attempt at shadowing was not very good, and I outlined the objects. Now my lines have improved tremendously and I do not outline. As I look at the hand contours I realize that my lines are meaningful and they’re not just thrown in there. This is also shown in my final stil-life drawing, which I am very proud of. I think that the highlighting of white and black was very done very well and that it makes the objects appear more realistic.

What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
One thing that I learned is how to shadow without smudging, but by using lines. It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but once I did, I got it down! I also learned how to draw proportionately. Looking back at my first still-life, the sizing is very off. After looking at my final still-life drawing I realized that my proportions are accurate and in size to the actual objects. Lastly, I learned about line sensitivity. I began by outlining my objects and then progressed to no outline, but by leaving the lines there. Now I know that you can outline the objects, but blend it in to the lines that you are using on that object. So that there is no outline, but random lines aren’t going outside of the object’s sides.

Color Vocabulary:

Hue: Color or shade of color; tint; dye; Character; aspect. In the color blue there are various shades, light blue or dark blue.

Primary Colors: Red, yellow, and blue; from these all other colors are mixed.
The Red Buoy. 1895. Oil on canvas. Paul Signacredbuoy.png

Secondary Colors: Green, orange, and purple - These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.
The Papal Palace, Avignon. 1900. Oil on canvas. Paul Signacpapalpalace.png

Tertiary Colors: Red-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet; colors that can be created by mixing a primary and a secondary color.
Marlboro Woods, 1999, Oil on Canvas. Wolf Kahnlkjg.png

Analogous Colors: Colors that are closely related in hue(s). They are usually adjacent (next) to each other on the color wheel. An example of this is Blue, Blue-Green, and Blue-Violet.
Portrait of Nick Wilder ,1966. Acrylic on canvas. David Hockney.iuytrd.png

Monochromatic Colors: A piece of work that is done in one color of various shades.
Under A Northern Sky, 1992. Oil on linen. Mark Wethli.haha.png

Complementary Colors: Colors which are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. For example red and green, or blue and orange.
In Newfane VT, 2004, Pastel on Paper. Wolf Kahn.vt.png

High Intensity: A saturated color without any mixture; the real color, vibrant.
Torino printanière. 1914. Oil on canvas. Giorgio De Chiricho.high.png

Low Intensity: A color that has been mixed and isn’t the natural color.
Le bateau atelier (The Boat Studio) 1876; Oil on canvas. Claude Monet.iugf.png

Warm Colors: A color that gives the feeling of warmth. Yellow-green, yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, red and red-violet are warm colors.
The Railway at Bois-Colombes. 1886. Oil on canvas. Paul Signac.ijugtf.png

Cool Colors: A color that suggests sensations of coolness, such as blue or its associated hues, blue-green, and blue-violet. In painting, cool colors appear to recede from the picture plane and therefore suggest depth.
A Bigger Splash, 1967. Acrylic on canvas. David Hockney.external image Picture_8.pngPicture_8.png

Value Portrait Collage With Reflection:

Technical Skills:
I deserve a 3.5 on Technical Skills. I believe that I deserve an exceeds that standards for my attention to detail. It was very precise and the shades were accurate. Especially on my face, the pieces of paper got very small and made my face look ever more detailed. I could have worked a little harder on the hair and neck area; it looks a little blocky. I also could have payed a little more attention to having the pieces overlap more so not as much space shows up. I would give myself a meets the standards on that, therefore, my overall grade would be in between a 3.5. In between a meets the standard and exceeds that standards.

Creative Problem-solving Skills:
I think that on Creative Problem-solving Skills I deserve a complete exceeds the standard.
When you hold up my original photograph to this collage value piece you can completely tell that it is a copy of the original photograph. The face is very well defined with tiny pieces of paper. The face really pops out in the collage piece and I think that this makes it even more unique. I feel like my collage piece has its own realistic three-dimensional style. In this specific piece there is a range of five different shades within white and black.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
Breaking down a photograph into value shapes helps you when your drawing. Using the shadows and breaking it down into color values helps you break your drawings down piece by piece. Doing this makes it a lot easier to pay attention to shadows and to really look at the negative and positive space while drawing. Breaking it down allows you to break the face (for example) into proportions that makes it easier to draw. Lastly, when you break the picture down into value shapes is helps you to look at the picture in a different perspective and allows you to pay more attention to detail.

Negative Space With Reflection:

1.) For the technical justification skills I believe that I deserve a meets the standards. My thumbnail sketches are come complete and they’re are varied; not just of the same one over and over again. My final drawing turned out very well and shows good quality. Before starting my final drawing I made sure that I had a background design that I liked and that would bring out my drawing; experimenting was key.

2.) For the creative problem-solving grade, I deserve a meets the standards. Although circles aren’t the most original design, I feel like the negative design of circles is equally as interesting as the positive design. I believe that I could have exceeded the standards if my shape was more original, but because of this I meet the standards.

3.) Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work? Artists make thumbnails before making their final product for accuracy. Making thumbnails also helps an artist make sure that they chose the best piece for their final product. Starting small, with thumbnails is always a good idea, because it’s quick and you still get practice before your final drawing.

4.) Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project? The pattern that you chose for the negative space is crucial. This is because you want to chose the best pattern; that makes your positive space drawing stand out. You want to have a balance. You don’t wan the negative or the positive space to be more interesting than one another. If the pattern that you choose turns out messy, this will make your whole picture turn out messy. The pattern is crucial, it’s what pulls this piece of art work all together.

Leaf Designs With Reflection:

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1.) I think that my technical skills deserves a partially meets and meets the standards. Even though I think that my work turned out pretty well, but there are a lot of unnecessary glue marks. The glue marks make my work look very rushed; which is not true, and that is why I deserve a partially meets.

2.) I that my creative problem solving skills meet the required standards. All of my work has a creative way of showing positive and negative space. Tension, symmetry, and rhythm are all represented in a creative and unique way. My free choice work exemplifies a good understanding of positive and negative space.

3.) I feel that my most successful leaf design is the one that demonstrates tension. The positive and negative space is shown very well in this piece. In this piece the positive and negative space is equally shown and there isn’t an overwhelming amount of white, or black.

4.) I feel that my most successful design is the design that shows symmetry. I am choosing this one because I believe that is best exemplifies the assigned principle of art. This piece not only uses the positive and negative space well, but it also is laid out in a unique and original composition. This is my overall favorite leaf design!

Sketchbook Assignments

Color Wheel:


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Still-life #1:








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