Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clay Box Project

Dear Grade Eight Artists,

I know how much you all were looking forward to working with clay this Thursday. I finally received all the tools we need to do our BOX PROJECT and the only thing missing was you. I must admit, I was looking forward to this day as clay is one of my favorite units to teach.

During our last class I had assigned that you come up 4 shape idea you’d like to make for your box. I decided to turn this into a more detailed assignment for our distance learning days. I have revised the assignment as to include 3D design, color, in addition to shape.

You will now draw THREE ideas (each on a separate sheet of paper).
Each paper will have: (SEE EXAMPLE)
a. Your name
b. Box shape without design
c. Top of the box shape with design and color
d. Side view of box and side with color

Materials: white copy paper, pencil, pen, color (you can use either markers, crayons, color pencils)

This project is due upon returning to school.


Email me if you have any questions

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Insect Project

Hello Artists. I hope everyone is had a great holiday and that you successfully finished your shoe drawings. I look forward to seeing them. Below is the information on the project we will be working on. You will need to come to school to turn in your shoe drawings and pick up paper for your new project, Make sure you bring in your folder. Please do not fold or roll your artwork. If you need help or have any questions or need assistance, please let me know. You can either leave a comment or send me an e-mail

You will look at the list of insects below and I want you to find 4 images of the insects you’d like to draw. Use contour lines to draw the insect. This project will have additional steps after the initial drawing in which we will discuss once you return to Schutz, You may draw your insects in different directions, I choose to make my example of them facing inward towards the center of the paper. The size of the insect should fill up the majority of the square and parts of the insect may be cropped (for example: the wings of my moth and dragon fly were cropped). Do not shade/render or add color to your insects…this first part is strictly a pencil drawing.

Student will demonstrate observational skill
Student will demonstrate contour drawing
Student will demonstrate cropping
Student will learn how to draw insects in sections

13” x 13” paper, eraser, and pencil

Contour line- A line which shows or describes edges or outline of a shape or form
Cropping- The removal of the outer parts of an image
Unity-parts of a design working together (example 4 insects)
Proportion-The relation of one object to another in size

Concepts To Be Demonstrated:
Arrange and draw insects using contour lines
Use cropping effectively
Show unity among the insects (example 4 that have wings)
Using correct proportions when drawing the insects
Neatness-your project should be smudge free.

5 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals an A
4 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a B
3 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a C
2 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a D
1 or no concepts demonstrated equals an F

If you need to see how to draw an insect in sections click here.

The Steps:
Step 1: Divide your paper into four even sections. Each square should be 6.5" x 6.5" The best way to do this is to mark the top and bottom of the paper at the halfway point (6.5" ) then draw a line down the center using a ruler.

Step 2: Choose an insect from the list below:
Aphid, ant, ant lion, apple maggot, bee, black widow spider, boxelder bug bronze birch borer, cabbage worm, carpenter ant, carpet beetle, centipede, cicada, cockroach, cricket, cucumber beetle, dragonfly, earwig, eastern tent caterpillar, European pine sawfly, firefly, flea, fly, grain beetle, grasshopper, grub, gypsy moth, hornworm, Japanese Beetle, June beetle, katydid, lacewing, ladybug, leafhopper, lice, locust, mantis, mayfly, midge, millipede, mosquito, sawfly, silkworm, sow bug, painted lady butterfly, pantry pest, peach tree borer, pill bug, psyllid, silverfish, slug, springtails, squash bug, squash vine borer, stag beetle, stick insect, termite, thrip, wasp, water stider, water treader, weevil, whirligig, whitefly, winter moth, wireworm, and yellow jacket.

Step 3: Draw the insects.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Layered images

Below are examples of layered images borrowed from the internet. Please do not copy, this is for reference only. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pen and Ink Shoe Project

Hello Artists! I hope everyone is doing well. Below is the information on the project we are going to start. If you need help or have any questions, please let me know, I will be more that glad to help. You can post a comment or send an e-mail

Student will demonstrate contour line techniques
Student will demonstrate how to shade with various types techniques
Student will demonstrate how to observe and draw the form of a shoe

12” x 18” paper, ruler, eraser, pencil, ink (upon return to Schutz)

contour line, hatch, cross-hatching, stippling, pen-ink, inking, line (including types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, parallel, organic, and geometric), value (light-medium-dark), cast shadow, pattern, and parts of the shoe (sole, tongue, heel, toe, etc).

Types of Lines:
Contour Line-a line which shows or describes edges or outlines of a shape or form.
Hatching-lines or strokes places parallel to each other to create grey tones.
Cross Hatching-the overlapping of hatched or parallel lines to create value.
Stippling- Use of dots to create value. The closer together the dots, the darker the tone.
Examples of different types of lines

The assignment is a two part project. Divide the 12" x 18" paper equally into two sections (do not fold or draw a line!). Next, choose two different shoes to draw. Once your selection has been made, use a pencil to draw the shoes on the two practice sheets of paper I provided in your folder. For the final project, re-draw the two shoes LARGE from different angles. The shoe should be drawn as if it is a 3D form-meaning, it shouldn't look flat. Once the shoes have been drawn, lightly use line techniques to shade them. When you return to Schutz we will ink your project.
Step by step process

Concepts To Be Demonstrated:
You will be graded on demonstrating the following:
a) Draw shoe using contour lines.
b) Use various line techniques to shade the contour shoe drawing.
c) Proportion-the various sections of the shoe (sole, tongue, heel, toe, etc) should be in proportion to one another.
d) Size and Placement-The size of the two shoe drawings should take-up the full sheet of paper (see examples below). One shoe should consume the upper portion of the paper, while the other shoe will be in the bottom portion of the paper.
e) Neatness-there should be no marks in the space outside the shoes.

5 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals an A
4 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a B
3 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a C
2 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals a D
1 of 5 concepts demonstrated equals an F

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Advanced and AP Art

Welcome to Advanced and AP Art, the on-line version. If you have any questions you can e-mail me: or you can post questions on the comment area because others might have similar questions. We can also use the comment section as a discussion forum.

We are suspending the block reduction print project until we return back to school. The new project will be a color pencil drawing from an original photograph you have taken. You will need to arrange a time for either you or your driver can come to campus to pick up supplies.

Create a color pencil rendering from a photograph. Demonstrate using multiple colors when rendering objects.
Your portfolio will have a Box of Prismacolor pencils and paper (3 sheets-just in case)

1. Take a series of 6 photographs of objects, structures, and architecture in the city of Alexandria. Submit the photos (low resolution please!) via e-mail. See examples below:
2. I will help you decide which photograph would make the best composition for your project and e-mail you my ideas and suggestions regarding the photos. Suggestion: fewer details are better. 3. Once we decide on which photograph would work best, transfer the outlines of the image on to the 13" x 18" paper with a regular pencil.
4. Begin adding color. The focus should be on combining lines of color together, in other words we aren't blending or making areas of solid color. Keep in mind that we aren't trying to reproduce an exact image in regards to color so you are free to use the colors you feel are appropriate. Continue until the project is complete.

5. Final Product.

Please send me jpegs of your progress.

Grading:You will be graded on the following:
1. Neatness-do not bend or roll your project
2. Accuracy-does the drawing represent the photo in regards to object placement?
3. Balance-is there a balance in color?
4. Drawing-is the composition made of of lines of color?

Again, if you have any questions please contact me.