• Drawing & Painting



                The Drawing and Paining Course is designed to familiarize the students with a wide range of materials while improving their understanding of the elements of design. The students will be working on their ability to create artwork that depicts the world around them visually. The course will teach the students to use both realistic and interpretive images. This course is also designed to help the students develop a portfolio for college applications.


    1. Pencil

    2. Eraser

    3. Box for supplies

      GRADING (90 %)

                  Students will be expected to complete four to five projects a marking period. I expect students to be open to trying new things and put the effort forward to be successful. Students will be graded on their effort and improvement from one project to the next. The classroom projects make up eighty percent of the students grade. A list of assignments will be provided to the students as well as being posted in the classroom.

      CRITIQUES (10%)

                      Students will be expected to write a total of four critiques during this course. During the first critique I will model what to write in an effective critique and the students will write along with me. In subsequent critiques the students will be provided with assistance but will do the writing on their own. The critiques will make up ten percent of the students average.



    Project 1

    Eye studies (Conte Crayon)

    Use a mirror creates a drawing of an eye. Try to use directional shading to help develop the shape of the eye.

    The eye should take up 70% of the paper and the skin around the eye the other 30%. The more detail the better.


    Project 2

    Object in Pocket Still life (Graphite Pencil)

    Take any object that one may have in a pocket or that fits in your hand. Sketch the object from observation from several different angles to find the one that is most visually appealing. For the final you will be drawing on large paper so that you are dramatically altering the scale of the picture.



    Critique of Eye

    Write a critique using the four paragraph rubric provided.

    Terms-composition, contrast, surface texture, depth.

    Project 3

    Landscape (Water Color)

    Using either a photo of your own or off of the computer try to depict a landscape using watercolor. The colors should get more intense as the get closer to you. This can be accomplished by using less water. In the background you will be using a wash technique where you use lots of water and very little paint. It will be helpful to paint from back to front.

    Sep 25

    Critique Still life

    Write a critique using the four paragraph rubric provided.

    Terms- Overlap, shading, light source, composition, contrast.

    Project 4

    Portrait Composition Exercise (Charcoal)

    Using either a mirror or a photo you are going to render a portrait in charcoal. The portrait should be of only a portion of the face as this is an exercise in composition. Try to place the face on the paper so it is cropped and creates a more artistic view. Blending the charcoal or leaving the line stroke are both acceptable uses of the medium,



    Project 5

    Surface Texture Portraits (Oil Pastels)

    Using what we have previously learned about composition render a portrait using oil pastels. In this assignment it is important to let the marks of the oil pastels show and not to smudge the color. The surface of the artwork should be active with lots of different strokes and marks of the oil pastels.


    Project 6

     Tool Still life (Pencil)

    Set up a still life of tools and render it in pencil. Pay close attention to the shadows under the tools and the shadows the tools leave on each other. Try to shade the objects in the way in which they go, almost as if you were drawing on the object itself.













    Critique Surface Texture Portraits

    Write a critique using the four paragraph rubric provided.

    Terms- Surface texture, line stroke, blending, overlap, shading, light source, composition, contrast.

    Project 7

    Perspective (Water Color)

    When an object comes at you in a picture it requires you to draw it in perspective. For this assignment you need to render an image in watercolor that demonstrates your understanding of perspective. You do not need to use a ruler or use 1 point perspective. Just be aware of how the objects get larger as they come closer to you.


    Project 8

    Bottle Still life (White Pencil on Black Paper)

    This project will require you to look at the reflections on the bottles and the negative shapes around the bottles. It is important that you only shade the reflections and the negative shapes and allow your drawing of this to create the bottle. It is not important that each bottle is completely outlined with white pencil and in many ways that would be incorrect.


    Project 9

    Cubism- Colored pencil

    In this assignment you will select a subject matter and then draw it from several different points of view. The drawing will all be on the same paper and will overlap each other. This should provide the view with a sense of time which is a central element to the style of cubism. You can color the object in a manner you would like with colored pencils. I would suggest changing the scale of the object between drawings.




    Contour Line (Pencil)

    Using a reference image where several things overlap you is going to draw the object using only line.   The objects closer to you will have a darker line for the edges and lighter lines for the details (like folds or patterns). As the objects get farther away they will get lighter on both the edges and on the details. The objects in the background should be nothing more then a light mark on the paper


    Project 11

    Self Designed Still life (Colored Pencil)

    Pick any collection of objects and arrange them so that they overlap. Draw in pencil a sketch of the still life on the paper. Using colored pencils no ad the color to the objects. Remember that the colors get darker as they become shadows and as the get close.


    Project 12

    Skylines (Watercolor)

    Select a picture of a skyline and render it using watercolors. Remember that the colors get less intense as they get farther away. This project can be a silhouette if you would like.


    Project 13

    Lighting Portraits (White Pencil Black Paper)

    This assignment requires you to look at the highlights on the face and how the light fades into the shadows. It is important that you shade the face following the contours so that the face becomes three dimensional.



    Critique Lighting Portraits

    Terms- Contours, Surface texture, line stroke, blending, overlap, shading, light source, composition, contrast.