I love the projects featured on The Blooming Palette. Several semesters I saw the Sit Down and Speak Up project and fell in love with it. I show my students the Rock the Vote 2014 video and ask them to pick an issue important to them. We brainstorm a list of words and practice drawing several different types of chairs.
Here are some beginning sketches of chairs and stools I demoed in class.
First step, select the correct orientation of your paper — horizontal or vertical. Next make a slight mark where you would like the top and bottom of the chair to be on your paper. This is to remind you not to run off the page while you are practicing.
Second, using your pencil like a windshield wiper to find the correct angles. Draw a box out of the chair legs.
Next draw the chair legs going up. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of making a wrong mark. Make many lines so you have enough to choose from.
Fourth, measure for proportions. How long are the legs to the back of the chair.
Next add detail. Look for the shading and changes in value.
Think about your composition. Does your eye go in a circle around the picture plane. Do you have some large and small objects? Is everything the same size? Are your dark areas balanced?
A word of caution about text – Think about the FONT of your words. If you use ALL stencils you will give your work a military feel. Do you want that? Does it help your artwork? Think about having some text hanging off/running off your page. Think about using cursive and print.
A word of caution – do not paint your entire paper, words and chairs all one color it will kill the composition. The more successful compositions masks out the chairs and paint the background in different neutral color washes. This will give DEPTH to your composition.
On the facebook group Art Teachers, there were two cool artist report ideas that I saw today.
The first was a painting on a bottle with the report rolled up as the message in the bottle. This project is the idea of Jodie Kill-Victoria. Here is what she has to say,
“Tried a different approach to teaching art history with my high school painting class this semester. This lesson involved researching, evaluating, recreating and writing a personal letter to an artist from history that they were given. We painted using acrylic paint and sealed our bottles with a spray gloss. We then rolled up our letters for the finished “Message in a Bottle” art lesson.”
The second idea is an artist sketchbook report. This was created by
The elements on the page are 5 cool facts, 5 identifying characteristics, why are they important, a quote and 7 pictures of their work.