UNITS & PROJECT LIST
Art is offered to accomodate those who can't schedule
regular high school Art fundamentals:
The emphasis in "Independent Art, Beginning" is the
same as Fundamentals of Art, or Art I. Most
of the projects cover the same skills and concepts.
If you are in another class hour working independently,
you can ask for help from me at times when I am not
involved with presenting or helping the other class.
Others will have to schedule other times to get information
and discuss progress.
Assignments will help you to build basic art skills.
Check off the assignments as they are completed. Most
of these projects will have a web page or a handout
sheet for detailed directions. I will help you find
materials as you request them. I will receive
the work that you have done and give you some feedback.
click to See information
on Grading Art Projects.
will be asked to keep a folder (notebook).
Use your folder to record your NOTES,
Due date reminders, and your research notes
from library and internet in here as well as
all handout sheets.
Before going into any of the studies or
assignments below. Become familiar with the
content of our Art Web page. And by the
way, don't look at it with an old version of
Netscape because it is very poor on it. Find
a better machine with a good browser and it
is really good! http://victorian.fortunecity.com/literary/431
Any information that is really important
for all students is there somewhere. It is
quite informative about the basics of art and
design. If you look at the links
you will find access the the best art in the
world and it is only a click away.
1- Information & Understanding "What makes
up a Picture or Design."
1.1 What is visual content?" Images (subjects)
or "forms" (made up of visual elements.such
as line, shape, color. etc)
1.2 Visual content can be descriptive
or non descriptive.
Descriptive Forms: Forms or objects that
can be named and identified.example: flower,
Non Descriptive forms: Forms or objects that
can not be named or identified except as abstract
visual terms. example: dark red cylinder, fuzzy
Visual Content, may have varying amounts of
detail and can be
represented in either 2
dimensions or 3 dimensions.
1.3 Terms: Icons and Environments" Practice
and using visual content: Breaking up Space
1.4 Terms: Breakup1: primary breakup and Breakup
2: secondary breakup.
Breakup 1 define the spaces occupied by major
objects or forms in your picture space.
Breakup 2 defines the areas inside each
of the primary spaces.
visual content. Analyze 3 pictures or photos.
Make a list of items in the picture space,
note size, placement,color and detail
of these visual items. Use one page for each
Example of analysis work page click here: Analysis
2. Concept: Understand "Flat" or 2-Dimensional
2.1 2 Dimension images and pattern from picture
or real life visual source.
Click to See: pattern
2.2 Positive and Negative designs using silhouette
and detail cutout Click to See: positive
negative design page
Unit 2.1 Find an Interesting picture with good
visual content and draw lines to divide the
main areas and objects with a line outline.
The result will look a little like puzzle
pieces. Then use a strait edge and pen to draw
a line pattern inside of each area. You could
use parallel lines with each space having a
different look. (Some vertical, some diagonal,
some horizontal, some spaced closely some not
so close. The appearance of darkness or lightness
will be suggested by the closeness of the strokes.
Unit 2:2 Interpret still life arrangement as
2 dimension, pattern design (color or bw) Choose
media: either cut paper OR unblended
paint to interpret the still life arrangement
which is used to interpret flat areas of still
life: If paint is used, use a palette and tempera
(poster) paint. Hint, color often is more
if you have a dominant color to work out of.
3. Modeling forms to make them appear 3D
3.1 What makes a rounded form look round or
a blocky solid look blocky?
The light causing shadows and highlight is
one of way, Defining surfaces or edges is the
other and the two are interrelated.
3.2 The visual element "tone" refers to the
darkness or lightness of any form.
3.3 Flat space is not defined a volume it is
only 2Dimensional in appearance.
3.4 Modeling is a term referring to shading
3.5 Illumination is the term which refers distincltly
to light and shadow.
Click here to see the effect of turning
2D forms into 3D forms.
Transforming flat forms; Turning 2D shapes
into a 3 dimensional mass using tone and shading.
Ask for the "Mass and Shading" worksheet
to practice interpreting 3D forms from flat
shapes. Do the practice worksheet. Use
Use markers and pastels to draw and shade your
own 3 D sculptural masses invention. You can
introduce forms that are somewhat like
the worksheet. Try to connect and integrate
forms using composites of basic volumes: spheres,
cylinders, pyramids, cubes, cones, etc. The
markers can produce the basic shapes and surface
edges, then complete with pastels to produce
the tone blends that show light and shading.
4. Observing Skills - - Drawing and Sketching
4.1 Observation skills, seeing and sketching
Outline, Shape, Form, Tone, Texture
4.2 Tricks and Techniques Using a viewfinder:
4.2 Proportion is the size of one part relative
to another part, e.g., the head to the chest,
or the head to the legs.
4.1 Figure Drawings , Proportions and
Make several drawings of human figures.
Draw the whole body. Try different size drawings
-- 9x12, 12x16, larger -- and different methods.
Use real people to model or use photo to serve
5. Painting with Transparent Water Color, [Tempera,
5.1 Painting skills, sketching using the wash
5.2 Painting with brush and palette, Techniques
5.3 Transparency is a very fluid consistency
Click on the link to "watercolor samples".
with washes (OK to copy a picture or
5.1 Try to make the colors match the examples.
Show light and shadow. Suggest textures.
5.2 Try the art by accident methods. Use very
wet page and drop watery paint onto the wet
surface. (Use watercolor in tines for best
transparency, but tempera paint if thinned
to a fluid consistency is very effective too.
5.3 Create an original design using the fluid
wash method. Your choice of subject and design.
6. Three Dimensional Art Interpretation
Design in 3D. Introduces rhythm, continuity,
and surface contour as a concept.
An additional information sheet will be available
7: Clay sculpture (6 days)
6.1 Choose either relief or in the round carving
6.2 Three Dimensional Carving or Additive Method
of Sculpture, Clay
6.3 Bas Relief Carving into face of clay,
Using Photo effects from Computer Graphics
An additional information sheet will be available