Color Detail 1: Colored line and texture.
General Assignment Idea: Interpret picture(s)
or invent picture(s) which is rich in
Challenge: Do as many pictures
as time allows in 3 days.
No less than one a day!
Detail can be "descriptive" describing
certain kinds of detail,
Detail can also be patterned, stylized
lines or textures,
Detail is secondary breakup. (inside
of the main forms of the picture.)
Select as many bright colors
as you can.
HINT - Do not be limited by what
you imagine are the normal ‘"realistic"’
Skills: Using a fine pointed
brush, using detail with good control
bright colors, vivid hues of color.
Media and Materials: Use tempera
paint which is bright, colorful and
opaque. Small size brushes.
Ideas and Subject selection -
Make it tell a story or be about
something. Describe something real
that you can see. Or paint something
whose details you are very familiar
with. Use many bright lively colors
as colored line. Emphasize line and
textures. You may suggest textures
by using small marks, dots, lines, small
Limitations - Do not attempt
to blend colors -- to make colors realistic
-- or to fill in solid areas.
Design: Include more than one
form in your visual content (Object
with setting) Do not try to fill a large
space with tiny detail (Too much
labor and time would be required.)
The picture size will probably
work best at 9x12
Time: One or more can be done
easily in one day. But you work
with this method for 3 days.
If you finish early repeat the
technique again with variation for extra
credit, trying to be more creative,
often your best work comes with more
practice and more freedom to express
Inspiration from Examples -
Artists: See Van Gogh, Matisse,
Color Assignment 2, Still life:
General Assignment Idea: Create
a still life setup. Interpret the still
life display using abstraction methods
You will observe and then reinterpret
the forms in this design.
Different Kinds of Abstraction:
Use any of the following methods of
abstraction: Overlapping, transparency,
Lines of symmetry, or faceting.
You will be given samples or have explanation
of these methods.
Medium: Blended tempera or poster
Skills: Composing objects in
space; and drawing skills - esign
skill using interesting breakup of the
picture space- Mixing color blends or
tones; Using a palette. - Applying color
Hints: Painting in areas of solid
or graded color tones - Color harmony
should be planned,
Borrow a color scheme from another famous
artist, note his or her color choices.
and make a note to use these. Consider
a "dominant color" and "color
Design: Picture size: 18x24 with
border or 16x20 (trimmed size)
Time: 4 days
Artists: Picasso, Braque, Gris, Feininger
Color Assignment 3. Still life, Realistic:
General Assignment Idea: Organize
a still life display which has good
variety in shape, color, size and textures.
Skills: Use the same skills as
described above, But you will be achieving
true life outline and tone and color.
Materials or Media: Work with
acrylic paint on canvasette
Size: 18x24 with added border
of 1.5 inches Color
4. Color Assignment 4. Life Drawing
(modeled human or other animal )
Modeled and tonal, means showing 3d-ness,
as opposed to a flatness that results
from no tonal shading.
General Assignment Idea: Use
light and shadow illuminate a human
forms or some other kind of life form,
draw them as large as possible inside
the picture space.
Design approach: Emphasize the
masses of the body and the light and
shadow illuminating the body. Give the
form a 3d environment though it may
Size: 18x24 with border.
Time: 6 days to do one
Media: limited palette,
paint media, brushes
Artists to Study:
Rubens, Picasso (1921),
Henry Moore, Botero
Color Assignment 5. Serendipitous Water
Color Wash Techniques: Use tempera or
water color washes.
(Discovering visual effects in fluid
General Assignment Idea: Discover
visual qualities. What makes the accidental
flow and blend of colors beautiful?
They are rich in purely visual effects;
color, line, texture, shape are of great
variety and which are rich and
infinitely variable. Use transparent
washes and wet in wet affects which
express fluidity and spontaneity with
the medium. Do Not overwork any of the
color areas. The accidental of serendipity
quality of wet in wet is such that you
always predict it try to allow for these
effects to happen on their own and do
not rework that which happens
in a spontaneous fresh way.
This kind of art begins as play but
must eventually be transformed and interpreted
as some kind of subject or story using
the wonderful visual results.
Water Color transparency happens with
adding water to the paint until it is
mostly water. Though tempera or poster
color is considered an opaque
and not transparent
medium it gives nice effects when very
fluid. it is not quite as good for washes
as water color tubes or water color
cakes. We will do the art
by accident approach with a thinned
out tempera dropped and dripped and
folded and tipped on a wetted piece
of paper. Once dried the effects can
be studied for possible
Subject matter: the most challenging
upon your imagination thus far. Follow
up by adding line and some additional
color tone to develop the vision that
you discovered within your accidental
universe. Make an effort to preserve
the visual effects that have been made
Selection: Select a subject that
you are inspired to use after doing
a little experimenting with serendipity.
(Accidents that produce amazing results=serendipity).
HINT: The wet into wet paper
blends are very effective to create
the illusion of atmosphere, foliage,
storms, seas, fur, flowers, etc.
Size 16x20 to 18x24 with border
Time: Allow One day for the wet
in wet sketches and, 1to 2 days follow-up
to clarify and complete with detail
Production:: Do no less than two
of these in 1 week's time.
6 Color Design 6:
Water color quick figure sketches“
Technique: "Wash" sketches
with pen detail.
General Assignment Idea: Capture
the essential pose and the proportions
of the the human figure with “visual
shorthand.” Work with a light
wash from watercolor or tempera as in
5 above, you are to complete gesture
drawing silhouettes of human figures
in natural action poses:
HINT: Do not use a heavy application
of paint. Do not "cross out any less
than perfect sketch. Try to improve
your skills while you work with a brush
and wash method.
Not too many people have a good sense
of figure proportion so it is advisable
that you review figure drawing proportion
(1 to 7) with a guide sheet from your
teacher. Some of these may be from pictures
but be sure that the majority or from
real life models. Use the head
length as the guide to proportion.
Design: Create a "montage"
or multi image per page approach. Your
art will have the appearance of practice
or practice works but they should
still be done
sensitively and caringly.
Please consider size variation and position
of the images
Page size: 9x12 or 12x16 inch
Time: You will work with wash
and pen for 3 days or until you have
a minimum of six pages of studies
7: Surrealism (Fantasy Images)
General Assignment Idea: Organize
objects which can represent personal
symbols, or juxtapositions of forms
suggest fantasy or psychological content.
Ask for the fantasy
painting guide sheet.
To understand the concept of “irrational,”
Look up Magritte, Dali, Arp,
or "Surrealism". To underastand the
concept of pure visual texture look
Kandinsky. Do some concept sketches
of your idea before you proceed. Search
examine internet web pages dealing with
3d ray-tracing and phantasy environments.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas tablet
Size: 16x 20
Time: No more than 6 class days.
8 : Pattern and Texture-producing art
General Assignment Idea: The
painting knife which can be used either
with a degree of realism or used in
a semi-abstract sense. The effects of
paint applied by a blade cause an
interesting effect of texture when blending
or "scumbling" painting over
a previous paint color layer.
Experiment; this is a new techniqe
so experiment to discover the textures
which come from using a palette knife.(Or
a stiff piece of card board to apply
Dry brush is another effect: As
the paint runs out on the knife or brush
it produces a soft texture,
the "dry brush" look.
Subject matter: Select subject
matter that is compatible to the method
don't try anything too realistic.
Painting technique. Do not neglect
content and a sense of subject in an
Size: It is probably advisable
to stay in the 12 to 14 inch size range
for the page or canvas sheet.
Time: No more than 4 class days.
Assignment 9 : Realism, painting
a still life in normal colors and light.
General Assignment Idea: construct
an attractive setting of objects in
Select the objects to produce size and
color contrasts as well as good line
movement to affect a good
Blend colors on palette to match those
of your set up.
Subject matter: Select subject
matter that is compatible or suggested
by the knife painting
technique. Do not neglect primary
content and a sense of a main
subject in its own environment.
Size: 12 x 16 inch minimum size
or larger. Choose canvas or heavy paper
Time: No more than 5 class days.
Color Design 10 Pastel. Torn
paper frisket / stencil method. Semi-abstract.
General Assignment Idea:
A stencil allows color
to go inside a shape to leave that area
filled with color or tone.
A frisket allows color
to trace outside the edge of the torn
or cut pattern. Using a direct
approach or cotton balls apply color
blends over the top of torn or cut paper
edges onto a plain sheet of paper.
A “Frisket” uses the edge
of a guide form and a stencil uses the
inside or cut- out areas.
Selection: Select a subject which
is simple but interesting. Think semi
abstractly on stencil
images with very simple, easy shapes.
Friskets make beautiful patterns and
be torn out or cut with as much complexity
as you feel comfortable with.
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