Choose a topic that you care about and connects to your life in some way. It can be big issues like homelessness, environmental concerns, wars, suicide, grief, drug abuse, or bullying. Or it can be more personal like Ai Wei Wei's pieces that represent his own experience of being trapped. It should be something you care about deeply or that represents your own experience.
Look up some of these famous artists:
Goya--3rd of May, 1808
Andy Warhol--Electric Chair
Maya Lin--Vietnam Memorial
Norman Rockwell--The Problem we all Live With
Ai Wei Wei
1. Choose your topic
2. Research the issue and consider the impact of that issue--on the world, on our community, on you personally.
3. Decide on your media--stretch yourself. Try something new.
4. Make thumbnail sketches of your ideas. Focus on Composition and the rule of thirds.
5. Get your composition approved from me.
6. Get to it!
Travel Poster Assignment:
1. Research a place--fictional or real and find iconic images, activities and information about that place.
2. Sketch out 3-5 potential drawings for your poster.
3. Combine your favorite elements into one sketch that shows the rule of thirds.
4. Get that checked off with Mrs. Allen
5. Choose your color palette--keep it simple.
6. Use a ruler to write out your text.
7. draw out the poster on a 16x20 paper.
8. Paint it using tempera.
Here is a link to the slide show with examples.
Remember the principles of design:
Glow in the Dark
1. Choose an image for your subject matter (face, flower, animal, landscape, etc.).
2. Draw your composition.
3. Decide, what part of it you want to “glow”. Keep that area unpainted.
4. Choose one of the two methods: (A) monochromatic or (B) in full color.
Choice A. Paint the rest of the image in black-and-gray, keeping tonal relationships, but darkening all the colors a little, so the lightest area is gray (not white). Paint the glowing area with any colored pigment + white.
Choice B. Paint the rest of the image by adding some black to each color, keeping tonal relationships. Paint the glowing area with colored pigments + white.
1. get a piece of 18 x 24 watercolor paper and begin to gather
newspapers, magazines or maps. Choose how you will cover the watercolor paper with newspaper. You can be totally random with how you cover it or be selective with articles and pictures to stay with a theme. It could be political or social in nature if you are that kind of activist. Glue it all down. be extra careful of edges and corners.
2. While the newspaper is drying, start to plan how you will use
stencils from your design. will they mirror your design? will they
be random? or will they......? you decide, you're the artist. Cut out
3. Choose colors of spray paint to use, we have the primary colors and black and white.
4. I strongly suggest getting another piece of big newsprint and practice, but don’t waste the paint, and then go to your newspaper and spray. Let it dry outside.
5. Go back to your stencil paper with your design
and trace it on the opposite side of the paper to transfer later.
6. when the spray paint is dry, transfer your drawing and then
paint with black or ......... you decide,
There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform. (Paul Cezanne)
Link to the color lecture