Friday, January 29, 2010

ordinary/extraordinary (first assignment, spring 2010)

Drawing III

For Thursday, January 28:
1) Have drawing supplies (for first assignment: Ordinary/Extraordinary) and books
2) Email me with your name, your blog’s title and url. Use “Drawing III” as subject line, depending upon which section you are in.
3) Bring source material first drawing assignment: Ordinary/Extraordinary.

For Tuesday, February 2:
1) Read Preface and Chapters 1 - 3 of Art Lessons
2) Post an introductory blog post: who are you? Why are you taking Drawing III? What is your concentration? How do you envision Drawing III helping you on your path to become a professional artist/designer? (Minimum two paragraphs and two images).
3) Post a summary of your reading from Art Lessons on your blog (minimum 2 paragraphs). What did you find interesting in this reading? What did you agree or disagree with? Who and what did you learn about or hear of for the first time? Relate something from the reading to an experience you have had. Feel free to add image/s.

First Drawing Assignment:


It is a common goal of artists to represent (literally re-present) the ordinary in such a way that they and their viewers find new beauty, interest, or knowledge in something that is usually overlooked. The ability to do this provides artists with never-ending subject matter and a skill for finding importance in what others dismiss.

The assignment is to take an everyday path (a route that is routine), to see the usual in a new way, to discover what was there all along.
1) Begin by taking 100 digital photos of things/spaces/environments that you pass by frequently. These photos can be taken at one point along the route, or at several points. We are not necessarily after a “timeline” in the final drawing.
2) Shoot with the elements/principles of design in mind (look for interesting compositions) but with some randomness built-in (for example, shoot 7 – 8 images looking through the viewfinder, than 2 – 3 not looking). Think of ways you can use your camera to help you see the usual in an unusual way: focus/depth-of-field/shutter speed/lighting.
3) Bring these images to class on Tuesday, printed out as black and white prints on regular paper—at least 4” x 6” for each photo. Print out the most interesting 10 – 15 images.
4) Bring scissors, tape, glue stick, glue, or acrylic medium, charcoal (vine and compressed), eraser/s, drawing paper (your choice, but good quality such as Stonehenge), newsprint or cheap drawing paper.
5) Good drawing paper should be at least 30” x 40”.
6) You will also need a drawing board large enough to accommodate the large paper. Fleet Farm will cut masonite for you.
7) Also bring laptop with digital files to class, along with camera.

Your assignment is to use the source images you took to create a drawing that re-presents the subject you photographed. Show it to us in a new way—this can be done through abstraction, through high detail, through particular ways of using value, through mark-making, through layering, through cropping/composition, etc.

Ultimately, the drawing should be rich with mark-making, help us see a subject in a new light, and its form and content should feel as if they are working together (your visual choices match the concept of the drawing).

We will work on this drawing in-class
Thursday, Jan. 28
Tues., Feb. 2
Thurs, Feb. 4

Outside of class time spent on this should be 9 – 12 hours.

DUE: Tuesday, Feb 9/CRITIQUE

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