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Art 3 Major/Minor
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Art 3 Major Final Exam 2016 Tuesday June 14, 10;30 – 12:30 AM
You will prepare for this exam the week before, and then make the final work the day of the exam.
A preparatory sketch is required: bring it to the exam.

Communicating an idea with your hand(s)
You will express a point of view or narrative through a visual image with a hand or hands. It can be –
A view of an aspect of the world
A particular issue/moment in your life
A political/social pun or comment
  • You will make a drawing (16” x 20”) or painting in color (your choice of any media).
  • You will draw your hand(s) in your chosen pose from observation and show form with shading.
  • You will include any other imagery in the composition/background that will help express your idea,
  • You can use color any way you wish (it doesn't have to be full chromatic realistic color).  
Your hand(s) can be in any pose:
  • holding something
  • in action, doing something
  • interacting with someone/something
You can bring in resource material for any other element in your image (photos, drawings, still life objects). Plan your idea and do any research before the day of the exam. Please remember to plan something that can be completed in 2 hours!

You will be assessed on -
Coming prepared with ideas and necessary resources and a Sketch (required)
Originality/uniqueness, creative risk taking
Communication of your idea
Rendering of hand (and any other elements)
Overall craftsmanship and presentation
Focus and effort
Consider what you can finish in 2 hours.

Course 7324/7313                        

This course requires students to take an active role in determining creative outcomes to visual concepts. Through assignments stressing drawing and design, students will reflect on personal experiences and ideas as primary sources in the creation of original art forms.  Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of two and three dimensional drawing concepts in the expression of forms in space, and apply their cumulative knowledge of design elements and principles to content based on observational drawing, imaginative thematic forms, sensory experience, metaphor and symbol, and multiple visual imagery.  This course will also provide students with the opportunity to begin the development of a portfolio of artwork suitable for art school admissions.

Major:  Periods per cycle:  4   Credits:  5     
Minor:  Periods per cycle:  2   Credits:  2.5   
Prerequisite: Art 2
Scroll down for descriptions of individual projects.

1. Learning Objectives

   By the completion of this course, the successful student will have:

a. Demonstrated an understanding of the uses commonly associated with a variety of media in the category of painting, sculpture, graphics, printmaking and computer design media.
b. Demonstrated a minimal technical competency at an intermediate level in the categories listed above.
c. Demonstrated the ability to skillfully prepare art works for presentation and exhibition by mat cutting, mounting, and construction methods.
d. Demonstrated knowledge of the care and handling of tools and materials.
e. Articulated the connection between design elements and principles with effective visual expression of ideas, feelings and sensations.
f. Articulated the language of the visual arts through production, assessment, and reflection.
g. Demonstrated the ability to recognize visual and conceptual differences between form and content, observation and imagination, representation and abstraction, and synaesthetic and haptic imagery.

2. Learning Experiences

    In this course, the students will:

a. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the creative process through the practice of experimentation, journal keeping, discussion, critique, final resolution, and aesthetic judgement.
b. Initiate the first stages of portfolio development and review.
c. Develop an appreciation for group dynamics, cooperative experiences, class presentations and discussion, and teaming.
d. Maintain a portfolio of works in progress as well as completed work, a journal – sketchbook, and miscellaneous homework activities.

3. Brief Course Outline

   In this course, the students will explore the following topics:

a. Drawing the figure
b. Figure in environment - drawing
c. Proportion and movement – a sculpture of a figure in action
d. Self portrait painting
e. Collage – narrative and abstraction
f. Facial expressions in clay
g. Modifying an artwork in photoshop
h. A character in action – animation

4. Course Materials

    In this course, students will utilize the following materials:

a. Graphic materials such as charcoal, graphite, ebony pencils, colored pencils, pastels, conte crayons, oil crayons, markers, ink pens.
b. Paint materials such as acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, watercolor, gouache, bristle and sable brushes, palette knives.
c. Paint grounds such as modeling paste, textured gels, gesso, various cardboards and illustration board.
d. Sculptural materials such as pariscraft, plaster, styrofoam or foam board, balsa wood, utility board, corrugated cardboard, found materials, clay.
e. Printmaking materials such as water-based printing inks, linocutting tools, brayers, and ink mediums.
f. Computer technology – computers with design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, CoreFx, Indesign, Flash and color printers.
g. Visual resources such as art reproductions, and slides, visual art periodicals and magazines, and images online.

Description of Individual Projects:

Drawing the Figure:
In Art 3 we focus much of our time on the human figure.  We begin the year by drawing each other from observation. Students take turns posing for the class in a variety of action and resting poses. They learn about proportion, foreshortening and sighting, and draw both quick gesture drawings and longer, developed drawings with shading.

Egon Schiele
Edgar Dgas


Students then apply the knowledge they have gained in an original, creative drawing -

Figure in an Environment – tell us about the person

In this project you will communicate an idea about a person by choosing its pose and placing it in an environment of your choice.  You can use anything as a source for ideas – stories, magazines, the web, imagination.

The environment can be from observation, photographs, or imagination.  The environment can be realistic, surreallistic, completely abstract, whatever you want.

Consider where your figure will be in the composition and where they will be looking – the direction of their gaze.  You don’t have to draw the entire figure, but the person should be the main focus of the drawing, realistically drawn and include shading on them. You will choose a pose, then take a picture of a friend/family member in that pose, and draw from the phot.

The environment can be from observation, photographs, or imagination.  The environment can be realistic, surreallistic, completely abstract, whatever you want.

This will be a color drawing. You can use any drawing media or combination of media – colored pencil, pastel, oil crayon, watercolor.  Begin by doing at least 2 different small sketches of possible ideas before deciding on the final composition.
Please make the figure the main focus of your drawing. You should include the whole body, and it should be at least half the height of your page.
18” x 24” major
16" x 20" minor

  • Research Ideas
  • Take pix of person in your chosen pose
  • Upload pix to graphics lab and SAVE in your folder
  • DO NOT PRINT IN COLOR, print in b&w
  • Make a sketch
  • Choose media
  • Choose paper
  • Start!
You will be assessed on:
Communicating an idea about the figure through the choice of pose and placement in environment
Accurate proportions of the figure
Craftsmanship in use of materials
Effort/classroom performance

William Blake
Dolores Trevino
Min Jun Yue
Marc Chagall

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Hayley B., 2013
      Natalia S., 2013

Figure Sculpture – Form and Movement

In this project you will make a sculpture of the human form, expressing some kind of movement. Begin by choosing an action pose for a figure that you want to sculpt. Choose the pose, have someone model for you, take 3-4 photos from different angles, then make 2 sketches of it from 2 different points of view. (If you chose a pose from a photograph, you can have someone redo the pose for you and shoot it from many angles.)

First, Make a straight stick figure in heavy wire with accurate proportions, at least 12” high.
After you have measured the proportions, bend the wire figure into your desired pose.

You can then either continue with pariscraft, or make a sculpture from clay.

1. Build out the form of the body on the wire stick figure with
thin wire or newspaper and masking tape.
2. Use pariscraft to finish creating the form, applying at least
two layers of pariscraft to all parts of the form.
3. Add detail/smooth the surface with modeling paste, applied
with a palette knife and your fingers.
4. Attach the figure to a wood base with hot glue/nails, and
paint both.

1. Start by getting a block of clay large enough to carve out your
figure, a canvas covered board to work on, a pin tool and ceramic
sculpting tools.
2. Set aside your wire figure to refer to, and begin the new
sculpture with the block of clay, carving away with clay tools to
reveal the figure.
3. Measure the general proportions from the wire figure, making
the clay figure the same size.  
4. Design and include a base support in clay as part of the sculpture
so the figure stands up in the right position.
5. Always wrap the clay tightly in plastic at the end of every class
until completely finished, so the clay doesn't dry.
6. After the work is finished, dried and bisque fired, you can either
glaze it or paint it with acrylics.

You will be assessed on:
Creativity in showing movement with a pose
Accurate proportions of the figure
Craftsmanship in the building and details of the sculpture
Effort/classroom performance

Per Hurum
Ursula Malbin
Christino Mallo
Rafael Huerta

Self Portrait

In this self portrait you will paint a likeness of your face from observation, and create the illusion of form using highlights and shadows. You will also express something more about yourself – your interests, hobbies, beliefs, mood/state of mind, etc. You will do this by choosing –

The position of your head (from what viewpoint will you be seen)
Direction of your gaze (where are you lookiong?)
Content of background (real, imaginary, or abstract; symbolic or metaphorical)
Composition – where you are in the picture in relation to the background.
Color palette - color doesn't have to be realistic

Consider these principles of design: balance, contrast, unity, emphasis (where and what will be your focal point?)

Start by doing 3 different simple sketches of your ideas. You can use any resource material for ideas for your background - old photos, magazines, web, drawings, etc. Your background can be anything, but your face should dominate the piece, (not be a tiny part in the corner). Consider how you will convey aspects about yourself - with symbols, realistic images and/or images as metaphors. Select one sketch, and draw it on your canvas.    

You will be stretching a canvas, and will choose 2 pairs of strecher bars to put together. The sizes run from 24" to 40". When you have decided on your format, the shape of the canvas, you will stretch the canvas and paint it with 2 coats of gesso. This takes about 3 classes.    
Limit your color palette when you start – begin by selecting 4-5 colors that you will make by mixing paints, not just straight color from the bottle. Your colors don’t have to be strictly representational, but you must create the illusion of 3-D form with a contrast of values. Mix samples of those colors and put them in your sketchbook, writing down what paints you used to make them. You can then refer back to these as your color β€œnotes”.

So –
1.      Research ideas for your background
2.      Develop 3 different sketches of ideas for the self portrait
3.      Draw and paint your face in the chosen pose from direct observation in a mirror OR take a high quality photo with strong value contrasts.
4.      Choose the final sketch and format.
5.      Stretch your canvas, paint 2 coats of gesso on it.
6.      Draw your design in pencil on canvas. You can grid it if you want.
5.      It must be at least 24" x 24," or larger if you wish, and can be any format.
6.      Mix your colors and record in sketchbook
7.      Paint the final portrait, working from observation while doing your face.

You will be assessed on:
Realistic depiction of your face - proportion, shapes, and shading
Creativity in composition and imagery to portray aspects of yourself
Craftsmanship in painting face and background
Focus and effort

Frida Kahlo
Thinking of Death
Breanne Duffy
Portrait of My Father
Edvard Munch
Self Portrait with Cigarette
Self Portrait as Spring
Marc Chagall
Self Portrait with Seven

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