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I define the modes of design as Naturalism, Realism, stylization, abstract,
and non-objective. The 6 projects are:
1. Realism- watercolor-ink combination An illustration of different subject
matter from life sketches objects that I bring in for them to sketch or from
books. By creating a montage of images they produce a composition and use
watercolor washes and gradations to give it color. Then they use
cross-hatching ink techniques to give more details and a darker area for more
2. Abstract- Weave drawing, This is a combination of two pictures that are
stripped into one inch strips and woven together and then some removed to let
you see more of both pictures. These are enlarged and drawn with pencil to
produce a most accurate representation however the images are mixed in an
abstract manner. This would probably need examples for you to truly
understand what I mean but the kids love it.
3. Stylization- Embossing In this project they simplify a subject and try to
make it reduced to the most interesting aspects of the subject. By using
4ply or ply chip board, they create a matrix and create 4 to 7 level
embossing with Rives BFK paper. This is kept white on white.
4. Naturalism- Surrealism, This is a unit with art history and a project
that involves Pastel and paper stencils to rub,(with old shirt material) the
pastel onto paper and then use pencil for details. These are very whimsical
in though but can be very realistic depending on the skill of the student.
5. Non- Objective- I like to use a number of tricks to show the students that
the principles of design can create a beautiful composition and you can find
design all around you. Sometimes I look through paper finders in magazines,
Architectural designs from buildings (like Richard Diebencorn), designs from
letters, etc. I try to change this often. The main 2 things we do is use
color schemes, with tempera (involved chart with them experimenting etc.) and
value patterns to produce directional movement and flow to the brighter
center of interest. We also introduce sponging gradations, stippling and
hard edge taping for a varied painterly effect.
6.Abstract/Stylization/Realsim- Portraits, Self or from others, This is also
changed yearly from conte crayon on toned paper, to pencil, to acrylic
painting that are crossed with lines and shapes for an abstract, to just
pen and ink. They study the features of the face and practice with each
other and with pictures to see how to draw eyes noses and mouths. We go over
proportions and put together faces that are believable.
7. This year I am having them create a sketchbook and image file that they
will keep working on through out the year and turn in for a grade at semester
time, or maybe each grading period.
Well, that's what I do, I hope that helps you. I also teach art 1,2,3,4,
Commercial graphics, Independent study, and A.P. (studio)
San Jose, CA