Idea Journal Assignment #1:
This assignment will start during class and will be finished at home. The whole assignment should take approximately 3 – 6 hours to complete, so do a little each night in order to avoid cramming the whole assignment into one night before it’s due!
The goal of this exercise is to learn to LOOK CAREFULLY and to “draw from observation” – that means drawing people or objects “just as we see them”, and with them right in front of us. For this assignment, you may also use photographs from the internet to draw from, as long as they are (1) not comics - real photographs and (2) not an artist's work.
YOUR TASK: Create a series of 6 (six) OBSERVATIONAL* graphite pencil drawings of six types of one thing. For example, draw six different frogs. Or six different famous statues. Or six different chocolate bars. Or six of your relatives.
Each drawing should be fully developed, and a minimum 3” X 3”, which is about the size of the palm of your hand... drawn in your idea journal. They can be on separate pages, or on one page - however you want!
* Remember that in order to create an accurate observational drawing, you must LOOK at the thing (either in real life, or on a photograph) while drawing it, paying attention to its proportions, position, colours / values, etc.
In order to record small details, the “thing” you’re drawing should be the same size you’re drawing it (minimum). The best way to see details is to look at it on a computer, in a library book, or on a printed page, rather than on your phone.
Observational drawing is the toughest kind of drawing to do – it takes patience, your full attention and TIME – it can’t be rushed. Please do your best to work slowly and in a focused way!
Idea Journal Assignment #2: Dictionary Page
Your work must have colour, somewhere in it!
Idea Journal Assignment #2: Book Cover
Design a front and back cover for the FRC Scribbler.
This year's theme is "A Splash of Colour" - dealing with diversity, inclusiveness, uniqueness, pride, standing out, and celebrating life. Your design can be made digitally, or hand made. The design must be visually attractive, interesting, and rendered in detail (no 'sketches' will be accepted).
Please keep in mind:
Idea Journal Assignment #4: Fake Flyer
Watch this video from The Art Assignment. Artist and musician Nathaniel Russell's work plays with the divide between real and imagined, making posters and flyers for events that may or may not exist.
I am asking you to make a fake flyer and share it with the world too.
Your assignment is to...
Idea Journal Assignment #5: Surrealist Painting
This project is intended to help you:
- Come up with a variety of different ideas for art challenges presented in class
- Generate multiple ideas/images for art making from personally relevant/meaningful sources,
like feelings, memories, imagination, observations, associations, learning in other subject areas,
cultural traditions, personal responses to current events, social and environmental issues,
experiences with other artists’ art works, etc.
- Gather visual information (personal photos, found visuals, artists’ works, etc.) to extend ideas.
- Observe carefully while drawing from life / images, pays attention to detail
- Draw people, objects and places with accurate proportions
- Understand the difference between realistic, expressive, and abstract ways of representing
- Finish and refine work until it looks complete and ready to display
- Understand ways that contemporary art reflects peoples’ views, opinions, and experiences
- Understand how artists are influenced by their environments
Remember that surrealism may:
- use oddity, humour or wit
- use the element of surprise
- combine unusual things into one situation
- include realistic elements (real things/people/places etc.) but as a whole, does not seem like a realistic situation