Friday, August 31, 2012


Alexa Mariani- Art 7A (Ideal Solids)
The T/Th classes began work on Ideal Solids in Art 7A. Art 7B students began studies for their Eye Level and Base Lines project. Alexa's drawing above exhibits rich, even gradations and well grounded forms. Alisha's drawing below illustrates the various views of a jaw bone with strong tonal rendering as well.
Alisha Ascencio - Art 7B (Eye Level studies)

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Oulaipheth Poungnachith
Students made drawings of the ideal solids arranged in landscape compositions. The drawings must address 1. atmospheric perspective 2. location 3. proportion 4. overlap 5. diagonals 6. value (the categories of light). Oulaipheth's drawing above has rich values, a good sense of weight and light as well as textural variation in the objects and the surrounding environment.
Susan Hix
Susan's drawing, although still in progress, exhibits a rich textural quality in her use of additive and reductive drawing techniques. By drawing white lines with the eraser complementing the black lines, she adds a stronger sense of volume as well as increased visual interest.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The T/TH class began studies in Gesture Drawing. Like the contour technique, gesture drawing builds eye-hand coordination. Unlike contour which is a slow, single incisive line, gestural lines are quick and spontaneous. Furthermore, gestural lines are rephrased and multiplied. We explored line, mass and scribble techniques. The line technique illustrates the structural qualities of an object whereas the mass and scribble techniques capture the volume and values or light of an object. Notice in the last drawing how there is a greater sense of atmosphere and environment.
Dorothy Geiger- Scribble

Joelly Lobato de Faria- Mass

Candace Althen- Mass w/ Negative Space Emphasized

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Mike Koonce
Ideal Solids are standard geometric forms that are the building blocks of most man-made objects. The forms include: sphere, cube, tall cylinder, short open cylinder, and the cone. Students made drawings of the forms and applied the categories of light to enhance the sense of three dimensionality.
Mike's drawing above illustrates the controlled, even gradations indicative of tonal rendering executed with a soft charcoal pencil.

Monday, August 27, 2012


In your sketchbook using 3B graphite pencil or higher, make a series of (10) contour line drawings of complex objects (tools, bicycle parts, engine parts, car, house plants, etc). Employ line weight variations and accenting. Remember: the contour method is a slow, single, incisive line defining interior as well as exterior volumes with NO shading. One drawing per page please.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Phoebe Kobabe - 7B

Isabel Martinez - 7A
Here are two examples of Contour Line Drawings made in the T/Th class of 7A and 7B. Phoebe/s drawing exhibits strong, confident contours while maintaining very accurate proportions as well. Remember the slower you draw the more accurate the proportions will be. Her use of "cropping" has activated the negative areas by enclosing them and implying new shapes.
Isabel's drawing exhibits dynamic angles by the placement of similar or even the same shape across the composition. Notice the implied triangle starting with the oil can on the left edge, moving to the upper right and down to the bottom of the composition.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


David Baldwin
M/W class began studies in Contour Line Drawing. Contour lines define interior and exterior volumes. Unlike outlines, contour drawings should appear three dimensional. Accenting the line (swelling the line and adding darker and lighter areas) will create a greater sense of volume and three dimensionality. David's drawing above exhibits strong, fluid line quality with just enough attention to detail found in surface variations be it textural or from light.