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Honors Drawing & Painting Oil Pastel, Self-Portraits and Charcoal Skeletons

Honors Drawing & Painting Oil Pastel, Self-Portraits and Charcoal Skeletons

Term 2 brought some observational work to the Honors Drawing & Painting students. Through some long and deliberate sketchbook practice, the students were able to conquer some portrait fears as well as get acclimated with the use of oil pastel. Next students moved to another observational piece when studying the form of “Bucky” the Art Department skeleton and the use of black and white charcoal. This progression of observational work was tough on the students but we feel their finished work has shown great growth.

Studio Art 1 – Observational Value Drawings

Studio Art 1 – Observational Value Drawings
Studio Art 1 – Observational Value Drawings

Studio Art 1 students have been very busy since the beginning of the school year. The students began discussing the elements of art, and now have gone into depth with the element “Value’. Students have used both graphite and white charcoal while observing their own paper sculptures and then worked with a value range to create their final product. The introduction of the tortillion (blending stick) has been an exciting tool for many to use on their projects.

Objectives for the students were as follows:

  • Students will use their observational skill to illustrate the details of their paper sculpture.

  • Students will create the full value scale to turn their flat shape into form. Utilizing graphite for the paper sculpture and white charcoal for their airplane drawing.

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards

2.14 Review systems of visualizing information and depicting space and volume, for example, scale and vanishing point, linear, atmospheric, and isometric perspective; and create works using these systems
3.8 Create representational 2D artwork from direct observation and from memory that convincingly portrays 3D space and the objects and people within that space