May 28 to June 1st

Two Point Perspective

Students will use the elements of line and perspective to finish their Two Point Perspective Sketch.

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Art May 21-25

Two point perspective

Perspective in the graphic arts is an approximate representation, generally on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are smaller as their distance from the observer increases; and that they are subject to foreshortening, meaning that an object’s dimensions along the line of sight are shorter than its dimensions across the line of sight.

Students have finished their sketch in their sketchbook. They will begin drawing their final project.

Art May 7-11

Mark your calendar!

We are pleased to invite you to attend our art exhibition on Saturday May 12 in the secondary school hall.  We are proud of how our students have matured and developed as individuals as well as designers and artists. The work on show will display the diverse range of skills, talents and techniques, not to mention hard work and dedication.

During this week students will prepare their work for the exhibition.

Art May 2-4

Portraits

the-grid-method

Students have finished their practice exercises of facial features in their sketchbooks. They will now begin to practice the grid method on their favorite artist.

The grid method is an inexpensive, low-tech way to reproduce and/or enlarge an image that you want to paint or draw. The grid method can be a fairly time-intensive process, depending on how large and detailed your painting will be. While the process is not as quick as using a projector or transfer paper, it does have the added benefit of helping to improve your drawing and observational skills.

Art April 23-27

Celebrity Portraits

Students will finish drawing their Celebrity Portraits. They will be applying the elements of line, and shape to create proportion and balance.

Portray is a related term of portrait. The difference between portrait and portray is that portrait is  an accurate depiction of a person, a mood, etc while portray is  to describe in words; to convey. to represent or describe someone or something in a painting, film, book or other artistic work.

Photographer Chris Buck well known for his celebrity portraits describe his experience in the following way.

“I really want a picture that’s going to be a little surprising and delightful for the viewer,” Buck said. “At the same time, if I can squeeze in something that’s a little bit psychological or intriguing that might go a little deeper, then I’d be so pleased if that could happen, too”.

Art April 16-20

Portraiture

A portrait painting or drawing depicts the image of a particular person or animal, or group. The subject of a portrait is usually called a “sitter”, because traditionally people would sit in front of the artist to have their portrait painted. Nowadays, of course, artists can work from a photograph, so not everyone has to “sit” for a portrait.

Portraits are effective and compelling when they tell us something about the person. A good portrait is not just a visual representation of a person; it will also reveal something about the essence of the person. What the portrait reveals may not be completely obvious – sometimes it can be cleverly implied through a certain expression or pose, an included object, or the artist’s use of color. Sometimes the person in the portrait can become iconic, representing a wider group of people from a specific period in time, who shares something in common.

Students are practicing facial features in their sketchbook to later reproduce a portrait of an artist of their choice.

Art April 9-13

Portraits

In fine art, a portrait can be a sculpture, a painting, a form of photography or any other representation of a person, in which the face is the main theme. Traditional easel-type portraits usually depict the sitter head-and-shoulders, half-length, or full-body. There are several varieties of portraits, including: the traditional portrait of an individual, a group portrait, or a self-portrait. In most cases, the picture is especially composed in order to portray the character and unique attributes of the subject. Among Western Art’s great exponents of portraiture are the Old Masters of the Renaissance such as the Florentines Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. North of the Alps, there was Jan van Eyck, Lucas Cranach, and Hans Holbein. Later exponents included the immortal Dutchman Rembrandt Anthony Van Dyck the Spanish court painter Velazquez. Modern portraiture is exemplified by Theodore Gericault, Edouard Manet; Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, Paul Gaugin, and Pablo Picasso.

Eight grade students will finish drawing facial features in their sketchbook before beginning their Ebony Portrait Project. This week they will finish drawing the nose and the lips in their sketchbook.

 

 

Art April 3-6

Self- Portraits

As the Renaissance reasserted the importance of individuality (and mirrors became more widely available), self-portraiture exploded as a genre of its own—one that persists today in ever-expanding forms. Whether as a traditional model, a vehicle for formal experiments, or a stand-in for personas or identities, artists take advantage of the self as a readily available subject, both immediately relatable and rich with complex associations.

Many great artists are widely known for their outstanding ability to represent themselves through art. Some of the most recognizable artist in this line of art are:

Rembrandt  van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh , Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol among others. Students will begin to grid and draw their self-portraits.

Art March 19-23

Self-Portrait

Students are drawing anatomy studies of facial features in their sketchbook. Human anatomy is a complex subject and the extraordinary construction of the human body is celebrated prominently in art throughout history and today. Knowledge of the human body can be an invaluable tool for artists.