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This blog is here for Cornerstone Christian Academy art students to use as a tutorial and troubleshooting site for the completion of their various yearly projects. Use this blog to find periodic updates and tips. Please leave comments: ask questions, comment on your progress, or leave helpful tips for your fellow classmates to read regarding a particular class project. Good Luck!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Art 2&3 - Project details and Homework

Hey guys - your homework is to bring your supplies to class (sketchbooks - minimum 8x10"; no glossy paper, pen, and pencils). Also you need a minimum of 3 duck photos to choose from in class. Color photos only - YOU MUST KNOW THE SPECIES IN THE PHOTO. For a list of species click on the link found in the post from Aug. 17th. Remember to do thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook to determine which backgrounds to use with your ducks.

Thanks to everyone for bringing your email addresses with your parent's signatures. I'm plugging them in on the blog as you read this.

Be ready to paint on Tuesday. See you then - Mr. Kelley

PS - CLICK HERE to see some past Duck stamp winners.

7th grade - Project #1: Value Studies - DUE Aug.31st

Example of finished Project. Rows (top to bottom) = hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, initial, blending

Example of using 1 inch sections to help go from dark to light

Your first project is dealing with Value and Line. As mentioned in class, there are several methods of achieving value with lines. Here are the ways we covered (study these terms and definitions....they will probably show up in a Quiz)

Hatching - The use of one set of parallel lines to create values. Click Here to see examples

Cross-Hatching - The use of multiple sets of parallel lines, which cross over each other, to create values Click Here to see examples

Stippling (Pointillism) - The use of dots, dashes, or points to create value Click Here to see examples

Blending - A method of creating flawless transitions between values by smudging the values together.

Your project is to draw 5 rows on your paper that I gave you in class. Each row should be 1x12 inches. (See example above) Use only ONE shading method in each row. Do not combine shading methods. Start with the darkest values on the left and end up with just white paper on the right. For the stippling row you may use a Sharpie marker to save time (see example). On the Blending row you may use your finger or a Q-Tip to "smear" your lines. I can help you with this in class. Look at the examples given and contact me if you have questions. Remember - the most important thing is to have good craftsmanship; no smudges outside the rows and no creases in the paper. Clean your paper after you've finished shading by erasing all unwanted marks. Good luck.

PS - Bring your syllabus stubs with your parent's signature and an email address. Also bring your Sketchbook, mechanical pencils, and felt-tipped pen. Remember - it's 2pts off your project grade each time you don't bring your supplies to class.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NEW YEAR - Welcome Class

It's a new year and we have a lot to do. I hope that everyone will work hard and take advantage of this class blog - it will be your place to find all updates, study guides, tutorials outside of class and commentary from your peers. Remember to enter your email address in the box near the top to get automatic notices in your inbox whenever I make a new post.

First things first - Everyone needs to have their sketchbooks, pencils, and pens starting Thursday. THESE ARE MUST-HAVES IN EVER CLASS; DON'T FORGET THEM.

Also, 7th graders: I will be bringing poster board on Thursday for you to make your own portfolios. I'll be showing you how to do this.

Art 2&3: be looking for a paper portfolio at the arts stores around town. It's best to use a coupon to make this purchase. Don't get the leather portfolios unless you plan on being an artist for life....they are very pricey. If you really need to save some money, just buy two sheets of poster board and tape them together, leaving one of the longest sides open so that you can put your art in it. Some of you made these last year. Remember: Your portfolio has to be large enough to hold an 18x24 sheet of paper. Have these ready by next week and bring them to class on Tuesday.

Also - here is the link to see the Duck Stamp species. Look up each species that sounds interesting to you and print out three images that you'd like to use. Have the "color" print outs in class Thursday (black and white copies won't help you). http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm#GeneralInformation

If any of you have questions please send them to me through this blog or my email: jaredkelley@bellsouth.net

HOMEWORK - bring signed syllabus stub with email addresses on Thursday.