• Update April 24

    Homemade Paint Painting about Home

     

    Due Dates

    May 15- Final painting and artist statement

    At this point, you are probably running low on paint or completely out altogether. This never stopped painters in the past and it won’t stop you now! In fact, for this project, you can’t use manufactured paint. You have to make your own just like art did so long ago with materials around you. Since you are at home and the making your painting with homemade paint, it only stands to reason that the theme of this painting is home. Home is a topic that that can be addressed in many different ways. Questions that can be addressed in the painting include:

    What makes you feel “at home”?

    How has being home felt like?

    What is your home experience like?

    How is your home different than all the other homes?

    What does home mean to you?

    And many more. Sure, you can include items in your home and perhaps the home itself but please do not make this a painting about how well you can paint your house or what’s is side. These are surface level academic studies. All they do is show and refine technical skill. At some point, everyone who will pursue art will have them. What sets people apart is concepts and composition. Don’t get me wrong, technique is very important but don’t let it become more important that what the work is about. Throughout this project just, before and after every move, you should ask yourself does this deepen the meaning of my painting, keep it the same, or take it away from the meaning. You are like an eye doctor asking is number one better or number two.

     

    Project Pacing Guide (a little each day)

    April 27- Choose a topic question or angle of attack on how you want to address the theme of home

    April 28- research artist that cover the theme of home. Find 3 that you like.

    April 29- Begin 3-5 thumbnail sketches. Remember, thumbnail sketches are small quick drawings focusing on composition and meaning. Each should not take you longer than 5-10 minutes.

    April 30- Finish your thumbnail sketches

    May 1- Begin your final drawing on whatever paper you have available.  

    May 4-7- Complete your final drawing

    May 8- Transfer your final drawing to you final painting surface. You final painting surface can be anything you have around you (paper, cardboard, wood panel, chink of drywall…) Anything flat and porous works best. Email me with an update on your progress.

    May 11- Research making paint

    May 12-14 Complete your final painting

    May 15 – photograph your work, upload it to OneDrive (not OneNote) and share it with me. Complete your artist statement on OneNote.

     

    Hot tips

    1. Your paint does have to be anything too intense. I’ve used coffee and had some really good results. Instant works best because you can control the amount of “pigment” in the water. It give your work a nice sepia tone look. I’ve also use Kool-Aid powder packets. I heard great thing about charcoal/fire ash and olive oil. Melted wax such as crayons smells bad, difficult to control and is an awful mess but effective. “Cavemen” would spit brownish orange mud and ash around their hands to leave their mark.

     

    Grading

    Grading will be done using the following checklist

    ____Final Painting (10pts)

    _____/10 Total

     

     

    Coronavirus Reaction Project Instructions 

     

    Due April 24th

     

    Artist's work often reflects what is going on around them. In this project, you are asked to do just that. Explore how the coronavirus is effecting you personally, your close family and friends, your community, your state, your country and the world emotionally, socially, and environmentally. Create a visual reaction.  

     

    Preliminary Work 

    On OneNote Cut and Paste into Preliminary Work tab 

    -URLs of 3 news article about the pandemic that you have read in their entirety.

    -3-5 examples of other artist work or images that will influence yours 

     

    In Your Sketchbook 

    -3-5 thumbnail sketches of possible works (photographed and posted in preliminary work on OneNote)

     

    Artist Statement 

    -Answer all questions in the artist statement section of OneNote 

     

    Watercolor Tips

    -Use lots and lots of water. The watercolor paint you are using is like concentrated orange juice you buy in the freeze section or condensed soup in a can. You need to be painting from very thin puddles not clumps or piles. We are talking 90% water, 10% paint and maybe even more water for the skin.

     

    -Test you colors before using them and test them often. As you add water to you paints you dilute the pigment and your paint becames more transparent letting the white of the paper show through. It will take some guessing and checking to get the values and colors you are looking for. Water also evaporates over time so your paint will recondense as you work. You may have a color/value that works, try to come back to it 10 minutes later and find that it no longer matches.

     

    -Use your paper to your advantage. The paper you are using is white. The highlights you need are white. Instead of trying to use white paint link we would with acrylic or oil, let the paper show through.

     

    -Let your paint flow. Paper is porous and absorbs water. If you paint directly onto dry paper, it will suck up the pigment and trap it deep inside leaving your area streaky and uneven. If you are looking for a smoothness, wet the area with clean water first filling the pores of the paper. This will allow the watercolors to flow evenly over the surface. There is such a thing as too much water. Puddles of water can be difficult to control and wrinkle your paper due to uneven drying on the front and back sides. If you look at your paper in the light, your clean water prepared areas should be shinny but there shouldn't be any dimension to them like droplets of water. If you hold you paper vertically, your clean water prepared areas should not drip.

     

    -Always mix your colors. The odds that something in the world that you would like to paint is the exact color that is coming out of your tube of paint is almost 0%. Always mix your paint with another paint before using it. Nothing is worst than making something look like you colored you project with a Crayola 8 pack.

     

    -Don't over work you paint. Watercolor is about making a plan and letting the paints do what they want. You can set up an environment where you think you'll get the result you want but you have to let go of some control. Let watercolors be watercolors and react to what happens. If you try to force an area too much you will start to tear away the surface of the paper causing paper boogers. If something doesn't work out, you can always revisit it later when it drys or make a new plan. Paper is fragile and watercolors can be unforgiving. Test your plans and practice your techniques before applying them to your final project.

     

    -Less in more. When painting people, use only as much color as you have to. More paint is not better, it is just more paint. White is a very intense background and it will let any subtle amount of of pigment pop. It is very easy to revisit areas and add more intensity. It is very difficult to revisit areas and add more subtlety.

     

    -Watch your edges. Painting is all about edges. With oil and acrylic paint you get two chances to get it right. One when you are painting inside the shape and one when you are painting the outside. With watercolor you only get one chance and you have two changes to screw it up. Watercolor will only flow where water is placed. So, if you are careful about preparing your areas with clean water, you can create a barrier that your color cannot pass through. Remember, if you paint two areas right next to each other and the first area is still wet, the colors will bleed together. Be strategic with your painting.

     

    Useful Links

    Beginning Watercolor

    Watercolor Techniques

    More Watercolor Techniques

    Captian Watercolor

    Rubric 

    Category  

    Evidence toward  

    4  

    3  

    2  

    1  

    0  

    Visual Representation  

    1PR  

    Complete control of composition, meaning and medium is demonstrated   

    Complete Control over two of the following composition, meaning or medium   

    Complete Control over one of the following composition, meaning or medium   

    Limited control over composition, meaning or medium is demonstrated   

    No control is demonstrated  

    Sculpture Techniques 

    2PR  

    Demonstrates all of the following to a high degree of skill: Effective color that coveys meaning and mood, deliberate edges, depth, effective composition, deliberate style, well thought out subject.

    Demonstrates all of the following: Effective color that coveys meaning and mood, deliberate edges, depth, effective composition, deliberate style, well thought out subject

    Demonstrates 2-4 of the following: Effective color that coveys meaning and mood, deliberate edges, depth, effective composition, deliberate style, well thought out subject

    Demonstrates 1 of the following: Effective color that coveys meaning and mood, deliberate edges, depth, effective composition, deliberate style, well thought out subject

    No techniques were attempted   

    Prep Work  

    3PR  

    All of the following prep items were completed:  

    News articles, visual references, thumbnail sketches, and finalized idea drawing  

    3 of the following prep items were completed including thumbnail sketches:  

    News articles, visual references, thumbnail sketches, and finalized idea drawing  

     

    2 of the following prep items were completed:   

    News articles, visual references, thumbnail sketches, and finalized idea drawing  

     

    1 of the following prep work items was completed:  

    News articles, visual references, thumbnail sketches, and finalized idea drawing  

     

    No prep was attempted   

    Craftsmanship  

    4PR  

    No blemishes are apparent   

    1-2 blemishes are apparent   

    3-4 blemishes are apparent  

    5-6 blemishes are apparent   

    7 or more blemishes are apparent   

    Meaning  

    6PR  

    The visual symbols in the work fully and clear a line with the intent of the project and the description in the artist statement with a high degree of skill and sophistication.  

    The visual symbols in the work fully and clear a line with the intent of the project and the description in the artist statement 

    The visual symbols in the work mostly and clear a line with the intent of the project and the description in the artist statement 

    The visual symbols in the work somewhat and clear a line with the intent of the project and the description in the artist statement 

      

    The creation of meaning was not attempted  

     

    Directions on Tuning in Work

    Nothing should be emailed to me directly. All preliminary work including research images, news articles, and preliminary sketches is to be put in the preliminary work tab under your name in OneNote. The Artist Statement is to be typed in the Artist Statement tab under you name of OneNote. The final work should be photographed and uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

     

    How to Submit Your Final Work (from a phone)

    1. Photograph your work.

    2. Log into you Office 365 account

    3. Open OneDrive

    4. On the top bar, click upload (it might be in th ... drop bar or you might have to turn your photo to find it)

    5. Upload you photograph from your gallory

    6. Check the box next to your photograph.

    7. Click the Share link.

    8. Type in my name or email. (just start it and it will auto fill)