ELEMENTS OF ART Assignment:

1. From the pile of pictures you’ve taken of your space (for the principles of art assignment), pick one out. Try to pick an image you can work with. If the image is too small to work with, then photocopy and enlarge it to a larger scale.

2. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. Get your tools ready. And let the assignment begin.

THE ASSIGNMENT:

1. LINE:

a. Draw a contour of the shapes and objects in your image.

b. Now begin to cross contour, and cross hatch the outlined contours in your image. Use black pen, or graphite pencil for this exercise. Use a variety of line.

2. SHAPE: Place another sheet of tracing paper over your image. Now begin to Abstract your image into a combination of actual, implied, amorphous, biomorphic, curvilinear and rectilinear shapes. You should end up an abstract image composed of a puzzle of shapes.

3. TEXTURE: Place a sheet of tracing paper over your image. Interpret parts of your image into actual textures and other parts into visual textures. You can glue the actual textures onto the tracing paper using a variety of materials, no restrictions, and for the visual texture, you can use pencil, pen, paint etc to express your impressions.

3. COLOR:

a. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. Create an interpretation of the image using monochromatic colors. For this exercise use medium of your choice: paint, colored markers, magazine cut-outs etc.

b. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. Create an interpretation of the image using complimentary colors.

c. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. Create an interpretation of the image using analogous colors.  triads, tetrads, warm and cool color scheme for your image. You should end up with 6 layers of transparency paper, each representing a different color scheme.

4. VALUE: Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. On the side of the drawing, draw the value scale, with each of the values in the chart numbered from 1 – 8.

a. Create a value drawing of high contrast. Try to use the whole range of the values from the chart.

b. Create a value drawing of low contrast. 

5. SPACE: Place a sheet of tracing paper over the image. With black ink/paint/pencil (the medium is up to you), fill out the negative space in the image, and leave the positive space white (you can use white paint to fill in the positive space).

* See the blog post on the ‘elements of art’ for a definition of all the terms. If you are still confused about any of the terms, take the initiative and research them on your own. Not understanding what the terms mean is no excuse for not doing the assignment.

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