Below are the art pieces made by the Advanced Drawing and Painting class, and the Basic Mixed Media class.
Advanced Drawing and Painting: Handscape
The Handscape is a drawing that includes a hand in a background. Students viewed and analyzed examples of Surrealistic Art by artists like Salvador Dali and Renee Magritte, and then created their own drawings in the same style.
“I drew a tree in charcoal. Instead of having roots sprouting under the tree, I drew a hand. The assignment was to draw something that would be considered as surrealism, so I drew the weirdest thing that came to my mind first.”[/two_third_last]
“In the piece, a hand is lighting a volcano with a match. I used different types of black and white charcoal to draw it. As I drew it, I kept thinking about science projects and vinegar volcanoes, [and] I was also thinking about how humans try to change nature and mess with it. We try to make things artificial, but it blows up in our faces. We never learn and we keep lighting matches.”[/one_half_last]
“I used micron pens and Prismacolor colored pencils on this piece. I knew I wanted to draw a mermaid, so I determined a good pose for a hand that would make sense in an underwater setting. I ended up with the position in the piece so that the hand would resemble a rock or cave. I didn’t want to make the hand too obvious, but I didn’t want to hide it completely, so I didn’t put too much coral on it.”[/one_half_last]
“In this piece, a hand is pictured in an aquarium-like backdrop surrounded by bright swimming koi fish. I tried to make the overall emotion of this work dream-like and peaceful. This was mainly done in colored pencil and traced with black ink pens. My dad likes koi fish, so I created a fantasy piece with him in mind.”[/one_half_last]
“For this piece, I honestly just wanted to draw something kind of weird which would allow me to add a lot of color. I used micron pens for lineart and colored pencils to color the rest of the drawing. [I’m] not really sure what’s going on in this piece honestly but I guess it was supposed to be a surrealism piece so I’m not really supposed to understand what’s going on.”[/one_half_last]
Advanced Drawing and Painting: Scratchboard
The Scratchboard project took the students about two weeks to complete. The scratchboard is made up of silver paper covered with black ink. The students scratched away the black ink covering with a pointed tool to reveal the silver underneath.
“I really don’t know what’s going on in the picture… It’s just a water tap with a farm in the background. I saw a piece of a rusty water tap in the art room so I drew it.”[/two_third_last]
“In the piece, a pair of skeletal hands is controlling a female puppet. It is sort of hovering her above the water, and some of the strings attached to the puppet are broken. The puppet resembles a person but it’s supposed to look like an object. I was thinking that I wanted to show the texture of the bones and do something different from my usual style of drawing. I also kept thinking about this line from the book Paper Towns: “Maybe all the strings inside of him broke.” I was a little unsure of how it was going to turn out because I hadn’t worked on a scratch board before or used the blades, and I was drawing with negative space, which I don’t usually do.”[/one_half_last]
“[I used] little blades with different shaped tips that are interchangeable on a plastic pen-like [tool.] The piece depicts a girl standing in shallow water. It’s a strange scene because this girl is the only sign of human life in the whole piece, and she is out in the middle of nowhere by herself at night. Her facial expression gives [the] sense that she is displeased with something. Her staff could indicate different things about the society she belongs to and her possible position in that society. Even though much of the inspiration came from Greece, it is not set in Greek society. I saw this girl as a kind of healer or spiritual leader of a tribe of people.”[/two_third_last]
“Using a reference photo, I drew George Lucas’s Darth Vader, accompanied by a starry background and the Death Star. I utilized the lights and darks to give an ominous effect to portray his threatening and powerful character. For the scratchboard, we had to etch out silver designs with various sharp carving tools. Since the seventh Star Wars movie was coming up soon, I wanted to dedicate the piece to one of my favorite characters.”[/one_half_last]
“I wanted to draw something I like to draw but mixed with a little fantasy. I thought having a little magic thing going on would be pretty cool and adding the details would make it look nice.The character designs in general were inspired by some of my experimental original characters so I thought it would be cool to put them in the scratchboard drawing.”[/two_third_last]
Basic Mixed Media: Scotch-Tape Piece
The students had about three weeks to work on this project. The lesson was to learn how to create value and texture with scotch tape and paper. Using newspaper and magazines as their “palette” of colors, the students had to find various colors, shades and textures to create their subject of choice.
“I did my scotch tape project on a pug. The pug is standing up and sticking his tongue out. For this piece, I used scotch tape, different magazines, and poster paper. When I drew out the pug, I was thinking that it would be really simple and easy, but it ended up being more complicated and more time-consuming than I thought.”[/one_half_last]
“I tried to show contrast between having a black background and making the toucan really colorful. I also arranged the tape so that it would make a fur like texture like a bird. I used old magazines. I was thinking about showing contrast by having the toucan be really colorful, especially the beak and having a dark background.”[/one_half_last]
“[This] is a picture of my dog at the beach. She is a white Japanese spitz. I used tape, magazines, and more tape. I was thinking of how my dog is always happy and bright, so I pictured her at the beach on a sunny day, and created it.”[/one_half_last] [one_third][/one_third] [two_third_last]
“My scotch tape collage is of my dog Lilo wearing a Christmas hat and sitting in some grass. It’s a happy picture because pretty much everyone loves dogs and Christmas. I sketched out an outline of my dog and the hat, then used scotch tape to transfer colors from newspapers to fill in my sketch. Using the tape, I was able to create different textures and patterns in order to make the collage as lifelike as possible. I chose to make this collage because it’s two of my favorite things in one picture—Lilo and Christmas! It makes me happy when I see it, and I was thinking of giving it to my mom for Christmas.”[/two_third_last]