Black & White

We are finishing up our perspective unit and wandering into the world of ink wash painting this week.



Love Sickness by Lan Zhenghui above shows a giant ink painting inspired by the poetic connections between ink painting and poetry.

Love ink painting?  Learn more about the poetics of  Japanese ink painting in this 23 minute video from the Metropolitan Museum while you work on your homework.

There are lots of fun tutorials to watch regarding ink painting.  Here are two with very opposite approaches.  One is tight and controlled by the Virtual Instructor.  Another, fun loose one shows how to take advantage of osmosis to achieve cool experimental effects.  Here’s another with imaginative techniques.


Every fall National Portfolio Day comes to our area to help high school students prepare to choose programs in the arts that fit their needs.  Check it out!

Homework:  Due Monday 9/24

Ink Blot Development

Using one of the ink blots that you made in class, develop the scene so that we can see what you see in the ink blot.  You may add color and other materials to develop you drawing.  Try to go beyond butterflies and insects.  Challenge yourself to find a non-symetrical scene in  your ink blot.


Creative Perspective?

This week we were outside, at both Beckman and Siebel, in order to practice observational perspective.

Below is a drawing from incredible of an imaginary two point structure using letters to form architectural shapes.  5a770585d5b5395a641a7e5751c07088--one-point-perspective-perspective-drawing

Check out this video of the house below showing sculptural optical illusion by Roy Lichtenstein.


And you must check out this video of 10 Optical Illusions for additional mind blowing visuals.  Find other great optical illusions?  Send me the links!

Ready for some fancy stuff with perspective?  Check out these videos on 3 point and foreshortening.





Homework due 9/17  Artist Choice:  Draw one of the options below including values.

1.  2 Point Distortion of Architectural scene.  You may redraw one of your previous drawings (recommended) or create a new drawing.  Narrow the distance between your vanishing points in relation to the scale of the architecture for dramatic distortions.

2.  2 Point Observational drawing of your house.

3.  Try an anamorph.   Use a simple subject matter like a skull or  coffee mug (unless you have lots of time).  There are numerous how-to’s on the internet…all with different directions!  This one,  The Secret looks promising, although I have not tried this technique.  Idols of the Cave is an intriguing blog about illusions that might be fun for the math geeks in class to study.

4. Alphabet City:  use the alphabet’s letter’s shapes to construct a city in a linear perspective scene.

5.  Add 12 (or more) people in correct perspective to one of your 2 point drawings.  You could use tracing paper if you don’t want to change the initial drawing.  Be sure to use both vanishing points and have people above and below the horizon line.

6. Create a drawing demonstrating foreshortening skill.  It should be fully developed with shadows and background.

7.  Try a three point fantasy drawing with multiple buildings clearly showing  use of three vanishing points.


Outside sketching

This week students went to Beckman to sketch using one point perspective.  We will end the week learning two point perspective in order to apply it to our homework drawings.




Homework due 9/10:

Sketch a straight chair (a.k.a. a dining room chair) with a back using two point perspective.  Pick a chair that has 90 degree angles, where you can see the legs.  For drama, adding value and shadows will make the drawing more interesting, but is optional if you are struggling.    Leave guide lines in place (lightly) so we can see your two vanishing points.  Draw the chair so that it has some soul. What do you think the artist was saying in the above chair paintings?  Does it use correct two point perspective?

Confused about two point?  Try the helpful art teacher blog.  Or this slide show by Martha Devine. Or Artsy.

Political Drawings

boycotter_montgomery-940x216The Delaware Art Museum is exhibiting a series of graphite drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman of the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Using just pencil and paper to record the momentous moment in history, these drawing speak to the human drama of the political situation.  They also show great composition and drawing skill.

Full Value

IMG_E8220This week we studied ways to apply full value to our graphite drawings.  Using graphite sticks, blending stumps, textures and patterns we replicated drawings by Charles White, the recipient of a recent Art Institute exhibition.  Above is 6th hour’s sketch.

Its not the subject matter, but the way you depict the subject matter, that makes the drawing interesting.  Our critique explored both the formal and content/conceptual questions inherent in the art displayed.

Paul Harford is another artist we looked at who does exquisite graphite renderings with a narrative bent.

After mastering value, we are turning to perspective.  Perspective can be tricky.  Ethan has contributed a source that allows you to move the vanishing point of a one point scene around to show how it effects the drawing.  For further reference about one point linear perspective, check book or web resources.  Here are two helpful web resources:

Virtual Instructor

The Helpful Art Teacher

Have a wonderful long weekend and go see some art!  Krannert Art Museum has just opened a new show.  By the way, it includes a piece by Charles White in the Chicago Art section!

Homework:  due Tuesday, Sept. 4

Sketch a fantasy room or building using correct  one point linear perspective.  Over-the-top architecture is encouraged!  This is your chance to be an interior designer or stage set designer.  Please include at least 3 of the following features in correct perspective in your design:  stairs, arched windows, fire feature, water feature, security fence, balcony, pergola, trap door, mirror with reflection.

Uni Drawing Contest

The Advancement Office would like to create some postcards and notecards with sketches of Uni on them to use as thank you notes for our generous donors.  They would like to photograph images made by Uni students for use on these cards.

I know many of you have wonderful drawings of Uni you have done for art classes.  You can submit those.  Or, if you would like to do a new drawing of Uni, that is fine too.  The West entrance is a great view of Uni, however, other views will be considered.

Here are the details:

When:  Entries due on or before Friday, Oct. 26, noon

Who:  Advancement Office will pick the winners.

What:  Original sketch of Uni – can be in pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, ink, pastel, marker, watercolor on paper that is 8.5 x 11 inches approximately.  (Not smaller than 8” x 10”.)  Photocopies of original sketches are acceptable if we can use the original art if chosen.  All art will be available in the art room for pick up by the artist after judging. Please pick up your art by 12/20/18.

Where:  Submit drawing by placing it inside the envelope on Ms. Evans’ Art room door with your NAME, locker #, and graduation date on the back.  Yes, you can submit more than one drawing.

Why:  To celebrate Uni!