Perspective Ink Wash


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 osmosisto achieve cool experimental effects.


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 9/25

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.


Familiarity with Perspective

This week we were outside, near Beckman, but looking at some of the other structures surrounding it in order to practice observational 2 point 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!


Homework due 9/18  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.

Extra credit?  Earn 3 extra points by combining 3 or more of the above options into one drawing.  For example a 2 point observational drawing of your house with extreme distortion and 12 people?

Sketching with Perspective

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



Homework due 9/11:

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.

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

Putting in perspective


This week we really focused on our ability to show values in our graphite drawings.  Above, this Albrecht Durer art work entitled St. Jerome in his Study,  shows both value and perspective.  Nirvana!  Using both creates a picture with believable space.

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.

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.

Homework:  due Tuesday, Sept. 5

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 your design:  stairs, arched windows, fire feature, water feature, security fence, balcony, pergola, trap door, mirror with reflection.

Thumbnails to Finished Art

This week we finished our charcoal still life sketches emphasizing C.O.D.E. and dramatic values.  The hallway display shows some very handsome work.  Work by Kevin and May is shown below.



If you are a fan of William Kentridge‘s work (remember the filmmaker who uses charcoal drawing, as seen below), you will want to check out this retrospective of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s site.


Later in the week, we concentrated on collecting thumbnail sketches also featuring C.O.D.E.  One of these sketches will be developed into a full value graphite drawing.  Another one will be completed for homework, but done only in black and white.


Homework:  (Due Monday)  Select one of your thumbnail drawings to expand (at least 6″x6″) into a high contrast drawing.  This means only black and white.  Minimize lines…think about shapes.  You may embellish the drawing to make it more successful as a high contrast drawing.  Below is a high contrast still life by Gerald Lopez.  Notice how he shows volume, but doesn’t shade!




1.  Looking for ways to expand your drawings?  Check out this little article about using a sketchbook.

2.  Thinking about an art major in college?  Check out Portfolio Day.  It is a great opportunity to have your work critiqued,  and learn about art opportunities in colleges.


Welcome to Studio Art 2017!

Lucky you….you have Art in your schedule this semester!  Welcome! I hope you find this a fun, productive and interesting class.  I hope you learn a new expanded way of thinking about the world, expressing yourself and living a more meaningful life.  Art is such a natural part of being human, that it can get overlooked.  We develop our skills in math, english, history, but that same focus can be applied to art to make your world better.  Your art practice will take you far if you let it.  I hope this class brings you closer to realizing your artistic potential.

Although this is a multi media class, we will begin by building our drawing and composition skills, and then move on to other media.  I think by the end of the first month you will have several technical skills under your belt that will improve your drawings.

Drawing is a very personal medium.  It can be as simple as a pencil and paper and your imagination.  Below is a drawing by Ciprian Muresan entitled, All the Images from a Book about Matthias Grunewald.   I don’t know why this Romanian artist gave himself this project, but it is a great simple concept that shows you are only limited by your imagination.  It successfully suggests depth by the use of a variety of values.



Homework due Monday, August 21

In your sketchbook, create an observational still life of three or more items.  Use two or more items from C.O.D.E. (cropping, off center focal point, diagonals and bird or worm’s eye).  Your drawing should also have an eclipse reference either overtly or subtly.


5Th hour


Clara adds leafs, Mustafa glitters, and Christina paints .

The semester comes to an end.