Sixth Class: Space and Place

Slide presentation: Linear perspective

In class assignment: Complete 3 finished drawings using both 1) sketches in your sketchbook and 2) reference photos as a source.  First, spend time sketching three different spaces or places, including some architectural elements (buildings, parts of buildings). You can make notes as well that you think will help you later when using the sketch as a source for your finished drawing. Next take a reference photo to remind you of details later. Your main composition should come from your sketch; only use the photo for details.

Three drawings:

1) complete a larger finished drawing following the “rules,”of linear perspective based on your sketch, and using the photo as a reminder for details

2) in the same way, complete a larger finished drawing exaggerating, reversing, altering the rules, (curving the horizon line, or using axiomatic, reverse, distorted, different horizons and vanishing points)

3) complete a finished drawing ignoring the rules, showing in any way you wish multiple views or aspects of a place.

Homework: Finish for homework.

Bring for next class

-1 sheet Stonehenge


-white soft eraser
-grey gum eraser (kneadable)
-compressed charcoal
-willow or vine stick charcoal

***Portfolios are due at the beginning of next class. Put together a portfolio of all your work so far. A cardboard portfolio (bought for a few dollars at an art store, or made with salvaged cardboard and duct tape) is fine. NO ROLLED UP PAPER IN A BAG. Make sure the work in flat and secure. Make sure your name is on it and include your sketchbook with your name on it. I will be giving everyone some brief written feedback, and I will be giving a midterm mark, including a mark for your presentation.

Checklist: Please include all of these drawings:

  • Drawing with a tactile object (touching the object while blindfolded)
  • 5 drawings based on your shadow box (blind contour, semi-blind contour, charcoal value drawing, detailed pencil drawing in sketchbook, and found surface drawing)
  • Transforming an object into another object drawing
  • 7 daily blind contour drawings of an object that is meaningful or symbolic
  • 10 rectangles different sizes with the same proportion
  • 10 more rectangles, divided in a grid different sizes with the same proportion
  • Drawing of the chalkboard, window, or wall
  • drawing based on photo of object in midair, gridded and sized up (made larger)
  • 2 drawings in your sketchbook based on your photo, but much smaller
  • 2 sketchbook drawings of an outdoor structure, two different sizes
  • 3 perspective drawings, one following the rules, one altering the rules, and one ignoring the rules
  • a large drawing (about 18″ x 24″) in response to one of the artists you learned about in the presentations.

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