October 19, 2016

What’s DUE?

Finish Phase 3 and Phase 4 feedback/documentation posts for Project #2. And thoughtfully critique at least 3 other students’ animations. If you don’t post Phase 4: Deliver, you will not receive a grade for the project.

Materials needed:

  • Download and PRINTOUT 5 laser prints of your portrait ((DOWNLOAD HERE))
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: IF you missed the last class and didn’t get your photograph taken, contact the professor BEFORE Wednesday.
  • Sketchbook, 9×12″ Bristol, pencils, eraser, knife/scissors, ruler/T-square, drafting tape.


Review Vocabulary From Last Class

  • Elements: Value
  • Principles: Emphasis, Focal Point, Contrast
  • PLUS: Compositional Flow, Open and Closed Value and Scale
    • Compositional Flow: Flow is about movement and direction, and leading the eye from one part of a composition to another in the direction you want it to move. Starting with your dominant element, which should be the entry point into your composition, you then provide directional cues for the eye to follow throughout your composition.
    • Closed-Value: Values are limited by the boundaries of shapes and clearly isolate individual parts of the composition. This type of composition could create dramatic mood through contrasting values.
    • Open-Value: Values cross shape boundaries, integrating parts with adjoining areas and unifying the composition. This type of composition could create a mysterious fog or haze using closely related values.
    • Proportion: Relationship between parts of a whole or related units.
      • Scale: Associations of size, related to a constant size, unit of measure, relative whole (such as a the human body, or picture plane)

LAB 1 – Project #3 Discover

Class 12 Lab

  • Value Range Research
  • Value Scale

LAB 2  – Project #3 Define


Goal: Create two 6″ collage compositions that use COMPOSITIONAL FLOW to direct the viewer to a clear FOCAL POINT through the use of CONTRAST and changes in VALUE. (past student examples)

  • Using the printouts of the portraits taken last class, cut apart your portrait into a variety of squares or rectangles.
  • Rearrange and experiment with your portrait pieces until your develop (2) unified, but ABSTRACT, 6″x6″ compositions as follows:
    • (1) Narrow Value Range: either high-key or low-key
    • (1) Broad Value Range
  • In each composition:
    • Create a focal point wherein one area or element is emphasized through contrast in scale and value.
    • Use Movement / Compositional Flow to clearly direct the viewer’s eye to the focal point.
    • Use Value steps to support transitions from one compositional element to another.
    • Avoid reconfiguring your compositions using recognizable facial features (eyes, nose, mouth).
    • Examine the lines and shapes that make up your portrait and create new shapes and lines that convey a certain mood.


  • Take a photo of  your finished and approved collages, just for future reference.
  • Make sure each piece of your composition is properly marked on the back, indicating the TOP and numbered from left to right, top to bottom.
  • Position each piece in your collage composition on a piece of paper. Use a small bit of tape on the back to adhere your pieces to the paper.
  • Keep everything clean and neat.


  2. Complete Project #3: Phase 2. Come ready to work on your paintings.

Materials Needed:

  • white and black gouache paints
  • sable-type watercolor brushes (do not buy brushes for acrylic or oil)
  • FLAT:  1/2″ angle, #4
  • ROUND: #1, #5
  • two water containers (yogurt cups, soda bottles with tops cut off, soup cans)
  • palette (round 10-well)
  • cotton rags (old white t-shirts or scraps)

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