Goat by Emma Kaufmann

Emma first created this image and then invented different textures and patterns to fill each of the shapes in with color pencil.  This drawing may first appear to be a doodle but actually quite the opposite. Texture is one of the Elements of Art; I tell my students that all patterns have a texture but not all textures have a pattern.  There are different kinds of textures: (actual (real), invented (implied) and simulated (realistic). This is such a successful vibrant drawing.

 Emma Kaufmann.14yrs.colored pencil

Emma Kaufmann.14yrs.colored pencil

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Stormy Weather by Eiley Cinelli

Eiley is learning about positive and negative space, positive is something a person can touch while negative is the air.  In this composition the purpose is to mix it up and give a challenge to the mind.  Students must select 3 or more items that have something in common and then create a background that relates to those objects but then alternate the shapes with black and white.

 Eiley Cinelli.11yrs.markers

Eiley Cinelli.11yrs.markers

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Arial River View by Ivan Chan

This is Ivan's first pen & ink which came out extremely successful.  This is the third project learning about the element of art called Texture. Students select a color photo based on texture and not the colors and must invent their own textures that will simulate the textures found in the photo.  In order to start their drawing they must convert the colors into values; value refers to the lightness or darkness of an area.  To produce a darker area the lines in a texture have to be places closer and closer together; sometimes the colors have the same value as the color next to it so the student must decide how to develop contrast. An artist produces contrast when they are able to show a distinction between two areas that have the same value which demands an intense thought process to work through all the decisions that have to be made.  Pen & ink is not for the impatient as this type of media usually takes longer than any other to complete.  I am so proud of Ivan for his perseverance and happy temperament. 

 Ivan Chan.9 yrs old.pen

Ivan Chan.9 yrs old.pen

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Dragon by Sawyer Whitmore

This is her successful final drawing in the 'Line' chapter from the 'Design and Color' program.  With this project students learn how to draw the exact look using the graphing technique.  Then they are free to select the media and color scheme of their choice to complete the artwork. Sawyer added interest by including a castle and a volcano to the background.  Then she rendered it in colored pencils.  In the process she learned about perspective and how to increase the feeling of depth in the composition.

 Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.colored pencil

Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.colored pencil

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Frottage by Alyssa Cusson

Frottage is an art technique in which a rubbing is taken of a surface to create a finished composition.  Alyssa is learning about the element of art called Texture and the focus of this project is to learn about the first of three kinds: actual or real, invented and simulated texture.  With this still life Alyssa was required to use both categories (natural & man-made) within the grouping of real textures.

 Alyssa Cusson.15 yrs.crayon

Alyssa Cusson.15 yrs.crayon

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