First Assignment: Radial Design.
Radial balance is any type of balance based on a circle with its design extending from center. A star, the iris around each pupil of your eyes, a wheel with spokes, and a daisy (among many flowers and other plant forms) are examples of radial balance.
Students created their own radial designs using organic and geometric shapes to create a kaleidoscope effect in their radial designs. This lesson demonstrates radial balance, line quality, and basic color theory.
Second Assignment: Scratch-board Project.
In this project students learn how to make a high contrast achromatic images using scratch-board. The content of this lesson changes depending on the season it is taught; in the fall we make images about the Mexican holiday- day of the dead, whereas the rest of the year we work on superhero drawings. This project helps students understand value, contrast and emphasis.
Third Assignment: A silhouette self-portrait.
A large silhouette is traced of each student, and they build a composition on the interior and exterior space of the silhouette. Students work on observational drawing and color relationships in this project.
Fourth Assignment: Object Analog.
Students choose a three-dimensional object that they find interesting in shape and texture. We begin this lesson with practicing the techniques of pointillism/stippling, blending and hatching. Students make three drawings of their object using three distinctly different perspectives. Students choose a composition that demonstrates cropping to add emphasis.