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perspective

Students practiced the basics of one, two, and three point perspective, drawing geometric solids in outdoor spaces. We viewed the paintings of Al Held and students were asked to create imaginary spaces using solid and transparent geometric forms. A few students used computer software to generate their drawings.
a perspective drawing in pencil of the rectangular prisms
perspective drawing of a rectangular prism
student drawing of two rectangular prisms
perspective drawing of 3D geometric shapes done in pencil and marker
student digital perspective drawing of shapes in various colors
a pencil drawing on perspective of shapes
a digital drawing on perspective of many rectangular prisms
a student perspective drawing in pencil of the name Isabella

2D to 3D

Students drew a few wavy lines roughly parallel to one another. They divided each pair into sections with curved lines as if they were tubes. The tubes could be shaded or filled with color, or both.
2D to 3D design of wavy lines with stripes done in pencil

Observational Drawing

As a follow up to our work with perspective to draw large-scale objects in outdoor space, students were asked to apply perspective to drawing small objects.
student observational drawing of a book done in pencil
student observational drawing in pencil of a cylinder and rectangular prism
student observational drawing of a pair of scissors done in pencil
student observational drawing of a Rubik's cube
student observational drawing of books done in pencil

Eye Project

We viewed photos of a wide variety of eyes, human and animal. Students were asked to draw expressive, imaginative eyes.
student drawing of an eye done in pencil
student drawing of an eye done in pencil
student drawing of an eye done in pencil
student drawing of an eye done in pencil

Social Political Narrative

We viewed and discussed a few of the paintings of Jacob Lawrence who developed a style combining figurative and abstract elements. His paintings are strong visual narratives on the economic, social, and political conditions that have impacted black Americans. Students were asked to create a narrative drawing or painting that tells a story important to them. A few students created their narratives using computer software.
a social political narrative digital artwork depicting three stick figures - one with a sign, one a candle and one a shield
a social political narrative drawing in colored pencil depicting part of a circle an some shapes in the air above it.
a students pencil drawing depicting a mom sitting at a table with two plates of food because her son never showed up
digital artwork of a social political narrative depicting two people playing basketball and one with the ball jumping
a social political narrative digital artwork with faceless heads in either small or large top hats and time no equaling money
a digital artwork of a social political narrative on lawful, neutral and chaotic good and evil with photos of people
a social political narrative drawing of someone standing in front of a grave stone that reads 2020

Creative French Curves

We looked at the large three-dimensional wall constructions of Frank Stella based on French curves. With traditional French curves as reference, students were asked to create a drawing with existing French curves and, or their own imaginative variations.
student french curves drawing in colored pencils
colorful student french curves artwork
student french curves artwork in colored pencil

Puzzle Project

Students were asked to begin at the center a draw a variety of different kinds of shapes that expanded outward and were connected on all sides with the shapes around them. Several are in progress and when completed there are online services that make a real cardboard puzzle from a photograph of the drawing.
student puzzle drawing in pencil and colored pencils