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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 a rainbow of colors
student puzzle drawing in pencil
student artwork digital puzzle drawing

Crumpled Paper Chance Drawing

Students crumpled a piece of paper into a ball and carefully opened and flattened the paper. Using a thin marker, they traced over as many of the creases as they could find.
a student crumpled paper chance drawing in which the creases were traced with marker
a student crumpled paper chance drawing in which the creases were traced with marker
a student crumpled paper chance drawing in which the creases were traced with marker
a student crumpled paper chance drawing in which the creases were traced with marker
a student crumpled paper chance drawing in which the creases were traced with marker

Paul Klee Geometric

We viewed and discussed the geometric structure and color in a few of the paintings of Paul Klee. Students were asked to choose a subject of their interest and “construct” a drawing with geometric shapes and blend colors using colored pencils.
a student geometric shape drawing in pencil based on artist Paul Klee
a student geometric shape drawing in colored pencil based on artist Paul Klee
a student geometric shape drawing in colored pencil based on artist Paul Klee
a student geometric shape drawing in colored pencil based on artist Paul Klee
a student geometric shape drawing in colored pencil based on artist Paul Klee
a student geometric shape drawing in colored pencil based on artist Paul Klee

Coral Pattern

We watched a National Geographic video on coral, its structure, importance to the survival of marine life, and the threats to its survival from rising ocean temperature and pollution. With photos of coral as reference, students were asked to create a pattern of coral forms that could be viewed from any direction.
a student drawing of a coral reef in colored pencils
a student drawing in colored pencil of coral reef
a student coral reef drawing in pencil

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.
student's 2D to 3D drawing done in pencil and colored pencils
student's 2D to 3D drawing done with vertical wavy lines and stripes of color
student's 2D to 3D drawing with wavy lines and stripes in colors

Celebrating the Circle

In Ancient Greece the circle was a symbol of symmetry and balance in nature. Almost infinite examples in our world were mentioned from wheels, to lenses and satellite orbits. We briefly discussed the diameter and radius as well as the ellipse with two axis of different lengths. Students were asked to draw a pattern of concentric circles and ellipses with all of them touching.
a student drawing of a pattern of concentric circles and ellipses with all of them touching
a student drawing of a pattern of concentric circles and ellipses with all of them touching
a student drawing of a pattern of concentric circles and ellipses with all of them touching

Eye Project

We viewed photos of a wide variety of eyes, human and animal. Students were asked to draw expressive, imaginative eyes.
a student drawing of an eye in pencil and colored pencil
a student drawing of two different eyes in colored pencil
a student drawing of a lizard eye in colored pencil
a student drawing of an eye in pencil
student eye drawing with bald eagle in colored pencil

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.
a student digital drawing in primary colors of french curves
a student pencil drawing inspired by french curves
a student painting of french curves
a student drawing in rainbow ink colors of french curves

Jean Arp

We viewed and discussed the paintings and sculpture of Jean Arp. Students were asked to create a shape or a few shapes that are related to one another. The shapes should invite the viewer to speculate on their identities or associations, however remain somewhat ambiguous.
a student drawing in pencil and paint of related shapes inspired by Jean Arp
a student digital drawing of related shapes inspired by Jean Arp
a student drawing in pencil of related shapes inspired by Jean Arp
a student drawing in pencil of related shapes inspired by Jean Arp
a student drawing in pencil of related shapes inspired by Jean Arp

Shallow Space Cubism

We viewed and discussed the art of a few of the Cubist artists including Picasso, Franz Marc, Severini, and Leger. Students were asked to make outline drawings of objects around them and redraw them as overlapping transparencies. The resulting overlapping shapes were shaded individually creating the illusion of objects reconstructed in a shallow space.
a shallow space student drawing in pencil
a shallow space student drawing in pencil of everyday objects
a shallow space student drawing in pencil
a shallow space student drawing in pencil of random objects
a shallow space student drawing in pencil
shallow space student drawing with pencil of every day office objects