• April 8th Classwork-- This week your recommended artwork is to draw 10 different thumbnail landscapes of local or distant landscape pictures per day. A thumbnail drawing should be about 2x4" in size, or smaller. It is recommended that you draw from life either looking outside through a window or from whatever perspective you find most interesting. You may use magazines, google images, or any other picture resource for your landscape inspiration. The goal of your thumbnail landscape drawings is to create a sense of depth in your pictures by using the 3-5 major shapes principle to compose your picture (background, middleground, and foreground areas) as explained in this instructional video I have created for you:


    Use a ruler to create the 2x4" boxes so that they look appealing to draw in and not too messy. Use a pencil to outline the biggest shapes of your picture such as sky, ocean, grassland, mountains, etc., making sure to fill your thumbnail landscape with the appropriate amount of each major item in the landscape so that the picture looks balanced. If you find it easy to create 10 thumbnails per day, start making larger-size final copies of each landscape and embellishing each picture with detail, texture, light, and shading. 

    Please email me pictures of any drawings that you do for this week's assignment and I will be happy to give constructive criticism.


    March 31/April 1st-- New Assignment** Please watch this new lesson video which is posted on my teacher YouTube account that demonstrates drawing the human head in proportion:



    Greetings Students,

    This week we are going to be focusing on drawing the human head in proportion. Your recommended assignment is to draw 10 different portraits or head studies per day (if 10 is too many, you can do 4-5 per day). You may draw from a photo or real life. You may draw yourself, family members, photos from magazines, or any photos of famous individuals throughout history or even modern celebrities. The goal is to draw the human head/face in proportion with eyes, nose, mouth, and features in proper alignment. The tutorial video above will demonstrate these techniques and proportions. The video I have just posted covers the face from a frontal position, but within the next couple days I will be creating another head drawing video which demonstrates drawing the head from the side as well.


    Last week's video was about figure drawing and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv6BRKn_jBQ&t=12s

    If you haven't done the figure drawing exercises from last week yet, then I recommend still doing those which you can watch the technique for in the above mentioned video. Draw about 5-10 figures per day using any reference material that you find enjoyable: It could be figures from a sports magazine, figures from TV if you are able to pause your movie or program, or even better is to draw members of your family from life or yourself in the mirror. Don't forget to use the gesture line technique which is covered in the above mentioned video!



    SUGGESTED DAILY DRAWING ACTIVITIES (not graded, but encouraged for practice):


    • Set up a still life (or an assortment of random objects) using at least 3 objects. Do a 5-10 minute light and shading sketch of each object separately, then try combining the different objects and drawing them all grouped together on one page. 
    • Draw a family member you live with from 3 different positions or perspectives.
    • Draw a family pet you live with or help take care of from 3 different positions or perspectives.
    • Draw a different room of your house each day. Take a photo of the interior of the room you are drawing and compare your finished work to your camera picture. Then make one more attempt, or rework your drawing with erasing and redrawing as needed.
    • Make a self portrait drawing of yourself each day in a mirror. You can draw in any mirrors of your house. **extra challenge** Try drawing yourself from the reflection you see of yourself looking through a window in your house during nighttime. (tends to be a blurrier reflection)
    • Draw what you looking out every different window in your house. 

    **these are all activities that can be repeated daily with varying objects, forms, and drawn from different perspectives to keep your subject matter fresh and interesting**

    • My Teacher Channel on YouTube is "Mr W" Here is the Link to it: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCED4tVnNsjRfIMPmh7BdBw
    • NEW MR. W TEACHER CHANNEL VIDEO (Painting a tiger, with figure drawing video incoming soon as well): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrxZMhC-GCs
    • My teacher channel on youtube is 'Mr W' please go there to find my instructional teacher videos, going to attempt to post daily art instructional videos
    • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Go on a virtual museum tour with this website of some of the greatest museums and artworks in the world!: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/streetviews
    • Another AWESOME art activity you can do at home (for those of you with a webcam or desk camera and a computer):
    • You can create stop-motion animation artwork creations at home!!! Download Q-Stop Motion (totally safe) and if you have a camera that can connect to your computer, you will be able to take frame-by-frame pictures of objects (moving them incrementally at a time) and play the sequence of images together using this program and create your own stop motion animations!!! Here is the link to this software that you can download free on the web:https://www.qstopmotion.org/index.html#home
    • You can do this with any kind of art materials including but not limited to: construction paper cutouts, legos, drawings, random objects, etc. etc. The list goes on and on! Have fun with this and if you create any animations please save them and show them to our class when we get back to school!!! :)


    Suggested Youtube links:


    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTKFMmhwqcY
    • Watch painting demonstrations by David Leffel one of the best living portrait painters in the last 100 years
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d-AHb56yYw
    • The next one is a great demo by Sherrie McGraw
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt_IbFpXhA0
    • Next is a good resource for drawing stick figures with more action in them
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkM6FgbQIGs
    • https://www.youtube.com/user/BobRossInc
    •               ** Watch some Bob Ross landscape demonstrations and follow along with his tutorial as best as you can. Even if you don't have paints, you may simply sketch his designs and color with whatever you have.


    Now if you have paints of any kind at your house as well, try making some practice painting sketches of any of these artist motifs (scenes) you have been practicing. Paint some of your ideas as if you were simply drawing with paint with a paintbrush. Have fun!