Consider all aspects of your daily life, your beliefs, thoughts, ideas, & special events
Create a design that tells your own story or history like the paintings that depict village life found in Amate Bark Paintings
Include buildings, landscapes, & landmarks found or animals, birds or plantsnative to Rowan County or even North Carolina
Be completely original, without copying an existing artwork.
AMATE BARK ANALYSIS Turn in to Schoology for a grade Find photos of 5 Amate Bark Paintings online Put them on a pages document & Circle your favorite design Answer the following questions about the circled design Save as a PDF and turn it into Schoology
1. What is your Immediate reaction? List any words that come to mind.
2. Describe what you see being very detailed & listing everything visible in the work. Imagine describing it to someone on the phone.
3.Analysis the Bark Painting. Try to figure out what the artist has done to achieve certain effects. You should refer to your first impressions and try to explain how the artwork achieves that reaction.
What do you notice about the artist's choice of materials?
What grabs your attention in the work?
What mood or feeling do you get when you look at this work of art?
Is this a quality piece of artwork (attention to detail, durable, functions as intended, neatness, well - constructed, etc.)? What evidence do you to suggest the level of quality found in the bark painting?
4. Interpretation - Why do you think the artist used the colors and patterns they chose to put into their work? How is their cultural background evident in their artwork? Does it appear to have a meaning or story behind the images they used?
5. Judgement - Based on the information you have gathered above, do you believe this artwork was successful? Why or why not? Have your opinions changed since your first impression? If so, how? If you had the money, is this a piece you would buy? Why or why not? What have you learned about this artwork that you can apply to your own painting? Researching AMATE BARK PAINTING VIDEOS
Visual Development TEST PATTERN Use the image on the right to complete a small practice square on the brown paper provided. Make sure your test pattern has the following:
Recreate the pattern/shapes
Sharpie outlines around the major shapes
Try to match colors as close as possible
Add white accent hatch lines
Photograph your test pattern and turn it into Schoolgoy for a grade.
Decide if you are going to create a "village life" design or a "nature-inspired" design
Use your brainstorming list for ideas of items to include in your drawing
Create a design based on your culture in China Grove, NC rather than coping a design from Mexico
Draw the design on newsprint to work out your composition & placement of objects
Village Life Design Ideas
Study a Real Bark Painting of a village
Designs are layered one on top of the other in rows
Size and proportions do not need to be accurate
Include major landmarks, foliage, roads, people, buildings, tractors, cars, sky & sun
You may include simple human figures
Use a scene from this area so your work looks like China Grove and not a Mexican Village
The objects are simple and cartoon-like
Fill the scene with lots of items. They look very cluttered.
All animals and plants should be native to North Carolina
Pick 3 main subjects to design around (ex- two birds and a rabbit)
You may choose to make one larger and the other two smaller to create a focal point
Spread them around the surface of your paper, but avoid placing them too close to the paper edge or right in the center
Draw simple shapes, but include some basic details like eyes, wings, large feathers, etc.
Use dynamic body posing. (ex: have bird wings opened and flaring out, jumping deer, animals stretching out, extra long tail feathers or wings)
Once you have your main objects, add flowers and plants to fill in the space in-between the major subjects
Leave some an inch or two around the edge of the paper as a border
Your design will be transferred to the final paper. This can be done using graphite on the back of your paper. If your final paper is to dark to see your pencil lines, use chalk instead. The light chalk lines will also transfer to the final paper. Photograph and send your newsprint final design to Schoology for a grade.
Village Life Line Drawing http://www.mexican-folk-art-guide.com/deer-hunting-story.html#.Vk3YCoSppFI
Modern Village Life Line Drawing http://devynlarson.blogspot.com/2009/07/mexican-folk-art-painting-amate-bark.html
Nature-Inspired Line Drawing http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibitions/mexico2/gallery10_6.html
Final Design 1. Get a large sheet of brown craft paper
2. Tear around all of the edges to give it an uneven appearance 3. Transfer the design on to clean brown paper or complete the 2nd option of wetting & inking paper.
(Optional Directions) - Gently crumble into a ball without tearing the paper, and wet completely
Spread the paper open. With several newspapers underneath the brown paper, paint the entire piece with ink/water mixture using a sponge or brush. Allow it to settle into some of the wrinkles. It will dry several shades lighter than it appears when wet.
Allow to completely dry.
Once dry, place the inked paper on top of several layers of newspaper. Put a sheet of wax
paper on top of it and a SINGLE sheet of newspaper on top of the wax paper. Iron to flatten wrinkles and allow some of the wax to transfer to the paper.
Transfer your design to the final paper
4. The mexican artist drew nature( birds, animals, plants), complex radial designs or scenes from everyday life. Their work includes many “c” and “s” curved lines. 5. Base coat your drawing with white paint. 6. Once dry, outline with black marker. 7. Paint the picture using bright or even fluorescent colors. For a more detailed look, add a highlight and shadow color to your main color. Also, many of the original designs have white accent lines showing interior details. Touch up black marker outline when finished if needed.
Refinement Once you feel your artwork is finished, check the following things:
Did you tear the edge of your paper unevenly?
Have you filled your paper with design leaving no major empty spots?
Is your paint neat and clean?
Do you have marker outlines around everything?
Have you added white line accents?
Have two people look at your artwork and answer the same questions. If you see areas that need work, fix them before turning in your photo.
Reflection Photograph your final piece, download the rubric below and turn both in to Schoology.