Write the Definitions for Still Life and Composition in your Sketchbook What is a Still Life? It is typically a drawing, painting, or a photo of a group of inanimate (non-living) objects. When these objects are placed together in a certain way they take on a special meaning for the artist or the viewer (the person looking at the artwork).
What is a Composition? A composition is the way all of the parts of an artwork are set up. Artists plan out every step of their artwork, so a pleasing composition is one in which theelements of art are arranged in an interesting way!
1. Generating Ideas: Choose one of the still lifes set up around the of the room. You have 3 options for this project . . . 1. Shading with a Pencil on White Paper 2. Shading with White Colored Pencil on Black Paper 3. Shading with both White Colored Pencil and Regular Pencil on Mid-Tone (tan) Paper After watching the 3 videos below, choose your option for this project (White Paper, Black Paper, Grey Paper)
Look at the rubric to see the requirements for this project!!
3. Visual Development Use the viewfinder to help you create three sketches. You must use the viewfinder to sketch three different compositions of the still-life!! Try using different shapes, zooming in and out, picking objects that relate, etc. Turn in your 3 sketches to Schoology.
Watch the PROJECT PPT. Write the definitions and information found in boxes on the PPT in your sketchbook (here are 9 boxes).
Remember your light source
Choose a horizontal or vertical format
Use a viewfinder to help with composition
Crop out unwanted items
Draw your rough draft on newsprint (work out your drawing correcting all of your mistakes)
Try comparative measuring to get accurate proportions
Draw basic shapes to get object overall shapes and placement
Check accuracy of objects' size and placement using a measuring stick
Objects should fill the paper & go off the sides (beware of tangents where something touches/almost touches the edge)
Watch the following videos before you begin your final drawing.
4. Final Design: Create a rough draft of your drawing on newsprint. This will be transferred to your final paper. The benefit of a rough draft is that you can make mistakes, erase and correct without messing up your final paper. Turn in a photo of your rough draft to Schoology.
Transfer your drawing to your final paper. Keep lines very LIGHT. Remember to:
Transfer using the light box for white paper, a graphite stick shaded on the back of your sketch for the tan paper, or chalk shaded on the back of your sketch for the black paper
Begin shading using the techniques you have learned. Constantly analyze where the shadows are on the actual objects, so that you can evaluate if you are correctly shading your drawing!! Work around your drawing continually adjusting as you compare values to each other. Remember that values can appear lighter or darker based on the surrounding values. Start light and build up to your darker colors.
5. Refinement: Look over your drawing. Use the following questions and the project rubric to help you refine your artwork! a. Are at least 5 values/shades shown? (remember your values scale: light to medium to dark) b. Do you have objects in the fore-ground, middle-ground, and back- ground? c. Are your objects drawn to scale (in proportion)? d. Does your composition touch all 4 sides of the page?
Watch the video below. The artist is critiquing a still life drawing. Listen for clues about contrast. Towards the end of the video she suggests taking a photo graph of your drawing and loading it onto a free photo editing site like PicMonkey. Once the photo is uploaded, play with the contrast. If your photo looks better with a stronger contrast, go back and add it with your pencil.