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Intro to 2D Art

Course Summary

Principles of Design

Students studied principles of Emphasis, Pattern, Rhythm, Repetition, Contrast, and Unity in their Sharpie marker designs. They used the designs for the cover of their sketchbooks they make in class. These were works of art that was used everyday.

Intro to 2D Art

Students spent a great deal of time learning drawing techniques and creating realistic images of animals. They used value and texture to fill the space and create the illusion of depth. The drawings here were done with a combination of charcoal and graphite.



 Art History

Art history is a large part of the student's experience in Intro to 2D. Students began by studying different periods of Modern art. 
 The majority of the study spanned 215 years. After studying the periods, styles and the artists, as well as some of the political, historical, and contextual information surrounding the different movements, they researched 17 periods of art beginning with Neoclassicism an art movement that began in the very late 1700's. They ended with a look at Post-Modernism and what the future holds for art.

Movements included:

Abstract Expressionism
Pop Art
Op Art
Color-Field Painting

At the end of the unit students chose 6 of the movements to create a small accordion book depicting the style of the art period by painting an object in that style. The students used the same object for all 6 paintings. An example of one of the books is shown here.

Pop Art using iPads and Sketchbook Pro APP

This was the first year for the iPads and as a part of the student's study of art history we looked at how digital art could be used to recreate the pop art style of artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The experimentation was rewarding as you can see in the images above.



Matisse Paper Cutting

During our Art History Unit we studied the works of several different artists. We studied the early paintings of Matisse. Later in his life he became an invalid and was forced to give up painting in the traditional sense. Like the work by Matisse students explored design elements and created a collage using paper they painted. Each collage has meaning behind it. Students used their iPad to explore the contour lines of people in different poses. They then cut the paper with scissors freehand to create their forms.


Design and Symmetry

Students have been working with design all semester. The class is after all Introductory to Two-Dimensional Design. In this unit the students explored the use of simple color harmonies along with principles of art. Students discussed the mathematical principle of symmetry and how a design repeated around a point develops a simple motif into a complex image. The techniques of using colored pencils along with their ability to create volume and depth are evident in these beautiful kaleidoscopic images.

Students worked on creating their own print block using linocut blocks. They explored the history of printmaking and the concept of cutting away the negative space. They created a design that was used to make their own blank greeting cards. They also made their own envelopes for the cards. One of the prints was matted and displayed in the showcase at school. Perhaps you saw them hanging in the hallway outside the Multipurpose room at the high school.





Final Art Parody

After studying art history, design elements and principles, drawing,and painting, students were given two images at random. One was a photograph of an animal and one was a postcard of an artist's print. They were told to create a parody of the painting and recreate the artist's style using the animal they had. You will see several examples of those images.
What a great semester and what amazing work these students have done.