diving into new sketchbook Lessons from classmates
For our Art Education Studio class, each of us concocted sketchbook ideas that are out of the ordinary, centered around drawing. During each week of class, we are creating one of these problem-based assignments that are open-ended with some boundaries for concepts, techniques and materials.
For our introduction to the class assigned by our teacher, I made an identity map with concepts and events from my life. I used circles to represent the spirals of things I’ve lived through and as a shape of continuity and wholeness in each time period. The only parameter was to draw a 3 inch square in the middle and go from there.
Assignment 1 was a self-portrait made using a reflective surface other than a mirror with 16 crayons. I used my computer screen which is a memorial to my grandpa, so I can see him everyday. I layered the crayons and melted them off with an iron with a paper on top. Then I went back in with a knife and scraped some more off before adding additional crayon.
The second one I made was three animals pieced together that was alive now or had been at one point, each with a different drawing medium. This became a narwhal-snake-flying squirrel creature of land, earth and sky. I used crayon, colored pencil and marker.
For this assignment, we made Google doodles about ourselves that might appear on the homepage for Google search. I made this out of marker and it shows an archeological dig, a balloon, cookware and a pool, among other things, showing my interests.
For this one, we made an initial design for a pumpkin to be auctioned off at Shelter House, a local organization that helps the homeless. I used acrylic paint. Actual pumpkin decoration linked here: http://arted.tessasutton.com/2018/09/20/pumpkin-auction-at-shelter-house.
In this assignment, I created a composition without using traditional drawing materials. Here, I used milkweed I gathered on one of my many walks near my home and some scraps of yarn. I glued them on.
In #6, our parameters were to draw a place from imagination using lots of rich color and detail. Using chalk colored pencils, I drew the Mariana Trench which is located off Guam. I’m interested in the stillness and quiet found there as well as a sense of the unknown.
This one was about drawing a part of our body’s shadow cast by a light and then placing colors around it that we identified with. I chose markers and made shapes, thinking of a quilt around my hand.
Using vine charcoal rubbed over the paper and then erased with a gummy eraser, I placed an object obscuring the view and then drew the scene. I went back in with a compressed charcoal, which is darker, to make the darks more absorbing. This gives you a background, middle and foreground.