Studio Art Research Presentation and Project

Studio Art

Abstract Art Presentation Parts 1 and 2

Due Friday, October 31, 2014

Ms. Eipp

Part I:

Once your still life project is complete, you will need to research Abstract Art. Focus in on one artist specifically. (Give me all the basic bio, historical time frame, interesting or surprising facts, examples of artist’s work, and a critique of their work with educated opinion (from research)). You will need to use 1-2 books and 2 different legitimate internet resources (start with the library reference system).

Compare that artist to Realism. (First, you will want to define Realism and research it the way you did with Abstract Art). You will need to compare your artist’s work to your own still life project. Compare and contrast using the art vocabulary learned in class (elements and principles/ art criticism) to support your analysis and criticism.

You will be creating a PowerPoint presentation to show your findings. There needs to be a works cited page- the same way as in English class. Your presentation should mostly consist of visuals with you speaking your research and analysis.

You will be graded on:

  • Number of legitimate sources (1-2 book, minimum of 2 internet) properly cited
  • Content is accurate, opinions are backed up by research findings, student gives credit to sources for information that is not their own.
  • Student analyzed and critiqued work by an Abstract artist of their choosing
  • Student compared their still life project and Realism to the Abstract artist’s work
  • PowerPoint presentation is aesthetically pleasing, presentation was interesting and insightful, the student dressed professionally and not in a distracting manner, the student read from their notes and NOT from their slides.
  • The student included a reflection of their research and analysis. The student thought about the information presented and applied it to the real world (whether in their own immediate world or the greater world around us)

Presentation Project Part II:


You are to create a project that will be split into half. One side will be done in a realistic style (create from observation). The other side will be done in an abstract style (be inspired by the artist you researched, but DO NOT copy!). You will need to draw out your subject matter across the entire paper. Think about how to actually complete this assignment. How will you suggest the essence of the object? The mood or feelings attached or surrounded by this object? What will your color palette consist of? Ask your classmates constantly about your visual communication.  (Example of childhood bike)

Include an artist statement when finished that explains both sides of your composition (using your research and educated opinion to help express your thoughts and purpose).

Photography Project 1: Words

For this assignment, you are to find a poem, book, lyric, quote, or single word to base your project around.

You want to start finding your written word(s) first! Then, build your project around the words.

You should be diving into one of the areas of interest you brainstormed in class (off the top of my head, I remember the following: women’s rights, human vs. nature, political or social issues, etc.)

This is an open-ended project. This can be hard to do. This will involve brainstorming and problem-solving. There will be time during class to brainstorm with your classmates. If you are stuck, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to come in and see me.

The requirements:

Present a minimum of 10-15 original photos, taken new, specifically for this project, in a PowerPoint or other electronic presentation format.

You should have a title slide (Your name, Title of Project, Date, etc.)

You may want to have one slide with all of the photos as a table of contents or visual summary of what is to come.

The following slides should be your individual photos, nice and big! No text, unless necessary.

At the end, or wherever makes sense, you should include the words you based your project off of and a self-reflection.

The very last slide should include any works cited, references, and resources used during your research and work. Be sure to give credit and shout outs to your subjects if they volunteered their time! (Please get their written permission in your sourcebook as needed)

***DISCLAIMER: I do not have the assignment in front of me, while I type, I may be leaving out a requirement or two. I will update ASAP! Refer to your notes from class.

Graphic Design Text Project (basic outline of assignment- not whole hand-out or in class instruction)

Graphic Design

Text Project “Typeface”

Miss Eipp

For this assignment, you will create an image using only text.

  • You will want to limit your words
  • One word should represent one value/ color (EX: Life=highlights, Sky= light midtones, Car= darker midtones, Boat=Shadows)
  • You can change the size, type of font, and warping of the text for different effects (The text should be laid down in the direction of the face or hair to help show form and texture.)
  • You will need your own original photo (I would like to stick to portraits, but if you can argue a different topic, I will listen)
  • The words used should coincide with the imagery to help your visual communication.
  • There are endless ways to problem solve this project, have fun and find the way the suits you best! Know going into this, that this project can be tedious. Do not give up; the end result is always worth it!
You will be graded on:

  • Craftsmanship
  • Effort
  • Following directions
  • Use of an original photograph
  • Final product being printed on real photo paper
  • Word choice and visual communication

You will need to print these at Walmart, Walgreens, or have them sent out to be printed on real photo paper at the printer of your choice. These will be used in the art show at the end of the year. You will work at either an 8×10 size or 11×14 (17). You are responsible for having this project printed. It will need to be printed in order to be handed in for a grade. If there are problems printing, please see me!


**Your image should have form (meaning it looks like it is 3D and creates an illusion of depth. You can create this by varying your value, warping your text, and the flow of your letters or words.)

*If you finish early because your design is simple; you will need to create an advertisement for your portrait. You will need to focus on page layout, combining verbal and visual communication, font/ text of advertisement, color scheme, etc.

*If you are still ahead of the game, create another text project that is more detailed. OR create a series.

Step 1: Open Portrait in Photoshop

Step 2: Duplicate your picture layer (drag background layer to bottom right where it looks like a page is turning- next to the trash can)

Step 3: Turn your copied layer into black and white (Image > Adjustments > Black and White – you can make adjustments as needed with the toolbox that pops up)

Step 4: Image > Adjustment > Posterize pick either 3 or 4 (This represents 3 values –white, midtone, black or 4 values- White, two midtones, and black) It is up to you how many you work in. The more values, the more realistic and more depth you will show – like the example by You can imply values by layer different sized text like the example by

Step 5: Create new layers for your text. YOU DO NOT WANT TO FLATTEN YOUR IMAGE. We will be deleting the photo when we are done.

Your image will continue to grow in size and Photoshop will be slow. Please work patiently as you add layers and text.

Remember to copy a layer is ALT and to move a layer is Ctrl.

Be sure to save to your desktop in photoshop format AND on your flashdrive!!

Sketch Number 5

Sketch #5


Due Monday, October 27, 2014


[kring-kuh l] /ˈkrɪŋ kəl/ Spell Syllables

verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crinkled, crinkling.

  1. to wrinkle; crimple; ripple.
  2. to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle.
  3. to turn or wind in many little bends and twists. noun
  4. a wrinkle or ripple.
  5. a crinkling sound.
  6. a turn or twist.

Synonyms: wrinkle · crease · pucker · furrow · corrugate · rumple · crumple · scrunch up · ruck up

If you are drawing, you should pick something, from life, that is crinkled, crumpled, or has the ability to be so. You will draw this subject in its crinkled, wrinkled, crumpled state. OR you can take one of the other meanings and interpret this assignment in a way that you want. Be sure to focus on OBSERVATIONAL drawing skill and technique. Focus on drawing what you see, not what you think a crinkle or crumple should look like. Notice the values and textures.

If you are photographing this assignment, you should pick an object that is crumpled or crinkled. You will photograph this object from an abstract and macro photography point of view. Use the beginning editing techniques taught in class to perfect your photo. Please submit a minimum of five photos. This could be 5 different photos or this could be five different angles, or a combination of the two. You can also interpret the different meanings of this word and incorporate that into what you chose to photograph.

If you are in graphic design, you are to think of a product that comes to mind when thinking about crinkled and its definitions. Reflect why you think this product makes you think of crinkled or crumpled. Print out the examples of this product. Is it successful? Why or why not. Re-draw the product adding elements that would not make sense. Look up the definition of Surrealism. Research what this art ism means and what artists did during this time period of creation. How have you added Surrealism to the product that you chose? Could you push Surrealism in the product any further?

Weekly Assignment #4

Weekly Assignment

Ms. Eipp

Due Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Photo: “What’s your perspective?”

Interpret this in a way that works best for you to show me your ability in photography as well as explore one of the themes or meaning of work that you brainstormed during class. You can take this literally on showing atmospheric perspective/ depth in a photo- focusing on use of elements and principles in a way to create depth. You could also interpret this assignment by taking photos that depict your perspective or opinion on a theme or mean of work that interests you.


Studio: “Things that shine.”

PART 1: Please find something that interests you or says something about you that reflects light. Draw this object from life. You should be creating an observational drawing. Focus on create the values that you see! Try to push your realism as far as you can. How many elements and principles did you use?

Part 2: Re-draw an outline of your object. Using color, add Vincent Van Gogh’s style to your outline to complete it. DO NOT copy anything that Vincent Van Gogh created. You are simply being inspired by his style to complete your outline.

**Compare the finished, stylized rendering, to that of your first drawing. Which do you like better? Why? How do these two drawings compare? Does one give more meaning or message or communication to the viewer? Explain.


Graphic Design: “What’s your perspective?”

For this week’s assignment, I would like you to brainstorm your interests in graphic design. What kind of visual communication is important to you? How do you think media, business, companies, etc. communicate to the world best? What makes you want to buy something or go somewhere? With this assignment, I want you to answer these questions and let them impact what you create.

Using 2 or 3 point perspective, create a design that shows depth. (Open-Ended Assignment: As long as you are using 2 or 3 point perspective to create depth and you have brainstormed and reflected on the above questions- you are free to create a design (more of a piece of art), logo, or advertisement- as always- keep it school appropriate) Hand draw your idea first, then try to re-create or finish it on the computer.



Advanced Studio: “Things that shine.”

PART 1: Please find something that interests you or says something about you that reflects light. Draw this object from life. You should be creating an observational drawing. Focus on create the values that you see! Try to push your realism as far as you can. How many elements and principles did you use?

Part 2: Re-draw an outline of your object. Complete your second drawing with elements and principles borrowed from the artist you researched and wrote down during class. What do you like about that artist’s work? Add those elements that you like into your second drawing (should be just the outline to start). Compare the finished, stylized rendering, to that of your first drawing. Which do you like better? Why? How do these two drawings compare? Does one give more meaning or message or communication to the viewer? Explain.

**You should have two full page, high quality sketches for this week’s assignment. Remember, this is an Advanced Art Elective; please put in the appropriate time and effort! You have a full week (including an entire weekend) to work on this.




“THIS IS NOT A BOOK,” by Keri Smith

Looking for something to fill your free time or get your brain thinking outside of the box? Check out this book. I have recommended it to my classes. If you are one of my students that has this book. I would like you to work on pages 7, 73, 124, and 128. As always, keep it school appropriate and have fun.


photo 5 (4)

2014 Remington Arts Festival Student Art Competition and Exhibit

The 2014 Remington Arts Festival Student Art Competition and Exhibit was held this past week at TAUNY, 2 West Main Street, Canton, New York. This event was part of the 13th Annual Remington Arts Festival. The Student Art Competition and Exhibition was open to any student K-12th grade. The Student Art Competition and Exhibit theme for 2014 was “Artist’s Choice” and the festival motto was “Canton’s Celebration of Arts Excellence in the North Country.”

Potsdam Central School District was excited to participate in this art competition and student exhibit. The show will be on display until October 9, 2014. Participants from Potsdam include Jonah Trejos, 4th grade, who was chosen to submit work and won the First Place Elementary Collage Award. From 6th grade, Elliot Donnelly, Savannah Walker, Shawna Cummings, and Hayden Ashley. From 7th grade, Seirra Cummings, Andrew Davidson, and Sylvain Foisy were selected to display their work. Sylvain Foisy won the First Place Middle School Award for Sculpture. From our 10th grade, Aaron Besaw, M.J. Plastino, Rory Sixberry, and Jillian Todd submitted work to the competition. Jillian Todd won the First Place High School Sculpture Award. Emily Theobald, 11th grade, won the First Place High School Miscellaneous Award for her work titled, “Henna Girl.” We had a great senior selection submitted by Sierra Damon, Gwen Deuel, Carl Hayes, Sam Lee, and Breanne Sapp.

You can see the student’s work on display upstairs at TAUNY in Canton during regular business hours. We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2014 Remington Art Festival Student Art Competition and Exhibit: Grasse River Heritage, Canton Area Zonta Club, TAUNY, Remington Arts Festival Committee, SLC Arts Council and the Haley-Nichols Fund. The Potsdam Art Department would also like to thank Linda Fay for her work in organizing this show so the Region can come together and support the arts!


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