Learning to See Through the Use of Line and Observational Drawing

The first few weeks of the semester have been busy and productive in Art 107: Line and Value: Drawing + 2D Design. Students are learning how to transform simple shapes into complex objects as they build their compositions using only contour and cross contour lines. Through careful observation and the utilization of sighting and measuring techniques, students learn how to see and how to create a representational drawing from life. The objectives of these first few weeks were to draw objects that are in correct proportion and to accurately display light and form through varying the characteristics of the line.

Working from life, using only contour and cross contour lines, and slowly building up the composition through careful observation allows the students to create a solid foundation to build upon throughout the semester and for future art making.

 

Alicia DiMaccio, Study of Ellipses

Anna, Gerlach, Study of Ellipses

Brooke

Brooke Benoit, Study of Drapery

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Camille Bates, Study of Drapery

Lindsey

Lindsey Byers, Study of Ellipses

Christina

Christina McNeiley, Vegetable Still Life

Michaela

Michaela Raffin, Vegetable Still Life

 

Alicia

Alicia DiMaccio, Vegetable Still Life

 

Learning to take Photographs in Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation

The fall semester is in session and my students are hard at work learning to use DSLR cameras in Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation. The first goal for the class has been to get oriented with the camera; learning the basics of controlling aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to affect the depth of field, motion blur, and grain – all while getting a balanced exposure.

The images below reflect the class’ first studies – reflecting a wide range of personalities and concepts. Here are some of the highlights:

Tori Adachi's photograph of leaves

Tori Adachi’s photograph of leaves

Tori was interested in the variegated colors of this plant, but also captured a certain flawed beauty – notice the steady rhythm of the caterpillar bites.

Margaret Citron's photograph of the door stop in her dorm room

Margaret Citron’s photograph of the door stop in her dorm room

Margaret created this wonderfully abstract and almost bodily image, simply by turning her camera towards the door stop in her dorm room.

Reid Bruner's photograph of a butterfly

Reid Bruner’s photograph of a butterfly

Reid used shallow depth of field to focus our attention on the sharp details of this monarch butterfly.

Bekah Pollard's photograph of a bundle of wires found in an alley

Bekah Pollard’s photograph of a bundle of wires found in an alley

Bekah found this bundle of wires in the alley behind her sorority house, and became captivated by the juxtaposition of the bright wires and the swirling, tangled mess.

Mary Pennington's photograph of a sink stop

Mary Pennington’s photograph of a sink stop

Mary created this elegant image of a rather mundane item, sitting on the window sill above her kitchen sink.

Kimberly Bradford's photograph at of a wine glass

Kimberly Bradford’s photograph at of a wine glass

Kimberly took advantage of the camera’s ability to freeze the distorted ripples of wine in this glass.

Josh Gaal's portrait of a fraternity brother

Josh Gaal’s portrait of a fraternity brother

Josh has had a strong interest in portrait photography, so it’s no surprise that he wanted to capture a member of his fraternity.

Jordan Lightner's portrait of a friend

Jordan Lightner’s portrait of a friend

Jordan described this photograph as one that just makes her smile; a playful moment with a good friend.

Danny Pobereyko's photograph of a melting ice cream cone

Danny Pobereyko’s photograph of a melting ice cream cone

Danny confronted us with this image that mixed ‘sweet’ and ‘uncomfortable.’

Brooke Dominguez's photograph by the canal

Brooke Dominguez’s photograph by the canal

Brooke was captivated by the writing on this post she found, walking along the canal.

Britt Garrett's photograph of sheets

Britt Garrett’s photograph of sheets

Britt took dozens of pictures of these bright, striped sheets – creating an abstract terrain.

Abbi Miles' photograph of faded initials carved into a tree trunk

Abbi Miles’ photograph of faded initials carved into a tree trunk

Abbi was interested in this tree, whose bark had once clearly shown the initials of a couple in love.

Anne Gouty's photo at the IMA gardens

Anne Gouty’s photo at the IMA gardens

Anne took this picture of a rustic figure at the IMA sculpture gardens.

ART NOW – APRIL 22 (opening, 5-7 p.m.)

and April 23 (9-5) See the promo video!

Art Program students will showcase their work in a series of exhibitions at the end of April. These exhibitions are open to the public – all are welcome! ART NOW features work of first-year, sophomore and juniors completing an Art+Design major or minor, as well as non-majors taking PCA200 Perspectives in the Creative Arts-Introduction to Visual Art as part of Butler’s core curriculum. A wide variety of media will be shown, from more traditional (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography) to progressive (interactive works, 3D prints and even performance art). The exhibition opens on April 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Reilly Room at Atherton Union and will be open from 9-5 on April 23. Most works are for sale with all proceeds going directly to the student artists–bring your checkbook! First-year Art+Design major Margaret Citron (’17) designed the poster for ART NOW. Kelsey Nylin (’14) and Kaylin Greer (’17) were responsible for the promo video, which also features Joel Fuller (’16) and Emma Landwerlen (’16).

Art Now Spring 2014 Poster, by Margaret Citron ('17)

Art Now Spring 2014 Poster, by Margaret Citron (’17)