Assignment: The “Extended”
Challenge: Choose a
magazine cut out. Using the principles and elements of art create an entirely
new piece by incorporating the magazine piece into a nonobjective design and
working off it in colored pencil.
Use gradation, color layering and blending, color theory, and
composition considerations to make this a strong, successful, piece.
Example taken from: From Ordinary to Extraordinary by Ken Vieth
Considerations: Elements of Art
line, color, shape, form, texture, value, space, and pattern
Design Considerations: Look carefully and
think about these while composing your larger piece-
-Rhythm, movement/repetition, visual
balance of lights vs. darks, large, vs. small, complexity vs. rest, gradation,
emphasis point/visual lead-in, directional line, contrast, proportion
-What type of line, color, and
overall style is used by your artist, and how can you incorporate that into
your own composition?
-Are you integrating the chosen
area fully or playing around with spatial depth?
do you achieve smooth, consistent, gradation in color pencil?
you layering the color pencil for a richer, deeper, more sophisticated look?
strips, newsprint, pencils, colored pencils, worksheets, white drawing paper,
rulers, glue sticks
of art, principles and tools of design, integration, depth, plane, media
Steps: STEP 1: Planning
-Observe the various magazine strips and pick
piece that interests you
-Think about composition, and where you will
place the magazine strip on the page
STEP 2: Composition and Concept
-Create a series of thumbnails incorporating
your magazine piece into a design, considering the elements and principles in
-Also consider total vs. partial integration,
and a specific color scheme.
-Choose your best thumbnail sketch to work
-Draw out your composition on your white paper,
placing, but NOT gluing, your magazine piece on it
-Complete a color worksheet and practice your
STEP 3: Completion of Your Piece
-Glue your redrawn non-objective design to the
white drawing paper.
-Complete your piece by adding color with color
-Use smooth, continuous strokes and value and
gradation to give a sense of depth
-Add blending of colors to create more complex
colors and add more richness to the piece.
STEP 4: Fill out an Assessment
-Turn this in with your finished piece.
and follow through of artist style, and decision-making through process
extension of the drawing is clearly seen and emphasized
the integration aspect of the piece, and demonstrated thought and effort in
designing the piece as a whole
design considerations—have you made decisions while considering these?
-Your drawing includes evidence of the initial viewfinder
section’s style—similar shapes, forms, and colors are used to keep the piece as
- The drawing extends off the edge
in order to create good tension and interest
- Your color choices add to the
overall success of the piece, not take away from it
Materials, Methods, Tools, and Techniques
-The colored pencil is added in layers, and is used
properly—smoothly and consistently, not scratched, scribbled, or roughly
consistent gradation is demonstrated in at least one area of the piece
are blended successfully
overall drawing is neat, clean, and cared for—no smudges, rips, tears, or folds
on task, efficient use of studio, care of materials and piece, overall effort