The ZOOMED Oil Pastel Drawing
Create an abstract (nonrepresentational) drawing in oil pastel that considers composition, color relationships, and gradation.
-Utilize design devices to help achieve a stronger composition...
-Good tension through extending off edges
-Visual balance of complexity vs. rest, light vs. dark, and small vs. large
-Repetition of pattern or shapes and forms
-Use of diagonals to create a sense of energy and movement
-Make color choices effectively--your choices should ADD to the drawing, not take away
-Achieve gradation with your oil pastel through layering of color and strokes, and controlled pressure
Abstract: art that departs significantly from natural appearances. Forms are modified or changed to varying degrees in order to emphasize certain qualities or content
Nonrepresentational/nonobjective: representing or intended to represent no natural or actual object, figure, or scene
Composition: the bringing together of parts or elements to form a whole; the structure, organization, or total form of a work of art
Value: the lightness or darkness of tones or colors
1. Create a full page of doodles in sharpie
2. Using a viewfinder, “find” a composition that considers the criteria and design devices listed above
3. Enlarge your chosen composition onto a piece of newsprint
4. Redraw your composition onto a 12 x 18 sheet of black paper
5. Practice your oil pastel on smaller sheets of black paper, including layering color on top of one another, using controlled pressure, and layering strokes on top of one another to “build up color.”
6. Plan out what colors that you want to use and what values that you would like to use
7. Add your oil pastel with care and craftsmanship--take care to:
-add depth and space through overlapping shapes and through your gradation
8. Fill out your reflection/assessment and turn it in with your completed drawing
Communication and Expression (CE)
-Drawing should be abstract, and/or expressive...not a realistic drawing with observational drawing
-The composition and color should be emphasized the most
Design, Layout, and Composition (DLC)
-Composition is considered, including a visual entry and visual balance, tension through exiting off edges, repetition, diagonals, and contrast
-Color choices are made effectively with the oil pastel
-With different values and color changes
Methods, Tools, and Techniques (MTT)
-Different colors and values are clearly seen through the application of oil pastel
-The drawing is worked on and finished edge to edge including details
-Gradation with the oil pastel is achieved through layering of color and strokes and controlled pressure
-A sense of depth is achieved through the gradation and layering of shapes in space
-The drawing has overall strong and considered craftsmanship
Look at all the work on the wall and answer the following questions based on what you see from the other students and your own work.
- Whose piece has the most interesting lines, color, contrast (lights & darks) and/or shapes, which compliments the composition? Why do you think this?
- Whose piece do you think makes the most out of blending & building up layers with the oil pastels? What does this technique do to the overall piece?
- Whose piece uses craftsmanship best? (Neatness with the oil pastels)
- What do you think were/are your struggles & triumphs in designing and drawing this piece so far?