Studio Drawing & Painting, Pd. 3

Fine Arts & Music
Class Code: 
HR DRW & P (921101H)
Class Room: 
Class Period: 

Teacher: Ms. Griffus

Please submit any missing assignments via e-mail or in person. Refer to this webpage to catch up on missing assignments. Worksheets will either be directly pasted into the post or found in course downloads. 


Attention! From this point forward, all new assignments will be posted automatically at the bottom of the page. Thank you.

Due Date: 
Sun, 02/01/2015
Missing work and Final Exam

I have attached the final exam study guide, value packet worksheets, and gridded banana worksheet (grid worksheet 1) to the course info downloads. 


I will not accept any of these past the beginning of class on Monday. Please download and turn in if you were absent. 



Due Date: 
Thu, 01/22/2015
7 day drawing challenge

Homework assignment that was assigned at the beginning of this week. The top of the page includes tips for improving your sketchbook and the bottom is the directions for this assignment in your sketchbook. Will accept Mon-Wed of next week (12th-14th)

Ten ways to improve your sketchbook:


  1. Decorate the cover and make your sketchbook unique. Make every page a work of art.
  2. Annotate next to your artwork. Write about composition (or the arrangement of stuff). Is your composition dynamic or stable? What went right? What went wrong?
  3. Use your space. Use front and back of pages, put more than one assignment to a page. Doodle, use cool fonts, and make backgrounds. Think of composition.
  4. Reflect back to the critiques (comments and suggestions) you have received. In essence “talk back” to the comments in writing. What do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Next steps? What changes are you going to make?
  5. Copy Master works for practice. (Master works are popular and sometimes recognizable artwork). Learn from paint strokes, mark making, color combinations, etc.
  6. Add personal artwork to your sketchbook! Draw, paint, and doodle what appeals to you. If you really want to excel in art, your sketchbook should contain more than class assignments.
  7. Do research because you are interested in an idea, concept, or skill. Not just because you have been given an assignment. Add research about the style or medium that we are currently exploring in class. Look up extra tutorials, etc.
  8. Use a variety of mediums in your sketchbook. You don’t always have to use just pencil. Unless specified.
  9. Write down, draw, paint, or glue in images of what inspires you. Songs, images, passages from poems or books, etc. Referring back to these inspirations help to develop ideas for your artwork.

10. Carry your sketchbook with you. Don’t look at your sketchbook as only a “schoolbook.” Your sketchbook is a visual journal or your perception of the world and represents you as an artist. Also, always bring it to class!



Directions: Drawings should fill half of a sketchbook page (a full page if your sketchbook is small). Include details (texture, value, etc.) unless otherwise specified. These will be included as a formative grade. Do one drawing a day. DO NOT rush them at the last minute. You must label each page with the appropriate date and title. Use the tips above to help you. Grades are based on: completion, criteria met (including size and labels, followed directions), technical skills, and composition/creativity.


Due: January 12th for 1st- 3rd. January 13th for 5th-8th periods


Day 1: Do an observational drawing (looking at the object) of one thing that you received for the Holidays. If this doesn’t apply to you- draw one thing that is special to you. Use at least 3 values in this drawing (shading) with pencil or pen (studio).

Day 2: Write a list of 20 things that make you happy. (include the list) Illustrate 3 of these things. You can illustrate from the top of your head or use reference (something you look at). The list and drawings should be made into an artistic and creative composition. Medium is up to you.

Day 3: Draw the contents of your purse, backpack, or pockets using pen and continuous contour line. (Meaning don’t pick up your pen, and you are just focusing on the outlines)

Day 4: Create a campaign poster for or against a particular issue. Media of your choice. Include text and image.

Day 5: Design a tattoo. Shade or use color based on what the tattoo calls for.

Day 6: Draw the letter of your first name morphed into something that starts with that letter. Example: S, snake make an S.  Media of your choice.

Day 7: Choose any 2 of these words from the list to combine together in one image: Turtle, octopus, snake, bird, bee, rat, fish, pencil, saw, hammer, pliers, scissors, tire, clock. 


P.S. If you have not turned in the admire photo for the upcoming portraiture assignment, or the self evaluation rubric, or the evaluation of all tape murals, please turn them in ASAP for semester grades. 

Due Date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015
Fear Project


We have begun working on our fear ink value project in class. Please take a moment to look at the attached file "What is composition" from above. Every student should have a copy of this document in their sketchbook. Composition is very important in every artwork that you do throughout the school year. You should be utilizing the space on your paper, canvas, etc. This will help you with your projects. 

Make sure you are finished in class on Monday with the still life where we practiced ink value and covering our paper/using our space. The still life should show a range of 5 or more values, the value should change gradually, and your paper should be covered with ink value. (Not more than 10% of space should be left white). 

Please also take a minute to read over the directions and rubric for the project. You should have two fear sketches to work from in your sketchbook. Use one sketch to finalize into your artwork. Draw your work in pencil first before adding ink. Remember the more lines closer together makes darker ink value, farther apart and less lines make a lighter value. (Refer to the ink value assignment below).

Look at the images of Don Kenn artwork below for a great example of how ink value is used to cover an artwork: Notice how Don Kenn has a range of value in his artwork (about 5 or 6 values), notice how tedious and detailed some of the line work is, and notice how he covers space (his whole artwork is thoughtout and the composition is complete). 


Fear Project Directions


  1. After answering the two questions in your sketchbook: 1. What is a realistic fear you have (war, crime, failure, etc)? 2. What is an irrational (horror movie, clowns, etc.) fear you have?  Create two sketches to illustrate a fear. Sketches are quick plans for a final artwork, they should give you an idea of what your final piece will be, but don’t get caught up in details. In your sketches (or next to it) you can include images you want to use, words that might be included, an explanation of theme, etc. Give yourself a lot of information to work with so that you are ready to move onto a final art piece. You will choose one sketch to turn into a final piece.
  2. Once your idea is finalized, collect any images that you might want to use as reference for your artwork. We can print images if you need them to look off of. Reference images help accuracy in artwork and help to give you ideas. Some artists benefit from drawing from the top of their head, but some artists struggle with this.
  3. Use pencil to lightly draw your final image on paper outside of your sketchbook. Make sure that you use the space of your paper (top to bottom, side to side). Make sure your image has an interesting composition (refer to rubric and composition sheet). Include a background, make sure your artwork is a completed thought and planned out, nothing should be floating in space.
  4. Start outlining pencil drawing with ink.
  5. Lay in value with your ink pen. Remember a range of at least 6 values should be shown in the end of your project. From dark to light (black, dark grays, medium grays, light grays, and white). Remember using lines creates value with ink. The closer together the lines the darker the value and the farther away or less lines, the lighter the value. There should be a slow and gradual change from dark value to light. It is important to have a clear light source, highlights, and shadows. You can use hatching, cross hatching, stippling, scrumbling, etc, or a combination. The more detail, the better.
  6. Make sure you have utilized the space in your artwork. There shouldn't be more than 10% of the paper left uncovered. Consider using ink value in the background like Edward Gorey and Don Kenn do in their artwork. 
  7. Take a look at your artwork; go back over any outlines so that they are clear. Make sure objects stand out from each other and don’t get lost. Additional value can be added to make areas stand out.



-Refer to the rubric for expectations

-Look at Don Kenn and Edward Gorey artwork. Refer to value and ink sheets from table folders.

-Only dip ink pen if you are out, but careful to not let the ink pen skip so it doesn’t spill ink.

-The more details and small lines, the more dynamic your artwork will look.

-Don’t rush. Ink value looks better when you take your time!

-You should be able to verbalize what the fear is in your artwork.

-Your artwork can be scary or scary/fun but should be thought out, given time, and look your grade level (not like an elementary school kid did it. )

Rubric for Fear/Ink Value Project:


0-0.5 (59-64%)

Even with help, no success to with help partial success

1-1.5 (65-74%)

Partial success to with help-partial success at simple content

2-2.5 (75-84%) Simple/foundational to simple/some target

3-3.5 (85-94%) Mastery/target goal to target and some complex

4 (95-100%)

Complex content

Quality and neatness of Construction

Shows no consideration to construction

Shows minimal attention to construction

Shows some attention to construction

Shows considerable attention to construction

Exceeds the expectation of construction.

Creativity and clarity of concept

Shows no creativity/originality. Copied or incomplete.

Showed little to no risk taking. Idea is typical or uninventive. Concept is unclear.

Shows little risk taking partially innovative.

Shows some risk taking but some of the concept is typical.

Shows advanced creativity. Idea is innovative and well thought out. Concept is clearly communicated through visual imagery.

Time and Effort in class/Completeness

Time not used wisely, not working during class time. Unfinished work.

Time not always used wisely, needed more effort.

Time used mostly wisely, some effort. Work could have been pushed further.

Time used wisely, with much effort.

Time used wisely, much effort, put additional effort into work. Challenged self to go above and beyond minimum requirements.

Overall Design (Composition/Unity)

Didn’t attempt cohesion or design. Threw random things together or did not try at all.

Inappropriate/uninteresting. Little attention to composition.  

Somewhat attractive/interesting. Slightly balanced/unified.

Mostly appropriate/interesting. Mostly arranged/balanced/unified.

Appropriate/interesting. Well arranged/balanced/unified.

Ink value (hatching, crosshatching, stippling, etc.)

Did not attempt any ink value

Put minimal effort into adding value. The change in value is abrupt.

Has some value but not a gradual change from dark to light. The value mostly makes sense.

Has a range of about 6 values, the change from dark to light is mostly blended (gradual changes).

Has at least 6 values. Value is gradually blended together and makes sense with the image.

Due Date: 
Fri, 11/07/2014
Sketchbook assignment log for first quarter

Your 1st quarter sketchbooks are due on Thursday November 6th. Below are the assignments that are due. 

Before drawings: one person from memory, one person from observation, and one hand. Upside down drawing is of the man. File (picture that we drew) is attached above. 2 practice contour hands was a lead in to the sign language project: we practiced two continuous line drawing hands. 2 fear questions: 1. What is a realistic fear you have (examples: failing, war, crime, sickness, etc.) 2. What is an irrational or horror movie type fear you have? (clowns, freddy krueger, etc.). 2 fear sketches: do two quick sketches of what your fear drawing could look like. It should clearly illustrate what your fear is. It should have a composition and be thought out. (Nothing should be floating in space-there should be a space in your drawing). 4 ink value scales: a hatching, cross hatching, stippling, and one of choice ink value scales with a range of 6 values. (remember the more lines, closer together the darker the value and the less lines/farther apart the lighter the value). 4 sets of shaded forms= one cone, one cube, and one sphere shaded using crosshatching, hatching, stippling, and a technique of choice. 




Due Date: 
Thu, 11/06/2014
Ink Value Assignments

In your sketchbook you will be creating 4 value scales using 4 different shading techniques with ink. Each value scale should show a range of 6 values from dark to light (black being the dark, white being the lightest). Refer to the images below to see what hatching, crosshatching, stippling, and various other ink techniques look like. You will complete a scale using hatching, one with crosshatching, one with stippling, and one extra of choice. 

Afterwards you will shade a cone, cube, and sphere (each forms 4 different times) using the same ink shading techniques from above.) Much like the example below. 


The final step is to draw a "still life drawing" of at least 3 objects placed together. You start a still life drawing by observing and drawing accurately what you see with pencil. Then you will shade in the drawing using at least one (but can be more than one) ink value technique from below. If you are doing this at home you could take items such as vases, cups, glasses, flowers, school supplies etc. to draw. In class we are using quill pens but at home you can use ballpoint pens to create the same value. Refer to the "still life drawing" directions below if you are wondering how to complete a still life. 



Due Date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014
Assignments so far this year

Refer to the ART 1 class assignments on the Brooks homework website for any assignments that you may have missed. Excluded are the portraiture assignments and value assignments. (zentangle, continous contour hand directions are under ART 1). 

Due Date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014
Vans Custom Culture



If you want to participate in the Van's custom culture contest, please download the "106.pdf" file from course info>downloads. 

The theme has to be either Art (which can be almost anything), music, local flavor (Chicago), or action sports (extreme sports-snowboarding, skateboarding, bmx, surfing, etc.). If you use any copyrighted materials or combine the topics please consider that this won't be considered for the final design, but you may use it for your template to be voted on. 

Write your name and the topic you chose on your paper and turn it in by Friday February 13th, 2015. 

Due Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015
Media Doodlebomb

If you were absent 3-23 we started a new project today.


I introduced the artwork of artist Hattie Stewart (seen below) and Ana Strumpf. Both of these artist's take magazine covers or ads and transform them into a new piece of artwork. They do this as a social commentary on popular culture and media-how it affects society and their view on body image, etc.




On thursday I will be doing a painting demonstration and you will begin painting your page. 

In class today, you were to choose a page that you want to transform. You should choose a general theme: for example it can be something general like creepy, monsters, greek monsters, food, etc. 

Or something more specific, like transforming models into an average body or person, the effect of altering model's bodies, or the zombie apocalypse. 

The criteria for the overall project is:

1: transform at least 75% percent of the page into something new

2: neatness/construction of materials

3: general theme on page

4: solid paint (can't see brush strokes)

5: unity through repetition (repeat elements to create balance)

6: Minimum of 5 different elements: these can be patterns, characters, etc. 

7: use of black and white + fluorescent paint color scheme to create contrast


By the end of the class I asked everyone to draw with pen or sharpie onto the magazine page to be prepared for thursday's painting demonstration

You have a lot of creative freedom as far as what you draw in this artwork, but please follow the minimum criteria and use the artists above for inspiration. 

Also, if you go to and look under "dingbats" and the categories below, these could help inspire some of the elements, such as food, monsters, sugar skulls. etc. 

E-mail me with questions

Due Date: 
Thu, 03/26/2015
Studio Drawing & Painting, Pd. 3