Assignment: Take the Head Apart and Put It Back Together Again (self-portrait project)
Assignment: Take the Head Apart and Put It Back Together Again (self-portrait project)

Painting II
North Central College
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2018

Looking to develop new and individualized strategies for generating source imagery, this project asks students to construct a collage from at least five black and white self-portrait images and a large magazine cutout. Over the course of this project, students are introduced to digital cameras, scanners, collage construction, and basic image editing in Adobe Photoshop.

Assignment: Drawing Your Surroundings
Assignment: Drawing Your Surroundings

Drawing II
North Central College
charcoal and graphite on paper
dimensions variable
2018

After learning about Do-Ho Suh’s rubbings, Drawing II students draw one wall of the classroom to scale. As a group, students determine how they will split up the work and create the drawing. The end result of this process, the composite, mural-like drawing, is moved to another location on campus for a temporary installation. This project encourages students to think about site or location in relation to their artwork—both as subject matter and as a space for exhibition. As a class, we discuss and look for atypical exhibition spaces on campus to install the project.

Assignment: Space and Memory
Assignment: Space and Memory

Painting II
North Central College
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2018

Students reflect on the nature of the painted image by being tasked with working on a series of small drawings, painted studies, and two larger works strictly from memory. Students choose a space or location and spend extended periods of time studying it, paying close attention to whatever visual and aural information they can glean. No photographs are taken and no drawings are made on site. In an attempt to fully engage the assignment, students are also encouraged to silence all of their devices while “studying” their space.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin II : Introduction to Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin II : Introduction to Tonal Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2018

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: Painting and Place
Assignment: Painting and Place

Painting II
North Central College
L : oil paint, fabric, wood, matboard, and cardboard; R : oil paint on matboard
dimensions variable
2018

For this project, students choose a meaningful place as their subject and build a maquette using whatever materials are available and best suited for capturing that place’s significance, feel and appearance. With this project students continue to be focused on gaining technical proficiency with oil paint while also taking steps to develop their own ideas and to better articulate their own interests.

Assignment: Before and After
Assignment: Before and After

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 40 in.
2018

After selecting an object that can be easily altered, students consider painting’s potential for storytelling by depicting their chosen objects in two different states. Over the course of this project, students explore various direct painting techniques including impasto painting, working wet-into-wet, and using opaque paint.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I : Introduction to Line Drawing
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I : Introduction to Line Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Marker and Sumi ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2018

This assignment serves as many students’ first formal introduction to line drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: 45 Paintings
Assignment: 45 Paintings

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on illustration board
5 x 4 in. each
2017

This assignment serves as an exploration in and first exposure to acrylic painting and color mixing. Students are asked to try different tools, techniques, and applications of paint while also working with a wide range of imagery.

Assignment: Material Sources
Assignment: Material Sources

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Collage and acrylic transfer on backing board
11 x 8.5 in. each
2016

This project asks students to consider the internet and our world of screens in relation to printed and physical source material. Students complete a drawing after experimenting with source materials (collaging, cutting out, rearranging/composing, drawing over, layering, sanding, removing material, etc.).

Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study
Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study

Drawing I
North Central College
Graphite and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
2017

This assignment requires students to focus on both an interior and exterior space while making use of two point perspective and sighting and measuring techniques. Students are encouraged, for the sake of economy, to simplify the great amount of visual information within the observed picture plane.

Assignment: Negative Space
Assignment: Negative Space

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a still life drawing of three to five objects observed from life that emphasizes the negative space. When choosing their objects and composing their still life, students are asked to look for objects that have interesting shapes and that contain negative spaces within them, or shapes that can be manipulated to create negative spaces.

Assignment: Studio Seminar Project
Assignment: Studio Seminar Project

Studio Seminar (Senior Thesis)
North Central Collage
acrylic on raw canvas
16 x 20.75 in.
2018

Studio Seminar is an interdisciplinary capstone course for art majors at North Central College and requires the completion of an independent studio project. This student’s Studio Seminar project explored painting as a vehicle for distancing and abstraction as well as relationships between painting and the photographic print.

Assignment: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
acrylic, charcoal, marker, and pigment print on paper
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester
advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the
BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores the
history of self-portraiture, the selfie and social media, and the use of
cropping as form of distortion and abstraction.

Assignment: Indirect Self-portrait
Assignment: Indirect Self-portrait

Drawing I
North Central College
charcoal and graphite on paper
dimensions variable
2018

Students are asked to make a series of four to eight drawings that, when viewed together as one work, creates an indirect self portrait. This project challenges students to go beyond the conventional notion of a self-portrait, considering the relationship between individual drawings and the series as a whole. Students are also asked to make deliberate decisions in regards to media, support, and process, and to think about how those choices have the potential to hold and communicate meaning.

Assignment: Blow Up
Assignment: Blow Up

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

Toward the end of the semester or term, students are asked to revisit one of the small paintings made during their first painting project. Students are then asked to enlarge that small painting on a medium to large sized canvas. In making the larger painting, students often explore various ways to “solve” the problem. Often, students end up simulating the painting processes used in the smaller painting. They also are asked to consider how paintings operate at a larger scale. For example, we discuss the way in which scale affects viewing distance and the viewer’s awareness of their own body.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line.

Assignment: Collage
Assignment: Collage

Expanded Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Mixed media on paper
dimensions variable
2017

For this project students create 20 collage drawings using different image-making strategies and techniques. The project prompt lists 20 methods and students are asked to make one piece per method.

Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting
Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to canvas stretching and working with indirect painting techniques. Students “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then paint the resulting sculpture using layers of transparent paint.

Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting
Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

For the direct painting assignment, students are asked to "sketch" with three-dimensional material. The resulting sculpture is then used as a still life object and students explore impasto painting and working wet-into-wet.

Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping.

Assignment: Take the Head Apart and Put It Back Together Again (self-portrait project)
Assignment: Drawing Your Surroundings
Assignment: Space and Memory
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin II : Introduction to Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Painting and Place
Assignment: Before and After
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I : Introduction to Line Drawing
Assignment: 45 Paintings
Assignment: Material Sources
Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study
Assignment: Negative Space
Assignment: Studio Seminar Project
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Indirect Self-portrait
Assignment: Blow Up
Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Collage
Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting
Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting
Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Take the Head Apart and Put It Back Together Again (self-portrait project)

Painting II
North Central College
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2018

Looking to develop new and individualized strategies for generating source imagery, this project asks students to construct a collage from at least five black and white self-portrait images and a large magazine cutout. Over the course of this project, students are introduced to digital cameras, scanners, collage construction, and basic image editing in Adobe Photoshop.

Assignment: Drawing Your Surroundings

Drawing II
North Central College
charcoal and graphite on paper
dimensions variable
2018

After learning about Do-Ho Suh’s rubbings, Drawing II students draw one wall of the classroom to scale. As a group, students determine how they will split up the work and create the drawing. The end result of this process, the composite, mural-like drawing, is moved to another location on campus for a temporary installation. This project encourages students to think about site or location in relation to their artwork—both as subject matter and as a space for exhibition. As a class, we discuss and look for atypical exhibition spaces on campus to install the project.

Assignment: Space and Memory

Painting II
North Central College
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2018

Students reflect on the nature of the painted image by being tasked with working on a series of small drawings, painted studies, and two larger works strictly from memory. Students choose a space or location and spend extended periods of time studying it, paying close attention to whatever visual and aural information they can glean. No photographs are taken and no drawings are made on site. In an attempt to fully engage the assignment, students are also encouraged to silence all of their devices while “studying” their space.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin II : Introduction to Tonal Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2018

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: Painting and Place

Painting II
North Central College
L : oil paint, fabric, wood, matboard, and cardboard; R : oil paint on matboard
dimensions variable
2018

For this project, students choose a meaningful place as their subject and build a maquette using whatever materials are available and best suited for capturing that place’s significance, feel and appearance. With this project students continue to be focused on gaining technical proficiency with oil paint while also taking steps to develop their own ideas and to better articulate their own interests.

Assignment: Before and After

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 40 in.
2018

After selecting an object that can be easily altered, students consider painting’s potential for storytelling by depicting their chosen objects in two different states. Over the course of this project, students explore various direct painting techniques including impasto painting, working wet-into-wet, and using opaque paint.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I : Introduction to Line Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Marker and Sumi ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2018

This assignment serves as many students’ first formal introduction to line drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: 45 Paintings

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on illustration board
5 x 4 in. each
2017

This assignment serves as an exploration in and first exposure to acrylic painting and color mixing. Students are asked to try different tools, techniques, and applications of paint while also working with a wide range of imagery.

Assignment: Material Sources

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Collage and acrylic transfer on backing board
11 x 8.5 in. each
2016

This project asks students to consider the internet and our world of screens in relation to printed and physical source material. Students complete a drawing after experimenting with source materials (collaging, cutting out, rearranging/composing, drawing over, layering, sanding, removing material, etc.).

Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study

Drawing I
North Central College
Graphite and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
2017

This assignment requires students to focus on both an interior and exterior space while making use of two point perspective and sighting and measuring techniques. Students are encouraged, for the sake of economy, to simplify the great amount of visual information within the observed picture plane.

Assignment: Negative Space

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a still life drawing of three to five objects observed from life that emphasizes the negative space. When choosing their objects and composing their still life, students are asked to look for objects that have interesting shapes and that contain negative spaces within them, or shapes that can be manipulated to create negative spaces.

Assignment: Studio Seminar Project

Studio Seminar (Senior Thesis)
North Central Collage
acrylic on raw canvas
16 x 20.75 in.
2018

Studio Seminar is an interdisciplinary capstone course for art majors at North Central College and requires the completion of an independent studio project. This student’s Studio Seminar project explored painting as a vehicle for distancing and abstraction as well as relationships between painting and the photographic print.

Assignment: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
acrylic, charcoal, marker, and pigment print on paper
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester
advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the
BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores the
history of self-portraiture, the selfie and social media, and the use of
cropping as form of distortion and abstraction.

Assignment: Indirect Self-portrait

Drawing I
North Central College
charcoal and graphite on paper
dimensions variable
2018

Students are asked to make a series of four to eight drawings that, when viewed together as one work, creates an indirect self portrait. This project challenges students to go beyond the conventional notion of a self-portrait, considering the relationship between individual drawings and the series as a whole. Students are also asked to make deliberate decisions in regards to media, support, and process, and to think about how those choices have the potential to hold and communicate meaning.

Assignment: Blow Up

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

Toward the end of the semester or term, students are asked to revisit one of the small paintings made during their first painting project. Students are then asked to enlarge that small painting on a medium to large sized canvas. In making the larger painting, students often explore various ways to “solve” the problem. Often, students end up simulating the painting processes used in the smaller painting. They also are asked to consider how paintings operate at a larger scale. For example, we discuss the way in which scale affects viewing distance and the viewer’s awareness of their own body.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line.

Assignment: Collage

Expanded Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Mixed media on paper
dimensions variable
2017

For this project students create 20 collage drawings using different image-making strategies and techniques. The project prompt lists 20 methods and students are asked to make one piece per method.

Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to canvas stretching and working with indirect painting techniques. Students “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then paint the resulting sculpture using layers of transparent paint.

Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

For the direct painting assignment, students are asked to "sketch" with three-dimensional material. The resulting sculpture is then used as a still life object and students explore impasto painting and working wet-into-wet.

Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping.

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