Black and White Portfolio

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Our next major unit of study will focus on drawings rendered in black and white and done from observation. You are asked to do a minimum of five completed drawings for your portfolio.

While drawings will be done from observation, expressive interpretation is encouraged. My hope and intent with this unit is to expose you to a variety of drawing situations, both in subject matter and media. By giving you choices as to which drawings and media you decide to undertake, I aim to challenge, but not overwhelm. All drawings should possess considered compositions and they should all be rendered in full value. You should put a light on your subject and in most cases cast shadows should be observed and included in your drawings. There are no size specifications but drawings should not be done on paper smaller than 12” x 18”. Please protect all drawings with newsprint and keep in a safe spot.

I will collect your portfolio as a complete unit which should include the following: five or more completed drawings, a self-evaluation, any sketches or plans which relate to the work in the portfolio, and any other work which demonstrates your overall effort for the unit. Please choose your five (or more!) drawing challenges from the choices below.

Subject Matter Medium / Technique
Marshmallows (at least 3):
  • B/W charcoal pencil on brown craft paper
  • B/W charcoal pencil on colored charcoal paper
  • vine charcoal on charcoal paper
  • charcoal or graphite powder on charcoal paper
Ginger
  • Ebony pencil on white drawing paper
Paper bag
  • • B/W charcoal pencil on brown craft paper
Shoes and Ties or
Hats and Mittens or
Rubber Gloves

  • • Willow / vine charcoal on white paper or
  • • White charcoal pencil on black paper or
  • • Black sharpie and white-out on gray paper
Onions / Garlic on white or All White Still Life
  • • White charcoal pencil on black paper or
  • • B/W on gray paper or
  • • Graphite powder—your finger as tool
Clear Ball Jar
  • • White charcoal pencil on black paper
Popped Popcorn or
Crumpled white paper or
Crumpled printed paper

  • • B/W oil or chalk pastel on gray paper or
  • • Stamp pad (stamp or finger as tool) or
  • • Stick and Ink or
  • • Graphite or Charcoal powder—your finger as tool
Bone / Skull study
  • • White charcoal pencil on black paper or
  • • B/W charcoal pencil on gray paper or
  • • Graphite pencil on white paper or
  • • Graphite wash pencil on w/c paper
  • • Graphite or Charcoal powder—your finger as tool
Ping Pong Balls (at least 5)
  • white charcoal on black paper
Band Instrument or Piano View
  • • Graphite pencil on white paper
Your proposal:

Please use appropriate paper!!!! Do not let poor media choices affect your drawing!