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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

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Colored Pencil
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COLORED PENCIL

It’s one thing to be able to pick up a set of colored pencils and color an image that was originally rendered in graphite, or to draw something that’s pleasing to the eye. Just about anyone can begin a colored pencil drawing–that’s part of the beauty of this medium. But artists have developed colored pencil techniques that beginners can learn, practice and incorporate for artwork that is nothing short of astonishing.

 

There are a few things to know about colored pencils. First, you have to find a brand you like the feel of. Go into an art store and play with their selection of colored pencils in the store’s demo area or buy a few of each brand to try at home. Believe me, you’ll know what you like almost immediately. I prefer Prismacolor because the lead is wax and very soft bodied for blending.

 

Layering is important in my work. I use a light touch and a 30% pressure for all of my strokes. I can strengthen the color easily by applying another 30% pressure layer on top and can achieve the darkest value in about seven steps. This layering technique will let you accomplish about 12 layers before losing the texture of the paper, and that is an important consideration to me. There are many layering styles from coloring at full pressure to using a blending pencil, but I choose this method because it’s how I taught myself to create values.

 

Next, is the stroke in which you render the work. I use circular and linear strokes. I prefer circular strokes because I don’t have to think about direction or pressure as I fill in and include values. Circular strokes give me the freedom to just create without thinking too much, and I appreciate that.

 

For blending colors, I call this step “marrying.” Hold out your hands, fingers pointing at each other. Now, with your fingers open, go into your other hand. Where your fingers come together is the faded portion of the two colors. Where the palms are, the color is the strongest. So as these two colors come together, they “marry” one another to make a new color.

 

Line work is so important to my work because it cleans or crisps up an edge. It’s a component in my designs that I don’t ignore because it can add movement, elegance or make something seem flat and uninteresting in one stroke. Think of a paintbrush tip: You can press it flat and pull it up to a fine point all in one motion. You can use that same pressure with the pencil tip and create what I call “thick/thin” pressure lines. You’ll love this technique and be surprised at the impact it will make on your work.

 

As with any new tool, the key to using colored pencils is practice. I suggest three colors and regular printer paper to start. They’re inexpensive and with just three pencils, you can create wonderful images. ~Kelly Hoernig

 

Hoernig goes on to explain how to use colored pencils in collage art by teaching you about the tools, textures, surfaces and embellishments that you can incorporate into your art. As she says here, it’s important to experiment with a variety of colored pencils, so now’s the time to get the Colored Pencil Collage Ultimate Collection. It includes Hoernig’s how-to book and a set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, and this combination is only available at North Light Shop.

Assessment:

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

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Year Three, Project Overview: 

The process of formulating the essay will encourage each student to reflect upon their experiences and growth as a studio art major and provide a means for them to think seriously and communicate effectively about their own artwork as they prepare for their exhibition. The essay will be used, in coordination with the exhibition of work, as a tool for evaluating the student’s capstone experience.

 

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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

See Detailed Rubric Information
 

HOMEWORK:

Experimental Project:
Project Name: Abstract 

Project Overview: For this project, you will need to leave your comfort zone and try something different with paint. Abstract art can be very rewarding.

 

Specifications: Using the supplied materials student will make 3 different abstract examples that work together as on piece.

 

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