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This Power-point presentation contains 128 picture-packed and informative slides to help you and your students draw a chair within an environment. You may be asking yourself…Why would I need a presentation for such a seemingly simple project? The main point of the project is to help students to transition from just drawing objects, to thinking more about the environment (background, middle ground, and foreground). I have found that young artists (especially middle and high school aged) generally lack these skills and this project aims to help the students to discover new environment possibilities in the hopes of creating successful surroundings on this and future art projects. Beyond simply drawing a chair in an environment, students will learn about how the chair has been the subject of artwork throughout arts’ history. There are an unbelievable amount of well-known artists who have tackled this very subject. The students will learn specific tools, tips and tricks for how to create backgrounds, how to consider the rule of thirds for an ideal emphasis, how to use shadows to ground the chair, how to use reference images to help, and so much more. For a more detailed look at all this presentation has to offer, please see the breakdown below.
I trust you and your students will enjoy this project as much as we do.
Enjoy! -Bo (The Art Guru)
Slides 1-18: look at the long history that the chair and art share. Drawing, paintings and sculptures of chairs by famous artists are examined and used for Q & A session to discuss each artist’s creativity, intent and unique perspective. Artists include: Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Renee Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kossuth, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell and many more both past and present.
Slides 19-20: are dedicated to different media possibilities. I gave my more advanced students the freedom to choose their desired media. Examples of chairs done in the following media are shown: pencil, pen and ink, soft pastels, oil pastels, colored pencil, charcoal, conte, ball point pen, and mixed media.
Slide 21: is a single slide which outlines the project goals which includes using an ideal emphasis, using a full range of value, creating a sense of space, and including a theme, story, or mood to the scene.
Slide 22-24: explores background possibilities and includes two worksheets (How to Draw Interior Backgrounds and How to Draw Exterior Backgrounds). These two worksheets are invaluable and are printable or teaching the basics of backgrounds. They are also two of the fifty worksheets found in another resource in my store: “50 Needed Worksheets for Art Teachers and Art Students”.
Slides 25-27: examines artwork containing chairs that have weak backgrounds as well as chairs that are oddly centered. These examples highlight poor choices and boring compositions.
Slide 28: takes a closer look at the rule of thirds and ideal emphasis.
Slides 29-37: show examples of artwork and photos where the chair (emphasis) is better.
Slides 38-42: is dedicated to preparatory sketches for the purpose of planning the final drawing. There are sketch examples, as well as a slide with a chair amongst a blank background. We used this particular slide (while it was projected on the whiteboard) to create various background quickly, then erased them and tried others. Students were asked to participate both verbally with ideas and physically by drawing on the board.
Slides 43-55: looks at a number of stock photos gleamed from the internet which provides a secondary solution for those who struggle with envisioning a unique background. The students are asked to picture their chair within the scene. The pictures offer various ideas and options from adding humor and surrealism, to realism, odd size relationships and so on.
Slides 56-70: are dedicated to appropriation art (altering well known works of art with a new spin). The Thinker, The Great Wave, The Persistence of Memory, Starry Night and others are shown both altered and in their original state. Students can try to envision the possibilities of putting their chair within a well-known backdrop.
Slides 71-77: are all bout shadows. Shadows will ground the chair. Artist Louise Nevelson once stated: “I could care less about the chair…look at its shadows”. These slides explore both simple, more complex, and even surreal shadows for students to consider at they add more depth and realism to their artwork.
Slides 78-124: show numerous amazing student examples of this very project. You’ll see them done in a wide range of media, styles, and of course settings. These are the best of the best and will surely inspire your students to reach for their fullest potential.
Slides 125-128: are for the teacher and include the project goals, grading rubric, and important best practices from one teacher to another for a successful project. I outline the types of chairs I used, the sequencing and more.