Drawing and Painting 1

Intro to drawing and painting will encourage an understanding and appreciation of art through the study of the elements and principles of design. Students will build skills in drawing, painting, and design.  They will think about their work, explore art history, work individually and in groups, and find connections to other areas of study.


Projects & Concepts

element: LINE

A line is a form with width and length, but no depth. Artists use lines to create edges, the outlines of objects. A line is created by the movement of the artist's pen. 

Pen and Ink: Zentangle using Line and Shape


This assignment focuses on line and shape.  The idea is to use line in a variety of ways to fill a specific shape.  Lines can be thick or thin, straight or curved, etc.  Using this knowledge of line variety, students will create their own version of a zentangle.



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Additional Resources

element: SPACE


In terms of art, space is the area around, above, and within an object.  With consideration to drawings and paintings, our goal is to create the illusion of space. Positive space refers to the main focus of a picture, while negative space refers to the background. When used creatively and intelligently, positive and negative space together can tell a story using visual composition alone. 

Notan: Construction Paper

​Students will create their own original Notan using construction paper and glue. 

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Goal & Rubric

element: FORM & VALUE

 As an Element of Art, form describes something that is three-dimensional and encloses volume, having length, width, and height, versus shape, which is two-dimensional, or flat.

Value deals with the lightness or darkness of a color. Since we see objects and understand objects because of how dark or light they are, value is incredibly important to art.

Graphite: Larger than Life

​Students will draw a smashed aluminum can using a scale larger than actual size. 

Using graphite (pencil), students will focus on contrasting values to create dimension and replicate the texture of aluminum can. 

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Elements & Principles

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element: COLOR

Color is the element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye. There are three properties to color. The first is hue, which simply means the name we give to a color (red, yellow, blue, green, etc.).


Print this color wheel and use only the PRIMARY COLORS of tempera paint to mix and fill in the entire color wheel. 


Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. It indicates the quantity of light reflected. When referring to pigments, dark values with black added are called “shades” of the given hue name. Lightvalues with white pigment added are called “tints” of the hue name.


Use the Elements of DESIGN to create your 4 squares. Click on the button to the right to find the elements of design. The elements of art are mixed in, but you will already be using color and value. 

element: TEXTURE

Texture - element of art that refers to the way an object feels to the touch or looks as it may feel.

Types of Texture:

3-D Texture - refers to the way an object feels to the touch

2-D Texture- refers to the way an object looks as it may feel

Visual texture - the illusion of a 3-D surface

Simulated- imitate real textures

Invented - 2-D patterns created by the repetition of lines of shapes

Rough textures - reflect light unevenly

Smooth textures - reflect light evenly

Matte - surface that reflects a soft, dull light.  Shiny surfaces are the opposite of matte.


Elements & Principles


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Put on a glove and use a Sharpie marker to draw guidelines just like in this example. You may either draw your own lines or partner up and help each other complete the task. 


Sketch your hand lightly in pencil first. Then, using a pen, add textural and contour lines to give your hand dimension. 

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This drawing is of the same object with different textures. 

You will create a similar drawing, but your subject will be your own hand. 


Using your glove again, draw 3 more hands in different positions. Instead of using realistic texture, cover the 3 new hands with 3 different textures.  Remember to still follow the contours of the hand and use value within your texture to give the hand dimension. 

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Pop Art Painting - Color, Contour Lines

Students will create a completely original painting inspired by Andy Warhol of the Pop Art movement using tempera paint. Students will take a picture of themselves and paint it in a monochromatic color scheme. 

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Getting Started:

First...Take A Selfie!

Step 1: Loading photo in to Photoshop

Step 2: Posterizing your Photo

Step 3:Saving & Printing your Photo

Step 4: Setting up your paper:


Your painting will have a MONOCHROMATIC color scheme. You will choose ONE color.

You will add BLACK or WHITE to the color to match the intensity of the VALUE that is in your grayscale printout.


Students will begin by learning about the 'art of composition'.  The key to making great art begins with composition and creating a focal point.  Composition can take the boring objects and make them interesting, when arranged well.  Concepts such as filling the picture plane, establishing a focal point, the Rule of Thirds, and creating variety will be discussed.  Finally, students will put in to practice what they've learned  by drawing a mannequin multiple times to create a composition with a focal point. 

concept: Understanding Composition

Color Pencil Techniques

Goal & Rubric

Elements & Principles

Columbus North High School Art Department

1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN 47201



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