Frank Stella Abstract Drawing

Stella AbstractFrank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be a flat surface, with no intention of having any depth to it. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you can see HERE. For young students practicing geometric drawing, a protractor is the perfect tool to work with.
I like working with coated paper and Sharpie markers, so that is how I created this artwork. The pointy tips on the markers take some patience to color solid areas, so if I had young students (1st through 3rd grade) I would use some blunt tip markers and drawing paper. I’ve also found that limiting the amount of markers students may use (6 or 7?) forces repetition, which can create a kind of color rhythm in their art.
1. Every student will need a protractor and Sharpie, and should make overlapping shapes all over their paper. I would limit them to 6 or so protractor tracings, and that they all need to be either horizontal or vertical. Stella’s art is not freeform or random looking. It’s very clean and orderly and geometric, so that is the look the students should have as a goal.

5 Responses

  1. Anonymous
    |

    Place one matted light pandora Jewelry left of the area for jewellery, and one to the right. pandora sale Place reflector light near where the camera is. Whatever you do, avoid mixing light types. pandora charms Use only non-fluorescent lights, and isolate your photo ‘lab’ away from natural light. pandora bracelets To have freedom with many settings that will be a must, we will have to use longer exposures. For longer exposures to pandora bracelet achieve maximum sharpness, we’ll need a tripod. pandora bracelets sale Our hand shakes too much, when camera runs at exposition Buy a ‘tripod’ for You don’t need a heavy duty tripod. pandora bangles If your setup will be on a desk, you can chose mini tripod – approx and stand tripod on the pandora necklaces desk as well, or longer tripod, approxand stand it on the floor. pandora beads Two desk lamps with soft light irrelevant if you are using photo tent — the tent is there to soften the light and reflector light at the front. pandora earrings I keep the cube open at the front, for easier adjustments and photographs, unless jewellery is highly reflective of the image of me taking photograph. Uniform background colour is recommended. White background works great.

  2. Anonymous
    |

    Place one matted light pandora Jewelry left of the area for jewellery, and one to the right. pandora sale Place reflector light near where the camera is. Whatever you do, avoid mixing light types. pandora charms Use only non-fluorescent lights, and isolate your photo ‘lab’ away from natural light. pandora bracelets To have freedom with many settings that will be a must, we will have to use longer exposures. For longer exposures to pandora bracelet achieve maximum sharpness, we’ll need a tripod. pandora bracelets sale Our hand shakes too much, when camera runs at exposition Buy a ‘tripod’ for You don’t need a heavy duty tripod. pandora bangles If your setup will be on a desk, you can chose mini tripod – approx and stand tripod on the pandora necklaces desk as well, or longer tripod, approxand stand it on the floor. pandora beads Two desk lamps with soft light irrelevant if you are using photo tent — the tent is there to soften the light and reflector light at the front. pandora earrings I keep the cube open at the front, for easier adjustments and photographs, unless jewellery is highly reflective of the image of me taking photograph. Uniform background colour is recommended. White background works great.

  3. snoozerider
    |

    Thanks for sharing this idea! Did this with my homeschooled boys and they loved it. Blogged here: http://homedible.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/protracted/

  4. Margaret
    |

    Great idea, I never thought about using protractors this way. Need to find a class set so I can try it!

  5. Theresa
    |

    Love it! Great idea!!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.