Project Goal: Design an original Sugar Skull. Consider traditional and/or non traditional symbolism: Diamonds, Roses, Marigolds, Crosses, etc... Sugar skull will be symmetrical and utilize a limited color pallet of two analogous colors and one complimentary color.
Directions: Using Adobe Illustrator draw half of the skull shape. Either the left or right side. Copy and paste drawing. ( "command + C" to copy / "command + V" to paste). Flip the coppied half with the "Reflection Tool". Align the anchor points with each half of the drawing. Using the White Anchor Point tool, hold down the shift key and select each ending anchor point of the opposing sides. Then go Object > Path > Join. The two halves will now be connected. Consider the interior spaces of the skull shape. Embellish your Sugar Skull drawing with symbols /designs. Like the Sugar Skull, your designs should be Symmetrical. When coloring Sugar Skull pre-select two Analogous colors along with one Complimentary color. To create more variety of color use the Color Guide Pallet to create tints and shades of color swatches. Once new color pallet as been made, save for future use.
Rubrics: Media Literacy: Demonstrate understanding of Adobe Illustrator's Pen Tool, use of Anchor Points & Pathways, Color Gradients & Custom Clor Pallets. Composition: Skull shape and interior design should be symmetrical. Use of Color: Work within a limited color pallet when making color decisions. Symbols: Creative use of symbols and design embellishments within the interior and exterior of the skull form.
Methods, Materials, and Techniques Students will demonstrate knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques unique to the visual arts.
Elements and Principles of Design Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design.
Observation, Abstraction, Invention, and Expression Students will demonstrate their powers of observation, abstraction, invention, and expression in a variety of media, materials, and techniques.
Visual Art by Dan dressler
Watertown High School 50 Columbia Street, Watertown MA