Unit One-Process Page-Thumbnails

We work from thumbnails. Thumbnails are visual thinking. A way to capture your ideas


How to do one
1st Grab a concept, idea, image
2nd write them down as you think of them if you wish.
or, you can draw them down.
Either, after writing or as you think of them. The idea is to make the concept visual

a) Concept, idea, Image- what does this mean?
What am I trying to say? What is my over all intention? What is the question or what is the answer to the question? What did I see?

b) Thumbnail- a small drawing 2 to 4 inches, no detail, just shape or form, just idea.

The path
Some questions that must be confronted
* How will I do this?
* Technique,
* Size,
* Composition,
* Materials/media
* What can I get done in the time I have?

Write these things down.

After finishing your piece

Evaluation or assessment of
a) What was accomplished?
b) What changed and why
c) What should have changed and why
D) Does it work,
E) What does it say, did I do what I sat out to do, what was intended
f) What does not work but I left in because?

Thumbnails are a Prerequisite!!

Pieces are not complete without the above attached to each piece on the back.

Below are typical thumbnails. Answer the questions at each picture.thumbnail sketch_Page_2.jpg
A Chair, What is going on in this drawing?
This is an assignment.
1) can you tell what the assignment is?
2) Define the changes.
3) which one works the best food you and why?
These are artist thumbs.
1) what do you see?
2) Describe what you think the artist's thought processes were in each thumb.
SO again, Same questions as above. and which one works for you? justify

Lesson Plan

Key concept- working with thumbnails 4/1/3

Objective SW

a) learn how to use thumbnails


a) intro and demo (answering the questions above)
b) Take a picture
** Thumbnails to be done in sketchbook Sizing at 2x4 or 4x4
c) Complete 4 thumbnails of the picture. Remember no details. You are thinking like the artist.
changes in your thumbs might be using one of the following - perception, composition, meaning, statement, color, value
d) take one thumbnail that you feel good about.
e) DO 3 thumbs changing and analyzing it until you have a new picture.

a) tio
b) depth of changes
c) self challenge, ex. use of color, concept change
e) Thumbs done correctly

Lesson Plan 2

Key Concept- handling details and changes

( Pictures might be cut outs of 1920s themes)

Objectives- SW


a) find the details in your chosen thumbnail

b) complete thumbs of 3 or 4 of the details

example, a door, what would the details be.

c) Start your drawing Lightly sketching in the concept.

d) Find a problem or seek a change.

e) Work the change out using 3 thumbnails. That change might be composition, a color, a form.

f) Complete the picture.

Materials- paper, pencils, pastels


a) Tio

b) Complete each step

c) Make notations

d) Complete picture