Sketchbook No.7: Zoom-In + Multiple Views

Essential Question(s):

1. What is composition?

2. How can different mediums strengthen specific qualities and/or emphasize different Elements of Art and Principles of Design?

3. How can I create an interesting composition with an emphasis on positive space by ‘zooming-in’ on the subject matter?

Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. demonstrate their understanding of an open composition and the Elements of Art: line, value/texture + space, by creating a sketchbook drawing of multiple views of ‘zoomed-in’ perspective of fruit + vegetables.

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1. the effective selection and arrangement of your subject matter within the picture area.


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1. the equilibrium of various elements within the work of art.  Arranging elements to create VISUAL  STABILITY so that no one part overpowers, or seems heavier than any other part.
  • Symmetrical/Formal Balance- equal balance on each side of an imaginary middle line.
  • Asymmetrical/Informal Balance- balance achieved through unequal distribution on each side of and imaginary middle line.
  • Radial Balance- occurs when elements in a work are positioned around a center point.


1. when one or more elements are combined in such a way to create more attention; the focal point.


1. the arrangement of all the visual elements in a composition to create a feeling of completeness and wholeness.

EXAMPLES of correct use of ‘ZOOM-IN’ + strong compositions:


EXAMPLES of how light can affect your subject matter:


a. Choose 6-8 (depending on the complexity of the image you chose) different views that you want to draw through observation.
UPLOAD the 8 IMAGES you are choosing onto CANVAS!

“Remember, no matter how beautifully you paint an object, it remains a mere study until it is artfully incorporated into a composition. Occasionally I’ve seen students whose paint handling is crude, whose home values are unconvincing, and whose forms are badly proportioned, but who somehow manage to unify their paintings and end up with a stronger artistic statement than those with sophisticated skills yet no eye for the overall effect.”

– Charles Sovek, Oil Painting, Develop your Natural Ability – (Watson-Guptill)


a. You will use several different mediums to render each different composition you have chosen.

EXAMPLES are provided for mediums (not all of the examples below are ‘zoomed-in’ adequately for this assignment!)


  1. graphite: use the shading technique, blending
  2. black sharpie: use weighted line to create a variety of marks
  3. color pencil: use layering + blending


  1. oil pastel
  2. pastel
  3. watercolor and/or permanent pen and ink
  4. ink wash
  5. prismacolor or copic markers

OTHER MEDIUM OPTIONS: (more layers = extra credit for the ideas below!)

  1. Use different mediums on top of collages paper (example with kraft paper, book print + newspaper with graphite, pastel + color pencil):

2. Render the fruit and veggies with magazine paper to match the colors with correct values in collage:

3. Or do something in between the two:mediums lemons.jpg



a. Your final sketchbook assignment should be/have:

  1. 2 pages (a DOUBLE-spread)
  2. At least 6-8, different views, ZOOMED-IN, with different types of lighting creatively arranged between the 2 page spread
  3. At least 3 different mediums
  4. SKBK should show 2+ hours of work!


EXAMPLES below of a variety of ways to arrange the 6-8 (or more) compositions onto your 2 page spread in your sketchbook (not necessarily the same subject matter we are working on!):


Fruit Zoom-In SKBK

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SKBK Zoom c.2021 Julianne

SKBK Zoom c.2021 Katie Rose

SKBK Zoom c.2021 Allie

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Mrs. Eller’s Class of 2019 CLASS PHOTO SHOOT:

(students are welcome to download pics or print for SKBK No.8 use!)                                       HINT: you can crop and zoom-in after you download to your device!

Apple, Raspberry, Blueberries, Peas, Grape + Carrot

Garlic + Shallot


Pear + Apple

Pepper, Avocado + Kiwi


Mrs. Eller’s Class of 2020 CLASS PHOTO SHOOT:

Berries + Friends:

An Apple A Day…

Orange, Citrus, and Tropical – Oh, My!

Onions and Others


What do real artists do with food?

Here is how the visual creative, freelance photographer,  Lauren V. Allen, plays with her food to create visual stories: 

<p><a href=”″>mandala | a food experiment</a> from <a href=”″>Lauren Vied</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”″>TWINAP_kimchidumpling_v3</a&gt; from <a href=”″>Lauren Vied</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Click on the photographs below:


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Vol. 20

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Ways to PREPARE for this SKBK:


a. research different solutions for works of art involving ‘zoomed-in’  perspectives via Pinterest:

  • Pinterest board named Art: Zoomed-In
  • 20+ PINS of ‘zoomed-in’ and open compositions of fruit, vegetables, and/or food
    • you must include at least 1 video (tutorial) of artists producing art involving fruit, vegetables and/or food in different media
  • Turn-in and submit link to board on google classroom for grading purposes
  • 25 points

PREP No.2:

a. choose one PIN out of your 20 PINS to submit to the google classroom for class discussion and debate

  • you are submitting a PIN with an image of an artwork demonstrating successful use of an open composition with an interesting use or excellent use of media
  • MUST BE an artwork other than a PHOTOGRAPH
  • 25 points

PREP No.3:

a. take several (over 25) photos of the fruits and vegetables by ZOOMING IN. DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE and then ZOOM IN with your ‘tools’ or ‘edit’. ZOOM IN with the camera FIRST.

ZOOM-IN Criteria:

  • Subject Matter must be touching/going off the picture frame on at least 3 sides, if not all four!
  • The picture is sharp + clear for easy observation + close recording of detail. (For example, if you can’t see the seeds on the skin of the strawberry well enough to replicate them in a drawing – you are not zoomed-in enough!)

b. BE SURE TO GET MULTIPLE VIEWS with different types of light…take as many pictures as you can!

c. UPLOAD your 5 best photos onto google classroom to share with your peers!

***rename the files before turning them in as directed on Google Classroom!