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Do eight of the following, including the italicized requirements:
- Make a drawing or a painting of some familiar landscape (not a drawing of another picture), such as the hill back of your house, the sky line from your window, a garden, a corner of the park, a meadow with hills beyond, or a street vista.
Make a drawing or a painting of any of the following: (a) Animals: your own pets are best, since you have more chance to study their actions and habits. (b) Flowers: Draw directly from the growing plant or make your own arrangement of cut flowers. (c) The human figure: Get your friends to pose for you. Keep all your work simple, omitting unnecessary detail. Try to get life and motion into your work. (d) Still life: Arrange groups of familiar objects – a copper kettle, a vase, toys, and so forth.
- Draw or paint some single object in a landscape, such as a tree, a rock, a fern.
- Draw or paint a picture that indicates emotion or state of feeling, such as happiness, sadness, peace, or contentment.
- Make a drawing or painting that indicates motion, tension, or lack of motion, such as speed, power, or sluggishness.
- Select a poem or story (one of your own writings, if possible) and illustrate it with at least two drawings or paintings.
Make an arrangement of flowers, taking into consideration color harmony, composition, and suitability of the container.
- Arrange a still-life group that would make a good subject for a picture or that would make a room more attractive. Practice arranging and rearranging still-life groups for training in color harmony and composition.
Learn where to obtain, how to select and use painting materials: paper, canvas, stretchers, easels, brushes, palettes, finders, sketchbooks, pastes, crayons, fixatives, and so forth. Know how to do at least four of the following: (a), stretch a canvas for oil painting; (b), prepare a piece of paper for water colors; (c), set up a palette for oil colors; (d), clean brushes; (e), arrange colors, brushes, oils, and so forth, in a sketch box; (f), “fix” a charcoal or pencil drawing.
- Select, make, or refinish a suitable frame for an oil painting, a water color, or a black and white drawing. Consider color, composition, and size of the picture.
- Learn about contemporary or modern art in the United States. Discover wherein it differs from the art of fifty years ago. Know what present-day painters are outstanding; become familiar with their work, and the story of their lives.
Describe the best known pictures and tell something about the life of one of the most outstanding American painters in any of the following fields: landscape, marine, figure, flower, bird, animal, still life, mural, illustrative, decorative, and abstract.
- Visit a studio, art gallery, public building, place of worship, or home where notable pictures or collections may be seen.
- Make drawings or paintings that will illustrate: (a), design for a dress for yourself or a friend; (b), costumes or stage-sets for a play; (c), historical costumes for a pageant; (d), folk costumes of different countries for a folk dance festival.