Macro Everyday Investigation

Everyday Investigation-Macro/Giant

Many artists have been fascinated with the idea of an everyday object in a unique form. Either by changing where it is, or the size, or even just focusing on details in a unique way. This next investigation take something from your everyday life & focus on it’s every detail creating something worth looking at and appreciating.

  • How can I turn something ordinary or unnoticed into something extraordinary?
  • Why would I focus on this object?
  • Can simple things be appreciated aesthetically?

Famous Art That Features Everyday Objects:

Wayne Thiebaud

64.11_theibaud_imageprimacy_800 Wayne Thiebaud is known for his luscious paintings of cakes, pies and other treats. He is associated with the Pop Art movement because the objects in his paintings were always something that could be found on a production line. Thiebaud always chose to paint objects that were mass produced and could be readily found around him. He illustrated this fact by repeating the objects within each painting using thick paint and stark/contrasting shadows.

Claus Oldenberg

oldenburg banana

Claes Oldenburg was a sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement in mid 20th centruy. His large-scale sculptures of mundane objects elicited public ridicule before being embraced as whimsical, insightful, and fun additions to public outdoor art.

Jeff Koons


Jeff Koons was also a sculptor who began working during the Pop Art movement to recreate inanimate objects on a very large scale. Critics and viewers seem to have different opinions on his work. Some view it to be beautifully simple and also daring, while others believe it to be very kitch: crass and materialistic. Either way, Jeff Koons made a name for himself. On November 12, 2013, Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange) sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York for $58.4 million, above its high $55 million estimate, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. Jeff Koons is from York, Pennsylvania!



Everyday Object Investigation Objective

I will closely observe the details of an everyday object, accurately represent it in a large scale format and add creative addaptations that enhance it’s specific characteristics.

What Should I do First?

Select the object you would like to draw and bring that object in to class by the April 21st. Bringing the object in on time will be worth 5 points on the Sapphire gradebook.

 What Surface I Use?

Painted Brown Paper

You will be working large scale on brown paper. You must first begin by painting the brown paper with acrylic paint and you may do this in any way that you’d like. This will serve as a background for your macro object.

Will your ground be abstract and include patterns, shape, lines, movement, contrast, texture, values?

Will your ground be representational and become an illustration of a person, place, or thing?

What Art Medium Should I Use?


You want to begin sketching your object using vine charcoal, then enhancing details of the object with charcoal pencils and/or white/gray conte. Make sure that the drawing is large – at least 3 feet (1 yardstick) wide OR tall. NO PENCIL! Just go for it!

Only after you accomplish the detailed and accurate charcoal drawing can you creatively adapt your project. Creative adaptations should enhance the characteristics of your object and can be done using any art medium or material.

Other Important Guidelines:

1.  No Central Composition!

2. Capture the details and characteristics of the object you are studying.

3. Larger than life! – At least 3 feet WIDE OR TALL

4. Use charcoal!

5. Creatively adapt your macro object only AFTER you have completed a detailed charcoal drawing on your background.


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