1. Should a still life have sit-down shadows?
Yes. There needs to be sit-down shadows in a still life to anchor the objects to a surface otherwise they would appear to float.
2. Is painting the lip of a container required if it is shown on the line drawing?
Yes. You must include all the lines that appear on the line drawing.
3. In a stroke design must you paint the comma strokes exactly as they are drawn or can you make some fatter or thinner as long as they graduate in size as shown in the line drawing?
They may be fatter or thinner as long as they graduate in size as in the line drawing. You should be consistent with your stroke size in width to give it a uniform appearance.
4. What does it mean when the judges write that the strokes flow with the line of the design?
That a group of strokes that flow along a line appear to flow gracefully into the line if they continued.
5. If you select to do a stroke rose instead of a blended rose may you make it larger than the rose in the line drawing?
No. If you made it larger it would cover up another part of the line drawing which would be a deduction of 5 points or more. If the rose was painted larger it could also possibly interrupt the flow of the design.
6. If the line drawing shows a round object that could be interpreted as a cranberry could you change it to be a raspberry?
Yes, as long as you kept it within the original line of the drawing. A raspberry is much harder to paint. This however would be a perfect question to ask the Chair if you have any doubts of doing this.
7. A monochromatic color scheme is the use of one color and is not acceptable. May you use a color scheme that has only two colors?
Yes, as long as you kept it within the original line of the drawing. A raspberry is much harder to paint. This, however, would be a perfect question to ask the Certification chair if you have any doubts about doing this.
8. How important is it to paint the back of the board and give it a coat of varnish?
It is important to finish the back of the board and frame. Painting and varnishing the back of the board gives a finished appearance and helps to protect your piece from warping or cracking. The back of the MDA stroke tray should also be painted and varnish, to give it a finished appearance. I ask my students: “When you are shopping and find two pieces of artwork, and wish purchase one of them, would you select the one that has the a finished back or the one that was unfinished?
9. A black frame looks good with the design but it is not in your color scheme. Should you select another color?
Yes. You should select a color in your color scheme. If you like the appearance of the dark color, then choose a dark value within your color scheme, such as black green if you have used green, or black cherry if you have used red. By using a color in your color scheme you are creating unity within your design.
10. What does it mean when more intensity control is needed to create flow and interest?
There are some colors that are too bright or too dull for their position in the design. When a color is too bright for its position, it can disrupt the flow. The bright colors tend to hold your eye and not allow you to notice the rest of the design. If a color is too dull for its position in the design, then it lacks interest and is boring. The center of interest needs to be the first area that is noticed with the brightest colors and the widest range of values in your design. The color intensity should slowly change as objects are further away from the center of interest. That way your eye would gofirst to the center of interest then flow through the design and back to the center of interest.