• Project 2: Mixed Media Painting 
    Working in Bas Relief


    Objective: 

    To study what a variety of flowers look like. 
    To draw studies of flowers. 
    To create space in your art using overlap. 
    To create a bas - relief sculpture based on a flower design. 
    To create emphasis using acrylic paint on the artwork. 


    Materials: 
    Sketchbook
    Pencil
    Newsprint
    Colored Pencils
    White Glue
    Acrylic Paint
    Brushes
    Cardboard Pizza Box
    Water

    Vocabulary: 

    Bas Relief –
    A French term from the Italian Basso-Relievo (“low relief”), Bas Relief is a sculpture technique in which figures and/or other design elements are just barely more prominent than the (overall flat) background.

    Bas Relief is created by either carving away material (wood, stone, ivory, jade, etc.) or adding material to the top of an otherwise smooth surface (i.e. strips of clay to stone).   This is a technique as old as humankind’s artistic explorations, and is closely related to high relief.  The Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and many others have used bas-relief. 




    Color Wheel –
    The color wheel is the basic tool for combining colors.  The first circular color diagram was designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.  
    color wheel

    Warm Colors –
    Warm colors are used to describe any color that is vivid or bold in nature.  Examples include red, yellow, and orange. (Think volcano)

    Cool Colors –
    Cool colors are used to describe any color that is calm or soothing in nature.  Cool colors are not overpowering and tend to recede (fade) in space.  Examples include green, blue, and violet. (Think calming blue waters)

    Color Scheme –
    A color scheme is the choice of colors used in design for a range of media.

    Analogous color schemes -
    the use of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.  Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.  Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous color scheme.
    Analogous color scheme
    Contrast-
    When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement, and drama.

    Complementary Colors –
    colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum, such as red and green or blue and orange, that when combined in the right proportions, produce white light.
    complementary colors

    Procedure: 

    1. Students will design a flower and draw it onto a pizza box.

    2.  Using watered down glue, students will dip paper towels into a bowl of glue and squeeze any extra glue off.

    3.  The stud watercolor paper.  To help get the critters larger than life, the students will sculpt their flowers by draping the dipped paper towels onto the pizza box not forgetting to drape over the sides as well.

    4.  When the glue has dried, the student will paint their flower creations using acrylic paint.

     

     Examples of Student Work: 
    bas relief flowers       bas relief flower close up

     

    Georgia O'Keefe Flower Paintings: 

     

    A Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Painting: 

     
     
  • Mini-Project 2:  Think Aliens!
    Repurposing magazines to create a work of art

    Objective: I will find an image of a person, and then turn them into an alien using the amazing drawing skills I have learned this semester. 


    Skills Needed: 
    Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

    Imagination with something personal
    Individual Thinking

    Time Needed: 
    2-3 Class Periods! 


    Materials: 
    Paper
    Pencil
    Permanent Marker
    Magazines or Newspapers
    Crayons 
    Colored Pencils
    Paper


    Procedure: 
    1.  Find a photograph of a face in a newspaper or magazine and cut it out.

    2.  Choose to use either the top half of the face or the bottom half and glue it to a sheet of paper. 
    3.  Turn the image into an alien using ONLY a permanent marker.  That means no pencils are allowed for this assignment. 
    4.  Create a background for your drawing. 
    5.  Color your drawing using crayons and/or colored pencils. 
    6.  Make sure your First Name, Last Name, Date and Period are on the back. 
    7. Turn in your mini-project for a grade. 

     

    Examples of Student Work: 
    Alien Drawings

  • Mini-Project: My Hand of Imagination

    5 things my fingers could become whenever I wanted them to. 

    Skills Needed: 
    Creative thinking & Problem solving
    Imagination with something personal
    Individual thinking
    Simple drawing skills
    Descriptive writing

    Time needed: No more than 3 class periods! 

    Procedure: 
    ***You will use your imagination! Using the computer to find images will not be allowed! ***

    1. Use a pencil to trace around your hand on a light colored 6 x 9 inch sheet of construction paper. 
    (The teacher will cut these down to size for you.) 

    2. Make a list of 5 or more things your fingers could become on the back of the paper. Leave enough room to write about why you chose each object.  

    3. What will your fingers become? 

    4. Practice drawing the objects you chose in detail on a scratch sheet of paper. ( 1 class period)

    5. When you are ready, erase one finger at a time on your colored construction paper and draw your choice in it's place. **Remember: In order to avoid "ghost lines", you must "draw light until it is right." **

    6. Color your drawing neatly

    7. Write about it! You must write why you chose each object for your finger in complete sentences on the back of your paper. 

    8. You may not copy my examples! You must use your imagination and create your own drawing!!!!!!

    9. Make sure your First Name, Last Name, Date, and Period are on the back. 

    Student Work Examples: 

    Hand with fingers as useful tools such as an eraser, pencil, bass guitar, usb plug, and ear buds.

     

  • Project 1: Looking at Insects (part 2)
    Adding Watercolor to an Ink Drawing

     

    Objective:
    To explore various watercolor techniques.
    The students will complete the background of their insect drawing by filling it with watercolor. 

    Getting Started in watercolor tutorial:

    Examples of different watercolor techniques: 

    watercolor techniques chart

  • Project 1: Looking at Insects (part 1)
    Drawing for Study 

    Elements of  Art and Principles of Design: 
    Value, Emphasis, Balance

    Objective: 
    To study what a variety of insects look like by doing studies (drawings) of them.  The students will choose one insect to draw and use stippling to create value. 

    Materials: 
    sketchbook
    pencil
    various toy insects
    permanent marker
    watercolor paper
    watercolor paint

    Vobabulary

    Center of Interest (focal point) -
    the part of the picture that attracts the eye. 

    Scale -
    the size of an object in relation to another object. 

    Foreground - the part of a scene nearest the viewer. 

    Background - the part of the scene farthest from the viewer. 

    Rule of Thirds - is a technique designed to help artists and photographers build drama and interest in an artwork.  The rule states that an artwork should be divided into nine squares of equal size, with two horizontal lines intersecting two vertical lines. 

    Monumental - Larger than life size. 

    Composition - how objects are placed or arranged within an artwork. 

    Stippling - A painting or drawing created by using dots or small spots. 


    Art History Connection: Georgia O'Keeffe

    Artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe understood how to make a small object dominate a landscape and appear larger than life.  She placed natural objects such as shells, a flower or bones in the foreground and made them monumental, dominating the composition. 

     Group Share: 

    In your table groups come up with two things you learned from watching this video. Share your findings with the class. 


    Procedure: 

     1.  The students will choose various insects to create studies (drawings) of. They will spend the first part of the class looking closely at as many different types of insects.  The students will look closely to see antennae, legs, feelers, body shapes, and pay close attention to lines that distinguish the different part of the insects. 

    2.  The students will create scientific drawings of the two insects they choose labeling all the parts of the insect.  They will carefully follow along the designs showing every detail. 

    3.  The students sill choose one insect the find most interesting.  They will draw the insect they chose large enough to fit on an 11x14 inch sheet of watercolor paper.  To help get the critters larger than life, the students will put a mark at the top of the paper indicating where the head is, leaving room for the antennae or the feelers.  Then they will place a mark where the bottom of the bug would be.  The students will also fill in between the marks with detials of the bug. 

    4.  Once the insect is drawn, the student will add texture and value to their drawing by using stippling to create value. 

     Stippling (Pointillism) Value Scale Example: 
    Pointillism Value Scale

    Stippling Basics

     

    Value and Form Examples: 

    value and form examples

    Begins, Kim. "Value and Form. "Web log post. Mrs. Begins' Art Room. N.p.,n.d.Web.


    Student Work Photo Gallery:

  •  

    Mini- Project 1

    Objective: I will create a sketchbook cover design using the art element of line. 

    • You must include your first name or last name or both.
    • You must create a design using the art element of line. 
    • Use watercolor paint to cover the entire background 

    Examples of Student work: 

    students designing sketchbook covers



  • 2017-2018

  • Creative Thinking & Problem Solving Worksheet

    Example of Student Work: 
    Hand as tools drawing

  • Project 5:
    Making Abstract Ceramic Masks


    Objective: 
    I will re-visit the amazing creations of sculptor, Kimmy Cantrell.
    I will brainstorm at what features make Cantrell's artwork unique.
    I will create an abstract clay mask based on a sketch that I designed.
    I will finish my design by using bright colored acrylic paint. 

     

    Elements of Art & Princples of Design: 
    Form, Color, Shape, Texture - Balance, Unity/Variety, Emphasis

    Vocabulary: 
    Abstract Art - Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. 

    Asymmetry - The lack of equality between parts of something. Not the same on both sides. 

    Symmetry - A kind of balance.  Parts are not necessarily alike but only similar. 

    Materials: 
    Mask design
    Scratch Paper
    Pencil
    Eraser
    Clay
    Tools for working with clay
    Acrylic paint
    Paint brushes

    Art History Connection: Kimmy Cantrell

    * Re-visit Powerpoint presentation on Kimmy Cantrell from previous lesson*



    Examples of Student Work: 



    Abstract Clay Masks

     

     

     

  • Project 4: Pinch Pot Animals

     

    Objective: 

     

    • I will model clay with control
    • I will build upon past knowledge in order to craft an original three-dimensional artwork.
    • I will create an art object demonstrating the use of the elements of art and principles of design through observation, investigation, and discipline. 
    • I will use ceramic vocabulary when referring to the processes of shaping clay. 

    Materials:
    Sketchbook
    Pencil
    Animals to draw from observation
    Low Fire Clay
    Clay working tools
    Kiln
    Glaze

    How to make a pinch pot (Click Here)

     

     Examples of Simple Pinch Pot Sketches: 

     Drawing of simple pinch pot ideas

     

    Examples of Student Work:

    Clay Pinch Pot Animals

    Clay Pinch Pot Animals

    Clay Pinch Pot Goat

  • Project 3: Making Abstract Masks


    Elements of Art and Principles of Design:

    Emphasis -
    Emphasis is defined as an area or object within the artwork that draw attention and becomes a focal point.  

    Texture -
    Texture is the visual surface quality of an artwork. For example, It may look rough but feels smooth when touched. 

    Pattern -
    Pattern can be described a s a repeating shape. 


    Art Vocabulary: 

    Abstract art - Abstract art does not represent reality, it acheives its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.  

    Asymmetry - Asymmetry is the lack of equality between parts of something.  (Not the same on both sides.)

    Symmetry - Symmetry is often used to mean a kind of balance.  Parts are not necessarily alike but only similar. 


    Art History Connection: Kimmy Cantrell

    * Please see powerpoint presentation about Kimmy Cantrell


    Objective: 
    I will explore the amazing creations of sculptor, Kimmy Cantrell. 
    I will look and brainstorm at what features make Cantrell's artwork unique. 
    I will create a colorful mask using oil pastels and cardboard based on a stetch that I designed. 

    Materials:
    Your imagination
    Pencil
    Erasers
    Sketchbook
    Markers + Colored Pencils
    Reclaimed cardboard - thick+thin+corrugated varieties
    Scissors
    Permanent markers
    Elmer's glue
    Oil Pastels

    Examples of student work: 

     drawing of masks

     students wearing colorful cardboard masks

  • Mini Project 4: Designing a Sketchbook Cover

    Objective: I will create a sketchbook cover design using a creative lettering style for my name along with 2-3 elements or principles of design. 

    • You must draw your first name or last name or both using a creative lettering style.  
    • You must create a design using the 2-3 elements & principles of design.
    • Use watercolor paint to cover the entire background of the design you created. 
    • While the watercolor paint is still wet, sprinkle some salt on the cover. 
    • Carefully take your sketchbook cover to the drying rack. 

    Examples of Student Work: 

    Students drawing their names as a sketchbook cover design.

  • Mini-Project 3:  Think Aliens!
    Repurposing magazines to create a work of art

    Objective: I will find an image of a person, and then turn them into an alien using the amazing drawing skills I have learned this semester. 


    Skills Needed: 
    Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

    Imagination with something personal
    Individual Thinking

    Time Needed: 
    2-3 Class Periods! 


    Materials: 
    Paper
    Pencil
    Permanent Marker
    Magazines or Newspapers
    Crayons 
    Colored Pencils
    Paper


    Procedure: 
    1.  Find a photograph of a face in a newspaper or magazine and cut it out.
    2.  Choose to use either the top half of the face or the bottom half and glue it to a sheet of paper. 
    3.  Turn the image into an alien using ONLY a permanent marker.  That means no pencils are allowed for this assignment. 
    4.  Create a background for your drawing. 
    5.  Color your drawing using crayons and/or colored pencils. 
    6.  Make sure your First Name, Last Name, Date and Period are on the back. 
    7. Turn in your mini-project for a grade. 

     

    Examples of Student Work: 
    Alien Drawings

  • Mini-Project 2: My Hand of Imagination
    5 things my fingers could become whenever I wanted them to. 

    Skills Needed: 
    Creative thinking & Problem solving
    Imagination with something personal
    Individual thinking
    Simple drawing skills
    Descriptive writing

    Time needed: No more than 3 class periods! 


    Procedure:
    ***You will use your imagination! Using the computer to find images will not be allowed! ***

    1. Use a pencil to trace around your hand on a light colored 6 x 9 inch sheet of construction paper.
    (The teacher will cut these down to size for you.) 

    2. Make a list of 5 or more things your fingers could become on the back of the paper. Leave enough room to write about why you chose each object.  

    3. What will your fingers become? 

    4. Practice drawing the objects you chose in detail on a scratch sheet of paper. ( 1 class period)

    5. When you are ready, erase one finger at a time on your colored construction paper and draw your choice in it's place. **Remember: In order to avoid "ghost lines", you must "draw light until it is right." **

    6. Color your drawing neatly

    7. Write about it! You must write why you chose each object for your finger in complete sentences on the back of your paper. 

    8. You may not copy my examples! You must use your imagination and create your own drawing!!!!!!

    9. Make sure your First Name, Last Name, Date, and Period are on the back. 


    Worksheet for Project: 
    drawing of hand with objects as fingers

     
    Student Work Example: 
    Hand with objects as fingers

  • Project 2: Torn Paper Animals


    Objective:

    I can draw a detailed animal from observation. 

    I can use torn paper/magazines to create an animal collage on a cardboard panel. 
    I can use torn pieces of paper/magazines to create emphasis on my project. 

    Materials: 

    Pencil

    Scratch Paper
    Plastic animals to draw from observation
    11x14 inch cardboard panel
    Glue

    Art History Connection: Deborah Shapiro 
    Deborah Shapiro is a contemporary artist living in Bath Township, Ohio.  She is famous for her collage art that are created with ripped and cut bits of paper from magazines.  (Watch both videos about Deborah Shapiro. Remember to click cc to add captions)

    Art Vocabulary:

    Please write these in your sketchbook for a grade!

    Scale: The size of an object in relationship to another object. 

    Proportion:  The relative size of parts of a whole. 

    Collage: A technique of composing a work of art by pasting (gluing) various materials on a single surface normally not associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, part of photographs, theater tickets, etc. 

    Positive space: The main focus of a picture or artwork.

    Negative space:   The background of a picture or artwork.

    Unity:  Creates a sense of harmony or wholeness, by using similar elements withing the composition and placin them in a way that brings them all together. 

    Composition: The placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art. (How objects are arranged in a work of art)

    Procedure: 

    1.  Choose from various plastic animals or insects to create studies (observational drawings) of.  Spend the first part of the class looking closely at the animal you chose.  **Remember to look closely at the body shapes, and pay close attention to the lines that distinguish the different parts of the animal.  

    2.  Fold a scratch sheet of paper twice leaving so that the sheet of paper is divided in quarters.  Then draw your animal from four different angles on each quarter of the page filling the entire rectangle.  (Front, Back, Side [profie view], Top [bird's eye view])

    3.  Fold a second sheet of scratch paper in half. Look at the 4 different drawings you created. Choose which two are the best drawings.  Now draw each angle on a half sheet of paper filling the entire rectangle. 

    4.  Get a full sheet of scratch paper.  Look at the two angles you drew of your animal. Choose the best of the two angles and draw it on a full sheet of scratch paper. Next, label each body part of your animal or insect.  

    5. Now that you have completed all 7 drawings of your animal/insect, sketch your animal onto an 11x14 inch cardboard panel.  Make sure to enlarge (scale up) the animal to fill the entire space of the cardboard panel. 

    6.  Go to the magazine bins that have been separated by colors and choose the colors you need to complete your assignemnt. Place the magazine pages inside of a gallon sized plastic bag.  Make sure your name, date and period are written on this bag.  This is where you will save all the pieces of torn paper you will be using.  

    7.  **Remember a dot does a lot when it comes to glue**  Put a dot of glue on your cardboard then place the piece of torn paper onto the glue dot. Then put a glue dot ontop of the piece of torn paper and spread the glue. (So you should have glue under and over the torn paper. ) 

    Examples of Student Work: 

     Torn Paper Collage Rhinocerous

    Torn Paper Collage Polar Bear

    Torn Paper Collage Rooster

  • Project 1: Spooky House Silhouette

    Wax Resist Watercolor Painting

     

    Objective:

    - I can draw a spooky house using the art element of shape such as a square or rectangle. 

    - I can also add details such as a roof, towers, porch, or banister, etc. 

    - I can add details to the background such as a moon, tree, or tombstone. 

    - When my drawing is complete, I can create a watercolor wash in cool colors (blue, purple, green) for the sky. 

    Vocabulary: 

    Silhouette - A silhouette is an outline of something that is filled in with a solid color.  Before photography was invented, it was very popular for people to pay to have their profiles cut into silhouettes by artists.  

    Watercolor Wash - A watercolor wash is diluted watercolor paint applied to a work of art. 

    Materials: 

    Pencil

    Sketchbook / Scratch Paper

    140 lb. Watercolor Paper

    Crayons or Oil Pastels

    Watercolor Paint (blue, purple, green)

    Your Imagination


    Art History Connection: 

    Kara Walker is an African American contemporary artist and painter who is best known for her room-sized tableaux of black cut- paper silhouettes. Walker lives in New York and has taught at Columbia University. (Watch Video on Kara Walker under Art History Connections Tab)


    Procedure: 

    Step 1: Using scratchpaper, sketch out an original spooky house design using a square or rectangle. Don't forget to add detials such as a roof, porch, or towers.

    Step 2: Decide what details to add to the background (moon, tree, or tombstone). Add these detials to your scratchpaper drawing.  

    Step 3: Test out your color scheme on your practice sheet. 

    Step 4: Once your design is complete, draw it lightly on your watercolor paper.  

    Step 5: Starting with light colored oil pastels (yellow) fill in your moon and windows. 

    Step 6:  Using black oil pastels, fill in the spooky house, ground, tombstones and trees. 

    Step 7: Watch video called, "How to Paint in Watercolor."  Pause tutorial as you work along side the video.  

    Step 8:  Watercolor the entire backgroud using cool colors ( blue, purple, green). 
     

    Examples of Stuent Work:

    Drawings of Spooky Houses