Project 4: My Alebrije
Objective: I will create a "spirit animal" by combining 3-5 animals that will represent me into a colorful mythological creature.
Alebrije - brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures.
Pattern - a repeating shape or form.
Emphasis - is the an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point.
Form - a three-dimensional composition.
Art History Connection: Pedro Linares López
Pedro Linares López and his son Miguel at the roof of their house in México City, working in the Alebrijes sculptures.
Pedro Linares López was a Mexican artisan born in Mexico City and was known as the creator of the paper mache' figurines named alebrijes. Pedro Linares started as a skilled maker of carton Judas figures and figurines for Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and many other artists from the Academia de San Carlos. The art form of alebrijes was created by Pedro after he became sick at the age of 30 in Mexico City. His own unique alebrijes came out of a dream, where he saw his death and rebirth in a mountainous setting inhabited by these creatures.
Animal design and construction
Did you use at least 1 insect?
Did you use 3-4 animals?
Is your project colorful?
Inventiveness with the paper mache' and acrylic paint
Effort - Did you take the time to develop your idea with sketches?
Craftsmanship - Is you project neat, clean, and complete? How skillfully did you use the art tools and media?
Student Work Examples:
Working in Bas Relief
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.
Cardboard Pizza Box
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.
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.
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.
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:
Georgia O'Keefe Flower Paintings:
A Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Painting:
- Investigate Real/Surreal, and learn about distinctive qualities of both styles.
- Create a self-portrait abstraction in a surrealist style using personal dreams to inspire a narrative painting.
- Give your painting an original title
Abstract Expressionism - an artistic movement made up of American artists in the 1940's and 1950's, also known as the New York School, or more narrowly, action painting. Abstract expressionism is usually characterized by large abstract painted canvases, although the movement also includes sculpture and other media.
Abstract - is a term used to describe art that is not representaional or based on external reality or nature.
Surrealism - an artistic and cultural movement that started in the early 1920's. It is comprised of all forms of artistic expression such as painting, sculpture, photography, music, film, literature, poetry, and philosophy. At its very center, surrealism celebrates the importance of the unconscious as the ultimate source of inspiration. (Dream like)
Narrative painting - a painting that tells a story. It often depicts images from religion, mythology, history, literature, or everyday life.
Art History Connections: Frida Kahlo, Glenn Ligon, and Andy Warhol
Answer the following questions in your sketchbook:
Think & Discuss:
- How can my portrait reflect emotion?
- How can my portrait reflect who I am?
- What message do you want your artwork to communicate?
- What kind of feelings are you trying to invoke from the viewer?
Student Work Examples:
© Claudia Peña-Martinez 2015
© Claudia Peña-Martinez 2015
Project 1: Pop Art
Color Scheme Selfies
What is Pop Art?
Pop art is art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critial or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.
Elements of Art & Principles of Design:
Line, Color, Balance, Unity
I will create a contour line drawing self-portrait over a magazine paper collage with a chosen color scheme.
Art History Connection:
Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtensten, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Collage - a piece of art made by sticking various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing.
Balance - visual weights that offset one another.
Warm Colors - is used to describe any color that is vivid or bold in nature. Examples include red, yellow, and orange. (Think volcano)
Cool Colors - is 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)
Emphasis - an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point.
Color Wheel - The color wheel or color circle is the basic tool for combining colors. The first circular color diagram was designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.
Color Scheme - a color scheme is the choice of colors used in design for a range of media.
Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the colorwheel. 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.
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.
8.5 x 11 inch paper
Transparency Film or Clear Sheet Protectors
1. The students will use a digital camera to photograph each other. The students will be asked to consider some type of facial expression.
2. The photographs will be printed in gray scale. The students will place their portraits inside a clear sleeve protector.
3. The students will use a fine point permanent marker to draw contour lines out of their portraits, focusing on small details.
4. The students will then place a blank sheet of paper on top of their contour drawings and trace them onto paper. This paper will then be used as the sheet to loosely create a collage.
5. The students will choose a color scheme paying attention to emphasize the foreground. They will use values and colors to differentiate areas of the image that might use the same color. (i.e. light orange versus burnt orange)
6. Collage, Collage, Collage! The students will use the clear sheet protector every once in a while on top to check that they are happy with their progress and placement.
7. Place the finished collage inside the clear sheet protector. Fin!
Examples of Student Work: ©cdpenamtz 2016