For our warm up in Art 1, each student works on a drawing for the first ten minutes of class every day. On Fridays, we put them on display in the classroom and vote on which ones should get awards and then turn them in. These drawings CANNOT be made up unless you were absent! The reason is because I want you to use that warm up time to actually draw! If you are drawing during that time and you are here on Friday, there is no good reason why it shouldn’t get turned in. Please remember this! If you have a hard time thinking about what to draw, then your homework each week is to prepare an idea for Monday. If you have missing drawings of the week, you cannot make them up, so you will just have to try harder to work on and turn in the ones in the future. If you are going to be absent, please remember you will need to work on your drawing of the week to make it up. We spend a total of 50 minutes in class on each drawing, so your make up drawing should take about that much time. I’ve seen some really cool drawings happening, so keep up the hard work!
In Art 1, we recently made monsters with paper mache. Before we started the project, students had an assignment to design their monster by drawing it and answering some questions about it. If you are missing this assignment, please draw your monster again and answer the following questions:
1) Is your monster friendly or unfriendly? Explain why.
2) Does he/she have superpowers?
3) What color is your monster?
4) How many eyes does he/she have?
5) How many mouths?
6) Does he/she have legs? How many?
7) Can you think of a name for your monster?
It is time to start planning your final portrait project! You will be able to personally design everything about this project.
What media would you like to do it in? Pencil, charcoal, ink, scratchboard, pastel, oil pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, watercolor pencil, collage, or mixed media?
Who do you want to do a portrait of? A famous person, a famous artist, yourself, or someone you know?
Where will you get your image? On the internet, or will you take the photo yourself?
You should be considering these questions and planning so that you will be prepared for our day in the computer lab on Monday, April 6. This is the Monday after spring break, so don’t forget!
If you are taking your own photograph, you will need to be able to access it in the lab on Monday, so be prepared for that by emailing it to yourself or bringing it on a flash drive. You won’t be able to access websites such as Instagram and Facebook at our lab.
Rules for the project:
- If you do it in scratchboard, you will be required to draw the portrait first before transferring it to scratchboard.
- If you are doing black and white media, the portrait must include value and shading.
- If you choose a picture from the internet, you will be required to change something about the image to make it your own (we will use some editing programs in the lab).
- Your picture may be abstract and colorful, but your final project should demonstrate your knowledge of how to draw facial features and proportions.
- Have fun and be creative! Think about choosing a picture with interesting facial expressions, color usage, and mark making.
Here are some cool portraits below (these are not student examples because I haven’t done this project before).
Would you like to see your artwork displayed among the best artists in the district? Here is your chance! The annual art show and competition for Weber School district is coming up and I would like you to enter your artwork! Our school gets to send 14 exceptional pieces to the art show and yours could be one of them! If you would like your art to be considered for the show, please turn it into me (Mrs. Larsen) by Wednesday, March 19. A committee of teachers and I will be selecting which works will be sent to the district and will announce the results by March 26 . If your work is selected for the art show, you have the choice to have it framed on your own, or I can provide a black mat and a plain black frame for the show. Framed work will be due back by April 10. Entries can be art that you’ve completed at school or at home. You do not need to be in an art class to submit!
The categories for the competition are:
- Black and White (graphite, ink, scratchboard, charcoal)
- Colored Media (colored pencil, pastels, color prints)
- Painting (watercolor, oil, acrylics)
- 3-D (sculpture, pottery, assemblage, jewelry)
Dates to remember:
- All submissions due to Mrs. Larsen by March 26
- Results of which art will be sent to the show will be announced on March 27
- Framed work due back by April 10
- The show will be open to the public from April 14 until April 25
- The awards ceremony is on Tuesday, April 21 from 5-7 P.M
More information about the show:
The Eccles Community Art Center, located at 2580 Jefferson Avenue in Ogden, has kindly donated their facility to show the artwork from secondary students in our district. They will be open for public viewing of the artwork from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M from April 14-25.
Right now in 2D art, the students are working on a portrait unit. We started by taking a pre-test where students drew a portrait to the best of their ability without any instruction. We will then learn to draw eyes, noses, and mouths. After that, we will learn facial proportions and how to draw the whole face together. Students will then complete a post test and draw a face using what they practiced in the unit, which will hopefully show much improvement from the pre-test. The unit check off list is attached below. The nice thing about this unit check off list is that students get to work at their own pace. When they pass something off, they get to move on to the next. This way, motivated students get to finish early and work on their student choice projects. The problem is that some students do not move on because they have not learned the skill well enough to move to the next assignment. In these cases, students are encouraged to bring their work home to get caught up. Please email me if you would like to know if your student is where he or she should be. It is easier to stay caught up with a little homework, rather than having an entire project to complete at home at the end of the quarter.
Here are some examples of pre and post tests from last year.
In Art 1 we will be working on our linear perspective unit from March 16- 27. Mrs. Pentz, my student teacher from WSU is teaching the unit. Linear perspective consists of a set of rules to follow to create the illusion of depth in art. It is commonly used to draw scenes of cities and architecture. Here are some examples of linear perspective below. The students will be creating a large drawing of a city using linear perspective in groups.
Student Choice Projects
In order to earn an A, students must complete 2 student choice projects per quarter. These are projects in which the student chooses both the picture they will draw and what medium they will draw it in (scratchboard, watercolor, etc). I can provide all the materials for these projects, but students can use their own as well. Class time will not be given to work on these unless students finish our class projects early (many students do). These projects should be high quality projects that take at least 2 hours to complete. They must include detail and value (shading), so oftentimes a logo does not include enough detail or shading, like the one below. The second one, however, does include enough detail and shading.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. The holiday break will be a great time to work on these projects! All work for my class is due on January 8.
Sometime before October 15, you need to take the color quiz. I let you choose when to take it so you can take the time you need to study. Here is the information you need to know.
The warm colors are red, yellow, and orange (think about the colors in fire, the sun, the desert, etc).
The cool colors are blue, violet, and green (think about the colors in the ocean, snow, etc).
Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel.
When you mix a pair of complementary colors, you will get grey.
The pairs of complementary colors are blue and orange, violent and yellow, and red and green.
It is important to use warm and cool colors for shading to create more vibrant artwork than if you were to use black to shade with.
To burnish means to press hard with your colored pencil to achieve a solid, bright color.
You will also need to demonstrate how to correctly shade a sphere using warm and cool colors (you did this on your worksheet).
On September 12, the awesome artist we looked at was Kathe Kollwitz. She survived through WWI and WWII and her art depicts the tragedies she faced in her life.
To make up this day, please respond to the following questions below and turn it in for credit.
Have you ever lost someone from your life? (Death, move, loss of friendship, divorce, etc)
How did it feel to lose that person?
If you had to create a work of art that portrayed this feeling, what would it look like? You can describe it with words or you can sketch it.
Here are the transitional shading exercises if you need them at home. You are only required to do the first one, but the second one is there if you want some more practice at home.