2D Art: Spring Break Homework!

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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).

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Call for Entries! Weber School District Art Competition

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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.

2D Art – Portraits

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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.

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Here are some examples of pre and post tests from last year.

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Art 1- Linear Perspective Unit

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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.

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Student Choice Projects

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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.

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Please contact me at milarsen@wsd.net 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.

Color Quiz

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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).

Kathe Kollwitz Makeup

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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.

Shading Exercises

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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.

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Disclosure Documents

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Art 1 Disclosure Document


2D Art Disclosure Document


3D Art Disclosure Document

Please print, read, sign and return to Mrs. Larsen. If you are unable to print, parents may send me an email saying they have read and agree to the disclosure. My email address is milarsen@wsd.net.


Stained Glass Vocabulary

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Stained Glass Terms:

Glass cutter: A tool used to score glass so that it may be broken in the desired shapes and sizes.

Flux: A substance used to aid in the fusion of metals.

Solder: A low melting metal used to join two pieces of metal together

Soldering iron: Iron used to melt solder.

Breaking pliers: A tool used to break off small pieces of glass

Pattern paper: A piece of paper used to transfer a design onto the glass.

Cutting oil: Oil used to lubricate the glass cutter.

Master pattern: The pattern used to transfer all stained glass pieces off of and is never cut up

Copper foil scissors: Scissors to cut a pattern for a copper foil project

China marker: a greasy pencil used to write on glass or ceramic

Copper foil: A thin piece of copper with an adhesive backing.

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