Student Choice Projects

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Student Choice Projects

In order to earn an A, students must complete 2 student choice projects. 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 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.

shading 1

shading 2

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


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.

Safety Test and Answers

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The formatting  of this post is not great, so the links below will open the test and answers in a pdf.

General Art room Safety Test

Safety Test answers

A.        Safety glasses are required at all times when doing what activities:

1 ______________________________      2 ________________________________

3 ______________________________      4________________________________

B.        In case of injury, no matter how slight, report it to 5_____________________.

C.        Never participate in 6____________________ in the Art room. This will result

in 7____________________ from class!

D.        Stand to one 8____________________ when starting the grinder.

E.         Do not use excessive 9_______________ while grinding, let the grinder do the work.

F.         You must be shown the procedure and operation of a machine by the 10____________

11_____________________ you are allowed to use it.

G..       Do not grind 12____________________ or 13____________________.

H.        When using rotating machinery, do not wear14 _______________, 15_____________, 16_________________, 17_________________, 18__________________, or 19_______________________.

I.         Where is the emergency eye wash station located? 20_______________________________________________________________

J.         Do not grind on the 21____________ of the grinding wheel.

K.        Where is the fire extinguisher in the Art room located?  22 ________________________________________________________________.

L.         23_________ is an acid. If you get it in your eye, 24 __________ it out immediately.

M.       Unless you are working in hand-building, you may not touch the 25______________.

N.        You are not allowed in the kiln room when the kiln is 26 ________________.

O.        According to Mrs. Larsen, horseplay means 27_______________________________!

P.        Never rush or take chances. Obey 28_________ 29___________ rules at all times.

Possible answers (all of these will be used once). Some of the questions require you to know the answer and thier answer is not listed below.

aluminum                       side                             all                                before                       teacher

firing                                ties                              pressure                    gloves                       horseplay

long hair                         pewter                      removal                    loose clothing          slab roller

Mrs. Larsen                    wash                          jewelry                      side                             lanyards

Flux                                  safety


Safety test Answers

1-4. (any order): soldering, breaking glass, grinding glass, grinding jewelry

5. Mrs. Larsen

6. horseplay

7. removal

8. side

9. pressure

10. teacher

11. before

12-13. (any order) pewter and aluminum

14-19. (any order): gloves, long hair, loose clothing, ties, lanyards, jewelry

20. by the kiln room

21. side

22. in the casting area

23. flux

24. wash

25. slab roller

26. firing

27. anything not working

28. all

29. safety

Jewelry Vocabulary

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Burn out: when an invested project is fired in the kiln to create an empty mold

Cast: to place molten metal in the cavity of a mold

Sprue: channel or opening in the mold which conveys molten metal to the project

Flask: a round cylinder used to create your mold

Button: a rubber disk used to hold the sprue and project in the flask

Investment: heat resistant material used to make molds for casting

Molten: liquid hot metal

Wood ring clamp: a tool used for holding rings to be filed or polished

Mandrel: wooden bar that wax may be bent around to make a round shape

Grit: abrasive particles used for grinding and polishing

Clay Vocabulary

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Plastic: A state of clay when the clay is easily manipulated and bent.

Leather hard: A state of clay when it is still damp, but is hard and not pliable.

Bone dry:  A state of clay when there is no visible moisture and the clay is hard and brittle.

Greenware: Unfired clay ready for firing.

Bisque: Clay that has been fired once.

Glaze: A coating of material applied to ceramics before firing that forms a glass-like surface.

Wedging : A method of kneading or mixing clay by hand that also removes air bubbles.

Kiln: The furnace in which ceramics are fired.

Fire : To heat a clay object in a kiln to a specific temperature.

Scratch and Slip: The technique used to join two pieces of clay together.