ART 1

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." 

Pablo Picasso

Here is a brief overview of some of our assignments. Have fun dreaming about what is coming your way!

Focus: Telling a Story

One of the most important skills to learn when creating art is how to tell a story. I want you to think about how you spend your time in the school halls. Maybe you sit on the bench to talk with a friend or you search your messy locker for that calculator that always seems to be lost. I want you to tell the story of what happens in the halls of Faith Bible. You will be creating a person out of shipping tape that will stand in the halls as students go to and from classes. 

- Create a tape person interacting with something in the hall
- Your tape person must have at least 1 tape prop.
- Your person must stand, hang, sit or lay down in a way that it will be stable and easy to "anchor" into position.
- Create a 5x7 placard that has your name, grade and title of your work. You must also have a 3-4 sentence  paragraph talking about your person and what you would like people to understand about them.

You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> How Well You Told A Story     >> Construction 


Shipping Tape People

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Focus: Sketching

This is a 3 part study that focuses on pencil technique. We will start with a still life assignment where you will be documenting various items set up in the room by focusing on accuracy. Then we will do a different style of still life sketch where we use only lines to create shadow and highlights. Our last of the 3 assignments is a close up, real life, high detail sketch.

- View the objects in the still life and document the shape, curve, shadows and highlights.
- Practice developing your shadows by using various blending techniques.
- Accurately recreate the display with correct proportions.


Each assignment will be graded on:
>> Accuracy & Proportion     >> Pencil Technique     >> Attention to Detail 


3d  Sketch

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Focus: Sketch & Showing Emotion

This is a tough project. We will be spending time learning how to draw faces then we will transition over to drawing your face. After that we will be exploring the fun world of cartooning. We will be taking what is true and twisting it a bit to create faces that look like they popped right out of an animation series. The challenge is to create emotion while still appearing to look like you.

- Think of an emotion of face that you make quite often.
- Use a mirror to view your face and begin to evaluate how your features scrunch, bunch and move to create that face.
- Use your understanding of basic face development to start a soft outline.
-Then start to use the exaggerated features to create your cartoon face.


You will be graded on:
>> Proportion     >> Expression     >> Use of Pencil Lines


Cartoon Self Portraits

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Focus: Composition & Perspective

It's time to get out of the classroom and experience the world around us. For this assignment we will be looking at various buildings, vegitation and landscapes. We will be focusing on important topics like foreground, middle ground and background as well perspective. It's all about composition today.

- Show your understanding of the composition concepts taught in class.
- Find create angles to draw from to challenge yourself.
- Try to be as accurate as possible. 
- Work diligently on trying to maintain proportion.


You will be graded on:
>> Accuracy     >> Attention to Detail     >> Composition


Landscape  Sketch

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Focus: Color Theory

We are going to explore the world of color, how to mix colors, color theory, and what colors work well together to create mood and emotion. Our first project of the year is to make a color wheel. You will be challenged to create a color wheel that has correct color blending as well as colors that fade from  various tints and shades. We will be using watercolor for this project so we can work on technique and brush skills. 

- Create a color wheel that has accurate representation of each color.
- Use a compass and ruler to lay out clean lines.
- Paint each color while trying to stay with each section of your wheel.
- Create a consistent fade from black to white with all the tones and shades in between.

You will be graded on:
>> Accuracy     >> Cleanliness     >> Layout


Color Wheel

Focus: Watercolor & White Space

One of the most important skills to learn when creating art is how to tell a story. I want you to think about how you spend your time in the school halls. Maybe you sit on the bench to talk with a friend or you search your messy locker for that calculator that always seems to be lost. I want you to tell the story of what happens in the halls of Faith Bible. You will be creating a person out of shipping tape that will stand in the halls as students go to and from classes. 

- Create a tape person interacting with something in the hall
- Your tape person must have at least 1 tape prop.
- Your person must stand, hang, sit or lay down in a way that it will be stable and easy to "anchor" into position.
- Create a 5x7 placard that has your name, grade and title of your work. You must also have a 3-4 sentence
  paragraph talking about your person and what you would like people to understand about them.

You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> How Well You Told A Story     >> Construction 


Embossed Watercolor

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Focus: Texture & Shadows

Watercolor and colored pencil make the perfect combination of mixed media. The water color creates a beautiful smooth background for the colored pencil to go in and create texture, depth, and contrast. For this assignment you will be choosing an animal, plant, or landscape from nature. It's highly recommended that before settling on a topic, you take time to consider things like hair, rough skin, or leaf count To create truly realistic images those details will make your project more "time consuming."

- Choose a topic that interests you.
- Begin to accurately sketch out your image.
- Use watercolor to create a soft base for your project.
- Use colored pencil to add texture, detail and contrast.


You will be graded on:
>> Watercolor Technique     >> Colored Pencil Technique     >> Detail


Watercolor & Colored Pencil

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Focus: Sculpture & Negative Space

This is going to be a fun, but challenging project. For this assignment you will need a pumpkin and some creativity. We will be working with negative space as we slowly carve away our pumpkins to create an imaginative character. We will work together, step by step to learn one of the hardest sculpting techniques. When our pumpkins are all finished will set them up for a lighted display in the halls. 

- Create a quick sketch of the face, character and expression that you want your pumpkin to have. 
- Clean out your pumpkin of all seeds and extra mess.
- carve a way space where your face will be placed on your pumpkin
- Create a face that has 3D features to make it appear like it's coming out of the pumpkin
- Use sculpting tools to bring in definition to the face 

You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> Creating Depth     >> Telling a Story 


Pumpkin Carving

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Focus: Contour Lines and Design Work

One of the items that we are going to create for the Country Fair & Auction is an adult coloring book. Your job is to create an animal design using bold organic lines.  

- Pick an animal that you would like to use for your coloring page.
- Use contour lines to outline the basic shape of your design.
- use lines and design work to break your design into segments.
- Use various lines to continue to fill your entire design leaving space for colors to be added in.


You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> Use of Lines     >> Neatness 


Adult Coloring Book

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Focus: Watercolor 

Our watercolor notecards are going to be another amazing items sold at the auction. Each piece of artwork will be adheared to a notecard and sold in packs of 8. Your job is to create beautiful images from nature with incredible detail. The focus is yours. Choose any image you like.


- Choose an image from nature that you would like to paint.
- Choose a color palette that works well with your design.



This project will be an extra credit assignment. 


Watercolor Notecards

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Focus: Acrylics & Color Theory

This assignment is all about color. We will not be using blacks or whites to create this bold and brightly painted landscape. We will be exploring the use of color to create deep shadows and highlights. 

- Use bright and intense colors to create a landscape 
- Don't be afraid to use colors that may be a bit outside of natural colors. 
- Explore deep blues and purples to create cool and dark shadows.
- Use bold yellows, oranges and reds to create warm highlighted tones.


You will be graded on:
>> Use of Color     >> Development of shadows and highlights    
 >> Brush Technique 


Acrylic Landscape

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Focus: Acrylics & Color Theory

For this assignment we are going to let Van Gogh be our teacher and acrylic paint be our medium. We will be using small distinct dots of color to create a beautiful image. This assignment will challenge your understanding of color theory and how colors work together when placed next to each other. 

- Find a beautiful nature scene that interests you and transfer that image to your paper.
- Use your brush to place small dots of color over your entire paper.
- Use color to create shadows and highlights.
- Continue to layer color until all the white of your paper is covered and desired affect is achieved. 
  

You will be graded on:
>> Clean dots     >> Understanding of color theory    >> Design & Composition


Acrylic Pointillism

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Each year our school hosts the Country Fair & Auction. This year we are going to create our own booth. As a class we will be deciding what booth we would like to create. We will create plans, assemble and finalize our booth all ready for the big day. This could be anything from a face painting booth to a spin the wheel for a prize sort of idea. We'll just have to see what decided.

- As a class we will be working together on this assignment.

You will be graded on:
>> Participation    


Country Fair Booth

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Focus: Fine Detail Sculpt & Telling a Story

We will be looking to the masterminds of Laika Studios to give us inspiration for this project. We will be creating our own funny and surreal character out of clay. Your job is to come up with a concept for your character and then create a person that emulates that concept. Your clay character needs to stand 1 foot tall and it's features need to be exaggerated much like you would find in the Laika films. 

- Create a 1 foot tall clay character.
- Your person must have exaggerated features.
- You need to have a clear concept for who your person is and their story.
- Turn in a raw clay rough draft and a painted version of your character.
- Create clothes for your character that matches the concept and tells a story.
- Create a facial expression that helps the viewer to understand the characters mood.

You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> How Well You Told A Story     >> Clealiness of Sculpture 


Clay & Wire People

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Focus: Sculpture, Mixed Media & Telling a Story

Okay, this is sort of a strange project. BUT, it's going to be extremely fun. We are going to create animal trophies like you see hanging on the walls in museums. BUT, we are going to add our own twist to the project. We are going to be creating animals with a comical expression. Your animal could be laughing, blowing a bubble, chewing on a pencil. That part is really up to you.


- Use chicken wire to block out the shape for your animal head.
- Use paper mache, celluclay and plaster paris to finalize your design.
- Create a life like paint job using acrylics.
- Create props and other details as needed.

You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> Attention to detail     >> Construction 


Animal Trophies

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Focus: Attention to Detail and Colored Pencil Technique

Colored pencil is an amazing way to create beautiful bold colored and detailed pieces of art. Using Prismacolor pencils we will create detail rich artwork that looks like it's jumping out of the page. You are going to have the freedom to choose your own subject. Take into careful account details like hair, rough skin, busy backgrounds, etc. 


- Choose an image that you are excited to draw.
- Start to sketch out your image by laying down a soft base layer.
- Begin to fill in the base color with a soft tone.
- Examine highlights and shadows to create an intense 3D effect.


You will be graded on:
>> Detail     >> Use of color     >> Colored Pencil Technique


Colored Pencil

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Focus: Sculpture & Motion

We are going to transport our hallways into an under the sea escape like no one has ever experienced before. Each of you will be creating an ocean creature with intense detail. You can choose an animal that crawls on the ocean floor, a colorful tropical fish or turtle that is floating on the surface. Art 1 and 2 will bring their creations together to make one amazing underwater installation. 

- Pick an ocean animal to sculpt using celluclay, paper mache and paper.
- Study the details of your creature and conceptualize how to make those details look life like.
- Sculpt your animal so it appears to be moving through the water. 
- Give your animal a lifelike paint job.


You will be graded on:
>> Sense of Motion     >> Accuracy      >> Construction 


Under the  Sea Installation

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Focus: Oil Pastel Basics

Oil pastels can be a little tricky and for this assignment you will be learning the basics of how to use this sometimes difficult medium. Your focus is to create an art piece of an item at an extreme close up. This could be anything that you want. You can use surreal approach or abstract.

- Find a focus that is entriging and then focus in close.
- Start to draft up your design.
- Use oil pastels to being to layer and blend colors.
- Focus on highlights and shadows to give your artwork intrigue.
- Use your knowledge of color to create a beautiful design.

You will be graded on:
>> Use of Oil Pastel Technique     >> Composition     >> Color Theory


Oil Pastel- Objects Close Up

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Focus: Mixed Media & Contour Lines

This is a great mixed media project that will help combine bold dark lines with smooth creamy paints of watercolor. You can use extreme bold lines of a sharpie or use the more precise lines of an artists pen. The design and concept is up to you. 

- Pick a topic/design that tells the story of who you are.
- Choose a color palette that is either full of rich, bold colors, pastel or monochromatic. 
- Use your choice of pen to make clean distinct lines.


You will be graded on:
>> Integrity of Lines     >> Use of Watercolor     >> Overall Composition


Watercolor & Pen

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Focus: Contrast & Negative Space

Scratch art is a beautiful way to create really detailed art work in the most minimal form. Your challenge is to use true black, true white and all the shaded in between to create a beautiful textured image. 


- Create an image that displays deep blacks and true whites.
- Use various strokes to create middle shades of grey.
- Create texture and movement.
- Focus on fine detail and negative space.


You will be graded on:
>> Detail     >> Complexity of Strokes     >> Texture and Movement


Scratch Art

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Focus: Creating a 3D affect on 2D surface.

This is going to be an extremely fun project. We are going to use the sidewalks as our canvas and the students as our audience. Each student gets their own sidewalk square to create their own imaginative space. Your job is to create a 3D image that gives dimension. You must create a character of some sort and they must interact with your space. 

- Do a sketch  of your design.
- Double check that you created accurate perspective.
- Carefully plan out your design.
- You will have 1 block period to create your entire design.


You will be graded on:
>> Chalk Tecnique     >> Creativity     >> Sense of 3D Effect


Sidewalk Art

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Focus: Pointillism and Use of Light

Using a fabric pin you will be punching small pin drop sized holes into a piece of paper to create an image. Holes that are closer together will appear to be a bright highlight within the design. Holes that are further apart will create a darker shadow. Once placed in front of a light you will be able to see the full effect of your design. 


- Conceptualize a design that would be great as a light.
- Start to layout the design on your paper.
- Carefully punch holes into your paper to create highlights and shadows.


You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> Use of Light     >> Composition


Paper Pointillism

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Focus: Paper Sculpture, Creating Motion

Quilling has recently become a very popular form of art. Using small strips of paper in a wide array of colors you can curl and build up layers to create beautiful shapes and designs. For this assignment you will be focusing on creating a design that displays movement. Your focus is up to you.


- Choose a focus that you think will be a great design.
- Choose strips of paper that are bright, bold and have a good range of hues.
- Show motion and movement with the use of your design.


You will be graded on:
>> Creativity     >> Use of Quilling Technique    >> Display Motions


Quilling

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