Students will analyze images from Joris Hoefnagel's Mira calligraphiae monumenta. They will illustrate a figurative saying featuring an animal, such as a simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification. They will write the saying in ornate font and draw the animals using pens, colored pencils, or markers.
Students will analyze a small corner of a painting, focusing on color, line, shape, mood, and imagery. They will each be given a small portion of the larger painting. They will sketch their portion after analyzing it. Finally, students will put their sketches together like a puzzle to form the entire painting.
Students will study and analyze the works of Tom Rollins. They will be given a page from a discarded book, read the page, and write a one sentence summary. They will create a found word poem, trace around the words, draw a picture to enhance the poem, and color in the drawing. They will mount the page and draw a border around it. Finally, they will compare their work to Tom Rollins' pieces.
Students will review haiku poetry and compose a haiku poem. They will demonstrate four watercolor techniques--wet on wet, alcohol, salt, and plastic wrap. They will choose which technique to use for their scroll. They will write their haiku on the completed scroll.
Students will write their name using large stick letters. They will fill in negative space with lines, patterns, or color.
Students will explore and identify collages. They will use magazine pages, cards, etc to create their own collage. Using art vocabulary, they will write an "artist statement."
The article includes seven activities to practice mixing colors - glazing lines, transparent shape diagrams, color bias color wheels, washable markers drips, watercolor pencil layering, monochromatic layers, and color mixing chart.
Students will analyze a still-life photograph. They will gather objects with a variety of shapes and textures to produce a still-life piece. They will arrange the objects for balance and experiment with light sources. They will sketch their design and then photograph the items. They will compose a descriptive poem about their still-life photograph.
Students will observe art landscapes and the use of scale to represent distance. They will use oil pastels to create a landscape with repeated objects of different sizes to show distance. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will identify and draw foreground, middle ground, and background with varying textures. They will use water-soluble pencils to create atmospheric effects. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will create a four-value scale to practice crosshatching. They will observe the difference in effect of light on two objects. They will draw a circle or sphere and use crosshatching to show effect of light. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will draw a human form using a head to body ratio of 7:1. They will use found materials to create a three-dimensional replication of the drawing. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will use shapes, letters, and/or numbers to create a design. They will transfer the design to a styrofoam block to use a printing plate. They will ink the plate and print multiple times to create a single composition. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will analyze a self-portrait by Judith Leyster. They will write an "I Am" poem and create a monogram to sign their art.
Students will analyze Odilon Redon's Pandora. They will create a box using two- and three-dimensional symbols to illustrate an emotion. Students will compare and contrast classmates' boxes.
Students will collaborate to compile a list of adjectives describing a hero/heroine. After analyzing Brook Watson's crest, they will design a coat of arms using personal symbols.
Students will analyze the painting, The Hobby Horse, by Robert Peckham. They will draw a portrait of themselves with a favorite toy.
Students will analyze the Terracotta figurine of a camel carrying transport amphorae. They will build a clay sculpture of an animal and present it to the class.
Students will analyze the "Armor of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland." They will compare and contrast the suit of armor to animal "armor." They will sketch a variety of animals with "armor" and how they use it for protection.
Students will compare and contrast guls from Arabatchi and Salor tribes. They will create a quartered medallion for a group they belong to - family, sport, club. Once complete, students will analyze the medallions and form groups based on similarities.
Students will review attributes of colors. They will explore different pigments and create two different color wheels. Students will paint self-portraits based on selfies taken in class.
Students will use polygons to build a patchwork quilt. They will display their quilt for the class. The unit includes four lessons to complete the quilt.
Students will identify descriptive language in literature to draw a setting. They will draw a landscape with a horizon, vanishing point, and converging guidelines. They will use colored pencils to add color, texture, and surface. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will sketch geometric, organic, and abstract shapes. They will choose a medium to create a visual mystery. They may choose to paint, collage, or draw. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will use metaphors and similes to express emotions. They will use watercolors to paint lines and colors to express a chosen emotion. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.
Students will examine Vincent van Gogh's self-portraits and letters to better understand the artist’s life story and personality. Then, they will paint two Van Gogh-style self-portraits to show two parts of their own personality and write a letter describing the one that reveals their “true character” best.