We are currently starting our first project in our second unit; Cardboard Face Sculpture.
Unit 1: Identity and Interests as Expressed Through Color
Collage Self Portrait – Warm & Cool Colors (due 9/26 – 9/27)
Pointillism – Primary & Secondary Colors (due 9/6 – 9/7)
Atmospheric Perspective – Monochromatic Color Scheme (due 10/12 – 10/13)
Unit 2: Using Line and Shape to Express Creativity
Cardboard Face Sculpture – Wayne White/Dia de Los Muertos (due 10/30)
Art Class Family Commitments:
- I am going to see the best in others.
- It is Ms. Reed’s job to keep me safe so I can learn. It is my job to keep it that way.
- I am going to use a quiet voice and respectful words.
- I am going to use my listening ears when it is time to listen.
- I am going to use my hands in a safe and respectful manner.
Students who bring in proof of admission to NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park) can earn 10 bonus points! Any time between now and the end of this semester.
Admission to the museum is FREE every Wednesday for Louisiana Residents.
Visit http://NOMA.org for more details
8/22 – 8/23
The Color Wheel
- The color wheel show relationships between the colors.
- Artists often use the color wheel to help understand how colors relate to one another.
Primary Colors – red, blue, and yellow.
Secondary Colors – orange, green, and violet.
- Made by mixing to primary colors.
- When you mix 2 secondary colors together you get brown.
Warm Colors – red, yellow, and orange.
- Remind us of the sun or fire
Cool Colors – blue, violet, and green.
- Remind us of water or ice
Neutral Colors – brown, gray, black, and white.
- Are not found on the color wheel
- The pointillism technique is accomplished by using tiny colored dots to make an image. From a distance the colors come together to form the patterns, lines and shapes.
- George Seurat was a famous Pointillism artist.
- A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
- By George Seurat
- Positive space: The areas in a work of art that ARE THE SUBJECTS
- Negative space: The areas in a work of art that ARE AROUND THE SUBJECTS
9/8 – 9/11
- Craftsmanship – the quality of design and work shown in something made by hand.
9/12 – 9/13
Collage Self Portrait
- Collage – A technique in which the artist glues materials such as paper, fabric, or photographs to some type of ground.
Creating your composition:
- Choose a color scheme; warm colors or cool colors.
- Collect magazine pages in your chosen color scheme.
- Paint on paper using colors from your color scheme.
- Cut up magazine pages and painted paper into interesting shapes.
- Arrange our pieces on a sheet of paper.
- Glue your pieces to the paper.
- Glue your “selfie” on top.
10/2 – 10/3
- Atmospheric Perspective: Creating the illusion of depth by changing color to simulate changes affected by the atmosphere on the colors of things seen at a distance.
- Saturation: also called intensity. The measure of the brilliance and purity of a color. Saturation decreases as the hue is neutralized.
- Hue: the attribute of a color that gives it its name.
- Monochromatic: A color scheme consisting of different tints or shades of a single color
- Foreground: The area of a picture that appears closest to the viewer. It is often at the bottom of the picture plane.
- Middle ground: The area of a picture between the foreground and background.
- Background: The area of a picture that appears furthest from the viewer. It is often at the top of the picture plane.
10/16 – 10/17
- The basic:
- Lines can create or imply shapes.
- geometric – have the clear edges one achieves when using tools to create them.
- organic – have less defined edges, are unpredictable and flowing.
- Born in 1957
- American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator.
8/14 – 8/15 Number a piece of loose leaf paper from 1-4. Write down 4 things that you need to survive.
8/16 – 8/17 What are some things that make you feel safe? What are some things that make you feel loved? Make a list of things from each category and label them.
8/18 – 8/21 Draw yourself in 20 years. How old will you be? What job will you have? What else will be going on in your life?
8/22 – 8/23 Invent a new food. Describe it, who eats it, and how much it costs. Now draw it!
8/24 – 8/25 Create your own holiday. What would you celebrate? Write a paragraph about your holiday and draw some of the decorations and festivities that would go along with it.
8/28 – 8/29 What is something special about your hometown? Write a few sentences about what makes your hometown special and draw a picture or scene from it.
8/30 – 8/31 Complete the following sentence: “It’s only been 2 weeks in this class and…” Explain your sentence.
9/1-9/5 How do you want to be remembered? Draw a picture of the person you want to be remembered as.
9/6-9/7 What’s the best gift you’ve ever given or received? Write at least 3 sentences about the gift and draw it.
9/8-9/11 What are some of your favorite colors? Why? What do those colors say about you? What have you learned about these colors so far in this class?
9/12-9/13 Answer as many questions as you can. Either copy the questions or restate them in your answer.
- What’s your favorite band or musician?
- Do you have a big family or a small family?
- What are some of your favorite foods?
- What are some of your fears?
- Are you religious or spiritual?
- What are some of your hobbies?
- Who are your heroes?
- What career do you want some day?
9/14 – 9/15 What’s the biggest difference between being in middle school and being in elementary school? What do you miss about elementary school? What do you like better about middle school?
9/18 – 9/19 How do your words affect others? Write about a time that your words affected someone either positively or negatively. Draw a face with an emotion that represents how you made that person feel.
9/20 – 9/21 If you could take only 3 people on a trip around the world, who would you take and why? Answer in paragraph form. Draw a scene from one of the places you’ll visit.
9/22 – 9/25 The seasons are about to change, what are some things that you’re excited for during Fall? What are some things you’ll miss about Summer? Answer in paragraph form, and draw at least one thing you’re excited about or will miss.
9/26 – 9/27 How do you define “family”? Write a couple sentences about how you define “family”, and draw a picture of your family now or that family you want to have someday.
9/28 – 9/29 Combine 3 existing animals to create a completely new creature. Draw it!
10/2 – 10/3 There are several holidays coming up in the next few months. What are you most looking forward to? Write a couple sentences and draw some of the festivities you’re looking forward to.
10/4 – 10/5 If you had one super power, what would it be? Give yourself a super hero name and draw yourself as a super hero.
10/10 – 10/11 What were your favorite childhood shows and characters? Draw a few characters, and draw yourself as a child.
10/12 – 10/13 Brainstorm about what makes you unique. Ex: words, pictures, stories, culture, heritage. Write down or sketch your ideas in your process journal.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Jennifer Reed, and I have the privilege of being your child’s Visual Arts teacher at Riverdale Middle School! This semester your student will get the opportunity to explore their creativity and the visual arts by studying art history, art processes, and commonly used art materials. Below you will find a supply list for our class.
Your child will receive a Process Journal to use in class. The Process Journal is document of your child’s process and progress in our visual arts classroom, and is part of the IB curriculum. These journals will be used and kept at school. Students may check their process journal out to catch up on work or study for a test, but if it is lost or destroyed I am not able to provide another one, so it will be you and your child’s responsibility to replace it and all of its contents (such as notes, research, sketches, or plans.)
In order for your child to succeed in this class they need to come to with all of their supplies every day. Students that do not come to class prepared will not be able to complete the day’s tasks and will begin to fall behind. If your child is absent it is their responsibility to make up the work, however I update our class website daily with notes and tasks so that staying on track is as easy as possible. Students and parents are responsible for any damages to tools or equipment caused by the student. If you have any questions about the class or what the fee will be used for please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time, I can’t wait to help your child explore their creativity! Welcome to our class family!
- Photo [we keep a “Friends and Family” board in our classroom, and students are encouraged (not required) to bring a photo of them and their friends and family to put on it to include you in our class family.]
- Wood pencils (not mechanical)
- 1- 3 prong pocket folder
- Loose leaf paper for pocket folder
- 1- roll paper towels
- 1- 12 pack colored pencils minimum (students may have a larger pack with more colors if they choose)