6th Grade Aboriginal Art

Assessment Quiz Online: http://www.stanthonyschool-nh.com/beebe/symmetryvft/worksheets/quiz10.htm

8th Grade Art History Research Project Cereal Box

Art History Research Project Cereal Box
1.   Choose an artist that inspires you.
2.   Research the artist and share interesting information including:
a.   Name, date of birth and death, locations important to their life, universities or colleges they went to, or artists they studied under.
b.   Interesting information about their life and art - list at least 10 items
3.   Share about why you like this artist.
4.   Include your favorite pieces of artwork:
· Include title of the art, the dimensions (how big it is), what type of art medium (what was it made with oil paints, wood, metal, clay, mixed media, etc)
· Print out color images to fit on cereal box
5.   Use all sides of a Cereal Box to display your information.
6.   Create a piece of art inspired by your artist.



8th Grade Andy Warhol/Digital Portraits

8th Grade Andy Warhol/Digital Portraits

Title: Andy Warhol/Digital Portraits//  Grade Level: 8th // Concept:Digital Photography

Objective: Students will be introduced to the life and art of Andy Warhol as a way of considering photography as a self-portrait medium. After viewing and discussing other artists’ photographic self-portraits, students will create their own digitally manipulated photos of themselves, family members, pets, or upload an image from the internet.

How do you think this self-portrait was made?
Why do you think he included four images of himself rather than one?

Essential Questions: What do you want to communicate about yourself or whoever the portrait is of?

National Art Standards
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete  artistic work.
Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


  • Smart Board or computer with ability to project images from slideshow
  • Student photograph
  • Computers equipped with digital-imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop
Andy Warhol became fabulously famous for his 1960s pop art. He produced big, bold images of the popular, the famous, and the stuff of our consumer society. His multi-image portraits of famous people—Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Jacqueline Kennedy—and of common products—Campbell's soup cans, Coca Cola bottles—are among the most powerful icons of twentieth-century American art.
Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola, the son of Czechoslovakian immigrants, in 1928. He grew up poor (during the Depression) outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his parents and two brothers. As a child, Warhol (he later dropped the final "a") recalled having a few friends but also feeling "left out." He suffered briefly from a nervous disorder that caused muscle spasms and kept him isolated. He liked spending time on his own, coloring, taking snapshots with a small camera, and even making films with a movie camera given to him by his mother.
After graduating in art from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he moved to New York City, where he would have quick success as a commercial artist. He designed window displays, illustrated magazine articles, and drew record album jackets. In the 1960s, Warhol decided to abandon commercial art to focus on making serious visual art. While he hand-painted his first works, he soon developed a silk-screen process that allowed his staff of assistants to mass-produce the startling images of consumer products and brilliant movie star portraits. These works took the art world and the public by storm. In this self-portrait, he used four photographic images of himself (with his trademark “shocked” hair) and silk-screened them, off-kilter, onto a 6-foot square canvas. The result is four big heads, set in supercharged pink and yellow against a glossy, dense black background. The effect is intense and unsettling. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984
  1. To make a self-portrait, first upload their photograph into the computer. If you have a digital camera, you can transfer your photos directly to the computer.
  2. Once students have their photo entered into the computer, they can use digital-imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop to applying color and/or special effects.
  3. Start with the crop tool to eliminate any areas of the photo they don't want to keep. They can also play with the size and rotation of their image.
  4. Explain that each students should create 3 to 8 different varieties of effects and keeping 1 original then lay the images out in a grid.
  5. Teach them how to create new layers, label them and copy and paste their photo into each one.
  6. Create margin lines to divide up their grid.
  7. Next, have them experiment with paint tools, filters, color levels, and any other editing tools available. They could even add text and original graphics to their picture, or copy and paste multiple images of themselves.
  8. As students manipulate their digital image, have them consider what they want to communicate about themselves. What will the viewer who examines their self-portrait learn about them?
What is the overall feeling and emotion you perceive when looking at the art?
Does the use of color enhance the composition?
Do all the different filters used create a balanced composition?
How did Andy Warhol influence your artwork?

7th grade Observational Mixed Media Still-life

Title: Observational Mixed Media Still-life //  Grade Level: 7th // Concept: Drawing, painting, collage

Objective: Students will experiment with four different mediums in one project. After completing a line drawing of one of four still life setups around the room, students sliced their paper into four sections. Each section was completed using a different medium- graphite, chalk pastel, collage and paint.

Essential Questions:
How do the four different art materials: graphite, chalk pastel, collage and paint change the aesthetical look of the still-life?
How do you create space? by overlapping the still-life items
How do artists and designers care for and maintain materials, tools, and equipment?
Why is it important for safety and health to understand and follow correct procedures in handling materials, tools, and equipment? – You don’t want to ruin the other sections by being messy with the chalk pastels or paint.

National Art Standards
Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
7th : Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.
Enduring Understanding: People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
7th : Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

large sheets of paper, pencils, chalk pastel, collage and paint.

Observational, shadow, reflected light, drop shadow, overlapping

1. Students will use observational skills to draw a line drawing of one of four still life setups.
2. Students will use their pencils to complete the value section.
3. Students will use paint to complete the painting section.
4. Students will use chalk pastel to complete the chalk pastel section.
5. Students will use magazines to collage the last section.

6th Grade Observational Drawing - Geometrical Still-life

Art 1 - great resource for lessons

Title:Observational Drawing - Geometrical Still-life //  Grade Level: 6th // Concept: Drawing – Line

Objective: The student will recreate the above geometric forms using accurate lighting, shading and value.
Essential Questions:
What direction is the light source coming from?
How do I create the illusion of a 3D geometric form? 
National Art Standards
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Resources: Each student will have a copy of the above image and packets that show how to draw 3D forms.

8 1/2 X 11 sheets of paper, pencils
light, shadow, reflected light, drop shadow, overlapping

Are all the shadows and shading consistent with light source coming from all one direction?

High School Creative Crafts Plastic Bag Baskets

Picture of make a basket out of plastic bags

Title: Plastic Bag Baskets //  Grade Level: HS // Concept: Braiding and Sewing

Objective: The student will braid strips of plastic bags then sew each layer to create a basket.

Essential Questions:
Why should we recycle used materials to create art?
What other materials do you think you could recycle to make art?

National Art Standards

Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding
HS Proficient : Describe how knowledge of culture, traditions, and history may influence personal responses to art. 
HS Accomplished : Compare uses of art in a variety of societal, cultural, and historical contexts and make connections to uses of art in contemporary and local contexts.  
HS Advanced : Appraise the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.  

step-by-step instructions seen here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-basket-out-of-plastic-bags/

  • sewing needles
  • thread
  • plastic bags of all types

Op Art

woah crazy dude!! Do you see the pattern moving???!!!!
My brother, who is a musician, shared this album cover of a band who he likes. I was telling him about how I was teaching my students about the Elements and Principles of Art and he said I should look at this album cover. This is a great example of Op Art, as well as, pattern, color, rhythm, repetition and movement!

More information about the band: Merriweather Post Pavilion is the eighth studio album by American experimental group Animal Collective, released in January 2009 on Domino Records

FYI my brother has a very eclectic taste in music so their music my or may not be your taste. I do think that this band's style of music goes well with their creative optical illusion cover though.

High School Creative Crafts Wood Block Eyes

Title: Wood Block Eyes //  Grade Level: HS // Concept: Drawing, Painting, Realistic Portraits

Objective: The student will draw realistic eyes, eyebrows and nose with expression on a piece of wood.

Essential Questions:
How do I draw eyes and eyebrows that show expression and emotion?
How do I draw accurate proportions?

National Art Standards
Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  - HS Proficient : Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.
  - HS Accomplished : Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  
  - HS Advanced : Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.
  -HS Proficient : Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.  
  - HS Accomplished : Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
  - HS Advanced : Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

How to draw eyes and nose worksheet.
Example of other students artwork.

small pieces of wood
sand paper
pencils and erasers
drawing pencils with smudging tools
acrylic paint
seal over final piece

1. Examine examples of students artwork to look at the variety of different expressions and emotions.
2. Determine if you want to draw yourself or just a portrait
3. On scrap paper trace wood block 3 times to draw 3 different sketch ideas.
4. Choose favorite sketch and think about art materials you want to use.
5. Sand wood block thoroughly
6. Draw final sketch on wood block.
7. Paint details.
8. Seal final wood block

Assessment Questions:
Do the eyes, eyebrows and nose look realistic?
Does it show emotion?
Are the eyes, eyebrows and nose in correct proportion?

Lesson Plans

 After the students are finished they will do a group critique then write an art reflection:

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