Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Essential Questions:
-How are artworks cared for and by whom?
-What criteria, methods, and processes are used to select work for preservation or presentation?
-Why do people value objects, artifacts, and artworks, and select them for presentation?  

Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work  
Essential Question:
-What can we learn from our responses to art?

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.  
Essential Questions:
-What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism?
-How does knowing and using visual art vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?

Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Essential Questions:
-How does one determine criteria to evaluate a work of art?
-How and why might criteria vary?
-How is a personal preference different from an evaluation?  


Claude Monet | MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux

Vincent van Gogh | MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art

Georges Seurat | The Art Institute of Chicago


Georges Seurat, French, 1859 - 1891 | France | Philadelphia Museum of Art


Ginevra de' Benci


Joan Miro | Detroit, MI, U.S.A

Alexander Calder | Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

Native American


Vincent van Gogh Lego Head

by Martin McNally made with oil paint on canvas

Original self-portrait painting by Vincent van Gogh

8th Grade Illustration Unit

An illustrator is an artist who specializes in enhancing writing or elucidating concepts by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text or idea. The illustration may be intended to clarify complicated concepts or objects that are difficult to describe textually, which is the reason illustrations are often found in children's books.[1]
Illustrations have been used in advertisements, architectural rendering, greeting cards, posters, books, graphic novels, storyboards, manuals, business, magazines, shirts greeting cards, video games and newspapers (comics section, or political cartoons) etc..

Websites that share well known illustrators:

Some of my favorite illustrators:

Quentin Blake

willy wonka quentin blake
Barbara Cooneyhttp://www.carlemuseum.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/530.jpg


Charlotte Hardy
Dinara Mirtalipova
Jim Davis

My brother’s favorite:

Calvin and Hobbes

Creator: Bill Watterson

Some Comic Book Illustrators:
Phil Hester
Jim Lee
Neal Adams

Darwin Cook

More Comic Book illustrators: Jack Kirby, Alex Ross, David Aja, Frank Miller.

8th Grade Bold Colorful Animal Paintings

Title: 8th Grade Bold Colorful Animal Paintings
Objective: Students will use the creative process, paint with bold colors using a color scheme, and learn to mix paint. 

Essential Questions:
What is the creative art process?
How do colors effect the mood of the painting?

National Art Standards
Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
 8th : Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.  

Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

8th : Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. 
 8th : Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed. 
The creative process:
Imagine > Experiment > Plan > Create > Identify & Investigate, Am I missing something? Does something not look right? What do others think of it? > Refine > FINAL ARTWORK

Color Schemes: rainbow, analogous, primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary colors

Animal examples for inspiration: