Studio Art - A comprehensive art course for 9th and 10th grade students.

  • This is a listing of the primary projects that we work on throughout the school year.  There are many other brief projects that we will complete as well.  Each school year will have a different order depending on the class dynamic and student preferences. 

    Salvador Dali and Surrealism - Colored Pencil Collage – 4 weeks

    Students have several handouts to complete throughout this project:

        -Blending and Shading, Starry Night Critique, Hallucinogenic Toreador, Peer Critique

    Students are given specific criteria on what is to be included in the colored pencil collages.  Criteria: Collage must include the following – Landscape(s), Animal, Symmetric Design, Something Edible, Word or Phrase using and interesting Font, Motorized Vehicle, Something to do with Sports. 

    Andy Warhol and Pop Art - Pen & Ink Monograms – 3 weeks

    Students must come up with 4 different designs and once we decide on the best design, we will clean it up and rework it for the final copy.  The designs MUST include students 3 initials and this design, as a whole, must touch each side of the square.  Their initials should be abstract in structure and not easy to identify.  Students must think about BALANCE, SYMMETRY, SPACE (positive/negative), PATTERN, MOVEMENT, and REPETITION.  Students will lay out another set of 4 squares on final draft paper and rotate their design 90 degrees on a selected “pivot point”.  This final design will be 9x9” square and mounted on black construction paper. 

    Georges Seurat/Pointillism, Chuck Close/ Photo-Realism - Pointillism Portraits – 7 weeks

    This project begins with a color photograph of a famous person ( 3x5”).  Using the opaque projector, you will trace the image onto a 24x17” sheet of white drawing paper.  Make sure you include all the shadows and small details.  These details will help you as you paint.  Before you begin to paint you must have an idea of what pointillism is and how it is accomplished.  You must use a fine paint brush and make sure you maintain a point on the tip.  This can be accomplished by wetting the brush and pulling lightly with your fingers.  Dip the tip of the brush into the color you wish to use and begin the painting.  ••Students have found that using a toothpick to apply paint works the best.•• 

    Louise Nevelson and Assemblage Art - Found Object Mask Assemblages – 4 weeks

    Everyone will be given a mask pattern to trace onto a piece of 12x18” sketch paper.  You should build up the basic facial structure first:  chin, forehead, cheekbones.  Things that are made of cardboard that you could use: tissue box/shoe box, toilet paper roll/paper towel roll, empty roll of packing tape. Once the facial structure is set, begin to add your found objects.  The eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and hair are all key components of your mask!  These found objects will be glued on using a hot glue gun.  Found objects:  straws, old pens/pencils, paper clips, clothes pins, any caps from used containers, plastic silverware, old combs, shoe laces, buttons, beads, etc. Once your found objects are secured to the mask, the mask will be spray painted all one color.  Bring in your own spray paint if possible.

    Chauvet Cave Painting / Egyptian Hieroglyphics – Calligraphy: Beautiful Writing – 6 weeks

    Students begin Calligraphy by practicing Upright Strokes.  They must have 5 rows of strokes that are 2 blocks tall (1/4 inch graph paper) and 3 rows of strokes that are 3 blocks tall.  **Focus is being placed on a 45 degree pen nib angle and proper form and layout of letters must be used.**  This is followed up by completing handouts that have every lowercase letter of the alphabet.  They have to complete roughly 26 examples of each letter before moving on to the next handout.  This is followed up by Uppercase letters and ABCedariums (sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet).  The Final Project will include a poem, quote, song lyric, and Bible verse that includes 20-30 words.  The Final Project will be done on 11 x 14” parchment paper and decorated using Sharpie markers and watercolor paints.

    M.C. Escher and Dox Thrash / Printmaking – Linoleum Character Prints – 4 weeks

    Print out a relatively detailed cartoon character (entire body) that fits inside a 6 x 6” square.  The image is traced onto white drawing paper and transfered onto a 6 x 6” piece of linoleum by rubbing.  Students will use linoleum cutting tools called gouges (small V, large V, U gouge, box gouge, and straight blades for intracate details).  Students will carve away the negative space that they don’t want printed and leave the surface area that will pick up the ink.  After several proofs, students will print using colored printing inks, rollers, and barens (used for pressing the lino-cut onto the printing paper.  Students are expected to produce 3 consistent prints that display mastery.   

    American Muscle – 3 weeks

    Students will find a black and white photograph of a classic muscle car and trace onto a 4.5 x 6” piece of drawing paper. Using an Ultra-Fine Sharpie, students make decisions on where to shade either black or white. There can be no shades of gray. Once students have completed their drawing, they will scan the image and upload it onto Photoshop (Mac Lab). The image will be copied and repeated so there are 4 images. Students will color the images emulating the style of Andy Warhol from his Marilyn Monroe paintings.   


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