Old 2014-2015 exams

Exam for 7th and 8th, May 2015

All are expected to take the exam. Everybody.  Unless you’ve talked to me before May 15th.  If you want to see some exams from the past click here.

First of all, I’ve had a great time working with everybody, really, it’s been a lot of fun!  

I believe I have talked to everybody about what grade they are expecting and I talked about extra credit if you want to improve your grade.  If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

Overview: You will research an artist or a style of drawing or painting. You will then  state some facts and then do some drawing or painting illustrating your knowledge and understanding of your choice of artist or style(you’ve heard me call this an “isim” sometimes).

I’M NOT GRADING YOU ON YOUR ABILITY.  I WILL BE LOOKING AND GRADING ON HOW LONG YOU REMAIN WORKING ON YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR GENERAL FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND. IF YOU’RE NOT 100% COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR ARTISTIC SKILL, DO AN EXTRA GOOD JOB ON THE WRITTEN PORTION OF THE EXAM.

The exam period is about  2 hours long. The first approximate  1/2 hour is spent in the computer lab, library, or using an i-pad in the art room, and will involve basic research and writing skills, along with your artistic abilities.

  1. In the library or online you will research a style of art or a particular artist. Suggestions are below.
  2. You will write and/or type 10 facts about the artistic style or particular artist you have chosen to research. Put it all into a paragraph for a guaranteed 20% or just do it as a list of sentences for a little less than 20%. This will be done in the library and/or the art room.
  3. After the first writing activity you should be working on your art project.  IT’S UP TO YOU TO USE YOUR TIME WISELY-DON’T SPEND ALL OF YOUR TIME ON RESEARCH AND HAVE NO TIME LEFT OVER FOR THE ART PROJECT SECTION

20% of the grade is just following directions: Working quietly and attempting the assignment to the best of your ability. This should be easy, If you’re in a chair, a pencil is in your hand, you look busy, and you’re not talking you get 20%.  If I have to redirect or correct you, you lose points. I will be walking around noting your work habits.

20% of the grade is the stating of 10 facts.  What could be easier? If you state 10 facts, you get 20%.  If you state 5 facts, you get 10%. 

60% of the grade is the actual way of stating the 10 facts and the drawing/art project.   This might sound more vague, but if you write full, readable  sentences and make a reasonable attempt at the drawing/art project, you can easily get this.  

Some suggested styles, followed by some suggested artists to research:

All of the artists and styles can be cut and pasted into Wikipedia, google, and google  images for information.

Impressionism: Pissaro, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Cassat, Morisot, Sisley, Cassat, etc.

Expressionism: Bruckner, Modigliani, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Klee, etc.

Fauvism: Matisse, Gauguin, Rouault, Dufy, etc.

Surrealism or Dadaism: Dali, Max Ernst, Morandi, Miro, Duchamp, Breton, etc.

Abstract expressionism: Franz Kline, De Kooning, Tobey, David Smith, Rothko, etc.

Lot of famous artists throughout history; DaVinci, Raphael, Donaltello, Michangelo, Turner, Pendergast, Rodin, are just a few that come to mind right this moment.

Comics: Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Corben, Frank Miller, there are so many comic book artists it’s hard to pick. Darrius just came in as I was writing this and was interested in the Ninja Turtles, which was drawn by Eastman and Laird, so he could look those guys up and state 20 facts about the both of them and the Ninja Turtles comics.  There are lots of options if you want to do a comics artist.

Book illustration: Authur Rackam, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Suess, Pilkey, Howard Pyle, Beatrix Potter, Eric Carle,  etc.  If you can think of a favorite kids book you can probably look up the illustrator.

You can pick another artist or style on your own, the above ones are my suggestions.

You are not permitted to do a style or painter that would involve you slinging paint without talking to me before the exam.  As fun as this may be, clean up is always an issue.  So do not plan on doing an artist or style of painting that would need this to occur.

If you really can’t think of a style or an artist you want to emulate but you have a good idea for something you’d like to draw, see me.  You’ll still have to do the questions but we can talk and discuss, but you had better have an idea ready to tell me.  There is not much time for this project/drawing.

If you’re reading this at night,  a weekend, and you’re home and have a question, call me at 440.749.7867.

I WANT EVERYBODY TO DO WELL!

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