6th and 7th Grade 2016-2017

This post I’m keeping around and is buried intentionally, not so chronologically, among all the other posts.  I’m keeping it around to show what my students were working on in 2016-2017.  It’s a list of assignments, with the top of the list being the last part of the 2017 school year.

 

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We are heading into the last week!  Make sure you have checked your grade and you are happy with it.  If you need to turn something in-MAKE SURE YOU DO!  If you want extra credit to assure a grade, you can go back and redo a previous assignment or see me.  THERE IS NO REASON TO NOT GET THE GRADE YOU WANT!

 

Briefly, 6th grade: I used to assign making a bowl, and in 7th grade: you’d be making a big head.  This time all are making a big head.

The balloons were back ordered, so I ordered them from another place, so we probably won’t get them until next Monday.

But first…a few things to look up. If you did some of these questions below, great! It should be quick this time, and you can spend most of your time sketching!

1. Look up and define paper mache.

2. Write 5 facts about paper mache.  I saw a neat fact about a paper mache sculpture done for one of the Harry Potter movies.

3. Look up some tribal cultures.  I’m thinking Maori, Olmec, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Shawnee, Navajo, BaKongo, Zulu, are just a few that come to mind.  Look at some masks these cultures made.   In class you will be constructing a mask and I’d like everybody to use a specific culture or image as a jumping off point.  If your not keen on the cultural mask subject matter, look at some emojis, or some Halloween masks, or PICK SOMETHING ELSE!  Really, your’re going to be spending some time on this so you should be making a mask/sculpture out of paper mache that you like.

AGAIN, I REPEAT, BE WORKING ON SOME SKETCHES THAT YOU CAN MAKE INTO A MASK OF SOMETHING YOU LIKE!

4. Do an image search with the terms: “paper mache” and “paper mache masks”.   I want you to look at some paper mache constructions that other people have done.  Do a couple of sketches.

5. Define what an “armature” is.

6. Define “bas relief”  What is the difference between bas relief and sculpture?

7. Go to the instructables website.  use the search box at the top and do a search for paper mache masks, paper mache, or some other combination of terms that interest you.  Instructables is a great site for how to make all kinds of things.  Look at all the amazing creations of others using paper mache.

You will turn in your sketches and your written work at the end of class. don’t forget to write your name.

The  masks you will construct will have to have things protruding from them, like lips, nose, ears…etc.  They are not to be flat.  You are doing a mask with most of the details sticking out from the front.  Nose, eye brow, ears, horns, etc. 

Take a look at last year’s paper mache assignment

Bottom line:  You need to answer the questions and have sketches of what you will be making with paper mache.

 

CLAY=CERAMICS: You’ve worked with clay now, and have hopefully made a few things your proud of/happy with.

Time to look up some basic information about clay.

1. What is the chemical composition of clay.  Just list the main ingredients(s)

2.What are 5 products that clay is used for

3.What is one material, made from clay, that is used in the building industry.

4.On google Images, look up  any combination of the terms:  ” easy clay coil  projects.”  Do 3 small drawings of 3 clay coil projects.

5.On google Images, look up  any combination of the terms:  ” easy clay slab  projects.”  Do 3 small drawings of 3 clay coil projects.

Bonus question for you smarty pants out there:

6. How big is a clay particle?

DO YOUR OWN PAPER, EVERYBODY HAS TO TURN IN SOMETHING WITH THEIR NAME ON IT.

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If you need to finish anything, come to Hive in my room.  I also stay after late on Wednesday until 4:30 and every other day  to around 4:00. You can check to make sure I’m staying, but I’m usually here till 4:00.  You’re welcome to any day except Friday.

Look up and define:

1. Industrial design

2. Fashion design

Look up one shoe or wearable fashion corporation(like some company that makes shirts, shoes,  coats, dresses, that sort of thing), I’m going to suggest Nike, it’s easy to find information.  Then you will answer the questions below about the company you are researching.

3. How much money they made last year?

4. Who started the company?

5. When did the company begin doing business?

6. Then write any other 5 facts about fashion design, industrial design, or the company you are studying.

After you have answered the above questions, spend the rest of the time doing sketches of shoes( or any other wearable fashion or…guitars) you like.  These will be used in making a a full size and larger than life size drawing of the shoe or  item you choose.

Your assignment is to design  a shoe.  You’ll design and draw the sole and you’ll design and draw a shoe from the side.  You’ll do a small sketch of the shoe’s sole and a side view in color and then refine the idea into a larger design/drawing. You will do a day of rough sketches and then 4 drawings in total of your design for a shoe.

Some projects from 2015

More shoes from previous classes.

If you don’t want to do the shoe thing,  you are welcome to apply the same question above to guitars and companies that make guitars. I’m thinking Gibson, Fender, etc.,  then you’ll go on to do a project that involve drawing guitar(s)  Or you could do, cars, furniture, appliances, etc., pretty much anything produced in a factory.  So in place of doing Nike, you could answer the same questions about Ford or Chevrolet and then go on to drawings of cars and eventually designing your own car.

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And so begins the last 9 weeks!

For the next few weeks or so you will  working on drawing realistically, using something  called perspective.   With that in mind, please answer the questions and do the drawing(s) required below:

Watch this video

Each link below will take you to pages of drawings, just look them over.

Look at this page of perspective drawings from the 16th century!  Nice stuff!

Look at this page of geometric landscapes, by Lorenz Stöer (c.1537-c.1621)PDF  More nice old stuff

PDF of Dentonisd School perspective paper  Read and look this over, you’re going to answer a question or two from this.  But for right now, just look it over.

The first thing to do on paper is:

1.Try to draw one small piece or section of any of the drawings(click any of the links above to get to the drawings)  listed above that appeals to you, maybe spend 10-15  minutes or so, then move onto the questions below.

Now  you are to answer the questions below on paper.

2. Define perspective.

3. Who invented perspective and when?

4. Why do artists use perspective?

5. What does converge mean?

6. Type in the word perspective into an “images” search, do three quick copies and/or variations of what looks interesting to you, or go back and copy from what you’ve looked at previously.   If you’d rather spend your time on one drawing and do a more intense, careful study, do that.

7. What does the term linear perspective mean?

8. What does vanishing point mean?

9. Look up the artist M.C. Escher.  Look at some of his pictures.  I mean really look!  He made some very confusing and hard to make sense of prints and his drawings are intended to challenge your view of reality.  Tell me the title of one of his drawings or prints then write down a brief description of the drawing or print.  NO more than a sentence or two-make it short.

10. Look again at Dentonisd PDF, and complete this sentence:  “Perspective is used by artists ____________”   It’s on page 3, I think.

11.  Look up “Penrose triangle”, “Penrose object” or “impossible object” After you’ve looked at it/them,  try to draw one or two.  I think they/the concept was really invented by  Oscar Reutersvard, this Swedish guy, but Penrose gets the credit because he did some math paper in a famous journal or some such.  So look up “Oscar Reutersvard artwork” on google images too.  Some very nice stuff.

Take a look at some of the architecture here, that uses the impossible figure concepts, more improbable, weird stuff.

Image result for impossible object

I like stuff like this and it’s fun to show others too.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity!

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The end of the quarter and your art class with me is almost at an end! You need to go back through your grades and make sure everything is turned in and your are happy with the grade you are getting.  Extra credit is always possible, but just finishing and improving past assignments is the easiest way to get an “A”, if that is what you want.  

If you get below a “B” in this class, it’s because you did not do the work or did not turn it in!

For the last week of class you’ll be working on zentangle designs or a repeated design.

Image result for zentangle sample page

ZENTANGLE

First of all look up the definition of:

Zentangle and Pattern.

They are both pretty related words in some respects but look them up and write down a short definition of both.

Next, go to google images and enter the words below to see what comes up.

zentangles, zentangle pattern, zentangle with animals, and whatever other word you want to partner with zentangle.  there are lots!

Your assignment is to make a sample page of 8 zentangle patterns.  You’ll divide the paper into 8 rectangles and copy or hopefully make your own variations of 8 different zentangle patterns.

Some examples of some zentangles made by 7th and 8th graders.

Some examples of some elementary designs.

Some examples of 7th and 8th grade repeated designs.

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Briefly, 6th grade: I used to assign making a bowl, and in 7th grade: you’d be making a big head.  This time all are making a big head.

But first…a few things to look up. If you did some of these questions below, great! It should be quick this time, and you can spend most of your time sketching!

1. Look up and define paper mache.

2. Write 5 facts about paper mache.  I saw a neat fact about a paper mache sculpture done for one of the Harry Potter movies.

3. Look up some tribal cultures.  I’m thinking Maori, Olmec, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Shawnee, Navajo, BaKongo, Zulu, are just a few that come to mind.  Look at some masks these cultures made.   In class you will be constructing a mask and I’d like everybody to use a specific culture or image as a jumping off point.  If your not keen on the cultural mask subject matter, look at some emojis, or some Halloween masks, or PICK SOMETHING ELSE!  Really, your’re going to be spending some time on this so you should be making a mask/sculpture out of paper mache that you like.

AGAIN, I REPEAT, BE WORKING ON SOME SKETCHES THAT YOU CAN MAKE INTO A MASK OF SOMETHING YOU LIKE!

4. Do an image search with the terms: “paper mache” and “paper mache masks”.   I want you to look at some paper mache constructions that other people have done.  Do a couple of sketches.

5. Define what an “armature” is.

6. Define “bas relief”  What is the difference between bas relief and sculpture?

7. Go to the instructables website.  use the search box at the top and do a search for paper mache masks, paper mache, or some other combination of terms that interest you.  Instructables is a great site for how to make all kinds of things.  Look at all the amazing creations of others using paper mache.

You will turn in your sketches and your written work at the end of class. don’t forget to write your name.

The  masks you will construct will have to have things protruding from them, like lips, nose, ears…etc.  They are not to be flat.  You are doing a mask with most of the details sticking out from the front.  Nose, eye brow, ears, horns, etc. 

Take a look at last year’s paper mache assignment

Bottom line:  You need to answer the questions and have sketches of what you will be making with paper mache.

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Interim grades are coming up so make sure you…

Check over grades and assignments in gradebook.   You should have completed the following: boxes, stacked, row, and single.  Room interior with checkerboard, rhombus, floor plan, small kitchen, and large kitchen.  Probably something else I’m not remembering right at this moment too.

If you need to finish anything, come to Hive in my room.  I also stay after late on Wednesday until 4:30 and every other day  to around 4:00. You can check to make sure I’m staying, but I’m usually here till 4:00.  You’re welcome to any day except Friday. 

The balloons I ordered did not show up,(back ordered, could be later this week) so we go to the next project:

Look up and define:

1. Industrial design

2. Fashion design

Look up one shoe or wearable fashion corporation(like some company that makes shirts, shoes,  coats, dresses, that sort of thing), I’m going to suggest Nike, it’s easy to find information.  Then you will answer the questions below about the company you are researching.

3. How much money they made last year?

4. Who started the company?

5. When did the company begin doing business?

6. Then write any other 5 facts about fashion design, industrial design, or the company you are studying.

After you have answered the above questions, spend the rest of the time doing sketches of shoes( or any other wearable fashion or…guitars) you like.  These will be used in making a a full size and larger than life size drawing of the shoe or  item you choose.

Your assignment is to design  a shoe.  You’ll design and draw the sole and you’ll design and draw a shoe from the side.  You’ll do a small sketch of the shoe’s sole and a side view in color and then refine the idea into a larger design/drawing. You will do a day of rough sketches and then 4 drawings in total of your design for a shoe.

Some projects from 2015

More shoes from previous classes.

If you don’t want to do the shoe thing,  you are welcome to apply the same question above to guitars and companies that make guitars. I’m thinking Gibson, Fender, etc.,  then you’ll go on to do a project that involve drawing guitar(s)  Or you could do, cars, furniture, appliances, etc., pretty much anything produced in a factory.  So in place of doing Nike, you could answer the same questions about Ford or Chevrolet and then go on to drawings of cars and eventually designing your own car.

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We’ve been drawing in perspective and I thought looking at a variation of perspective called isometric drawing might prove useful.  You can draw isometrically with google draw by cutting and pasting shapes from the shapes drop down menu but you can also go on various websites and use online tools to draw too.  i’m going to suggest you start with:  https://illuminations.nctm.org/activity.aspx?id=4182

January 2017

So…for the next few weeks or so you will  working on drawing realistically, using something  called perspective.   With that in mind, please answer the questions and do the drawing(s) required below:

Watch this video

Each link below will take you to pages of drawings:

Look at this page of perspective drawings from the 16th century!  Nice stuff!

Look at this page of geometric landscapes, by Lorenz Stöer (c.1537-c.1621)PDF  More nice old stuff

PDF of Dentonisd School perspective paper  Read and look this over, you’re going to answer a question or two from this.

1.Try to draw one small piece or section of any of the drawings(click any of the links above to get to the drawings)  listed above that appeals to you, maybe spend 10-15  minutes or so, then move onto the questions below.

2. Define perspective.

3. Who invented perspective and when?

4. Why do artists use perspective?

5. What does converge mean?

6. Type in the word perspective into an “images” search, do three quick copies and/or variations of what looks interesting to you, or go back and copy from what you’ve looked at previously.   If you’d rather spend your time on one drawing and do a more intense, careful study, do that.

7. What does the term linear perspective mean?

8. What does vanishing point mean?

9. Look up the artist M.C. Escher.  Look at some of his pictures.  I mean really look!  He made some very confusing and hard to make sense of prints and drawings intended to challenge your view of reality.  Tell me the title of one of his drawings or prints then write down a brief description of the drawing or print.  NO more than a sentence or two-make it short.

10. Look again at Dentonisd PDF, and complete this sentence:  “Perspective is used by artists……”   It’s on page 3, I think.

11.  Look up “Penrose triangle”, “Penrose object” or “impossible object” After you’ve looked at it/them,  try to draw one or two.  I think they/the concept was really invented by  Oscar Reutersvard, this Swedish guy, but Penrose gets the credit because he did some math paper in a famous journal or some such.  So look up “Oscar Reutersvard artwork” on google images too.  Some very nice stuff.

Take a look at some of the architecture here, that uses the impossible figure concepts, more improbable, weird stuff.

Image result for impossible object

I like stuff like this and it’s fun to show others too.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity!

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It’s a new year and the end is near!

1.6.17

There is just a week+ left in this 9 weeks. You should be finishing your zentangle and smaller and larger still life. Se me if any questions!

You need to check your grade to make sure it is what you think it should be. Extra credit is always possible, you could work at home or you can come during study hall, Hive, or stay after school and ride the elementary bus home, if you want to work in the art room.  There is no reason not to get an “A” if you want, grades usually come down to finishing something you have not got around to finishing, or improving what you’ve been working on.

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Next, make sure you finish up everything and then go to google images and do a search for the words, “easy draw city perspective”  try to draw one that appeals to you.  You could also go to you tube and try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xplwjW2ynH4

or try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fnhWl2Z-Gw

When watching an instructional vid, you have to push start and stop a lot and drag the vid back, to re watch, but it’s a reasonable way to learn.   You don’t really need the sound on any of the vids above.  If you want to listen, make sure you put in some earbuds.  

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For November 2016

So…for the next few weeks or so you will  working on drawing realistically, using something  called perspective.   With that in mind, please answer the questions and do the drawing(s) required below:

Watch this video

Each link below will take you to pages of drawings:

Look at this page of perspective drawings from the 16th century!

Look at this page of geometric landscapes, by Lorenz Stöer (c.1537-c.1621)PDF

PDF of Dentonisd School perspective paper

1.Try to draw one small piece or section of any of the drawings(click any of the links above to get to the drawings)  listed above that appeals to you, maybe spend 10-15  minutes or so, then move onto the questions below.

2. Define perspective.

3. Who invented perspective and when?

4. Why do artists use perspective?

5. What does converge mean?

6. Type in the word perspective into an “images” search, do three quick copies and/or variations of what looks interesting to you, or go back and copy from what you’ve looked at previously.   If you’d rather spend your time on one drawing and do a more intense, careful study, do that.

7. What does the term linear perspective mean?

8. What does vanishing point mean?

9. Look up the artist M.C. Escher.  Look at some of his pictures.  I mean really look!  He made some very confusing and hard to make sense of prints and drawings intended to challenge your view of reality.  Tell me the title of one of his drawings or prints then write down a brief description of the drawing or print.  NO more than a sentence or two-make it short.

10. Look again at Dentonisd PDF, and complete this sentence:  “Perspective is used by artists……”   It’s on page 3, I think.

11.  Look up “Penrose triangle”, “Penrose object” or “impossible object” After you’ve looked at it/them,  try to draw one or two.

Image result for impossible object

 

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We’ve reached the end of the quarter!  Make sure to look at your grades and you are happy with what your are getting.  See me if you have any questions or concerns.  Extra credit is always possible!

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ZENTANGLE

First of all look up a definition of:

Zentangle and Pattern.

They are both pretty related words in some respects but look them up and write down a short definition of both.

Next, on images, look up some images of

zentangles, zentangle pattern, zentangle with animals, and whatever other word you want to partner with zentangle.

Your assignment is to make a sample page of 8 zentangle patterns.  You’ll divide the paper into 8 rectangles and copy or hopefully make your own variations of 8 different zentangle patterns.

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Briefly, 6th grade: you’re making a bowl or mask, 7th grade: you’re making a a big head!

1. Look up and define paper mache.

2. Write 5 facts about paper mache.

Question 3 is for 6th and and 7th grades

3. Look up some tribal cultures.  Pick one, and again I’m thinking write 5 facts about the culture you pick. I’m thinking Maori, Olmec, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Shawnee, Navajo, BaKongo, Zulu, are just a few that come to mind.  Look at some masks these cultures made.   In class you will be constructing a mask or a bowl, and I’d like everybody to use a specific culture or image as a jumping off point.

I like to make tiki masks when I do paper mache, I like the imagery and they are usually simple to construct

If you decide , after researching and answering question 3 you don’t want to do a mask based upon a particular culture, do a search with the term(s) paper mache horror masks, scary masks from paper mache, or something similar.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SKETCHES TO WORK FROM WHEN YOU START THE PAPER MACHE PROJECT!

Look at an elementary class doing paper mache masks

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You should be finished with your clay project, if not you need to come during Hive, during study hall, or after school. We will now be going on to industrial design.

Look up and define:

1. Industrial design

2. Fashion design

Look up one shoe or wearable fashion corporation(like some company that makes shirts, shoes,  coats, dresses, that sort of thing), I’m going to suggest Nike, it’s easy to find information.  Then you will answer the questions below about the company you are researching.

3. How much money they made last year?

4. Who started the company?

5. When did the company begin doing business?

6. Then write any other 5 facts about fashion design, industrial design, or the company you are studying.

After you have answered the above questions, spend the rest of the time doing sketches of shoes( or any other wearable fashion or…guitars) you like.  These will be used in making a a full size and larger than life size drawing of the shoe or  item you choose.

Your assignment is to design  a shoe.  You’ll design and draw the sole and you’ll design and draw a shoe from the side.  You’ll do a small sketch of the shoe’s sole and a side view in color and then refine the idea into a larger design/drawing. You will do a day of rough sketches and then 4 drawings in total of your design for a shoe.

Some projects from 2015

More shoes from previous classes.

If you don’t want to do the shoe thing,  you are welcome to apply the same question above to guitars and companies that make guitars. I’m thinking Gibson, Fender, etc.,  then you’ll go on to do a project that involve drawing guitar(s)  Or you could do, cars, furniture, appliances, etc., pretty much anything produced in a factory.  So in place of doing Nike, you could answer the same questions about Ford or Chevrolet and then go on to drawings of cars and eventually designing your own car.

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CLAY=CERAMICS: You’ve worked with clay now, and have hopefully made a few things your proud of/happy with.

Time to look up some basic information about clay.

1. What is the chemical composition of clay.  Just list the main ingredients(s)

2.What are 5 products that clay is used for

3.What is one material, made from clay, that is used in the building industry.

4.On google Images, look up  any combination of the terms:  ” easy clay coil  projects.”  Do 3 small drawings of 3 clay coil projects.

5.On google Images, look up  any combination of the terms:  ” easy clay slab  projects.”  Do 3 small drawings of 3 clay coil projects.

DO YOUR OWN PAPER, EVERYBODY HAS TO TURN IN SOMETHING WITH THEIR NAME ON IT.

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