for Grade 7
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1 to 3 "Breaking Up Space"
Students are informed that designs are made from interesting visual
arrangements which include Size variety, Tone variety, and Color variety.
Students are given limitations in each of the 4 assignments which will
help them to achieve unity of form and harmony of tonality and color.
Skills include using palettes to mix colors, using a strait-edge,
creating borders and working with neatness.
4 and 5 "Silhouette and Pattern"
In the silhouette assignment
we learn about positive and negative as it applys to an object and its
background. Shape selection is made from a photo source. This is interpreted
in a larger size and cut and mounted neatly. We use two contrasting
colors of paper and glue to mount the image.
The pattern assignment uses the same figure in
various ways to produce pattern. some of these ways include; repetition,
and adding additional forms to the design.
7: Near and Far the way of expressing depth in 3d space in a simple
There are several simple means which we
use to interpret space and depth. I will list these as "simple perspective".
Generally perspective is the achievement of a natural look of depth
or distance. Just as though you were drawing through a pane of glass.
('To look at through')
Objects which overlap other objects B: Object appear to risee on picture
surface C: Objects become more faded in the distance D: Objects which
change size as they recede into the distance.
Assignment: Produce an imaginary landscape which features objects
or masses which demonstrate the above 4 techniques. We will use pastel
chalk and blending tools to do shading on figures. We can introduce
a 3d trick assignment which I call buttes and canyons into this.
8: Clay Building techniques, Using stamps and slabs.
Tools and hints on handling clay
of Clay Projects Grade 8
Clay warm up assignment 30
minutes, making some stamp designs
Clay Handling and Pottery
of clay handling and guidelines. Making
clay stamps to use as a decoration tool. Methods of rolling out clay
slabs and joining them into basic pots or structures. Relief design
using stamps . Relief patterns turned into wall planter.
make stamps from short clay roll or long cube of clay. Make three
stamps. Place a design on each end of the stamp.(You will have a
total of 6.) Keep your stamps no longer than 3 inches long. Use a pencil
to design the first stamp. a paper clip to design the second stamp.
A screw, nail or another small object (or combination) to form the last
stamp. Stamps must be no wider than 3/4 inch. Stamps must be very very
clean and clear in order to use for good design.
2: Using a dry or fired stamp we will create a personal trivet (hot
pad) Rolling out a very flat and level clay slab, then make repeat patterns
using your 6 stamp impressions. Very fast and simple will be fired and
finished in an antiqued design.
3. Use two slabs to join into a wall hanging see the page and handout
for this. This will be fired and glazed.
9: One point perspective, (1 vanishing point)
of Perspective using vanishing points:
Learning how to draw with vanishing points. You will do your name
as a block of 3 dimensional forms which recede into the distance. Your
design will be colored using paint or colored pencil.
10: Learning the "Italic" Calligraphic alphabet. Using this
alphabet to interpeting a phrase & make a poster.
11: Charicature: Learning how to draw the human face. Cartoons and Charicature,
Drawing Fun Faces
Lessons for Grade 8
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Materials, Storeage Spaces and Guidelines - - 1 Day
2 - Design is made by "Cropping" a picture
Make a selection from a picture found in a magazine
or newspaper. Each art student will seek a
visual arrangement which includes Size varieties, Tone varieties,
and Color varieties. Students will crop the image and reproduce the
line shape and tones of the image on a larger sheet of paper (18x24)
Skills include selection, masking the area, and drawing to scale
- proportion, working with brush and palettes in reproducing line shape
2- alternative project: Interpreting a famous work of art:
allotted for this project: Days 6-8 days
Choose from several famous works of art by modern
artists such as Picasso Matisse Klee and Others. We'll begin using a
"color book" type of a blank to draw from.
Skill centers on reproducing to scale and proportion.
Skill mixing tones and colors with a palette developed furthe. Working
with care and precision stressed as always. Being aware of design in
the examples which are unique in creative and arrangement.
3. Modeling Mass and 3d Forms
Using tone or surfaces contours to express "Mass"
or "Volume" of Forms.
Time allotted for this project: 3 days
Assignment 1: Developing Skill and Technique transforming 2dimensional
shapes into 3 dimensions masses. Learning how to shade and show illumination
(light which shines) upon surfaces. Alternate Assignment : Interpreting
a photo as 3d masses.
Assignment Variation: Use a flat drawings of "shapes"
in space and turn these into masses: You may click
on the page called 2d3d.html to get an idea of the basic idea.
Handling and Pottery
Two Clay Projects using hand building methods
allotted for this project: 3 days See lesson
handout and lessons the web document on Online Studio. There are some
basics of clay handling to get acquainted with and you will do some
nifty quick projects which look great but take only minutes
to complete. We are looking at surface design and overall form and function.
you would like to make a *patterned personal
relief plaque you may make this for extra credit> Use shapes and
textures on a flat slab shape. You may include words, icons and at least
3 different texture techniques. Organize make it visually interesting.
Point or 2 Point Linear perspective drawing.
Time allotted for this project: about 1 week
Using vanishing points, horizon-eye level to
draw a real location or environment that occupy 3 dimensional space.
The project will be to draw a portion of the
room or a hallway view in detail, accurately using vanishing point(s),
eye level line, you will need a strait edge, sharp pencil and drawing
board. A second option would be to interpret a photo of buildings
as a perspective drawing.
and Poster making including: Margins, Letter Forms
and Sizes: Graphics and Guidelines.
and Poster making option 2: Designing expressive letter forms which express
a quality - - Letter form Design: To express a quality or feeling with
a letter form: Phrase should suggest some quality such as hot, rough,
shiny, dry, flaming, etc.
irregular guidelines and place letter forms to fit the odd guidelines.
letter forms may be 'shaped' or simple line but however you choose
to make the letters you will paint in every space inside and outside
watercolor in liquid wash only. Mixing color is done on palette.
or themes for poster making: Look for poems,
Song texts, Proverbs, Popular Expressions, Trite phrases, or cliche's
Fitting message to theme. Graphics enhance message. Qualities that can
be expressed with letters.
Part or all of the poster must have "expressive lettering" that brings
out the quality you are trying to suggest.
DRAWING: Learning the proportions of the human Body;
Option 1: Use photos to provide poses.
Option 2. Observation from live models may be an option.
Drawings from models requires observation and proportion and suggesting