Freshman Art at ABHS

Instructor: Bret Aaker.                                                                                                                                                         

Phone: 505 299 9409

Class information for the first semester of the 2017/18 school year:
 The students will :
  1. Analyze and identify the work of Frida Kahlo
  2. Create a self portrait
  3. Analyze and identify the artwork of Alberto Giacometti 
  4. Create a sculpture in the style of Giacometti
  5. Draw the illusion of depth on a two dimensional surface using perspective drawing techniques.
  6. Understand and explain the evolution of western art from representation to cubism to abstract. 
  7. Analyze and identify the cubist artwork of Picasso and Braque.
  8. Create a cubist art work.
  9. Analyze and identify the work of Eva Hesse

The student will be assessed in 5 areas:

  1. The development of their art skills as evidenced by the required artwork they produce and turn in. The assessment will take into account if the required techniques and concepts are being demonstrated. 
  2. Art analysis activities and texts. The students will look at, read about, discuss, and complete written responses to art in a historical context  
  3. Each class starts with Sustained Silent Drawing. The student is expected to draw silently while I check in with each individual student.This is a graded activity.
  4. Their level of academic focus during the class period. 
  5. Homework- There is always homework in art class. It is usually a drawing. It is posted daily on the white board and  on this site
Grading policy: Based on the ABHS grading scale.
97- 100= A+     93-96 =A        90-92= A-       87- 89= B+      77-79= C+      75-76= C       Below 75= F

Late work policy: Work that is turned in late will be deducted 10 points from the total. example: If an artwork is worth 80 points and the student earned a 75 and turned it in late the final grade will be 65.

Supply list: spiral bound sketch book , drawing pencils, and an eraser. 

Major Assignments:
This will be updated regularly .

 July 24- August 11

We will start the semester by studying Frida Kahlo.
 We will use the presentation below to help guide our research. Use the information in the presentation to answer the questions in the analysis document poster below after the presentation. 

The first homework assignment is to acquire a spiral bound sketchbook. 

When you have your sketchbook the homework for each class will be : make a drawing of a face . 
Each face should be different- a girl, old, angry, fantastical, use color, side view, in bliss etc. 

An analysis of the life and work of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo 1.pptx

Frida Kahlo Analysis.docx

After we spend time analyzing and discussing Frida Kahlo we will create a self portrait. 

This video shows the basic process-

YouTube Video

We will end our study of Frida Kahlo with a socratic seminar using the following text to guide us. The questions and pondering form following the text will help us prepare for the seminar. 

A life of Hope and Defiance

Frida Kahlo questions_ponderings.docx

 the study of Alberto Giacometti- 


Giacometti- notes.docx

 we will make a sculpture- Here is a slide show for the process.

Giacometti Style Sculpture.pptx

The big projects coming down the road :

A still Life
A portfolio of direct observation drawings
A Cubist still life
A sculpture using non traditional approaches

I will post rubrics, expectations, readings etc as they come up.

                                                       This is an example of a cubist still life.

Illusion of Depth Drawing Portfolio: A collection of 10 complete drawings that demonstrate scale, overlap, convergent lines, and value. These drawings must be made from direct observation (not from photographs or memory). You may start the drawing of a scene then finish later using a photograph that you took of the scene.  The rubric for this portfolio will be posted here. This portfolio is due   
We continue our work on drawing the illusion of depth on a two dimensional surface. 
Here is the rubric for the Drawing Portfolio 


Drawing portfolio Summative Assessment #2.doc


Creating the illusion of Depth on a 2-D surface 


The Still Life Unit.

The Final Still Life artwork is due by Friday the 26th. The requirements are noted in the rubric below: 

STILL LIFE rubric.docx

Still Life: An artwork in which the content is an interesting arrangement of objects that are not moving. Usually on a table, in a box, or on a piece of cloth. Usually inside and close up.

Representational Art: art that copies the appearance of objects in the real world. Usually done from direct observation. Copies things, people or places.   This still life painting by William Harnett is an an example.                

Cubism: Art that rejects the concept that art should copy nature. It reduces and fractures objects into geometric forms, and then realigns them within a shallow space using multiple view points. This painting by George Braque is an example.

Cubist Still Life:
 Cubist Clues slides and reading guide. This is an introduction to the history of cubism. If you missed 8/25 or 8/26 this is what we did. 

Cubist Clues.pptx

Cubist Clues reading guide.docx

Starting 8/30 the students will be making a cubist still life art work: A demonstration posted below. The rubric is posted below this presentation. 

How to make a cubist still life.pptx

Here is the cubist still life rubric. This project is due: C and E block Tuesday 9/6 and B block Wednesday 9/7

Cubist Still Life Rubric 2.docx

Starting on 9/6/16 the students will begin preparing for drawing urban landscapes from direct observation. We will do several collages and drawing exercises. The last week of the quarter we will be outside drawing. The first big assignment of quarter 2 will be a drawing portfolio of their urban landscapes.

Overlap/ Scale collage and extending the convergent line projects   - both these projects are due due by 9/12
Scale- The size relationship between at least two objects.                  

Overlap- When a form appears to be in front of another.      

The rubrics for these projects are posted below
a presentation of how to make the extend the convergent line project is also below : 

Overlap- scale demo Rubric 2.doc

Extending convergent lines.doc

perspective collage student work.ppt

Extending the  convergent lines 
Convergent lines are lines that move towards each other. They mimic the way our eyes perceive parallel lines that appear to come together as they recede into the distance.


Starting October 24th we will be studying and producing

Non Objective art is art that is only about line, color, and shape... nothing else. It does not represent or depict a person, place, or thing. It is the opposite of representational art. There is no connection to the "real" or natural world. Just line, color, and shape... that's it. 

This is a non objective painting by Piet Mondrian called Broadway Boogie Woogie.

In the slide show below look through the artwork and figure out what is non objective art.   

Non Objective Art analysis.pptx

We will be making Non Objective paintings based on a grid.Learn how to make a precise grid using a pencil, paper, and ruler. In the presentation below are examples of grids and then a short visual tutorial on how to make a grid.  The homework for the week of October 24 to Oct 28 is to make precise grids, then make non objective art based on these grids. 

Grid and Art.pptx

The non objective grid painting was due