Art 1

Paper Mache Piñatas

We will learn about form and how to create a 3-D work of art.  Students will have their choice of what creature, animal, cartoon character, object, etc. they would like to create, but it should have at least 4 appendages.  Once the armature is built, we will use the paper mache process to strengthen the form.  Students will be required to layer at least 4 layers of paper mache.  They will use tissue paper to add color and detail to their piñata.

Where Students Should Be: Students will need to bring in a picture of the character they want to work from and items to build armature 

such as, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, 2 liter bottles, water or Gatorade bottles cereal boxes,  etc.  Anything they can

 think of that may help them construct their form.  NEWSPAPER TOO!!

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Tropical Birds

Now that students are familiar with mixing paint and the color wheel, we will be creating a tropical bird composition.  In class we will practice drawing different tropical birds by breaking them down into simple shapes so everyone can feel successful with their drawings.  Students will then paint composition using ALL the colors on the color wheel.  Their goal will be to paint neatly and be creative with color choices and at least 1 blend of analogous colors.

Where Students Should Be:  Students should be finishing up by the end of the 1st block day this week.

Color Wheel

We will be learning the basic color wheel (primary, secondary, and tertiary) color schemes.  We will discuss complimentary (colors directly across from each other on the color wheel) colors, analogous (3 colors next to each other on the color wheel) colors and monochromatic (shades and tints of one color) color schemes.

Students will create a 12 sectioned color wheel with each section showing the color, the shade and the tint of each  color.  This project is to introduce students to color, mixing paint, and practicing painting neatly.

Students should be finished with their color wheel.

Radial Design

 Students will be creating a radial design using their first names.  Once they have their name created they will use tracing

 paper to replicate the design in a radial pattern.  We will then use markers to color in the design.  The goal when coloring is

 to no longer look at the design as a name and a background but instead to look at the positive and negative shapes all as


Where Students Should Be:  students should be finished.


Students will work together to create a collage with their table members. This is the only group project that I assign throughout the semester. Their goal is to create a story out of ripped/cut magazines. Story can take place where ever their imagination takes them (cityscape, garden, outer space, underwater, snow scene etc). As a group they will come up with the story they want to tell, where it takes place and who the characters are. They will then draw out a few different sketches. After they  are organized they will begin cutting out colors and images in magazines to create their story. They will need to emphasize their 1st names and period # in the color of their table. 

If you have any extra magazines that you are willing to donate, please send them in with your child!! Thank you!

Where Students should be: Students should be finished.

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