Drawing: "Reflective Silhouette"

Our first project will be an introductory lesson on contour drawing.

Simple. Bold. Clean. Dramatic. - John Clark

Step #1: Determine what you enjoy, like, are interested in, etc to display throughout your background. Example: a student who enjoys music may choose sheet music as their background piece. The example shows a page from a favorite book.

Step #2: Once finding your background paper of choice, you will develop, revise and rewrite an informative paragraph (or two) about you. We want information that explains who you are, what you are good at, how you became good at it, etc. This final information will be written on the background paper using pencil or a thin black sharpie.

Step #3: Take your picture. In a pose of choice (again to show who you are!), your photo will be taken and given to you for use during your project. If you'd like, you may draw on this photo to help you highlight certain areas of interest or areas you want to hide.

Step #4: Using pencil, lightly draw the outline of your photo/portait on to the background paper. After drawing the outline, draw in some areas from the portrait that you would like to show up on your face - example: glasses (if you are a visual person), mouth (if you are loud and exciting), ear (if you are a good listener), etc.

Step #5: Using a black sharpie marker, color in your silhouette. Don't forget to leave some of the areas blank on the inside so they show up within your silhouette. If you would like any specific words to show up within your silhouette, don't cover them up with sharpie.

Step #6: Mat your "Reflective Silhouette" with a white frame for display and fill out your rubric and name tag. Tape your name tag in the bottom right hand corner of your frame.

ELEMENTS: SHAPE, line, color, texture, space, value

IB AOI: Health & Social

Guiding Question: "Who am I?" "What makes me who I am?"

Interdisciplinary: Language Arts, Health

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Sculpture: "Wire & Bead Photo Holder"

Creating an interesting and appealing product with wire and beads...Our first 3-d project!

Step #1: In your Developmental Workbook (DW), sketch/plan your ideas for your photo holder - at least 3. In these plans, you should decide 1) how it will stand, 2) how tall it will be, 3) how many places you will develop to hold memorable items (photos, etc.), 4) the colors and sizes of your wire, 5) where you would like to add beads.

Step #2: Once your plans are checked, you will start constructing with the appropriate supplies and tools.

Step #3: Bring in items that have meaning to you. For instance, photographs of family, your pets, etc. or postcards from places you have visited. You could even bring in items you have created...cards, drawings, etc. These items will be placed on the holder for display

Step #4: Fill out your rubric and name tag. Place your name tag in an area where it can be read easily.

ELEMENTS: FORM, line, shape, color, texture, space

IB AOI: Human Ingenuity

Guiding Question: "How can I create an aesthetically appealing piece of art with only wire?"

Interdisciplinary: Math

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Ceramics: "Themed Clay Wind Chimes"

This unit begins our study of clay and the clay construction techniques. Be prepared to get dirty!

Step #1: Think of different themes that you would be interested in creating a wind chime out of. Make a list. For example, if you like to play sports, you might want to create a wind chime from the different balls used in the sports you like to play. You could also make your wind chime out of different types of shoes. Perhaps, you like leaves...Almost anything will work for a theme (as long as it is school appropriate).

Step #2: Now, start planning your ideas for your wind chime. Do at least 3 different wind chime sketches in your "DW." Be creative as the plan you choose is the plan you will be using for your final product...and make sure your plans show at least 4 different pieces (1 large one at the top and at least 3 smaller ones hanging from the large one) in each wind chime (Max=7 pieces).

Step #3: After being introduced to the clay processes, techniques and vocabulary, you may begin constructing your wind chime. Make sure to use the clay tools and techniques properly to ensure your wind chime survives the kiln. Challenge yourself to use 3 clay construction techniques (slab, pinch, coil) and additive and subtractive methods.

Step #4: Every clay piece you have created needs to have your initials and class period carved somewhere you will remember. Keep it small. Also make sure you have decorated both sides and all edges of your wind chime pieces. Once finished constructing, place your clay pieces on the shelves to dry before bisque firing in the kiln.

Step #5: After your clay wind chime pieces have been bisque fired, they are ready to be painted. We will add color to each piece using acrylic paint. Remember to stick to your theme as all the pieces must fit together.

Step #6: After painting, we will string all wind chime pieces together and prepare for display. Don't forget to fill out your name tag and rubric.

ELEMENTS: TEXTURE, line, shape, color, form, space, value

IB AOI: Environment

Guiding Question: "How do our values, beliefs and interests shape art and culture?" "How do I express my values, beliefs and interests in my environment?"

Interdisciplinary: Science

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Painting: "Moving Line Design"

A fun eye-catching design activity... Do you appreciate the simplicity of a line?

Step #1: Discussion and practice of "What is a line?" Quickly sketch various lines.

Step #2: On your paper, start by drawing a curve line acros the paper. Think rolling hill...not roller coaster!

Step #3: Next, add 8 dots across the line.  They could be (should be) at different lengths apart.  You need a dot close to the edges of your paper. 

Step #4: Then start connecting the dots.  The dots close to the edge will go off the edge of the paper to an imaginary dot.  You can not cross over any lines.  However, you can share a line as you begin going up and out.  The lines should be taken off the edge of the paper as you extend outwards.  Some sections may be pinched off as other sections grow larger...and that is totally ok. 

Step #5: Once all dots are connected and the page is filled with a crazy eye-catching design, you should pick a group of colors that work well together (example: warm colors, cool colors, secondary colors, primary colors, etc.). We will be painting the open areas within the design using the chosen colors. Value will be studied and how to make paint colors lighter and darker by using tints and shades.

Step #6: Mount your dry project on to either black or white paper to leave a 2" border around all sides of the project. Fill out your rubric and name tag. Tape your name tag to the bottom right corner of your black or white paper.

ELEMENTS: COLOR, line, shape, texture, space, value

IB AOI: Approaches to Learning

Guiding Question: "How does/can art tease our eye and mind, if at all?"

Interdisciplinary: Math

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 3


Ceramics &/or Printmaking: "Wall Pointlism"

Modern Clay...Fun for anywhere!

Step #1: Investigate the art of Gregory Story. Build an understanding of his modern art and discover possibilities for personal modern art.

Step #2: Plan ideas for your own modern art in your "DW." Develop at least 3 plans for modern art (for your wall, table, or floor) ideas. After deciding on the number of pieces and shapes and sizes you would like to create, begin planning designs, details and textures for your pieces. Sketch your favorite/final plan to the size of your pieces so that they can be easily tranfered on to a piece of linoleum.

Step #3: Transfer your design on to the linoleum. Carve away the areas you do not want to be raised on your clay pieces. Make sure to carve deep enough that you will be able to tell a difference between the clay areas (raised/recessed).

Step #4: Using proper clay construction techniques, print your design on to your piece of clay. Apply enough pressure so the deisgn transfer but not too much that you ruin your clay piece. Carve initials and class period in to the piece and set on class period shelf to dry and be bisque fired.

Step #5: After your pieces have been bisque fired, decide on the colors you want your pieces to be (specific selection depends on the glaze colors available). Apply 3 coats of each color to your bisque fired pieces being careful not to mix/overlap different colors. Again, place your glazed pieces on your correct class period shelf to be cone fired in the kiln.

Step #6: Fill out your rubric and name tag for display. Add string or any other pieces necessary for hanging (if created a wall series).

ELEMENTS: LINE, shape, color, texture, form, space

IB AOI: Environments

Guiding Question: "How can I use the resources around me to create art?" "What resources do different environments provide?"

Interdisciplinary: Science

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Mixed Media: "Pastel Fresco Secco"

History is greatly indebted to Fresco painting...and still exists today.

Step #1: Our subject matter for this project will be nature based. We will begin by searching for an appealing image of things found in nature. This may include leaves, trees, rocks along the river, the beach, etc. After finding the image/photo of choice, students will practice drawing that image in thier "DW."

Step #2: Cut the desired size and shape of burlap for your Fresco Secco and apply wet plaster to it. Make sure to smooth the top of your plaster and apply pressure so that the plaster begins to mix with the burlap. Make sure you don't cover the burlap completely. You will want some burlap to show around the edges of the plaster.

Step #3: Let the plaster dry on to the burlap. Once dry, if necessary, use sand paper to smooth down any particularly rough areas. Dampen the surface of the plaster slightly with a sponge or spray bottle.

Step #4: While the plaster remains damp, draw your subject matter in to the plaster. Be careful! Mistakes are hard to fix but we can try by using a wet towel.

Step #5: Again, allow for the plaster to completely dry. Break up the plaster by either dropping it on the floor or bending it to break the plaster in to smaller pieces. This gives it an "antiqued" look. "Antique" to your desired amount. If you want it to look really old, break it up in to many pieces...only a few cracks won't make it look quite so old.

Step #6: Seal all the cracks with elmers liquid glue. Pour glue on to the surface of the cracked plaster. Using cardboard pieces or craft sticks, smear the glue covering the surface of the plaster to seal all cracks from the "antiquing" process. Once the front is dry, turn it over and coat the back with glue as well.

Step #7: Can mount the art on matboard for display. Complete your rubric and name tag.

ELEMENTS: VALUE, line, shape, color, texture, space

IB AOI: Human Ingenuity, Health & Social

Guiding Question: "How and why has art changed over time?", "Why do we create the things we do?", "What are the consequences of our creations?"

Interdisciplinary: Social Studies, History

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Jewelry: "Soda Tab Pendants"

Recycling can be fun and beautiful!

Step #1: Recycle! Bring in a variety (size, color, shape) of soda tabs for use in creating your jewelry.

Step #2: In your "DW," sketch at least 3 different ideas for your new jewelry. Include: color and size of wire, color and size of bead, or anything else you have or want to include in your soda tab pendant.

Step #3: Using the correct supplies and tools, begin creating your pendant. Craftsmanship will be extremely important in this project. Wrap the wire nicely around the soda tab. Add your bead or charm carefully to the inside of the tab...or do you want a charm hanging from the soda tab...?

Step #4: Using string or cord, tie your soda tab pendant to it and adjust to the length you would like.

Step #5: Fill out your rubric and name tag.

Step #6: Enjoy! If you're not interested in wearing your soda tab pendant, they are a great gift for someone special!

*If we have time and the resources, we will make more pendants or perhaps we'll try creating earrings to go with your pendant!

ELEMENTS: SPACE, line, shape, color, texture, form

IB AOI: Environment

Guiding Question: "How does art help our environment?" "What are the consequences of our creations?"


Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 3, 4


Design/Tech: "Denver Charity Logo and Invitation"

Serving our community.

Step #1: Using the provided resources linked below, research the many local accredited charities existing in our metro area. Find a couple you are interested in &/or that has some significance to you. Research these organizations and become more familiar with them...What do they do? Who do they help? Where are they located? ETC. Use your "DW" to keep track of your infromation...In other words, take notes!

Step #2: Decide what organization you would like to work with/associate with. Based upon your gained knowledge from your research, develop an event that this organization may hold in order to continue in their efforts of helping others. Record your idea in your "DW." Include: Name of the event, when and where the event will be held, what will be happening at this event, what the proceeds are going toward, etc.

Step #3: In your "DW" begin sketching ideas for a logo for your chosen event. Sketch at least 3 different plans so that you have a variety to choose from and can pick your best one. Add color to your sketches. Once deciding on your strongest logo, you will need to develop an invitation for this event. Again, sketch at least 3 different plans so that you have a variety to choose from. Make sure to pick your best one.

Step #4: Once all sketches have been completed and you have chosen your strongest ones, we will be moving to the computer lab to generate your ideas using technology. Using software programs such as Photoshop, we will create your logo. If any adjustments need to be made, we can do this at this time. Once creating your logo using technology, we will then create your invitation.

Step #5: Logos and Invitations must be submitted in the correct class period folder in the ART dropbox on the server. In addition to submitting your electronic versions, you will also turn in your "DW."

Step #6: Complete your rubric and name tag.

ELEMENTS: line, shape, color, texture, form, space, value

IB AOI: Community & Service

Guiding Question: "How can I positively contribute to my community?"

Interdisciplinary: Technology

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, 4


Sketchbook: "Developmental Workbook"

As we investigate, plan/design, create, and evaluate each project this semester, students will have their own sketchbook (provided) to use like a journal recording their thoughts, ideas, information, etc. In addition to each project grade, students will also be given a grade (after each project) for the work done in their developmental workbook. Grades will be determined based upon the inclusion of the following required information: 1) The IB Design Cycle: A) Investigation B) Plan/Design, C) Creation, D) Evaluation, 2) Grading Rubric, and 3) Self-Evaluation explaining what went well and what should have done differently. This sketchbook is extremely important and will be used regularly throughout the semester in art.

Elements of Art: line, shape, color, texture, form, space, value

IB: Approaches to Learning: "How do I communicate my understanding?"

Interdisciplinary: Language Arts

Colorado Visual Art GLEs : 1, 2, 3, 4


Ceramic: Coil Pots

Step #1: A brief introduction of coil pots and the Jomon culture.  Investigate the Jomon culture and their techniques in building coil pots.

Step #2: Plan your ideas for your coil pot in your “DW.” Produce at least 4 thumbnail sketches of your coil pot.  Also sketch some different designs that can be made from coils (spirals, diagonal lines, patterns, texture, etc…). After deciding on your favorite design, begin sketching it in more detail.

Step #3: Demo of clay process, techniques, tools, and procedures. Once the teacher reviews your final plans you may start the construction of your coil pot.  Use different forms of pattern and texture within your design; consider different shapes and sizes for your design. Your piece must be at least 6” tall or wide.

Step #4: Make sure you have your initials and class period carved into your piece.  Once you have finished constructing your piece, place on the shelves to dry.

Step #5: After your piece has been bisque fired it is ready to glaze or paint (or both).  Decide on the colors you want your ceramic pot to be (may be limited by glaze or paint selection that is available). Once your piece is glazed or painted place it on the correct class period shelf.

Step #6: Reflect on the outcome of your project in your “DW.”  Fill out your rubric and name tag.

Elements and Principals of Design: Line, space, form, shape, unity

IB: Human Ingenuity

Guiding Question: When using the elements of art how can I create an aesthetically appealing and interesting piece of art has that unity and balance?

Interdisciplinary: Science, History

Colorado Visual Art Grade Level Expectations: 1, 2, 3, and 4


7th Grade Art Projects for Mrs. High is currently under construction. Please come back later.