• Advanced Art Projects                              memory project


    All students write an artist statement at the end of the trimester. Based on their work or themes they explored throughout the trimester. At the end of each trimester, students are responsible for planning and executing their own free choice project. This project should take about 1-2 weeks. Students are responsible for completing at least 6 projects per trimester, although more are available for those who work more swiftly.


    Sketchbook Ideas: Paste in interesting swatches of color, text, quotes that are meaningful to you, write down questions that provoke new ideas, list reflective thoughts


    Sketchbook Design Extension: Choose a 2” x 2” square from a journal sketch, grid a larger paper separate from journal and trace the 2” x 2” square on the larger page, repeating it in each square. Add one color to enhance the design.


    Picture Library: Keep a picture library of images you like or are drawn to for inspiration in your own art. Save these photos in an EBook on your iPad. This will be turned in for a grade at the end of each trimester. You must have at least 5 images in each category:



    • Drawings I like
    • Paintings I like
    • Sculptures I like


    Drawing Unit:

    Drawing Exercises: Draw a paper bag/plastic bag using charcoal. Incorporate shading into the drawing.

    Art supply drawing: Find some art supplies in the room (at least 6). Set them up as a small still life for yourself and sketch them in pencil. Incorporate shading into the drawing and utilize a blending stump. Introduce Sketch and Wash Pencils.

    Off campus drawings of houses: We will walk off campus into the neighborhood and sketch homes, looking at perspective and details. We will turn one of our sketches into a more finished drawing, incorporating chalk pastel/colored pencil/pen.

    Off campus drawings of Tinker Park: We will walk to tinker park and sketch the play equipment. This is good practice for shading techniques as well as perspective. We will turn one of our drawings into a more finished charcoal drawing.

    Memory Project: Using the grid technique, draw a portrait of an orphan from another country. We will get video footage back of the children receiving their portraits. Artist: Kehinde Wiley : portraits of hip hop artists. Often uses patterns in the background.

    Perspective Drawing: Practice drawing a few books that are stacked using contour line. You may need or want a ruler. Once comfortable, find a photograph of stairs (or take a photograph) that are interesting (spiral stairs, etc) and draw them keeping perspective in mind. Incorporate shading into the drawing and important contextual elements, so the finished product is not only stairs.

    Pencil Drawing: Take a square section of photograph you took (of a person’s face, animal’s face, or something that has significant shadows) and redraw it larger on paper. We will use large HP printer paper from the art room. 24” x 24”

    Oil Pastel Drawing of a Mode of Transportation: Skateboard, bike, car, self-driving car, bus, truck, train, airplane, or spaceship.  If possible, sketch from real life.

    Refrigerator Project: Take a photo of the inside of your refrigerator at your home (s). Take a few photos so that you have some choices. Draw the inside of the refrigerator, based on your photograph. Incorporate color into your drawing using colored pencil.

    Sculpture Unit:

    Every student will get one week to work on the pottery wheel and will be able to keep 3 pieces made on the wheel that will then be glazed.

    3D Printed Object: Create your own simple 3D printed object using one of our 3D printers at school.

    Large Bowl/Vase with relief Texture: Create a large bowl or vase using either the pinch pot or slab techniques. Burnish the surface so that it is very smooth. Incorporate surface texture by way of relief sculpture throughout the bowl/vase. The sculpture should have a unifying theme.

    Sculpted Box Tribute: If you could make a sculpted tribute to someone or to yourself, what would it be and why? Incorporate at least 1 relief sculpture on any side of the box. Each side must have designs that relate to each other and bring unity to the box. Use slab technique. Artist Paa Joe Untitled (Golden African Eagle) 2010

    Masking Tape Sculpture: Use masking tape as the sole sculpting material for a sculpture. Ideas might include sculpting a shoe, sculpting an animal, or sculpting a face. Free choice. Must include a sketch of intended sculpture and allow some time for practice with the masking tape material. Look at the art of Mark Jenkins. For packing tape sculptures, use tape with sticky side facing out on first layer and subsequent layers have tape facing inward.

    Painting Unit:

    Skills of a Painter:

    PLAN: decide on what order you must complete tasks

    FLEXIBILITY: improvising and responding to insight or inspiration

    RESEARCH SKILLS: use others’ experiences to improve your work

    FOCUS: concentration is key

    ENVISION: be able to foresee possible outcomes

    TEMPERAMENT: be aware of the emotional tendencies that guide you

    Gouache Painting: Choose an endangered species to draw and then paint using gouache. Gouache is similar to tempera and like a thick watercolor. Incorporate dry brush into your painting to depict fur, scales, etc.  

    Acrylics: Create an underpainting on canvas or paper. Over the underpainting, create your painting, allowing some of the underpainting to show through. In Ms. K’s art, she depicts trees over an underpainting. You may choose the subject.

    Acrylics: Shiny Object Painting: Paint an object that is shiny. Use what you have learned to create the shiny effect. Ms K will demo some techniques.

    Acrylic Painting/ Dynamic Food Painting: Choose a food to sketch (Ms. K. will bring in some for photographing/sketching) sketch on canvas and paint. Incorporate significant details. Sliced fruit should be included.

    Watercolor Painting of Clothing: Take a favorite outfit of yours from home. Photograph it laid out on the floor or crumpled on the floor in a pile. Ideally, you want some folds in the fabric. Sketch your outfit on paper back in class and then use watercolor techniques to bring it to life.

    Animal Shelter Paintings/Drawings: We will visit an animal shelter and take photos of the animals there. These photos will be used as a basis for a painting or drawing with a message to raise awareness for the local animal shelter.

    Abstract Painting: create a painting with at least 4 layers that includes different types of lines or marks, shapes of color, an underpainting, and anything else you are thinking. Look at Artist: Julie Mehretu for inspiration, painting: Stadia II 2004. Watch Art21 episode on her to learn more

    Mural Painting: Design a mural for your bedroom (interpret this as it fits you best). What would you design for one wall? Do a detailed sketch of the mural you would dream of painting. Look at the murals Ms. K painted in her kids’ bedroom. Your ideas may be used for the school mural outside this year.

    GROUP MURAL: Painting the climbing wall in the gym

    Painting another mural on campus


    Printmaking Unit:

    Block Printing: Using a 6” x 6” Block, carve a design into your block. The subject should touch at least one side of your block. Incorporate hatching or cross-hatching. Print black and white and print an image multiple times on white paper. Prepare at least 3 pieces of printing paper with collage, watercolor underpainting, or other pattern or design that will enhance your image.

    Group Block Print: In small groups, create a large creature using rubber blocks. The blocks are put together to form the creature. Each person is responsible for a head or hand or fingers etc.

    Monotype Printing: Create a drawing on paper (suggestion is nature themed). Lay a clear plexiGlas plate over your original drawing. Mix printmaking ink with gel medium to create a more transparent effect. Use brayer to paint over plexiGlas. Use back of paint brush, q-tip to take away paint on the Plexi. Use a thin brush to add paint of another color. Scratch into the paint, dab, use a cloth to experiment with this technique. Print the image. Try also to print a ghost image and then paint more into the ghost image to experiment with a different effect.

    Downtown Rubbings and Painting: We will take a walking field trip to downtown. You will create rubbings from one particular store or restaurant that captures your attention. Take notes/photos of the store from various angles. Incorporate the rubbings you did into a collage. Paint the store on top of the rubbings, making sure some of them still show through.


    Mixed Media Unit:

    Environmental Impact: You will create a piece of art (sculpture, drawing, painting, that interacts with the environment of the school. Last year, I had a student that created very small people that she hung from trees, etc. Photograph your art in its environment.