• 6th Grade Art Projects                    man  

    1. Choice Art Drawing: introduce drawing techniques and a box with drawing supplies. In the bin there will be: pencils, erasers, charcoal pencils, charcoal, colored pencil (show how to layer colored pencils), create small texture boards using gesso and texture tools.
      1. Line making, mark making, zentangles
      2. Shading a round object, shading more complex items
      3. Shading with chalk pastel--use of opposite color to shade
      4. Shading with colored pencils, focus on layering colored pencils
      5. Introduce grid drawing technique to create a longer drawing.
      6. Introduce graffiti lettering technique and 3D or 1 point perspective.

    Students will create a longer drawing that last at least 3 class periods of the subject of their choice. Good ideas are using grid to draw or graffiti lettering that shows perspective.

    1. Sculpture in clay. Students are introduced to clay techniques and practice them for a couple of days.
    1. Teach students how to connect clay with scoring and vinegar.
    2. Teach student slab technique.
    3. Show them how to create a mug after a day of playing with clay.
    4. Teach sgraffito technique---drawing into clay.

    Students will create a slab for mug that incorporates something personal: cartoon mug, name mug, etc.

    1. Dessert Sculpture: Dropped Icecream Cone or Pie Sculpture or other sweet dessert. Look at the art of Wayne Thiebaud and Claus Oldenburg to kick off the project.

    Students choose one of the above projects to create using clay. This unit follows the clay unit.

    1. Animal Drawing/Painting: Watercolors: Students are introduced to color mixing and blending.
    2. Students are introduced to watercolor techniques including using a resist, salt, showing shading.
    3. Students choose an animal to draw.
    4. Students will add color to the animal using colored pencil techniques to create rich tones. They will paint the background in watercolors.


    1. Watercolor Still Life
    2. Students will draw a still life and use watercolor techniques to paint it.


    1. Divided Mixed Media Project: Students create a longer 3 day project that uses different media. It should include at least 3 techniques they practiced. Subject is their choice, but must include depth. Ideas for subjects include a landscape and a monochromatic painting of something. Students can use the light table to trace an image and divide that image into sections. Each sections is painted with a different technique (pencil, watercolors, acrylics, collage).


    1. Design Thinking. Kick off with educator from Magical Bridge Playgrounds. Students will work together to create a sculpture just from found objects and cardboard. Students are given one day to experiment with the medium and then must create a sculpture from materials provided by Ms. K.


    1. The inclusive playground must be designed with a user in mind.
    2. When finished, students will create a shrt advertisement to sell or market their playground ideas.


    1. Metamorphosis Project: Students choose something to draw using the techniques they learned this trimester. They need to incorporate shading into their drawing. Ideas are: a shoe, an animal, a landscape, a building. Students only use pencil to create the drawing with no color added except for the background. Then, students create a second drawing or painting or collage based on the shapes of the original drawing.


    1. Collage: Look at the collages of Charlie Harper and create your own cut or torn paper collages of the subject of your choice. Use different colors of paper and textures to create depth in your piece and include a background in your collage. This may become a sculpture assignments making birds or animals from recycled materials.