• 6th Grade Art Projects                    man


    *Zentangle: Zentangles will be the project to work on when Ms. K. is absent.

    Below is a basic outline for the 6th Grade Wheel Art class. The course is 6 weeks long and meets every 5th or 6th period, depending when you have art. This class prepares you for the more focused 7th and 8th grade art and photography courses.


    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. Choice Art: 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. Revisiting Materials: Sculpture
    1. Students create a miniature face and learn how to sculpt eyes, nose, lips, ears of a human.
    2. Students create a miniature face of an animal and learn how to create eyes, nose/snout, ears, mouth of an animal.
    3. Moracca: students create a moracca that really works.

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


    1. Choice Art Painting: Watercolors and temperas. Students are introduced to color mixing and blending with tempera paints.
    1. Students are introduced to watercolor techniques including using a resist, salt, showing shading.
    2. Students are introduced to tempera paint and how to shade with these paints, including trying to shade with the opposite color. Paints are poured at the station and students mix on cafeteria trays to make own colors.

    Students create a longer 3 day project that uses either watercolors or temperas. It should include at least 2 techniques they practiced. Subject is their choice, but must include depth. Ideas for subjects include a landscape for watercolors (show calendars) 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 tone.


    1. Choice Art: Project Based Learning, integrating art with math and science. Kick off with educator from Magical Bridge Playgrounds. Students will learn about inclusive playgrounds like Magical Bridge Playground.  We will begin by looking at typical playgrounds and Tinker Park to discuss how playgrounds are used and by whom. We will also draw at the playground to understand perspective better.


    1. Students will work in small groups to create scale drawings of their playgrounds.
    2. Students will create cardboard models or sculptures of their playground section .
    3. Students will write an advertisement for their inclusive playground.


    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.