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2010-2011 Visual Arts - Term 1 2010-2011

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*Be sure to check below for all your assignments.  The calendar will have all the due dates.

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*Below is a list of most assignments we have had in English this year.

     -Just click on the link and you will have a copy of the assignment or you may even watch some of the videos I have shown you in class.

*If you cannot open a link or if the assignment you are looking for is not in this list then please ask for help and I will provide you a copy.

*You can ask for help anytime during school hours or contact me at jewert@esd.mb.ca if you have any question.

*If you have any trouble watching any of the videos try VLC media player.


Lesson Materials
Activities and Assignment 
Due Date
Art Elements
Handout, presentation, internet
We discussed the elements of art and observe examples.  Students observed these traits and were provided notes.  There is no assignment for this concept at this time.
In- class project  - pencils, paper

-We discussed how value is used to create the illusion of form when sketching 3-dimensional objects.  Students practiced using this skill during class time.

-Assignment #1 - 10 degrees of shading

-Assignment #2 - Represent 4 solids using value to create form

-Final project at end of term.
In-class project - pastels, paper

-We discussed how value is used in creating form.   Using pastels, we experimented with value.  Students were asked to represent form without the use of line.  This was done using shading/value to represent line.

-Assignment #3 - Implied line using value (charcoal) - Students will create a work without any lines.  They will use charcoal to adjust value to create the illusion of form without the use of line.

-Final project at end of term.
Shadows, shading, and value to create form  

-Assignment #4 - Recreate an existing work of art that incorporates the use of value to create form.  Students find an existing work to print and recreate using either charcoal or pencils.

-Final project at end of term.
Using shapes to initiathue form paper, pencils, samples

-We discussed how shapes can be used to create the original form for sketches.  Shapes are usful for getting an immediate feel for size, proportion, and balance. 

-Assignment #5 - Recreate 5 human forms and 1 inorganic form using only shapes to create a "thumbnail" sketch.

    -Students are provided access to the internet to find sample human poses and on example of an inorganic form (architecture, vehicle, or other smaller objects).  Students are asked to print the original picture to coincide their reproduction. 

-Final project at end of term.
One-point perspective with shapes -paper, pencils, ruler

-We observed how perspective is used to create the illusion of 3-d on a 2-d surface.  

-Assignement #6 - Create a one-point perspective of 3-d shapes with a centred vanishing point.  This project will be shaded using differing values to create the illusion of form. 

-Final project at end of term.
Two-point perspective city -paper, pencils, ruler

-We observe how perspective can work with two vanishing points.  

-Assignment #7 - Create a two-point perspective of 3-d buildings to create your own original city. 

-Final project at end of term.
Colour Wheel -paper, acrylic paints, brushes

-We observed how all colours can be created using only the primary colours.

-Assignment #8 - Create a colour wheen including primary, secondary, and intermediate colours. 

-Final project at end of term.
Painting to Music -Recording of Gustav Holst: The Planets, watercolour paint supplies

-We have been discussing how colour can be used to affect mood.  Today we listened to Holst' musical representation of the planets in our solar system.  Students chose not only colour to fit the music but also patterns, brush techniques and many other aspects.

-Assignment #9 - Choose 4 responses of "painting to music" to Holst'  "The Planets".  Create 4 additional "painting to music" pieces with music of your own choice.  Be sure to include a brief write-up telling about each piece of music (to be included with your pieces)

-Final project at end of term. 
Silhuette a single colourPaintings -Acrylic paints and supplies

-We discussed how colours can be used to create monochromatic paintings by mixing white and black into the existing paint colour. 

-Assignment #10 - Create 3 tints and 3 shades of  the colour of their choice.  These colours are used to create a background.  Then the student superimposes a black silhuette to create a dramatic painting.

-Final project at end of term. 
Facial Features -pencil, papers, and samples

-Assignment #11 - Students were asked to create 3 samples of each facial feature with at least sample from an original source. 

Click on the links below for instructional videos on drawing facial features.











-Final project at end of term. 


Self Portrait -personal choice of supplies

--Assignment #12 - Students were assigned to complete a realistic self-portrait using either a photo of themselves or a mirror.  They are to choose whichever supplies they are interested in using to engage in this project. 

-Final project at end of term. 
Stencil cut #1 -cutting surface, xacto knife, various coloured paper, a steady hand.

-Students began to experiment with various cuts they could create with the provided materials using not only varying shapes but also depths, and patterns. 

-Assignment #13 – use a cutting mat and xacto knife to create a stencil cut with 2-5 layers of design to create a stencil mosaic. 



-Final project at end of term.
Stencil cut #2 -cutting surface, xacto knife, various coloured paper, a steady hand.

-Assignment #14 –

a) Using the stencil medium create a 3 layer work.  Layer #1 is the innermost layer, layer #2 is the middle, and layer #3 is the outermost layer.  When put together they will draw the observers eye into the centre of the piece.  As the middle of each layer is cut away it becomes negative space.

b) Using the “negative space” that was cut from the first part of this piece students create the inverse of it.  By doing this the “negative space” becomes “positive space”.

*Once both pieces are completed they are mounted on a larger paper side-by-side to create a contrasting stencil of “positive” and “negative” space.


-Final project at end of term (Nov. 12 at the very latest).
Personal Stencil Portrait -self-pic, xacto knife, cuting board, a willingness to create a positive use of negative space.

-Assignment #15 - Students are to take a digital photograph of themselves and then use photoshop elements to turn it into a stencil cut. This can be printed out and then laid upon othher paper to create a living stencil of their own portrait.

-Final project at end of term (Nov. 12 at the very latest). 
Plaster Hand -Plaster of Paris, patience, a steady hand.

-We observed how plaster can be used to create a mold of an object.  Students practiced using plaster of paris by making a plaster caste of their hand. 

-Assignment #16 – Students are to create a plaster hand to practice the art of plaster mold.  Once complete they are to paint their creation.


-Final project at end of term (Nov. 12 at the very latest).
Face Masks -Plaster of Paris, newspaper, papier mache solution, playdough, etc.

-Students extended their prior knowledge of plaster and casting to create their own plaster mask.  These will later be used as a mold for their second mask out of papier mache.

-Assignment #17 and 18 – Students will create 2 masks complete with paint and any finishing touches necessary to create an engaging finished project.

-Suggestions for the masks include…

- using plaster to create a mask of the artists own face, sand it down smooth and paint.

-using the plaster mask as a base for a papier mache mask.

-building a paper mache mask using wadded paper as a base.

*for all options students are encouraged to use home-made playdough or clay in order to make molded features to create an elaborate mask.


*Follow the links below for some online information that may help with this project.

-show video about papier mache masks.


                -sample picture of a mask with exaggerated features


                                -show how this may be achieved by using playdough.

                -review how a papier mache mask can be based without a plaster mask


                                -this video shows how.


-Final project at end of term (Nov. 12 at the very latest).
-Sample rubric for Visual Art pieces  -Just look at the rubric so are aware of the expectations. 


*This is a common rubric used for the student assignments outlined on this wiki.  You may note that the focus in on the level of engagement by the student as opposed to the aesthetic quality of the finished work.

*Student are also reminded that their personal portfolio consists of 35% of their final grade as it is considered a major and final project reflecting their engagement in the visual arts.  Personal portfolios are expected to contain a minimum of 25 hours of work and must include a range of at least 5 different genres, forms, or mediums of visual art. 

*All portfolios MUST be handed in by Nov. 12 in order to be included in the final assessment of Term 1.


-MANY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN REQUESTING TO HAVE OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS THEY MIGHT COMPLETE IN PLACE OF PREVIOUS MISSED ASSIGNEMENT (or as an extension of their personal portfolios).  Check out the various optional assingments listed in the cells below.  If you elect to do one of these be sure to clear it with Mr. E. first.  He will likely appreciate your willingness to succeed and support your effort.

-All due nov. 12 at latest
Masks -plaster, paper mache, clay and other materials

-many students have been enjoying making masks.  There are many options for styles of masks throughout the world.  Please click on the link below for a powerpoint of some options of mask styles that students may wish to try to recreate or inspire their own creations.

10.11.06 masks-1.ppt

-Or for those who are enjoying the art of papier mache  heck the link below for some further options


Graffiti design -web connection and personal supplies

-Many students struggle to decide what to include in their portfolio.  Click on the link below to see yet another option that many students may not have realized is a valid option for their personal art portfolio.  Please ensure to ask Mr. E for guidance on this project if it is chosen.  A proper verbal proposal is required prior to any projects being started that a student may wish to be included in their assessment. 

-Click on this link to watch the video


-Click on this link below for a website that will help you to create your graffiti fonts and help guide you to what you are looking for.


Stencil folding masterpiece -xacto knife, cut board, paper, and web

-Many students have enjoyed using stencils to create pieces of art in this class.  To those who wish to take their stencils to the next level check out the link below for a project to create an amazing stencil piece.


Self portrait in popart paint. -paint supplies in class, photoshot elements, printer

-Many students have enjoyed the various portraits we have done in class.  Here is another representation using Photoshop Elements.  By taking an original photo and using the filter options the student creates a guide to gradient painting.  Ask Mr. E for help with using this program.


Monochromatic simplistic -paper, pencils or pastels or paints.

-Using only one colour to put the focus on a certain item can create a dramatic effect to a picture.  Students are encouraged to use this to create an original piece.  They may wish to find an existing picture to recreate and then highlight the single object by making it the only coloured object in the piece.


Faces  -watercolour 

-Faces can be created using even the most minimal of lines.  Recreate 5 of these styles to make your own minimal faces using water colour.


Monochrome photography recreation/manipulation  -photshop elements and in-class paint supplies 

-Monochrome can be used to create a certain affect in a picture.  Students are encouraged to experiment with monochromatic qualities using photoshop elements to creater original photo art.  These can also easily be used as a model for paintings. Ask Mr. E for help with this to create your original.

The Sky is the Limit -Whatever is necessary to create your vision

-Many students have enjoyed their ability to create their own projects.  I highly encourage students to continue to propose their own projects.  Please ask Mr. E for help with supplies or anything that you require to create you artistic vision.

-Are you having trouble coming up with more ideas? 

*Ask Mr. E what other art supplies are available

*Or...check out this link below for almost 1000 different art ideas.



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