Monday, September 14, 2020

8th Grade Art - Still Life With Charcoal

 In 8th Grade students are studying the six different types of value

  1. Highlight (brightest region on a form)
  2. Midtones (extend from the highlight to the transitional light
  3. Transitional Light (Region between the midtones and the core shadow
  4. Core Shadow (Darkest region on the form - furthest from the light source)
  5. Reflective Light (A light region along the bottom of the form that is caused by the light source reflecting of another surface.)
  6. Cast Shadow (Dark region that is casted onto another surface.)
  7. Contrast (We use constrasting light in the background to make our forms pop off the page)
Standards:
National Core Fine Art Standards: VA:Cr2.1.8a
Montana Visual Art Standards: Creating AS:2 7th-8th

Student Examples:

Friday, September 11, 2020

7th Grade Art - 12 Colors + Black Abstract Self Portrait

In 7th Grade we have been working on learning color mixing, and abstract art. Students are given only the primary colors, and then they are mixing their secondary, tertiary, and their own black. 
The students are to use the whole sheet of a 15 in. x 19 in. piece of paper, and create an abstract image. 

At the end of this project students will be able to:
  1. Define Analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel)
  2. Define Primary colors
  3. Know how to mix secondary colors
  4. Know how to mix tertiary colors
  5. Define complimentary (colors opposite of each other on the color wheel).
  6. Know how to mix black using complimentary colors.
Criteria:
  • Students must use the whole sheet of paper
  • The self portrait must be abstract
  • The student will demonstrate mixing all 9 colors + black by using shapes
  • Students are not allow to create blends of colors unless all of the 12 colors + black have been established
  • Tints, tones, or shades may be used only after the 9 colors have been established
  • The project must be neat and have a polished quality
Standards:
National Core Fine Art Standards: VACr2.1.7a, VA:Cr2.3.7a
Montana Visual Art Standards: Creating AS:2 7th-8th

Student Example:


Thursday, September 3, 2020

1st Assignment 7th and 8th Grade

Jump to the 8th Grade Assignment 


7th Grade

Today in 7th Grade we are creating postcards using watercolor as our medium. Below are the instructions and notes that we created in class. We will be using six different watercolor techniques to create our postcards. 

When the assignment is completed the student will be able to explain each of the techniques, and where they were used. 

Standards:
Montana OPI 
Creating: AS 1 (6-8), AS 2 (9-12), AS 3 (9-12)

National Visual Art Standards:
Creating: VA:Cr1.2.7a, VA:Cr2.3.7a

Watercolor Painting
  1. Introduction to six watercolor techniques:
    1. Wash - a wash is used to establish a background or to paint an area quickly and evenly
      1. Wet the paper with a wash brush and then paint with a puddle of light watercolor
    2. Dry Brush - allows you to make crisp edges with your paintbrush
      1. Keep the paper dry and then using your puddle of watercolor paint a line or an area
      2. creates hard edges
    3. Wet-In-Wet - is used to create feather, or blurred edges
      1. paint with clean water or use an existing wet area of wet watercolor paint a line or an area
      2. creates soft feathery edges
    4. Lifting - this technique allows you to remove or "lift" paint pigment off the paper
      1. Two types of lifting
        1. When the watercolor is wet - simply take a clean dry brush and absorb the wet paint. 
        2. When the watercolor is dry - take clean water and gently rub the area of dry watercolor pigment that you wish to lift out. Then go back with a clean dry brush and then lift out the watercolor pigment. 
    5. Glaze - this is when you paint another transparent layer of watercolor over the top of a dry layer of watercolor
    6. Drop-In-Color - paint with clean water in an area or using a wet area of watercolor on your paper, simply drop in other colors to make an interesting blend of color. (Mixing on paper)

For this project we will be creating a postcard that is painted in plein air (in the open air) in the Wildcat Garden. Students must use all six techniques, and be able to explain these upon completion of their painting. 

8th Grade - Color Theory

Standards:
Montana OPI 
Creating: AS 1 (6-8), AS 2 (9-12), AS 3 (9-12)
National Visual Art Standards:
Creating: VA:Cr:AS, #2, #3

In 8th grade we are reviewing color theory. We are revising color mixing. By the end of this small project students will be able to mix secondary colors, tertiary colors, and their own black. We will use these hues to create a stained glass like scene.
Students will create a line drawing that depicts some type of natural scene. Here is the example of what I drew in class:
I numbered each area that I wish to put color for demonstration purposes since I need 12 colors. Your painting will not have numbers. Below are the requirements for this project:
  1. You can only use the primary colors out of the tube or bottle. No other manufactured colors can be used. Meaning you have to mix your own secondary colors, tertiary colors, and black.
  2. In your painting, no two colors can touch. If you notice my drawing I have white space in between my numbers.
  3. You painting will look like stained glass except their will be white space in between the colors that you paint.
  4. Your painting should be neat with a minimal amount of visible brushstrokes. (Take your brush for a walk!)
  5. Upon completion you will have to identify all 12 colors, and where your black is located in your painting.

Student Examples: (Two completed projects and one in process)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Welcome Back to School!

 Well, it's been a long time coming, and I hope you had an amazing summer! I'm super excited to get back into the classroom, and to be able to work with all of you! Below is a list of supplies that you will need. There are two different lists so please read carefully! 

One list is for face to face in school, and the other is a list just in case we need to switch back to online distance education. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you in class, and I'm excited to see what you create this year!

7th & 8th Grade Art Supplies 20/21 (Ritter)

Face to Face Supply List - (These items can be found at: Jo-Ann Fabric, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or in the student book store on the campus of FVCC) 
  • 1 - Box of Facial Tissue (Kleenix) -- Homeroom only
  • 1 - 8 in. x 11 in or bigger all purpose sketchbook with no lines
  • 1 - Single subject Spiral notebook
  • 1 - Folder with pockets
  • Pencil or pen
  • 2 - Face Masks (in case one gets wet or dirty)
Online Distance Education Art Supplies (These items can be found at: Jo-Ann Fabric, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or in the student book store on the campus of FVCC) 

(These are ONLY needed if we move to online distance learning):

  • 1 - 8 in. x 11 in. or bigger all purpose sketchbook with no lines
  • Watercolor Pad 80lb
  • 12 Color Oil Pastels
  • 6 - 12 Watercolor paint set - small tubes, not the kids set.
  • 2 - watercolor paint brushes of varying size
  • Color Pencils
  • 1 - small bottle of Mod Podge - Any kind
  • 1 - pair of scissors