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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mrs. Young
Art Cycle/Art Elective - Martino Jr. High


In Art Cycle, students will investigate various artists and combine the technical skills learned from the Elements & Principles of Art to create their own personal works of art.  This class is required as part of the 8th grade cycle for one trimester. 


Due Dates for assignments can be found on PowerSchool.  Be sure to check Google Classroom for some project references, assignments and the E-Portfolio.


Every student will be assigned an Electronic Portfolio via Google Classroom.  This is where students will digitally turn in their projects.  All projects will be required to have a completed Formative Assessment (midway through project), a Glow/Grow peer critique, Summative Assessment (end of project) and a rubric.  Students will also turn in their actual project in the appropriate bin inside the art room. 


As a reminder, there is a 10% penalty for assignments turned in 2 days late (i.e. assignment due Monday can be turned in at the start of Wednesday's class with no penalty, after that 10% penalty applies until Friday's class when the 50% penalty begins).  After that the penalty is 50%.  Students are encouraged to work during lunch/advisory, individually scheduled before school time, after school on Open Studio Club days, or check out supplies to work on at home.  


Click on the links for the youtube videos we watched in class about 3 street artists, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey (OBEY), and Banksy.



As you can see in the above examples, this project gives you the opportunity to express a message that you are passionate about.  This can be something that encourages you, upsets you, or simply raises awareness.  You are required to use graffiti style (exaggerated) lettering, at least 3 different zentangles (min. 3-step pattern, LOTS of examples online).  

Focus on the following elements and principles of art: Emphasis (what is your focal point? what is drawing viewers in?), Pattern (zentangles), Color, Form/Shape (lettering), Balance, Movement (what leads the viewers eye around your piece?)



As you can see in the above examples, the manikin figure has been assigned as the reference image.  It is zoomed in on and has been positioned in an interesting or meaningful way.  You must also choose a color scheme (look at your packet for ideas)  The image on the left shows a monochromatic blue scheme and the image on the right shows a primary color scheme.

Craftsmanship (neatness) is VERY important for this project.  Use scratch paper to cover areas you aren't working on so your hand doesn't smear the oil pastel.  BLENDING is also VERY important.  Be sure to layer various shades of a color so that you can build up the surface and transition smoothly from one value/color to the next.  NO STRIPES!  Overlap when you change colors - always make sure you can see at least one highlight, one midtone and one shadow (light, medium, dark)



This project focuses on creating a treehouse utilizing 2-point perspective.  You are expected to accurately represent that technique in all areas of your drawing.  Remember, nearly every line will either go to a vanishing point, be perfectly vertical or be perfectly horizontal.  As you near the horizon line, be sure to make details smaller so they appear farther away.

Part of this assignment is including details that would help the view know who lives in this treehouse.  Is this your childhood self? Future self? Current self?  The Chicago Bears?  A family of bears?  How would we know?  

Also, remember your viewpoint.  We are looking up at this treehouse so from the ground, the base of the tree will appear larger and diminish in size as it reaches into the sky.

Craftsmanship is key!



In the above examples, you can see that the theme for this project is food.  Creativity and craftsmanship are very important for this project.  You are welcome to use additional supplies to accent/enhance your piece after paper mache.