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. Below you will find links to any handouts given in class and a list of projects, possible tips/suggestions and study guide for quiz.
As a reminder, there is a 10% penalty for assignments turned in 2 class 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.Project Rubric
Click the above link to access the Project Rubric. Remember part of your grade is filling out the ENTIRE rubric (all 7 parts!)Art History
Click the link above to access the instructions for the Art History paper. It can also be found on our Google Classroom. Remember, you should turn in through Google Classroom - If this is a problem just turn in typed to Mrs. Young.
ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES PACKET
CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES PACKET.
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 zoomed in on. It 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)
2-POINT PERSPECTIVE TREEHOUSE
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!
PAPER MACHE FOOD SCULPTURE
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.
On the last day of the trimester, there will be a quiz covering information learned throughout the trimester. Below you will find some guidelines for studying:
A majority of the test will be on the Elements and Principles of Art (refer to packet – the first 7 are Elements, the next 7 are Principles). You do not need to memorize the entire packet, but should be familiar with the terms and have a basic understanding of what each element and principle means.
Review Street/Graffiti artists discussed in class – Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Keith Haring and Banksy. Review the notes you took in class.
There will be some questions about the projects we’ve done this trimester, reflect on the process you went through and connection to Elements and Principles of Art