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Exploratory Art

Welcome to the website for Exploratory Art!  The students taking this course will rotate in for 9 weeks sessions.  Their rotation will also include Music, Gym, and Engineering. 
Middle School Art Classroom - My Craftily Ever After
For this class students just need to show up with a pencil and a desire to challenge themselves.  All supplies needed for year round art will be supplied by the instructor.
Schedule for the Week   11/15-11/19
Monday Wednesday Friday
Introduction to the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky
Compare and contrast the work of Franz Marc and Kandinsky
Students will continue painting on their 30 colors painting.  When painting the main focus is 1. Don't repeat a color
2. No browns
3. Stay in control- keep paint inside the shape.
When finished with the shapes students will paint the border black and outline the shapes in expo
Students will draw a box and make it 3-D.  Collectively we will discuss how to draw forms using a vanishing point.
Review of vocabulary in 1 point perspective.
Students will draw box forms using correct 1 point perspective.
Introduction to drawing an interior space in 1 point perspective.
Return box forms and discuss common problems students ran into.
Alphabet Challenge
The Alphabet Personified! - YouTube

Adam Bertels

Adam Bertels is a freelance illustrator from the Midwest. Take a look at his website.  One thing to notice is that while each of Bertel’s design projects represents the client with a clear and cohesive look, each project is unique to the client. His portfolio has a great variety of design skills, from his use of text and color schemes to developing characters for menus, t-shirts, and more. His portfolio shows his versatility and makes him marketable to different clients.


Take a look at Adam Bertels’s “Monsters of Rock” series. The project combines letters from the alphabet with rock musicians and bands to create one-of-a-kind illustrations. You will probably recognize some of the bands, and you could have a lot of fun creating your own illustration!

I'd like you to personify a letter of the alphabet with a musician, band, or word that starts with the same letter. For most, this will be an easy task.  You may want to design more than one letter. 



Student Examples:


Photograph your design and upload it on Microsoft Teams.

(5/4)  Andy Goldsworthy Inspired Art

student artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy


1. Reinforce the elements and principles with natural materials.

British artist, Andy Goldsworthy, is an excellent example of an artist who is not only inspired by nature but creates art using natural materials. His land art sculptures are intentionally temporary and left in their environment.


Begin by watching video clips of Goldsworthy’s work.  Identify how the artist created lines and shapes using natural materials. Point out different examples of radial, symmetrical, and asymmetrical balance.  Explain how the artist used contrasting colors or values to lead the eye around the artwork.


Goldsworthy’s process involves leaving the finished work in nature. He knows his work is only temporary, later to be destroyed in its natural environment. Think about how you feel about the quality of his work. Does the photograph become a work of art as a result? 

student working on Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork


2. Create your own land art.

You will act as a collector, sculptor, and photographer throughout the process.  You will need to gather materials from their environment to help demonstrate balance, contrast, line, shape, etc. Once collected build your own land art sculpture.
If you’re not in an area with a variety of natural materials, consider collecting items beforehand. Take a relaxing hike and pick up potential materials. Pine cones, sticks, rocks, leaves, etc. would all be useful for this project.


Once the work is complete, students should photograph their creation.  Ask students to think about how to best represent their sculpture in a single image.



3. Allow your students to reflect on their experience in nature.

Once you've completed your land art sculptures and photographed the work,  reflect on your experience. How was using natural materials different from using traditional art supplies? Was the construction of the land art more or less important to them than the photograph?



Select your best photograph of your work and upload it on teams.

Continuous Line Drawing:  (4/27)
Use a continuous contour line (you never pick your pencil off of the paper) and draw your shoe.  Submit final drawings on TEAMS.

Why Create Continuous Line Drawings-       Aside from the fact that a continuous line drawing can be a work of art in its own right, it is also a worthy drawing exercise for developing hand-eye coordination and observation skills. As artists, we need to spend a bit of time in practice to further develop our drawing skills.


The "Rules" for Continuous Line Drawing

While there should never be a set of rules for making art, there are a few parameters to make the drawing exercise most effective.


The first thing you should recognize is that no drawing will be perfect. With continuous line drawing, the imperfections will be very clear. However, it is often these very same imperfections that make the drawings so visually interesting. So, instead of avoiding the imperfections of the mark, embrace them and allow them to add a bit of character to the end result.

  1. Once you place your pen or pencil on the surface, do not remove it until the drawing is complete. Your goal is to describe the subject with one, singular line. It can become thicker and thinner in areas, but it should never break.
  2. Try to move your hand at a similar speed in which you observe the subject with your eyes. This will help to create more accurate proportions and shapes. But remember, perfection is not attainable.
  3. Do not erase. Leave the imperfections and let them be a human element in your work. (As humans, we are attracted to artifacts that are clearly made by other humans.)
  4. Repeat. Do several drawings in one sitting and try different tools. You may find that you are more comfortable completing the exercise with a graphite pencil instead of an ink pen or vice versa.
Video of Continuous Contour Line Drawing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL3LiR_pvsU

Continuous line drawing of a horse

Past Assignments listed below:  ( Feel free to pick from any of these and submit at any time.
Assignment 1:  Create a Name Design-  Check out the Google Doodles website and contest:  https://www.google.com/doodles/
Image result for name designs
Image result for name designs
Assignment #2:  Create a list of the 20 most important things in your life without using any proper names.  Look to create an icon or pictogram for each item on your list.
See how OSHA uses pictograms below:
Image result for pictograms
Image result for pictograms
Assignment #3:  Create a Non-objective painting using only straight lines and circles.   You only need to use the primary colors  (Red, Yellow, and Blue)  A secondary objective is to not mix up any browns.
Tate website on Non-Objective Art:    https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/n/non-objective-art
Image result for non objective painting
Assignment #4:  Drawing in Linear Perspective
2 point perspective 3 | Mjendrisak14's Blog
I'm attaching a packet that you can choose a variety of perspective assignments to work through.  Though the packet has a list of points per projects, none of these assignments will be for a grade.  I recommend starting with 1 Point Perspective and moving into 2 point perspective.  If you are unable to print this packet out,  I'm attaching videos that you can follow along with.  As always please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Packet dealing with just 1 Point Perspective:
Packet for 1 and 2 Point Perspective:
Videos for 1 Point Perspective:
Videos in 2 Point Perspective:
How to Draw a House in 2PP:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyeZbyEvZ28
Below are some Nearpods about the 7 Elements of Art provided by Ms. Fletcher that you might enjoy going through.  You are not required to submit any of there.

Join with the following CODES at nearpod.com   or in the app to view these interactive art lessons.


Line Lesson: ZRBEI


Shape Lesson: QWGRF


Form Lesson ZLYJU 


Space Lesson OISTL


Color Lesson JNPCR


Value Lesson JNQSA


Texture Lesson FMUIR