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Watercolor Animals


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Kandinsky Watercolors








December 2019 Embossing Art

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Sept 3rd

Art 1 and 2


Grid Drawing





The Cast Shadow- This is the darkest dark. It is the shadow that is cast by an object on a  surface that it is laying on. The cast shadow is the darkest where the  object and surface touch, and will get lighter as it gets farther away  from the object.

  • Shadow Edge- This value is on the opposite side of the light source. It is not the edge of the object.
  • Mid-Tone- This is what the actual color of the object is, without any effects from light or shadow.
  • Reflected Light- This is the light that is seen around an object, usually between the cast  shadow and the shadow edge. It's the light that is bouncing off of the  surfaces around the object. This value is never bright white. When  drawing in color the reflected light will contain the color of the  object or surface closest to the object your drawing.
  • Full Light/Highlight- This is where the light source hits the object at full strength. It is  usually shown by the white of the paper. All the areas of gray around  the full light should be blended so that there is a smooth, gradual  transition between them.


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Imagination Drawing









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Thursday MAy 16th

Mini watercolor paintings


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Week of MArch 29th


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Week of Feb 25th

Students will continue working on their one point perspective drawings


 Week of January 28th

Students will continue working on their Zentangle designs.  S

Terms and Elements of Design











Art Week of 2/ 25

Students will continue working on their one point perspective drawing.  





Week of Wednesday Jan 21st

Students will learn about the Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol and continue working on their Pop Art desgins.

The students will create a acrylic painting of a famous Pop Art design.  The designs will be drawn to scale using the

Grid Drawing method. 

Terms:  Commercial Art, Pop Art, Posterize, Andy Warhol








Week of Janruary 1st


Continue Clay Flower Project

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Week of Monday December 17th

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Week of December 3rd


 Art 1 and 2 Students are starting Prisma color drawings

Students will use prisma pencil to draw Poinsettia flowers




Week of November 19th

Students will design a district Holiday card.

The winning design will be featured on this years Greenville School District Holiday card.

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Week of November 12th

Art 2 Oil painting

Students will learn different methods and techniques of oil painting.

Color mixing



dry brush


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Week of 10/29

Art 1

3D Art sculpting in clay

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Week of Oct 22nd

Start Reverse Drawing

Term-  Dramatic Contrast

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Week of Oct 15th


Art 1 and 2 Pointillism

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Sept 24

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Week of Sept 17

Art 1 and 2

Prismacolor Drawings

Students will be introduced to Prismacolor Pencils and color blending techniques with the prisma.  During this project students will learn the secerets to make an image pop and stand out. 

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Week of Monday Sept 10th

Art 1 and 2

Chalk Pastel drawing

Student will create chalk pastel flowers in the style of artist Georgia Okeefe


Complimentary colors

color blending


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Week of Tuesday Sept 4th 2018

Art 2 Facial Proportion Project






Students will create a realistic drawing of a person using the Grid drawing method

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Week of 8/27/18


Art 1

Objective-  Students will be working on realistic pencil drawings of animals.  

Terms for this assignemnt:




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Example Drawing











Monday May 14th

Art 1

Drywall Relief Carving



Ordinary to extraordinary designs


Art 1 and 2 Students will start Hand Projects and complete notan art.


8th Grade

Students will start clay mug designs


Art 1 and 2

Monday March 19th

Students will start Positive and Negative shape designs.

Students will learn about Notan-  Notan is the Japanese design term that describes the relationship

between dark and light contrast work of art. 




 Feb 26th

Art 1


Students will start mixed media drawing


Students will continue Disney cartoon designs on masonite panels


Week of January 22nd

Students will start Coffee paintings

Students will create a monochromatic painting by diluting instant coffee with water. 

Elements and Principals of Art


Contrast Value







Start Pointillism project

Wednesday Jan 3rd

Continue Pointillism

Tuesday Jan 9th




Art 1 and 2

Monday December 18th


Watercolor Holiday Cards




Monday Dec 11th startGlass etching









wood burning

Art 1 Flower Paintings Tuesday November 28th

Students will use their primary colors to create a painting of flowers.

The focus of this project is color recognition and color mixing.  Students will understand how to recognize warm and cool colors.  Students will learn how to adjust their colors to match a desired tint. 


Primary colors

warm color

cool color


horizon line










Week of Monday November 13th


Art 1 Licence Plate Designs

Art 2 Reverse Drawing




Art 1

Pablo Picasso Lesson

This class will learn about collage and the art of Pablo Picasso

Students will create a collage using wallpaper donated by Packard Paint in Greenville

Week of October 16th


Starry Night Art

Students will learn about Expressionism and the art of Vincent Van Gogh.  Students will create their own version of the painting Starry Night.  During this process they will understand that color and line have the ability to convey feeling. 





Week of Monday Oct 2nd

Students will begin Prisma color drawing


Monday September 18th 2017

Art 1 and 2

Continue Chalk Pastel Painting


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complimentary colors











Week of Monday September 11th

Art 1 and 2

Students will continue working on a grid drawing and proportion project.  Students will learn about how to scale a photo reference in the artwork.  








8th Grade Art

Students will continue working on a Graffiti Drawing project.  Student willClearn how to make block letters and blend colors within their work.




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Art 1 and 2


Week of Monday May 22nd

Students will start still life drawing



Spring Flowers

Students will make flowers out of clay.

Art 2

Paint ceiling tiles for the Backpack program and Paint the Plow project







Prepare and set up for the Art Show on Wednesday

students will complete their projects and set up displays


Start Prismacolor flower drawing


Art 1

Students will start Cubism Chalk Pastel drawings





Terms and Atist




multiple perspectives







Start Recycled/repurposed Art 
















Art 1 and 2


Monday Feb 28, 2017


This week Students will start monochromatic paintings in watercolor.  We will talk about color and mood/feeling in art.  A example is Picasso's Blue Period where he used a monochromatic palette to demonstrate his feelings.

Students will create a monochromatic painting of themselves starting today.  We will discuss facial proportions at the beginning of this assignment. 






This week we will start creating Art out of old electronic devices.  Students will make sculptures and jewelry out of garbage.

Students will also finish reverse drawings.








Monday Feb 13th

We will start Reverse Drawing

Reverse Drawing is a Art technique in which the artist applies light over a dark background opposed to dark over a light background.  The finished piece in a reverse drawing typically has more dramatic changes in contrast.



reverse drawing




dramatic lighting

romantic period



Monday January 30th

Students will start a Oil Painting project


Fat over Lean-  Heavy bodied paints over Thinned paints

Impasto-  building heavy layer of texture with the paints

Scumble-  Typically used to produce highlights in a oil painting

Turpentine-  used to thin oil paints

Painting knives-  used to produce special effects including a impasto finish.  

Underpainting-  the preliminary layer in a painting.




Bob Ross Landscapes

Color mixing


Oil vs Acrylic





Students will continue to work on their glass etching projects and start into relief carving on wood. 


Etching and Carving projects


Monday December 19th

Ceramic Trees









Black and White Pointillism Project

George Seurat


Picasso Collage

Students will create a collage out of wallpaper donated from Packard Paint





Foam Board model houses


Monday October 24th

8th Grade Foam Embossing


Foam Embossing

Students will learn about printing and embossinng. Students will create a detailed repetitive design on their foam board and print the design. We will discuss the popularity of vera bradley purses and the importance repetition and pattern in their designs.





Looking ahead-

This project will prepare students for more advanced printing methods. Students will understanding that lines define form in a print.


Monday 24th ARt 1 and 2


Architectural designs



Art 1 and 2 Painting and Color

Students will create a Acrylic painting and learn the basics of color mixing and color theroy

To mix color you have to have a basic knowledge of color theory and a hands-on understanding of how paint colors behave with each other.  It is important to understand that when mixing paint, as you are creating a painting, you draw upon your knowledge of color theory and your understanding of how paint colors behave; however it is more of hit and miss and try again to achieve the right color.
Studying the color wheel below is a good place to start learning color theory.  The first thing you should note is the primary colors: Red, Yellow and Blue.

Primary Colors

Theoretically all colors can be mixed from these three colors.  However theory and practical application are very different.  If you were to ask what is pure yellow? I would have to answer “ the absence of red and blue”. The same would be said of pure red, it is the absence of yellow and blue and pure blue is the absence of red and yellow.  To simulate the primary colors in the color wheel below I used warm and cool hues of each color.  For primary Yellow I mixed Cadmium Yellow and Lemmon Yellow. Mixing Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson to create a primary Red and the Blue by mixing Phthalo Blue and French Ultramarine.

An example of why it takes two color red paints to achieve a color closer to a primary red, Cadmium Red paint is a warmer red as it has more yellow then Alizarin Crimson paint, which is a cooler red with a blue under tone. By adding them together in almost equal proportions you begin to nullify the yellow and blue in each resulting in a color that is closer to a primary red.

The idea of warm and cool color is critical to understanding color theory and practical application of paint.  It is important to have a basic understanding of color theory and to spend time mixing and experimenting with the paint you are working with.

Secondary Colors

The next thing you should notice in the chart is that between the primary colors are the secondary colors. If you look between two primary colors you will see a secondary color.  By mixing any two primary colors you will get a secondary color: Orange, Green, and Violet. 

Here is how it works; by mixing the following primaries you will create secondary colors:

Red and Yellow (primaries) = Orange (secondary)
Yellow and Blue (primaries) = Green (secondary)
Blue and Red (primaries = Violet (secondary)

Complimentary Colors

Another important aspect of color is to understand complimentary colors.  Complimentary colors can be found on the color wheel by looking directly across from one color to the color on the opposite side of the wheel.
The following are the basic complimentary color pairs:

Primary Colors Complimentary Colors
Yellow  Violet
Blue Orange
Red Green

Complimentary colors are very important in painting.  They can be used to increase the intensity of each other when placed side by side.  An example would be orange with its complimentary blue next to it, it will look much more intense then if surrounded by white.   Another important aspect is when compliments are mixed together they create rich neutrals or grays.  With a small amount of one mixed with the other you can achieve shadow tones.








Week of Monday Sept 26th

Students will learn how to critque this week. 

Start Chalk Pastel Project


Art 1 and 2 Prismacolor drawing Project Week of Tues Sept 6th

Intro to color and Blending

Color, Primary colors, Secondary colors


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Art 1 and 2 Week of August 30th


Students will learn about the Principle of Art know as Contrast and its importance







Contrast is really important when you’re starting to learn how to paint.

A good knowledge of contrast in drawing helps significantly because you will have learnt the value of light and dark.

If you are coming from a non-drawing background, you will have to be more aware that to make a dramatic painting “contrast is king”, rather than trying to add a bright colour to lift the painting…

Pencil vs paint

Contrast is somehow clearer to understand in drawing because you have a white piece of paper and a dark pencil, It feels natural.

If you transfer the same level of contrast to painting it can seem daunting and the areas of dark can look too heavy. However, it’s very important to have a range of contrast in your paintings from black to white to truly show off the colours.





Art 1 and Art 2

Week 1 August 24th

Proportion and Grid Drawing







































ART 1 and 2 Week of Mon Monday May 23rd

 Students will continue colored pencil drawings and finish all incomplete work from this year.


Students will start Art Nouveau Colored Pencil Drawing


ART 1and 2

We will have a guest artist on Tuesday this week and the students in Art 1 and 2 will learn about the oil painting medium.  Students will experiment with techniques and application of oils.

Start Pointillism project

optional crayon drip for non pssa students

Drywall Relief Carving 

Relief carving as a type of wood carving in which figures are carved in a flat panel of wood. The figures project only slightly from the background rather than standing freely. Depending on the degree of projection, reliefs may also be classified as high or medium relief.

Relief carving can be described as "carving pictures in wood". The process of relief carving involves removing wood from a flat wood panel in such a way that an object appears to rise out of the wood. Relief carving begins with a design idea, usually put to paper in the form of a master pattern which is then transferred to the wood surface. Most relief carving is done with hand tools - chisels and gouges - which often require a mallet to drive them through the wood.




Expressionism  Art

Paintings like Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ (1888) opened our eyes to the intensity of expressive color. He used color to express his feelings about a subject, rather than to simply describe it. In a letter to his brother Theo he explained, ‘Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before my eyes, I use color more arbitrarily to express myself forcibly.’ His heightened vision helped to liberated color as an emotional instrument in the repertoire of 20th century art and the vitality of his brushwork became a key influence in the development of both the Fauves' and the Expressionists’ painting technique.

Students will create their own expressive work of art. 

Students will not try to reproduce what they see but instead they will produce what they feel with color and design.






Decorative Art

Reverse Drawing





Using contrast in a drawing is a great way to create a Dynamic image.  One way to create high contrast is to use a white medium on black paper.







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Pastel Landscapes”

Pastel Landscape Lesson Plan

Landscape drawing is a great way to teach students how to create the illusion of space.  It is also a good way to introduce students to chalk or soft pastels.  This lesson is great for beginning artists in a high school or middle school level.

Class Level: Art 1

Overview and Purpose: Students will review the use of several factors to create the illusion of space in a 2-D image. Students will learn to use color to create the feeling of a particular mood. Students will review the use of chalk pastels in the creation of artwork.

Materials:18” by 24” Toned paper, chalk pastels

Objectives: The student will learn the relationship between color and mood. The student will review concepts necessary for creation of the illusion of space on a 2-D surface. Students will learn the relationship between horizon, background, middleground and foreground. Students will review the successful use of chalk pastels on paper.


Decorative Art

Decorative Painting was popular in Europe in the 1880's

1.) Decorative painting celebrates pattern and ornament

2.)  It challenged the divide from Art and Arts and crafts

3.) The works complimented the interiors from which they were commissioned


Students will create a decorative painting of their own for this assignment. 

We will emphasis pattern design and repetition in the work. 











Perspective Drawing


Students will begin a lesson on perspective drawing.  Students will learn 3 kinds of Perspective.  

After learning three ways to draw perspective students will pick a famous work by the Artist M.C. Escher and replicate elements of that work.



1 point perspective

2 Point Perspective

3 Point Perspective




Art 2







Students will begin a lesson on perspective drawing.  Students will learn 3 kinds of Perspective. 

After reviewing the three basic types of perspective drawing students will created a 3 point perspective drawing of their own.



1 point perspective

2 Point Perspective

3 Point Perspective








Art 1

Week of Monday December 21st


 Students will create a collage out of scrap wallpaper.  The will discover the importance of pattern and contrast in order to create a successful design.

Art 2 Week of Monday December 21st

Students will finish Pointillism this week and start making burlap wreaths 

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

What you need: 

  • This is great! Easy step-by-step tutorial teaches how to make a burlap wreath using two different accent ribbons. Beautiful craft for holiday and everyday home decor!1 – 16″ wire wreath (You could also use an 18 inch wire wreath, but I would add at least a few more yards of burlap if you want your wreath to have a fuller appearance like mine.)
  • 60 feet of 5″ wide burlap ribbon or garland (20 yards)
  • 1 – 18 foot spool of 2″ wide orange polka dot wired accent ribbon (9 yards)
  • 1 – 18 foot spool of 2″ wide orange chevron wired accent ribbon (9 yards)
  • 3 artificial accent flowers
  • Twine