Mrs. Harwell's Classroom News

Art Class   10/23/2015
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Projects by Grade Level
8th Grade- Graphite Portrait Drawing, Clay Vessel
7th Grade- Impressionism Painting, Figure Drawing, Printmaking
6th Grade- Contour Line Drawing/Painting, Clay Maraca
Visual Art Newsletter   09/11/2015
6th Grade

Welcome to Visual Art! Our first project focuses on observational drawing. The students will be creating a "Contour Line Drawing." We have learned the importance of observation and how it can impact the accuracy of a drawing.The students created a drawing of their hand, shoe, or found object and transferred the design in a balanced and dynamic pattern onto their final paper. Next week, we will discuss and take notes about color and include complementary colors into the final drawings.
7th Grade
It's time to paint! For our first project of the trimester, students will be creating a painting inspired by the French 19th century art movement called Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. To prepare for this project students learned about the characteristics and inspirations of each style of art as well as the differences among them. They also learned about many famous artists from this time such as Manet, Pissaro, Degas, Sisley, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec. 
8th Grade
Welcome to Visual Art! Our first project focuses on portraiture. The students learned about several artistic styles from art history such as Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract (Cubism), Surrealism, and Pop Art. The students discussed characteristics of each particular style and learned the social purpose of a portrait during each time period. Next week the students will begin creating a realistic portrait by utilizing the grid system. The grid system is a drawing technique used to reproduce or enlarge an image by drawing a grid onto an original photo and a grid of equal ratio onto the final paper.