Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Break Challenge

Alright here is your Spring Break Challenge!  

This will earn you another museum art card and is a good way to catch up if you need another one too!

Your Challenge if you accept it, is to:
  •  choose an ancient culture that we have studies so far 
  •  choose an art technique we have done
  •  choose an artifact from that culture as your model for your project. 
  • choose the medium you use as well. 

WOW this opens up lots of possibilities, so use your imagination and get creative! You must bring in a picture of the model that you use so we can see the original work along side of yours! You have the month of April to accomplish this challenge. You must turn it in by the last week of April to get your card. I can't wait to see your work!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Black work-Red work which is it? Yes it is Greek

We will be continuing our study of the Ancient World by looking and what the Ancient Greeks created! In preparation for class time, I would like you to watch the following short videos. I want you to be able to talk about the process, how did the ancient Greeks make such beautiful pottery?  I also want you to be able to tell me what the artwork on the pottery talked about?

Make sure you are working on or have your vocabulary for this unit completed for class time too! 
See you all soon. Mrs. W

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Introduction to Minoan Arts and Crafts

As we continue our study of ancient art and ancient cultures, we move on to another ancient civilization, the Minoans!

During the Bronze Age, the Minoans chose to live in fertile valleys near the sea on the island of Crete, which offered opportunity for  trade with foreigners and created rapid growth of  towns. The mountainous regions near by, provided these early towns with natural resources and pure spring waters, necessities for building prosperous civilizations. 

Eventually, the capital of Knossos was built and much of what we know of the Minoan civilization comes for the artwork, artifacts, and architecture found in the ancient ruins of this famous city.  Homer even wrote about it in the Iliad:

"Clan after clan poured out from the ship and huts onto the plain...innumerable as the leaves and blossoms in their season...the Athenians...the men of Argos and Tiryns of the Great Walls...troops from the great stronghold of Mycenae, from wealthy Corinth...from Knossos...Phaistos..and the other troops that had their homes in Crete of the Hundred Towns."

Study the following pictures of Minoan artwork. I want you to look at two things:patterns and similarities with another ancient civilization.What do you think was important to the Minoans?

Here is a LINK to visit with more information on the fascinating ancient civilization of the Minoans

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chinese Calligraphy-Introduction

Chinese Calligraphy is an ancient Chinese art form. Why is it  considered an art form? Come to class ready to discuss your observations.  We will look at the 4 Treasures in class and also try to make some characters for ourselves.  Please be sure to have your Sumi brush with you or bi!

Here is another short clip about the Importance of Chinese Calligraphy to the Chinese.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Break Art Challenge

Hey Art Students! 

I hope this blog post finds you all enjoying the wonders of our Christmas season!  Here is the long awaited Christmas Break Art Challenge! Now remember this is completely optional but can earn you another museum card if you complete it and bring it in our FIRST WEEK BACK TO CO-OP!
 This is a good way to make up for cards that you have not gotten. If that interests you then read on.
Your challenge:
 to create something that represents something you would like to accomplish in the new year. This could be anything, a character quality, a goal, even trying something new. Whatever it is you must create something with the following perimeters:
  • The substrate must be 8.5 in. x 11 in.
  • You must use fabric in your artwork somehow
  • You must use an ellipse somehow
  • You must use words somehow-ie: written, cut out/ pasted 
  • Must bring it first week back to co-op to earn museum card
  • You can use a medium of your choice and if you want use more than one
  • You must get up in class and tell us about it (time permitting)
I look forward to what you will do. As always you do some incredibly creative things and it brings me great joy to see you working out your creativity in these challenge projects.

Just a couple of  reminders:
 There is a special goodie that you can earn with your museum cards.  As of now there has been opportunities to earn 9 cards including bonus cards or 5 regular museum cards. Break time is a good time to check and see where you are at, what you might be missing, and what you need to do to get where you want to be.

 It is also a good time to get out your art box check list and make sure your art box is stocked and ready to go for the rest of the year.  This form can be found in your notebook at the front along with the art studio rules and conduct sheet. If you can't find it, download and print off a copy HERE and place it in your notebook.
Have a wonderful, very, Merry Christmas with your families! I will see you next year! Mrs. W

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


 I find Egyptian artwork interesting to study for reasons  despite its formal and organized design elements: One is called Frontalism; the particular way in which Egyptians depicted humans in their artwork. The other, is the beautiful patterning they used. This reflects their relationship to the environment and their spiritual belief system. It is sometimes difficult to think about these artifacts as "artwork" when you compare it to other wonderful examples of artwork later in history. But interestingly, Egyptian art was not meant to be seen by others at all. The designs and patterning were created for the deceased as they journeyed into the afterlife. Often images like flowers  were used in symbolic ways to represent, for example new life and rebirth.( pg.1)

 Please watch the video below to understand more about this unique technique done by this fascinating ancient people group.

We will be using real papyrus paper in class for our artwork this week. Watch this video on how papyrus paper is still being made in Egypt.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ancient Art and Culture

We now begin an exciting part of our art journey this year as we start to look at ancient artwork and its impact on culture in the ancient world. For the rest of the year I will be uploading videos and photos for you to look at, prior to our class time. This will give you some background information and photos we just don't have time to look at in class. My plan is to give you a couple of questions to think about that  we will answer and discuss in class. You will find these at the end of the blog post.  Some questions you may not have an answer for, don't worry because we will talk about it in class as we are working.

Gate of Ishtar

The first ancient civilization that we will look at is Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon! Isn't this incredible? I think so! We will focus on the artwork that forms the Ishtar Gates and Processional into the ancient city of Babylon. Please watch the video below from Khan Academy. We will be looking at a portion of the processional and recreate paper mosaics of the design aspects of this amazing entrance. As you look at these pictures think about these questions.

1.)What kind of materials did the ancient Babylonians use to create this magnificent entrance?
2.)Why do you think that Nebuchadnezzar built the entrance this way?

All Photos from Google Images

Bas Relif of Lion's head

            Decorative processional boarders                           Nebuchadnezzar's inscription

Decorative brick designs and details of archway