Monday, September 8, 2014

First Things First!

Ephemera art from the Graphic Fairy 

In the past, I have assigned vocabulary words and they have been pretty hit and miss with students. So this year, I have decided to do vocabulary a bit differently.  I want students to know, know, know, the 7 elements of art and the 7 principles of design! To this end, your first assignment will be to complete my Vocabulary Palette! You will get this handout in class on the first day. I know this will be a fun and different way to utilize your vocab. words, I hope you enjoy this assignment. I will give you further instructions in class on the first week.

I have a glossary of art terms available for you on the co-op website or you can utilize an online source and or books from the library! You may use any of your medium in your art box. This assignment is due by week 2 and will earn you a bonus relic card. Oh yea! You must bring your finished vocabulary palette to class to earn your bonus card.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Medieval Art and Another School Year Begins

As summer comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about art class again.  I am looking forward to this year's Medieval Art Class. This is a rich and important time in art and architecture, I can hardly wait! In case you were wondering about all the wonderful things we will be doing here is some but not all of what we will cover this year.

Students will learn  the importance of art in Europe during the middle ages.  Students will learn stitching, dyeing and the about the Bayeux Tapestry, illuminate a calligraphy project, the four hands of calligraphy and make a book of hours, learn about the "father of modern painting" and the importance of art in the church and medieval architecture, study stain glass, symbolism, and their role in the church. Students will study portrait art, egg tempera, and perspective from the Master, Leonardo Da Vinci.   It will be an exciting class! Students will be responsible for at least 1/2 hr. of study outside of class each week by reading teacher’s blog( check!), thinking through posted questions  and watching posted videos to prepare for class time. 

It is a good idea to start getting your art box together with all your common tools gathered from home.  Here is a list of what you should have in your box on the first day. 

Common Items and tools to Gather From Home for 2014-2015
 I will not be ordering these materials for students but students need to have these at the beginning of the year. Please include in your student’s art box. Students, please label supplies with name/initials. These items do not need to be new and can be what you have at home already or from last years pencil box. All these items are required for each student.

  • 1 - Storage box of some kind (plastic storage box, shoe box with lid, canvas bag with Ziploc baggies inside) just some container to hold all art tools and supplies. One that student can easily carry to class and keep materials organized.*
  • 2 - Pencils (regular #2 are fine)
  • 1 - Scissors (good ones that will cut a variety of materials)
  • 1 - Set of colored pencils 12 colors   OR   1- Set of color crayons (12 ct. )
  • 2 - Glue sticks
  • 1 - Black fine tip sharpie
  • 1-Reg. tip sharpie-yes you will need both
  • 1 - Small plastic container- ie: Glade Food Savers small size, with lid, that fits in box.
  • 1 - Painter’s smock or apron or big t-shirt
  • 1 – Ruler
  • 1 – 1 ½ in. Binder
  • 12- clear plastic sheet protectors
  •  5 Page dividers labeled: Terms, Medieval, Asian, Renaissance, Calligraphy
  • Tapestry needle-has large eye for threading wool thread& blunter point
  • Sm. 6 or 12 in. embroidery hoop
*I have all my artist tools and materials in a big tool box from the hardware store.
Materials fee covers specialty materials for class time projects, copies fee, and other misc. supplies used to teach class.  I order it all during the summer for the beginning of the year. Each student will receive their individual materials on the first day of class.

** Students should come to art class with supply box every Monday we will use a variety of supplies during each class time.  Teacher will not have supplies on student supply list.

***Students it is also your responsibility to keep your supplies replenished when needed. If possible keep your art supplies separate from everyday school supplies**

Saturday, May 3, 2014

More on Rome!

The Roman Column of Trajan, was erected in Trajan's Forum, Rome. It is constructed of 22 layers of carved marble, each  approx. 1 yd. wide. This is a column commemorating Trajan's victory over Dacia in 101 BC. This would be modern day Romania. Remember all those details were carved into marble. Can you believe someone from ancient times actually made it? I marvel at it every time I look at it! There is such detail! At the base there is a crown of oak leaves, symbolic of victory, and then on the square base there are depictions of the spoils of  war, the weaponry and bodies from the courageous enemy.

Here is another fascinating video on how stone is carved using simple traditional hand tools. Watch it HERE As you watch, think about the Roman Column of Trajan and how tall and intricate it was. We will also talk about how Greek and Roman architecture are different this week in class. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Friends....Romans....Countrymen! Let's learn about Roman Architecture

Our last subject of study for this year in art will be the beauty of  Roman architecture. Above is a chart from Wikipedia that shows the progression and development of the Roman column. There are three phases of development and as you can see it becomes more and more detailed and beautiful. Please watch the video
below to learn about these three phases or orders of architecture


Also please click on the link below in preparation for our last few weeks of art at co-op. As you visit this site there are two things I would like for you to do once there. First watch the short video on the Pantheon and second scroll down to the next picture. It is here that you can visit the Pantheon in real time because there are cameras set up in  and around the building. You are able to maneuver the camera and look up and around the building. Look for some artwork on the wall that is highlighted by the sun as it passes through the opening in the center of the dome. Isn't it beautiful? You can virtually visit this ancient place from your computer, isn't that so cool!

 Here are some other wonderful pictures too!

images gathered from Google images 

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