Week of December 18th-22nd, 2017

As we head into the last week of the semester there are a number of things that need to be turned in.  The first is the Semester Still Life project.  It is DUE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th.  This project is worth 200 points.  It is meant for you to showcase what you have learned so far this year.  Use your time wisely and creatively.  The second is the Animal Eye Colored Pencil Project.  The colored pencil portion of the project needs to be finished by TUESDAY, DEC. 19th, at the beginning of the class so that they can be framed during class on Tuesday. Any missing assignments or projects that need to be reworked are DUE by the end of the period on FRIDAY the 22nd.  Please check your grades online or speak with Mrs. Plagge in case you are unsure if you are missing assignments.   

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, DEC. 18th:  Animal Eye Colored Pencil Piece is DUE at the beginning of the class period.
  2. MONDAY. DEC. 18th:  Art Club Christmas Party. It will be from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Art room.  Pizza, drinks, snacks and dessert will be provided thanks to the winning window painting team!  The Christmas themed movie that will be shown is Krampus.  
  3. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th: Semester Still Life Project is DUE at the beginning of class
  4. FRIDAY, DEC. 22nd:  Last day of the Semester!  If you have any missing assignments or ones that you have reworked they are due by the end of your period today.  Have a great break!

Week of December 11th-15th, 2017

This week students will continue working on their Animal Eye Colored Pencil pieces.  They have really gotten off to a great start.  The finished colored pencil pieces will be DUE at the beginning of the class on MONDAY, DEC. 18th.  That will give us Monday and Tuesday of next week to frame their pieces. 

If students finish their animal eye piece or would like to work on their semester project at the same time, that is fine as long as both pieces are finished on their respective due dates. 

On Friday we have a wonderful opportunity for students during 3rd period.  If you are in 2nd period you are welcome to attend as long as you pick up a permission form from Mrs. Plagge to be signed by your 3rd period teacher and parent by Thursday.  Savannah College of Art and Design will be coming to visit the Art Department during 3rd period.  They will be discussing the many opportunities that exist for art related degrees in our society and will provide information about their school.  They do a great job presenting the options that are available to students.

Looking towards next week and the end of the semester...which seems hard to believe.  The Semester Still Life project will be DUE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th.  This project is worth 200 points.  It is meant for the student to showcase what they have learned so far this year.  Use your time wisely and creatively.

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, DEC. 11th:  ONLY 10 days until the Semester Still Life Project is DUE! 
  2. TUESDAY, DEC. 12th:  Art Open Studio from 2:30 until 5:00 pm.
  3. THURSDAY, DEC. 14th:  Elder Food and Toy Drive:  VOLUNTEER to help deliver boxes! **ALSO, the Scholastic Art Competition deadline 
  4. FRIDAY, DEC. 15th:  Savannah College of Art and Design visits the Art Room  during 3rd period.  Any student who is not in 3rd period, but would like to attend the presentation must see Mrs. Plagge before Friday to get a permission slip that must be signed by your 3rd period teacher and a parent.  
  5. SATURDAY, DEC. 16th and SUNDAY, Dec. 17th:  Last weekend to work on Semester Still Life Project.
  6. MONDAY, DEC. 18th:  Animal Eye Colored Pencil Piece is DUE at the beginning of the class period.
  7. MONDAY. DEC. 18th:  Art Club Christmas Party. It will be from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Art room.  Pizza, drinks, snacks and dessert will be provided thanks to the winning window painting team!  A Christmas themed movie will be shown.  Listen to announcements this week to find out what movie it will be. 
  8. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th: Semester Still Life Project is DUE at the beginning of class
  9. FRIDAY, DEC. 22nd:  Last day of the Semester!  If you have any missing assignments or ones that you have reworked they are due by the end of your period today.  Have a great break!

Week of December 4th-8th, 2017

We began work last week with getting to know how to use colored pencils in a more advanced way.  On Friday I introduced the Colored Pencil Animal Eye Project.  Students will begin work on this piece starting Tuesday.  Below are the steps for the project:

  1.  You will decide what animal, insect, bird, reptile or fish you would like to draw.
  2. Look for an eye that would be interesting because of texture, color or even pattern since you will be magnifying that area.
  3. If you find a picture on the internet, you need to SAVE that picture and then send it to me… plaggeka@elderhs.net
  4. I will print the picture out for you so you have a paper copy as well as on your computer.
  5. If the picture is not already magnified on the eye area you will need to create a frame around it so you know what area you will be drawing.
  6. Pick a frame that will determine the size and shape of your paper.
  7. Then you start to draw.  You will begin putting the colors onto the paper.  Remember to start light and then to get darker as you go along.
  8. Change in value and Shading will be extremely important in order to show the textures and colors of the animal. 
  9. BLEND AND LAYER

Students will work on this project all week in class.  There may be some time that they may work on their Semester Project.  I will let the students know the day before so they can be prepared with needed materials.  

There will be two Open Studios this week for any student who would like to work on either the Semester Project or the Colored Pencil Project.  The first will be TUESDAY, DEC. 5th from 2:30 until 4:00.  The second will be on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6th from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Both will be in the Art room.

There will be additional Open Studios announced by the end of this week for the week of Dec. 11th.

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, DEC. 4th:  NO SCHOOL b/c of teacher in service
  2. TUESDAY, DEC. 5th:  Open Studio from 2:30 until 4:00 in the Art Room
  3. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6th:  Open Studio from 6:00-8:30 in the Art Room.  Also early dismissal for Freshmen to meet with their advisors at 1:50.
  4. MONDAY, DEC. 11th:  Poster Club in the Art room from 2:30 until 4:00 (or however long you can stay)
  5. THURSDAY, DEC. 14th:  Elder Food and Toy Drive:  VOLUNTEER to help deliver boxes!
  6. FRIDAY, DEC. 15th:  Savannah College of Art and Design visits the Art Room  during 3rd period.  Any student who is not in 3rd period, but would like to attend the presentation must see Mrs. Plagge before Friday to get a permission slip that must be signed by your 3rd period teacher and a parent.  **ALSO, the Scholastic Art Competition deadline
  7. MONDAY. DEC. 18th:  Art Club Christmas Party.  It will be held in the evening.  More information to follow.  
  8. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th: Semester Still Life Project is DUE at the beginning of class

Week of November 27th-December 1st, 2017

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the students who came out to help face paint on Thanksgiving morning at St. Lawrence!!  I know the Price Hill community really appreciates your time and talents!

Please check out the creative Handscape drawings made by the Fundamentals class this quarter on the Student Work tab.  They did a great job learning how to use certain pencils, how to shade, how to draw hands and then creatively incorporate the hand or hands into a surrealist inspired piece.  

Starting this week we will begin work on a colored pencil project.  I will demonstrate how to use colored pencils correctly on Monday and then students will be working on a handout that will be due by the end of the class period on Thursday (11/30).  On Friday, I will introduce the Colored Pencil project.  

We will have Open Studio, at minimum, once a week until the end of the semester so students can take advantage of working in the Art room for their Semester Project (which is DUE 12/20).

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. TUESDAY, NOV. 28th:  Poster Club and "Question/Problem/Sketch Days"  for the Semester Project:  Be prepared to talk about what you are doing for your project (Sketches or Photographs are a good idea)  **ALSO AN UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIO UNTIL 4:30**
  2. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29th:  2nd Day of the "Question/Problem/Sketch Days"  for the Semester Project:  Be prepared to talk about what you are doing for your project (Sketches or Photographs are a good idea)  **OPEN STUDIO FROM 6:30-8:30 pm IN THE ART ROOM**
  3. THURSDAY, NOV. 30th:  Colored Pencil Handout is DUE at the end of the class period
  4. MONDAY, DEC. 4th:  NO SCHOOL b/c of teacher in service
  5. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th: Semester Still Life Project is DUE at the beginning of class

Semester Still Life Project Information

Self Portrait (But, with a TWIST…)

*STILL LIFE- Lifeless or inanimate objects that are grouped together in an interesting way to make a picture.

1)    Everyone will be creating a composition that will be done in the Still Life tradition.  The goal is to find as many objects that represent WHO you are…

                                    A)  One example of finding objects is to simply take objects that you                                                                          like, that tell something about your tastes, interests, etc.  For                                                                                example:  Favorite CDs, T-shirts, art supplies, pictures of people who                                                                  are important in your life…

                                                                                     OR

                                     B)  Another way to go is to follow the Dutch still life painters of the 16th                                                                    and 17th century and search for deeper meaning in their objects… 

                                                                                    OR Combine the two

                 Here are a few examples of Common Symbols in Dutch Still Life paintings:

*DEATH/MORTALITY-candle just extinguished, skull, decaying fruit or flowers

*LENGTH and PASSING OF LIFE-A chronometer (the timepiece that resembles a pocket watch), any kind of Clock

            *CHANCE-Tarot cards, dice                             *KNOWLEDGE-Books

*VANITY or “VANITAS” (The meaningless of earthly life)-Lipstick, mirror, smoke, coins, tulips, soap bubbles, your own picture or reflection in the piece

*BIRTH-Shells *FIDELITY-Dogs

*WEALTH-Shells, Books, Musical instruments, silk fabrics

2)  Everyone needs a MINIMUM of 6 objects in their Still life.  You may use more than 6.

3) Using the list below, everyone needs to research THREE of the artists listed BEFORE you start on your composition.  All the artists listed have done or are known primarily for their Still life compositions.  There are many of the artists who have worked in other styles or genres as well, so be sure to find their Still life examples when doing the research.  

*Once you have picked 3, you will need to either write down the information to these questions OR put them on a word document:

** You will need this information for the evaluation in paper form**

          1)  Any art movements/styles that they were connected with (Think “ism”)

          2)  Colors used in their palette (that is, colors or color schemes they generally used in their pieces) …hot or cold colors, dark colors, earth tones, etc…

          3)  Techniques they would have used to apply paint/pencil/etc. to the surface…Is it smooth, rough, etc.?  Look and think about the texture that is physically there (actual) OR implied.

          4)  WHEN did they live?  OR what is their birthdate if they are still alive?

          5)  TWO pieces of Biographical information not including when they lived.

          6)  Objects that they used in their Still Life compositions

          7)  What was the name of a piece that you really liked by your artist?  Be able to                    EXPLAIN WHY you liked it.

ARTISTS  (PICK THREE)

Audrey Flack           Robert Kogge          Cynthia Peterson                Sara Roush

David Bailly             Joan Miro               Preston Dickinson              Stuart Davis

Samuel Halpert        Hannah Hoch          Marsden Hartley                Walt Kuhn

Henry Lee McFee     Yasuo Kuniyoshi      Walter Murch                   Max Weber

Georgia O’Keefe       Franklin Watkins     James Rosenquist               Janet Fish

Harmen Steenwyck   Max Beckmann        Bradley Walker Tomlin      Frans Snyders

Juan Sanchez Cotan  Clara Peeters            Cornelius Gijsbrechts          James Peale

Maria van Oosterwyck                  William Harnett                Joseph Decker         

Kenneth Davies                            Carolyn Brady                    Mary Pratt

William Bailey                             Paul Cezanne                     Giorgio Morandi       

Andre Derain                               Henri Matisse

4)  Once you have, hopefully, found inspiration (whether it is style, colors, technique or even subject matter) in some of the Still life artists listed above, your next step is to build your still life.  Think about how you want the objects arranged that is both INTERESTING and works well… Overlapping the objects and putting them on different spatial planes will add to the interest.  See as reference your sheet from the beginning of the year on Composition.

SOME HELPFUL HINTS:

*Make sure you set it up in a place that won’t be in the way or have to get moved

* Take some pictures of it so you have an added reference to check

*Draw what you see up front first, then draw the next object that is behind it and so       on and so on…

5)  We will have two “QUESTION/PROBLEM/SKETCH DAYS” on TUESDAY, NOV. 28th and WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29th during class… BE PREPARED!!!  You may show me your sketch or ideas before that day if you like.

6)  The media that you use is your choice.  However, I would highly recommend that you choose a media that you feel confident working with.  (For example, don’t use watercolor if you have never really worked with watercolor before) This project is meant for you to showcase what you know about a good composition and strong understanding of your media.

7)  Your composition can be on whatever flat base you think will work best.  I would recommend the good white drawing paper.  I have already cut pieces of it to the size that you will need for the exam.  These pieces will be sitting on the table in front of the white board.  The size of your composition should be 12” x 16”.  Please choose the BEST orientation for your composition:  horizontal or vertical.

8)  IF you want to make your composition in a different size, orientation or material, please check with me first. 

9)  On the day of the evaluation, you will be expected to bring your smiling and happy faces to the Art room with your SPECTACULAR finished Self Portrait Still Life composition ALONG WITH all the research you found on your 3 artists (in paper form). 

10) Your FINISHED Still Life composition will be DUE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20th during your class period.

Good Luck, Be Creative, Work Hard and have Fun!!  

 

Week of November 20th-24th, 2017

On Monday I will introduce the Semester Project.  I will put the information from the handout that was given to the students on a separate link following the information for this week.  Students will be required to research 3 different artists as well as create their own still life to work from for the project.  I will allow some time in class to work on the project, however, the majority will be done on their own time.  I will have Open Studio times over the next couple of weeks for students to work on their project if they would like to work at school.

Monday and Tuesday will be devoted to begin research, figure out potential items for their still life and start sketches. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  And enjoy your break! 

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. THURSDAY, NOV. 23rd:  Art Club will be Face Painting at the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Times are approximately 9:30 am until noon.  Please see Mrs. Plagge if you can help out or would like more specific information.
  2. TUESDAY, NOV. 28th:  Poster Club and "Question/Problem/Sketch Days"  for the Semester Project:  Be prepared to talk about what you are doing for your project (Sketches or Photographs are a good idea)
  3. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29th:  2nd Day of the "Question/Problem/Sketch Days"  for the Semester Project:  Be prepared to talk about what you are doing for your project (Sketches or Photographs are a good idea)
  4. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th: Semester Still Life Project is DUE at the beginning of class

Week of November 13th-17th, 2017

On Monday, we have the unique opportunity of hosting the Hamilton County Park District's new program called "Art in Root".  They will be here for both Fundamentals of Art classes as well as the AP and 2D Studio class.  They will be bringing animals into the classroom for us to draw and then in the spring we will have the opportunity to visit one of the Hamilton County parks.  This is a new program and we are very excited by the opportunities it will give our students.

On Tuesday we will continue work on the Handscape project.  There has been a tremendous amount of creativity involved in the pieces thus far.  I am very excited to see the finished projects which will be DUE at the beginning of the class period on FRIDAY, NOV. 17th. They will have Tuesday through Thursday of class time to work on them.  

Students will also be receiving the packet of information regarding the mid semester project that will be DUE right before we leave for Christmas break this week.  We will have time to go over it before we break for Thanksgiving.

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, NOV. 13th:  ART IN ROOT program in the Art room from 8:00 am until 10:30.
  2. TUESDAY, NOV. 14th:  Art Open Studio from 5:15-8:00 pm in the Art Room.  All are welcome to come and make art or even catch up on projects.
  3. FRIDAY, NOV. 17th:  Handscape projects DUE at the beginning of the class
  4. THURSDAY, NOV. 23rd:  Art Club will be Face Painting at the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Times are approximately 9:30 am until noon.  Please see Mrs. Plagge if you can help out or would like more specific information.

Week of October 30th-November 3rd, 2017

MASK PROJECTS are coming in on MONDAY!!!  This is one of my favorite days of the year!  I have only seen sketches and talked about different possibilities for the creation of the masks and now get to see it all come to fruition.  Stay tuned for pictures of the masks.  I should have them up by the end of the week.

On Tuesday we will be going to Carson School to visit the kindergarten and 1st grade classes with our masks.  This is always a really great day because the students get to see smaller kids' reactions to what they have made.  It is always a great experience for both our students and for the students of Carson.

On Wednesday students will be filling out their evaluations for their Mask project.  This was a really big project that is worth 200 points, so the evaluation is a major part of that grade as well.

On Thursday we will get back to work on our Handscape project.  I demonstrated shading techniques last Thursday and students were given a worksheet to practice those techniques before going into their Handscape drawing with it.  The Shading worksheets will be DUE THURSDAY at the end of class.

The DUE DATE for the Handscape project will be WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8th.

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th:  MASK PROJECT is DUE!!  This project is worth 200 points.  Every day that it would be late will cost 10 points off of the final grade.                    ALSO:  Poster Club in the Art Room from after school until 4 or 4:30.  ARTISTS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!
  2. THURSDAY, NOV. 2nd:  Shading worksheets are DUE
  3. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8th:  Handscapes are DUE
  4. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th:  Volunteers are needed to work in the Art Room during Open House.  See Mrs. Plagge for more information
  5. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd:  Art Club will be face painting at the Annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade.  More specific information will be coming.  See Mrs. Plagge if you would like to help out.  It is a great way to get service hours.

Week of October 23rd-27th, 2017

This week we will continue with the Handscape project.  Students will finish up 3 different views of their hand in their sketchbook by the end of the class period on WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25th.  The goal is to draw a realistic hand with good structure and proportion. 

We will be finishing up a Surrealism Research Activity on Monday that related directly to the research that students did last week on 4 different Surrealist artists.  The hope is that researching those artists' work will help give them added inspiration for their own Handscape project.  

Students will begin laying out their idea for the Handscape project on the actual paper by midweek.  On Friday I will demonstrate how to shade in order to create three dimensionality on an object.  We will do an exercise to help practice with shading before going into their real piece.

 

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. MONDAY, OCTOBER 23rd:  Open Studio from 6-8 (with the possibility of starting at 5-please listen to 6th period announcements on Monday)
  2. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th:  The annual Mercy and Elder Art Club Halloween Party will be held from6-8:30 at Mercy High School.  Art Club members, current and former Art students are invited.  There will be lots of frights, tons of treats, pizza, a hair raising movie, and a costume contest open to all. $2 admission covers everything including dinner! Sign up sheet is in the Art Room.   Please sign up before Z lunch on Monday.  Don't miss this final year of scares in the Mercy basement at this awesome event!  If you are attending, please enter through the Tech Wing entrance off of Epworth Avenue.
  3. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25th:  Open Studio from 1:20-4:30 in the Art Room.  This will be the LAST Open Studio before the Mask project is DUE.   ALSO:  I will collect everyone's Sketchbook to look over 3 Hand drawings.
  4. MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th:  MASK PROJECT is DUE!!  This project is worth 200 points.  Every day that it would be late will cost 10 points off of the final grade.                    ALSO:  Poster Club in the Art Room from after school until 4 or 4:30.  ARTISTS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!
  5. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th:  Volunteers are needed to work in the Art Room during Open House.  See Mrs. Plagge for more information
  6. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd:  Art Club will be face painting at the Annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade.  More specific information will be coming.  See Mrs. Plagge if you would like to help out.  It is a great way to get service hours.

Week of October 9th-13th, 2017

Students will be working on the beginning parts of the Handscape project this week.  Last Friday I introduced using different drawing pencils and what each of their purposes would be in a drawing.  Students are working on a Line worksheet to practice what the pencils can do.  They will also be researching 4 different Surrealist artists to gain some insight and background for their upcoming project. 

During the week I will be meeting with each of the students to discuss their mask sketch (which is DUE on MONDAY, OCT. 9th).  We will go over the process and feasibility of the making of their mask as well as their idea.  The Halloween Mask Project will be DUE on MONDAY, OCT. 30th.  This project is worth 200 points and is done outside of class.  There will be no sketchbook assignments during this time.  There are, at minimum, three separate opportunities to work at an Open Studio in the Art room over the next three weeks.  Please see the list of dates and times listed below under "DATES and DEADLINES". 

This is the last week of the first quarter, which is incredibly difficult to believe.  If there are any sketchbook assignments or projects that students have not turned in yet or would like to rework for this quarter they need to be turned in to me by class time on FRIDAY, OCT. 13th.   

I have also offered an extra credit assignment to the students.  If anyone would like to participate in the BLINK Parade on THURSDAY, OCT. 12th by carrying one of the lanterns that we have painted they will receive a FULL point onto their Quarter average for the 1st quarter.  If they are interested they need to sign up in the Art Room or see me by homeroom on Thursday.  Parents are welcome to walk with us as well.  We need to be in our staging area by 6:00 pm for the start of the parade at 7:00pm.  I plan to meet at Elder at 5:15 to head downtown.  For more information go to http://www.blinkcincinnati.com/

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  1. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10th:  Open Studio from 2:30 until 7:00 pm in the Art Room. 

  2. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12th:  BLINK Parade We have all the lanterns painted.  We are looking for students who would be able to represent Elder in the parade on THURSDAY, Oct. 12th by carrying a lantern.  If you have family or friends that would like to walk with us, they are very welcome.  We will most likely have a few extra lanterns available for them to carry.  If you would like to participate on Thursday, we need you to either email me back by Wednesday evening or sign up on the sheet hanging on the white board before homeroom on Thursday. 

    If we have enough interest we can carpool downtown from Elder.  We need to be at our spot for the parade by 6:00pm.  We should be back no later than 8:30pm.

  3. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12th:  Sketchbook Assignment #3 is DUE (last sketchbook assignment of the quarter)

  4. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th:  Last Day of the 1st Quarter.  Any work that you are missing or would like to rework is DUE TODAY!

  5. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th: Open Studio from 5:00-8:00pm in the Art Room. 

  6. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th:  Mercy/Elder Art Club Halloween Party at Mercy from 6-8:30pm.  More specific information will be on the art website (elderartdept.com) under News and Events by next week.

  7. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25th:   Tentative Open Studio with times to be announced next week.

Week of October 2nd-6th, 2017

The students did a fantastic job utilizing lines to create patterns that were both two dimensional and three dimensional on their compositions.  There challenge was to try and work with variation of line weight as well as proximity of lines to help show values within each area.  The results are truly unique and very exciting.  On Monday, students will be evaluating their own piece and then a classmate's piece.  I hope to have images of some of the work up by the end of the week on the website.

Starting on Tuesday, I will be introducing the Halloween Mask Project.  This is a project that is done primarily outside of class.  It will be DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th.  It will take at least 3 class days to go over the requirements of the project and to show students possible ideas for materials and subject matter.  Students will be required to show me a mask sketch starting next Monday, Oct. 9th.  The sketch will need to have a drawing of the mask, approximate sizes, materials that will be used and a list of any special thingsthat the mask may do.  I will have several Open Studios between this week and the 30th so that students can utilize the Art room and materials.  Those dates will come out later this week.

The last sketchbook assignment of the 1st quarter will be DUE THURSDAY, OCT. 12th. 

DATES AND DEADLINES: 

1) MONDAY, OCT. 2nd:  Sharpie Pattern Compositions DUE at the beginning of classAND Poster Club will be meeting after school in the Art room until approximately 4:00.

2)  WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4th:  Class Masses/ Schedule #3

3)  MONDAY, OCT. 9th:  I will begin looking at Mask Sketches.  Please double check requirements listed above and in your sketchbook.

4)  WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11th:  Freshmen Retreat.  No regular classes today.

5)  THURSDAY, OCT. 12th:  Sketchbook #3 is DUE at the beginning of class AND the BLINK Parade will be held downtown.  Any student who would like to participate by making and/ or carrying an eyeball lantern please see Mrs. Plagge.  

6)  TUESDAY, OCT. 24th:  Mercy/ Elder Art Club Halloween Party.  See News and Events for more information

7)  MONDAY, OCT. 30th:  Mask Projects are DUE at the beginning of class

Week of September 25th- 29th, 2017

This week we will be focusing on using lines to create patterns and textures that can transform shapes into forms.  Students will be choosing which patterns to insert into their already designed compositions.  We will discuss Shape, Form and Texture on Monday.  The finished drawing will be DUE at the end of the period on FRIDAY, SEPT. 29th.  If more time is needed to finish the piece it may be taken home and ready for class on MONDAY, OCT. 2nd.

DATES AND DEADLINES:  

1)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 26th:  Sketchbook Assignment #2 is DUE.  ALSO, Art Club/Open Studio is from 2:30-8:00pm in the Art Room.  The room will be available to make your own art or participate in the Lantern Project for the BLINK parade that was discussed at the first Art Club meeting.  

If you want to be  a part of the Lantern project, but are unable to make it on Tuesday please see Mrs. Plagge or Mr. Buetsche in the Art Room by the 26th.

2)  FRIDAY, SEPT. 29th:  Pattern Piece DUE at the end of the period.  If you need more time, it needs to be finished by the beginning of class on MON., OCT. 2nd.

3)  MONDAY, OCT. 2nd:  Poster Club meeting in the Art room from 2:30 until 4 or 4:30

4)  THURSDAY, OCT. 12th:  BLINK Cincinnati parade

Week of September 18th-22nd, 2017

We will continue working on strong controlled contour lines on Monday with our Line Handout exercise.  All students should be finished with it by Tuesday at the beginning of class.  After this warm up exercise, we will continue with contour lines by introducing change in line weight.  Students will pick a design pattern from a collection that we have and then use weighted contour lines to recreate that pattern.  This drawing will be DUE at the beginning of class on FRIDAY, SEPT. 22nd.  I will then start introducing how line and pattern can create form.  

Students will receive grades on their Altered Book projects this week.  I am sorry for the delay.  I have also taken images of all the book projects, but have been unable to upload them to the website because of a problem with my photo program on my computer.  Hopefully, it will get fixed soon and I will upload those images.  The students did a fantastic job with them!  I also have news on a display of some of the book projects.  The Westwood Library would like us to display some of the books during the month of November.  As soon as I know more information I will certainly pass it on.

Another note about the sketchbook assignments that were due last week.  I told the students that overall these sketchbooks were the best first assignments that I have seen in quite a number of years.  I was really impressed with the effort and creativity that was shown.  I can't wait to see what more they are going to do!

DATES AND DEADLINES:

1)  MONDAY, SEPT. 18th:  Poster Club will be meeting in the Art Room after school until around 4:00.  Come Join Us!

2)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 19th:  Line Handout DUE at the beginning of class

3)  WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20th:  Schedule #2 (Sophomores meet with advisors at 1:49)

4)  FRIDAY, SEPT. 22nd:  Weighted Contour Line Design DUE at the beginning of class on FRIDAY.

5)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 26th:  Sketchbook Assignment #2 DUE

 

Week of September 11th-15th, 2017

On Thursday last week, students finished up the Altered Book Project by doing a partner exercise where they talked about the strengths and weaknesses of their projects.  This was a gentle lead in for what we will be doing with critiques in class.  From the information that they gathered from their discussion with their partner they were able to answer a self evaluation paper on Friday.  I will be photographing the Altered Book projects this week as well as grading them.  Hopefully, I will have the pictures up on the website by next week.  I did mention to the students that it may take me a little longer than it would normally to get all the grades back because I am finishing up my artwork for a class that I took this summer.  My deadline is next next Tuesday.  Then I just get to be a teacher again.  So, I apologize for the longer than normal wait for the grades.

This week we will begin discussion and exercises on what makes a good composition.  This should help with their first sketchbook assignment that is due on THURSDAY, SEPT. 14th.  

After we discuss composition, we will move into contour lines and how to use lines to their advantage.  All of these exercises will set the stage for our first drawing project that will be introduced either the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

DATES AND DEADLINES:   

1)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 12th:  First Art Club Meeting of the year.  It will be held in the Art Room after school.  It should last about 45 minutes.  There will be a discussion on creating a quarter zip this year for the Art Club.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  All are welcome!

2)  THURSDAY, SEPT. 14th:  First Sketchbook Assignment of the first quarter is DUE.

3)  MONDAY, SEPT. 18th:  Poster Club will be meeting in the Art Room after school.  Artists are needed!  It usually lasts until 4.  

First Quarter Sketchbook Assignments

Fundamentals of Art Sketchbook Assignments for the 1st Quarter

If you finish what we are currently working on in class, you are to pick one or more of the drawing assignments below and work on them (ideally) in your sketchbook. 

Everyone will have to pick 3 to turn in by the end of the 1st quarter.  You will receive deadlines.  Any additional assignments finished will be considered extra credit. 

*Remember to create a good finished composition*

CHOOSE ANY OF THE SKETCHBOOK PROMPTS BELOW:

1)  Draw your favorite food

2)  Draw something that you don’t like.

3)  Draw your art supplies.

4)  Draw a pair of shoes.

5)  Draw yourself as a cartoon character. (I don’t want a picture of Sponge Bob, but YOU with characteristics of a cartoon character)

6)  Find a common small object and enlarge it to fill your paper.

Week of September 4th-8th, 2017

We will be wrapping up the Altered Book project this week.  Students will have Tuesday and Wednesday in class to finish it up.  The finished Altered Book project will be due at the beginning of the class on Thursday the 7th.  We will have a class critique and self evaluation on Thursday and Friday in class.

A reminder that the art box with supplies is due in the Art room by class time on Friday, Sept. 8th.  If anyone has had any trouble getting supplies they need to see me before THURSDAY.  

Next week we will be starting with composition and drawing.  

DATES AND DEADLINES:

1)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 5th:  Poster Club meeting in the Art room.  It is after school until approximately 4:30.  Students do not need to stay the whole time.  ***It is also an out of uniform day to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims-minimum donation of $3.

2)  WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6th:  Meet the Teacher Night - 7:00-9:00 pm

3)  THURSDAY, SEPT. 7th:  Altered Book Project DUE at the beginning of class

4)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 12th:  First Art Club Meeting of the year!!  It will be after school in the Art room until about 3:30.  Come and help out with organizing the activities that you want the Art Club to do this year.

5)  THURSDAY, SEPT. 14th:  First Sketchbook assignment of the quarter is DUE

Week of August 28th-September 1st, 2017

Well, you made it through the first two weeks of school!  And we have begun our first big project-the Altered Book Project.  Most students have come up with a plan and have started work on altering their book.  There's a lot going on in the Art room.  It's really very exciting!  

We will take a short break from the Book project on Monday to discuss the creativity exercises that students completed over the last two weeks.  We will see how they relate to the Altered Book project that they are currently working on.

Tuesday through Friday will be work days for the Book project.  The tentative deadline for the project will be next Wednesday, Sept. 6th.  As the week progresses I will set that deadline definitively.

I will also go over the Sketchbook assignments for the quarter towards the end of the week.

DATES AND DEADLINES:

1) WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30th:  Schedule #2- Advisee meeting at the end of the day

2)  FRIDAY, SEPT. 1st:  First Pep Rally of the school year

3) TUESDAY, SEPT. 5th:  Poster Club meeting in the Art room after school until 3:30 or 4

4)  WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6th:  Tentative Deadline for the Altered Book Project

5)  FRIDAY, SEPT. 8th:  All art supplies in a  box are DUE in the Art room

6)  TUESDAY, SEPT. 12th:  First Art Club meeting of the year after school in the Art room

Week of August 21st-25th, 2017

I think we have had a great start to the year.  With the first week of school under our belts, we are ready to get started with our first big project.  We did a few creativity exercises last week and will finish up with one we started on Friday tomorrow.  On Tuesday I will introduce our Altered Book project and students will choose their book.  This is one of my favorite (as well as past students' favorite) projects.  There really is no limit to what can be done with your book.  The project will take approximately one week to complete.  I will get back with a more concrete due date once I see what the students come up with.  

In the next week or two, we will be having the first Art Club meeting of the year.  We encourage anyone who likes to make art or just enjoys art to come.  The first Poster Club meeting of the year will take place tomorrow, Monday, August 21st directly after school until approximately 3:30 or 4 in the Art Room.  We always need artists!  

DATES AND DEADLINES:

1)  MONDAY, AUG.21st:  Signed Student Contract and Student Questionnaires are DUE!  Also, the first Poster Club meeting of the year in the Art room directly after school until approximately 3:30 or 4.

2)  TUESDAY, AUG. 22nd:  Introduction of the Altered Book Project.  DUE DATE TBD (sometime next week)

3)  THURSDAY, AUG. 24th:  Underclassman Picture Day.  Remember to wear a dress shirt and tie.

Fundamentals of Art Supply List (2017-2018)

1)    Art Box (with a lock) (This can be a fishing tackle box or even a file box that can be locked)        (I do NOT recommend a key lock, because keys get lost very easily)

2)  Portfolio –You can buy one OR you have the option of making one yourself (I will allow students time during the first week of school to make them.  We will have the supplies in the Art Room) by taping/attaching 2 pieces of cardboard or poster board together to make one -*** It should be able to fit a piece of paper that is 18” x 24” without folding it.

3)  Sketchbook (preferably one with a spiral binding)-Any size between 8 ½” x 11” and 11” x 14”

4)  Drawing pencils (At least 3 different kinds: Some examples are: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB, 4H, 6H, EE) They are often sold in sets.  The Art Dept. will provide Ebony pencils which we will use primarily in the beginning.

5)  Small Handheld Pencil Sharpener

6)  Kneaded eraser OR Gum Eraser

7)  Rubber Cement

8)  X-acto Knife   (an extra pack of blades may be needed during the year)

9)  Set of colored pencils (or a good mix of colors) 

10)  Set of Markers (Crayola or another cheaper brand is fine)

11)  2 Fine Point Black Sharpie Markers

12)  Minimum of 3 Paint Brushes (One Small (Fine tip), One Medium and One Large (wider fan or flat))

13)  Set of Opaque paints (Either Tempera or Acrylic)                                                                                  At minimum: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Brown and White

14)  Oil Pastels (Set of 10 or more)

15)  Masking tape

AND ANY OTHER THINGS THAT YOU CAN THINK OF TO MAKE ART WITH!!!!!

**Remember the supplies DO NOT need to be brand new

**YOUR NAME is of VITAL importance and MUST BE PERMANENTLY and CREATIVELY (if you like) attached on ALL your art supplies, especially your Art box.

**Your Art box, Art Board (which you will get from me) and Portfolio will be kept in the Art Room