Students studied the work of Paul Klee, specifically his painting "Castle and Sun". Students practiced identifying the difference between geometric and organic shapes, then created an abstract cityscape with oil pastels using geometric shapes and abstract use of color and pattern.
Students studied the life and work of American sculptor, Alexander Calder. Inspired by his "stabile" sculptures, students created a unified and balanced paper sculpture by using a variety of paper techniques.
Students studied the work of Italian painter, Georgio Morandi and noticed the muted tones, simplicity and pleasing compositions of his still life paintings. Students learned various acrylic painting techniques and then painted their own still life from observation. They were encouraged to be free to change placement and colors of some of the objects if it served the composition.
Students studied the art of illustration and created a character profile for a favorite fictional character. Students used their profile to create a descriptive illustration of their chosen character using watercolor pencil on a recycled book page.
Students honed their drawing skills by drawing a still-life from observation with pencil. They learned and experimented with many colored pencil techniques and used these to add color and detail to their drawings.
Students studied the art of German Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich. Students were inspired by his paintings which often portray dramatic skies and dark silhouettes. They used the wet-in-wet technique to create their watercolor skies and ink/acrylic paint to create their silhouette.
Students studied the life and work of French post impressionist, Paul Cezanne. They paid special attention to his distinctive brushstrokes and well-balanced compositions. Students drew their still-life from observation and used tempera to paint in the style of Cezanne.
Students studied the life and work of Dutch artist, M.C. Escher. Escher loved mathematics and was famous for his tessellations, repeated designs made up of shapes that fit together perfectly. After looking at many of his intricate drawings and prints, students responded by creating their own creature tessellations with colored pencils.