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Posterized Grid Painting

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The purpose of this unit is to teach students about Pop Art and to expand what they previously learned during the color wheel lesson to an actual photograph they will use for reference. Students will use a photograph from the internet, a family member or a self-portrait they would like to re-create. During the lesson

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Color Wheel Sketchbook

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SKETCHBOOK #4 – Create 2 – 4”x8” rectangles. Each rectangle has to have a design that would allow them to incorporate two colors (one for the color wheel color, and one for the complementary color). Check out the lesson photo gallery for ideas (Radial Color Design). Think easy, this is a quick lesson. Maybe organic

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Radial Color Design

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Even though this is 12th grade, many of my seniors have not had art since 8th grade, so a refresher on the color wheel is needed, especially since their next couple of lessons involve painting and mixing colors. I usually start out with a Prezi lecture that consists of a two day lecture. The first

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Beyond the Border Flash Assignment

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SKETCHBOOK #3 – FLASH ART – Think of what you would like to design for the Beyond the Border project and create 6 concept sketches. A concept sketch is an idea of what you would like to do – the more concepts the more ideas, the more to pick from. You MUST have approval of

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Creating a Focal point by going Beyond the Border

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This lesson is great to teach emphasis, focal points and the Rule of Thirds while teaching them general pen & ink techniques and value. First, I introduce them to a 2D mixed media art piece that explores the expansion of the main subject matter that is in the inner rectangle branching into the border around

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Sketchbook 1&2 Finding shapes in EVERYTHING

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Many of my students have not had art since 8th grade, so in the beginning of the year I start my students out with relatively easy sketchbook assignments so they can grasp just how to use a sketchbook and how to look at everyday objects. Students usually feel that observational drawing is so hard because

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Do not fear mistakes - there are none.

On being human

( Miles David )

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

On growing up

( Pablo Picasso )

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it

On being an artist

( Kurt Vonnegut )

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

On being yourself

( Dr Suess )

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

On being and artist

( Paul Strand )

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

On being yourself

( Scott Adams )

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

On being an artist

( Oscar Wilde )

There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.

On being an artist

( Henry Moore )

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

On Running Away

( Twyla Tharp )

Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.

On Perfection

( Salvador Dali )

To be an artist is to believe in life.

On life

( Henry Moore )

To create one’s own world takes courage.

On courage

( Georgia O’Keeffe )

Creativity takes courage

On Creativity

( Henri Matisse )

I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.

On seeking art

( Vincent van Gogh )

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