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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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Japanese 4-Hole Book Binding

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This is a two-fold lesson. This lesson is intended to introduce students to various bookbinding techniques used in Japan while allowing them to utilize the experience to create their very own sketchbook. The goal of this lesson is to have the students produce their own sketchbook according to the specifics given during the initial lecture

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Learning about Expressive lines with Zentangles

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I have always had a love for Zentangles, maybe its because they can be done anywhere – on anything. A way to doodle with meaning, if you will. Did you ever want to just doodle, but where thinking “What do I doodle?” Do a Zentangle… With that in mind, this lesson is a great first

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Smash Mouth Portraits

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Students will learn how to use value with their graphite pencil, and how to create a non-traditional portrait of themselves using a grid. Using a grid, students will draw their edited photos. The distorted drawing aspect works well because of the way it changes facial features and keeps kids from trying to make things perfect.

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S1 Final Study Guide

I will add to this study guide as we go through the semester. So keep checking back periodically. This will only be on what you have learned since I started. QUIZLET Practice Quiz Elements of Art: Line, Color, Value Types of Contour Lines – Cross Contour Line, Gesture Drawing, Continuous Contour Line, Pure Contour Line,

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Contour Line Sketchbook Assignment

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My Phone and I So you LOVE your phone! With your phone leaning on something, set up a still life. A Still Life is a drawing of an arrangement of objects. Maybe your phone is leaning on your make-up, or keys, or by books. Then in your sketchbook create 3 squares that are 4 inches

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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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