Class Outline

10/5     Observational Drawing

  • Contemporary Artist: Pam Rogers (www.pamrogers.com).
  • Medium: Graphite, Watercolor, Markers, and Plaster Gauze
  • Students will explore the works of Pam Rogers while focusing on the importance of observation in the drawing process. Working from a still life, they will practice their looking skills. Next, we will gather natural materials from our environment such as twigs, leaves, flowers, etc. to create our own three dimensional botanical illustrations.

10/12   Botanical Illustrations

  • Continue the exploration of our natural environment through botanical illustrations.

 10/19   Gesture

  • Artist: Edgar Degas
  • Medium: Chalk Pastel
  • Students will create a figure drawing in a gestural style to depict movement on colored paper.

 10/26   Masks

  • African and Native American Masks
  • Medium: Cloud Clay
  • Students will think about the tribal traditions surrounding masks and the important role they served in celebrations. Based on their observations and personal interests, they will create a tribal mask.

 11/2     “Sculptural” Painting

  • Artist: Vincent van Gogh
  • Medium: Tempera Paint
  • Van Gogh is best known for his use of color and unique mark making. After exploring his works, students will create their own impasto painting.

11/9     Art and Movement: American Abstract Expressionism

  • Artist: Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning
  • Medium: Tempera
  • In the same vein as the van Gogh project, students will study the works of two abstract expressionists that used their entire bodies when working on a painting. Students will create their own versions of an action painting, focusing on color and broad strokes.

11/16   Cubism Sculpture

  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Medium: Fabric and Tempera
  • Students will create a fabric self-portrait sculpture in the style of a Picasso painting.

11/23   Cubism Sculpture (continued)

11/30   No Class – Thanksgiving Weekend

12/7     Final Class – Story Quilts

  • Artist: Faith Ringgold
  • Using the semester’s experiences as a guide, students will create their own story quilt square.
  • Write artist statement for showcase
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