6th Grade Optical Art

LearningTargets:
The student will: 
– Identify and create artwork based on the elements of art and on the principles of art. 
– Demonstrate through their artwork how to use the elements of art to show movement and express feelings. 
– Recognize, compare and use different media to create their artwork. 
– Develop a respect and appreciation for the artwork of artists, including classmates’ art. 
– Recognize and compare differences in several art mediums. 
– Create representational and abstract art. 
– Learn to create proper shading and blending. 
– Communicate thoughts, feelings and experiences to others through art. 
– Understand terms that are basic to art media, procedures and techniques, as well as art appreciation. 

Enduring Understandings:
6th Grade students will develop an understanding of how generating ideas and planning can lead to expressive creations. Students will also have a better understanding of how color theory influences artists. Artists will communicate meaning through the visual arts. 

Essential Questions:

How did Op Art change the Art world?
What is composition?
What are the elements and principles of design?
How can artists use the Line and pattern to create kinetic art?


Texture Monsters

I changed things up today and I read the story Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak. It was after lunch so I think the students enjoyed taking a break for a few minutes and listening to a story. Then we reread the book through the eyes of an illustrator and noted all the rich textures. I had my student’s fill out a worksheet with some of the various textures they saw.

Then we created our own monsters. Today the kids created their first monster with no texture. Tomorrow they will be reproducing their monsters 4 times and applying a different texture to each one. I will be out tomorrow for a professional deveopment so I’m leaving a video of the next steps for them to follow with the Guest Teacher.

The above examples were made by my 12 week exploratory class.

Educating for Careers

Presenting at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento, March 2019.

I had the wonderful opportunity to present with our CTE team at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento. We discussed how we grew our wonderful CTE middle school program from 1 CTE course to 5. We now offer courses in Robotics, Coding, Health, Engineering, and may favorite Digital Design.

I also had the opportunity to attend some amazing sessions, meet other educators, and even pick up some swag. I should be good in the pen department until the end of the school year.

I had the wonderful opportunity to present with our CTE team at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento. We discussed how we grew our wonderful CTE middleschool program from 1 CTE course to 5. We now offer cources in Robotics, Coding, Health, and

Word Art – Digital Design Class/CTE

After looking at professional logo designs that used words to create an image, students chose nouns to turn into literal word art.
Students began first with an exploration of thumbnails. They collaborated together to refine, modify and edit their designs. Students took photos of their designs using Photo Booth, imported it into Adobe AI, placed it on it’s own layer with a transparency of 50% They then created a new layer and used the pen tool and pathfinder tool to create their words. 

One Point Perspective Rooms – CTE Graphic Design

One of the very first things we do in our Graphic Design class after becoming familiar with Photoshop and how to import and download images is create a Dream Bedroom. What’s nice about this project is that the students already have a previous understanding of how to create perspective from their beginning art course. 

This lesson focused on: Importing a photo, creating layers, creating a layer mask, using the trasform, warp, and perspective tool.