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 theContinue reading “Texture Monsters”
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 opportunityContinue reading “Educating for Careers”
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 itContinue reading “Word Art – Digital Design Class/CTE”
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. ThisContinue reading “One Point Perspective Rooms – CTE Graphic Design”
To introduce this lesson we watched this cute video about Matisse. We looked at his work and how he created rooms using, perspective and color. We took our lesson in One Point Perspective a little further and created themed rooms. Students used color pencils to add value and create depth through shading.
One point perspective can be a challenge to teach. The vocabulary can be daunting, and interest soon fades. I found grid paper is a great way to help calm axieties of trying to draw a straight line. Also names are naturally engaging.
Sixth Graders learned to create paper masks. Based on the video by Peggy Flores, students learned various paper techniques to create these amazing forms. Want to make your own mask, check out the planning sheet I have available.
After learning about how Sir. Isaac Newton created the color wheel, students set off to create their own. Want to try this lesson yourself? All of the documents I created are available for purchase at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creative-Color-Wheel-Project-4298251
Sixth graders studied cool and warm color schemes. We then used wet on wet watercolor technique to paint the background in either cool or warm colors then used a wet on dry technique to paint the bird using the opposite color scheme.
Welcome to Mrs. Dowd’s Art Class. I teach 6-8 grade art to a bunch of incredible kids. Here I will be documenting my lessons and work for my students, parents, and other educators. I hope you enjoy our Middle School Journey to the Art Side.