Warm/Cool Fish

Last year the sixth graders explored color theory with the cool/warm parrots. This year we tried something new. Students created cool paper with various watercolor techniques. I believe the sedan wrap on wet paper was their favorite. They also created paper with warm colors. When the papers dried, they tore up the cool paper to make a sea. They used the warm paper to create sea life. The end result a mixed media collage with high visual contrast.

O’Keefe Inspired Watercolors

EQ: Where do artists gather inspiration

I’m not going to lie. Watercolors are deceptively difficult.

Over the years I’ve learned I really need to teach watercolors as a whole unit.

We begin with the very basics. How to get the colors ready, how to use the palette, how to use the brush, not holding the palette sideways when putting away!

Then we move into mixing colors with a color wheel.  My students make a color wheel for each new medium. Then we explored various techniques through a guided step by step painting where we all painted the same thing.

Then the students were ready and able to pick their own subjects.

Pencil Surrealist Drawing

EQ: What makes Surrealism so Surreal?

TSWAT identify a piece of surreal art.
TSWBAT analyze, evaluate, and interpret a Surrealist Art Piece.
TSWBAT modify, tranform, scale, and distort a pencil to fit the contour of a selected image.

Scale: Changing an object’s scale, or relative size.
Levitation:Floating objects that don’t normally float
Juxtaposition:Joining two images together in 
impossible combinations
Dislocation:Taking an object form its usual environment and placing it in an unfamiliar
Transparency:Making objects transparent that are 
not usually transparent
Metamorphosis:Changing objects in unusual way
Natural Laws Reversed: The laws of nature are reversed as in people walking dogs.
Repetition: An object repeated multiple times.

After learning about the surrealist art movement, students used two of the key ideas of Surrealism (transformation and repetition) to create their own spin on surrealism using a No. 2 pencil.

Art and Crafts Movement Collaborative Art Analysis and Powerpoint.

Students will work together to describe, analyze, evaluate, and judge a piece of art from the Arts and Craft period. We have previously gone over the movement and talked about the key identifying features.

Each student is given a copy of a Google Slide using Google Classroom.
They will be given a piece of art to reserach and will work togetehr to fill out the information on the Slides.

  1. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/69.91.2/
  2. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/69.150/

3. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1985.261/

4. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1991.311.1/

6. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1991.145/4.

7. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/52.43.1/

8. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/52.43.2/

9. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/52.43.3/

10. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1976.389.1/

11. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1986.445/

12. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1992.127/

13. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1983.26/

14. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2004.334/

15. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2005.464/

16. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1972.20.2/

17. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1972.60.1/

18. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1989.129/

19. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2000.31/

20. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1990.49/

6th Grade Optical Art

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?