GRADES 6-8 ART

ART PROJECT: Food as Art!

Materials: Food (your choice)

Instructions: View the Food as Art! presentation below for inspiration and instructions. Send a picture of your completed project to art@olvisitation.org. Have fun and remember you can eat this artwork!

ART PROJECT: One-Point Perspective Drawing

Draw a room using one-point perspective. Just follow along with the video. All you need is white paper, pencil, eraser, ruler and something to color your drawing in with. Make sure all guidelines go back to the one vanishing point.

Share your finished drawing with art@olvisitation.org!

ART PROJECT: Collagraph Printmaking

Collagraph Printmaking by Cassie Stephenz

Materials:
Cardboard (cereal or cracker box will work), scissors, glue, aluminum foil, heavyweight white paper, water-based markers, water in spray bottle

Directions:
Watch the attached video for a full demonstration or follow these easy directions. You can use any subject matter but remember in printmaking everything will print in reverse. So if you are using letters or numbers you will need to reverse them on the printing plate. This is easily done by just flipping over once cut out.
Demonstration Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_zogZXHjqA/?igshid=fe5ng81hivmr
1. Make the printing plate: Draw an image on the cardboard and cut it out in several pieces. The more pieces the better it will be. Cardboard pieces may be layered on top of each other.
2. Glue cardboard pieces onto another piece of cardboard, 8″ x 10″ or less is a good size.
3. When glue is dry cover with aluminum foil. Rub it down over the cardboard pieces. Seal the aluminum foil around the back of the cardboard. Tape or glue in place on back.
4. Use water-based markers (permanent markers like Sharpies will not work) to draw on and around the raised cardboard pieces.
5. Spray the paper with water, lay the printing plate colored side down on the wet paper and press. When you peel the printing plate off the image should stay on the paper.
6. Wipe off the printing plate, dry and try another drawing. You can print again and again!

ART PROJECT: Photography Walk

1. Take a photography walk! All you need is a camera, cell phone, or iPad and the great outdoors.
2. Pick a theme from nature. For example –

  • Flower types, colors
  • Rock types, textures, sizes
  • Leaf types, shapes, colors
  • Insect types, colors
  • Spider webs types
  • Cloud types, shapes
  • The list is really endless

3. Zoom in to get a lot of detail in your photographs. Also when you zoom in you won’t have a lot of distracting background.
4. Make a photo collage. You can print them and glue together OR just organize into a digital document.
5. Share your finished photo collage at art@olvisitation.org

ART PROJECT: Zentangle Architecture

Drawing of the Taj Mahal in India

Try an architecture drawing!
Materials: White heavy weight paper (any size), pencil, black Sharpie marker, watercolor paints, brush, water cup.
1. Research famous architecture with this link: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-most-famous-structures-in-the-world.html or find an image on your own. Pick one to draw.
2. Draw the image with pencil on white paper. Watercolor paper would be best, but any heavy weight white paper will work. Use lines only, no shading. Try to keep everything in proportion and pay attention to details. Leave the background blank for now.
3. Add repeated patterns in the drawing. We call this the “Zentangle” part of the drawing. A Zentangle is a Zen-like drawing practice that is very repetitive and can also be very relaxing. Here are some examples of Zentangle patterns but feel free to create your own.

4. Trace all lines and patterns with black Sharpie marker.
5. Paint the background with watercolor paints. When mixing colors try to use an analogous color group so the colors mix well. Analogous colors are the ones next to each other on the color wheel, for example, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue are analogous colors.

ART PROJECT: Figure Sculpture

Supplies: Paper and pencil, wire (thin coat hanger will work or thin wire on a roll) OR aluminum foil, wire cutter/pliers, scissors, masking tape, acrylic paint.

  1. Review the PDF presentation on Alberto Giacometti.
  2. Ask a family member to pose for you. Draw several quick drawings of your model in a pose. You may use props. Don’t worry about details. Choose your favorite drawing. 
  3. Start with a piece of wire. Bend and twist to form the figure. Use pliers if needed. If you don’t have wire you can use aluminum foil instead. Just roll the foil to form the figure before covering with masking tape.
  4. Layer masking tape over the wire to build up the surface. Make sure your figure can balance on its own.
  5. Paint with acrylic paint. Limit to one color. Display your figure sculpture!

ART PROJECT: Pop Art Figure Portrait

In this Pop Art Movement Lesson, students will use an image of themselves, replicate it and layer it to create the illusion of movement.

Materials
Pencil
Watercolor Paper (or thick white paper)
Water Color Paint Set
Paintbrush
Cup of Water
Kleenex for blotting paint
Black construction paper
Colored construction paper
Colored pencils, crayons, or oil pastels
Glue sticks
Scissors

Inspiration/Artist
Andy Warhol
Roy Lichtenstein
Video: What is Pop Art? By Tate Kids

1. Have someone photograph you in an action pose. Make sure your whole body shows in the photo. Print the photo.

2. Use watercolor to paint various papers. Paint at least four different papers. Let the papers dry completely. These will be the papers you cut images out from for the collage.
3. Cut out your image in the photo. Trace image onto the watercolor papers. Trace right around the image onto the painted paper OR face the photo and the paper upside down. This first example shows it facing up.  The challenge here is you may get pencil marks on the photo AND the pencil marks may show after you cut out the shape.

4. Repeat this process several times (minimum 4 times) on different painted papers.  Next, glue all of the cut out images to a black piece of paper.  Each image should layer in an interesting format.
5. Optional: Use colored pencils, crayons or oil pastels to create a repeated pattern on the black paper before gluing the images to it. Frame on a larger piece of construction paper.

ART PROJECT: String Art

You can make String Art projects on cardboard making holes and putting threads through them.

Supplies: Heavy cardboard, pencil, large needle, thread
Directions:
1. Draw your image on the back of the cardboard breaking the image into individual shapes.
2. Use the needle (or a nail) to poke holes along edge of shapes. Make sure the holes aren’t too close together or the cardboard might tear.
3. Thread the needle and begin pulling needle through the holes to fill in one shape at a time. Cross over and experiment with different patterns and colors of thread.

ART PROJECT: Abstract Organic Sculpture

Organic Shapes are irregular shapes found in nature such as leaves, clouds, people, and animals. In contrast to geometric shapes, organic shapes typically don’t have names. Geometric Shapes are shapes like circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, etc.

Try this three-dimensional sculpture at home. You can substitute materials if you need to.

ART PROJECT: Principles of Design

Review the Principles of Design PDF first. Download below, then follow directions below.

Materials: Index cards, magazines, scissors, glue sticks.

Directions: Based on the information you just reviewed, find the following Principles of Design in magazine images. Cut out the image and glue to one side of the index card. Write the Principle of Design on the reverse side. See how many of each you can find!

Repetition
Balance
Emphasis
Contrast
Unity

ART PROJECT: Lessons in Proportion

Materials: Magazines, scissors, glue stick, pencil, colored pencils, white paper

Directions: Find images of facial features in magazines, cut out and glue to white paper. Reproduce the image with pencil, pay attention to proportion. Color with colored pencils.

ART PROJECT: Still-Life Drawing

Materials: White paper, pencils, colored pencils, still-life objects

Directions: Gather some simple objects in your kitchen that you are interested in drawing, such as fruits and vegetables, dishes, vases, flowers, etc. Draw the objects in pencil first, paying attention to proportions so that things look like they are the correct size and direction. Overlap objects to give the drawing a better composition. Once you have the objects drawn correctly, color with colored pencils. Use darker colors to show shaded areas and lighter colors to show highlights.