Semester 1: Elements of Art
This website and this handout are helpful if you are looking for concise definitions and examples of each of the Elements.
Pattern and Collage (Line and Shape): White drawing paper, black felt tip pens, magazines, glue sticks
Oil Pastel Letters and Shapes (Color and Value): Old file folders, white drawing paper, oil pastels, Q-tips, rulers and compasses
Colored Pencil Posters (Texture): Colored pencil, baby oil, 12″ x 18″ drawing paper OR Safe City contest boards, Q-tips
Styrofoam Cup Sculptures (Form): X-acto knives, styrofoam cups
Surreal Perspective Paintings (Space): Heavy duty poster board or canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, perspective handouts
Semester 2: Principles of Design
This website has terrific visual explanations for each of The Principles of Design.
Layered Cut Paper (Balance and Movement): 9″ x 12″ construction paper, X-acto knives
Metallic Mandalas (Emphasis and Proportion): 9″ x 9″ black paper, metallic colored pencils, circle graph paper
Printmaking and Button Fundraiser (Contrast): Button maker and parts, linoleum, carving tools, squares of paper, brayers, block printing ink, spray bottles
Artist Trading Cards (Unity and Variety): 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards, drawing, printmaking, painting, and collage materials
To wrap up the year, I partnered with another art teacher at our school. We showed our classes examples of artist trading cards and discussed how the sets of cards had Unity and Variety. Students were able to choose from all of the supplies we had used through out the year. At the end of the project, we brought our classes together and facilitated a card exchange.