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Office hours:
Tuesday 12-1p Art 3, AICE & AP
Thursday 1-2p Art 2 & IGCSE
I am available by email or zoom meeting, please schedule a time with me at your convenience.
myersna@pwcs.edu

Welcome to "Marking Period" 4!
In efforts to continue the learning process and to ensure that students are prepared for the next level of the Art curriculum, we will be posting weekly assignments and activities. These will serve purely as enrichment and review. I will happily respond to submissions with feedback; however, no grades will be submitted this Marking Period, and all year-end grades are calculated by averaging Marking Periods 1, 2, & 3 equally (33.3% each).

Marking Period 4 Assignments:
Choose your own adventure!

Since none of these assignments are going to be graded, we as an Art Department selected a few fun things we think will help you best prepare for the next level of Art. Feel free to try them all, or just select the handful that most align with what you’d like to improve and develop for yourself!

Options:
*Please note, each of these lessons are designed to fulfill your weekly class requirements over the next several weeks, and you are not expected to do all of these in one day/week!*😉 Have FUN!
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the *QuarantINK* Challenge:
Unconventional Materials Edition

Remember Inktober? Remember how there was just somehow *NEVER* enough time to do ALL those posts everyday? Well. You have the time. But what about the ink, you ask? By all means, any pen, sharpie or marker is fair game. But this time around, let’s try and spice it up a bit. Find materials around your house that you can substitute as art supplies. Try coffee, tea, juice, squished fruits, melted candies… and it doesn’t have to be limited to the kitchen! You know that old make-up you never use? What about things you can find outside?

Unconventional Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MskrsYQplY

This video does a good job explaining what unconventional (non-traditional) art materials are, and she gives us this great list of ideas for materials to use!
List of Unconventional Art Materials

Here’s the list of QuarantINK prompts. Be creative, original, and HAVE FUN!

List of Prompts for daily drawings 

*Note: there are plenty of other versions of these types of prompts out there, if you find another you prefer, go for it!*

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Figure Drawing: 
Figure Drawing of seated girl by Egon Schiele

Figure drawing is just one of those things that you can never get too much practice in. It’s tedious, yes, but it’s a skill that will speak volumes for you and your portfolio, if/when mastered. It is something that is relevant to all Art courses in High School and beyond! Use some of these resources and activity ideas to practice and develop your figure drawing portfolio. You’ll be happy you did!

Basic Proportions: Hopefully this all sounds super familiar to you! Check the photo references and follow along with the videos for a reminder of the process!

https://www.smore.com/pqsa2-figure-drawing

Once you feel confident in that check out the next step: Gestures.

https://www.smore.com/syvxc-gesture-drawing

Once you have this step down, you can start layering the Contour (AKA: what makes it actually look like the person you’re drawing *finally!*)

Practice: You know how everyone’s binging __*insert trending show here*___? Sounds like a perfect opportunity to practice some of these skills! Your models will no doubt be seated and occupied for plenty of time! Try it out with different people in your home, and then let them know what you think about their posture 😉 Jk.

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Hands: *coming soon!*

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Portraits: 
There’s 3 components to drawing accurate portraits:

1-You have to get the anatomy of the facial features correct. Being able to get the basic forms (3D!) down is the first half of the battle. The second half comes from mastering how they change when these features are part of an expression (happy, sad, confused, surprised etc…) PRACTICE as many as you can!

Eyes: https://www.smore.com/h3bjt-facial-features-eyes

Nose: https://www.smore.com/vz1a1-facial-features-nose

Mouth: https://www.smore.com/wxuak-facial-features-mouth

2-You have to put the facial features in the right spot and in the right size (AKA: accurate proportion). There are a lot of really cool coincidental, mathematical ways facial features align on the face. *I cannot stress this enough: DRAWING FROM SELFIES AND PHOTO PICTURES WILL ALTER AND EXAGGERATE THESE PROPORTIONS!*

*More resources coming soon!*

3-You have to have the right values in the right places. Often times, a perfect, but unshaded contour won’t look correct. It’ll look like something’s off. Try tracing a photo using your phone or laptop, if you don’t believe me.

*More resources coming soon!*

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Fabric: Now that you’ve worked so hard to get the figure’s proportions and details just right, what about the clothes? You’ll probably want to be able to add some convincingly realistic folds (and maybe wrinkles?) to the fabric. It’s as easy as shading!

https://www.smore.com/jrqk9-drawing-fabric

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Foreshortening: This is an important skill that allows you to create a sense of depth in your image using the concept that things closer to the viewer appear larger than things or parts of things that are further away, which appear smaller. It can let your figure reach, kick or stretch towards or away from the viewer. (It can also be applied to objects.)

*More coming soon!*

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The *Almost* Cure for Wanderlust

Same scenes out the same windows? Same mind-dulling scrolling on your screens? 
Why not see the world!? 
Seriously, though, in this unprecedented time, more virtual tours of the world’s most alluring travel destinations are right at your fingertips! Art museums all over the world are opening their virtual doors! Explore museums in countries you wish you could travel in, visit those landmark artworks on everyone’s bucket list and see what the buzz is all about, and most importantly, step outside of yourself and see the world around you and the history that made it what it is today.

A great Art resource for museums and MORE:https://artsandculture.google.com/

screenshot of Google Arts & Culture webpage
A NUMBER of museums and galleries have made their collections easily accessible, virtually. There are many, many more beyond this list (…enjoy that rabbit hole, if you like). We just selected a handful that contain some of our favorites:

Mr. Rabbetts: https://moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5076

The “MOMA” AKA: Museum of Modern Art is definitely a bucket-list destination  that you don’t have to leave the country for. There’s days to weeks-worth of fascinating art and artists to check out. The link above is to one of Mr. Rabbett’s favorites, Donald Judd.

Mrs. Myers: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/accueil.html?cHash=1030a57d48
In the heart of Paris, this museum is home to some of the most famous works of art by iconic artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Cezanne….but there’s sooo so many more!

Mr. Cox: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/arts-culture/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-tim-burton-display-at-the-neon-museum-2002197/
Virtual tour of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Mr. Braxton: https://washington.org/visit-dc/gordon-parks-national-gallery-art-exhibit

This link explains a bit about one of Mr. Braxton’s art-heroes, Gordon Parks. You can see his work in the National Gallery of Art in DC virtually, and in real-life whenever that happens again. 😉https://www.nga.gov/collection.html

More museums to check out:

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/04/02/these-museums-are-offering-free-virtual-tours/

A note about Art History

Literally everything you use on a daily basis has been influenced by an artist in some way. From packaging to product design, color and material (texture) selections, art and artists help curate the world around you. And inevitably, they are influenced by the art and artists around them. It’s a big circle! That’s why it’s important to understand the celebrated moments in Art History and the artists around us!

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Minecraft!
*you have to own the game, but don’t have to pay to build*minecraft

Minecraft? Art? Of course! It’s sculpture and architecture! You get to play with colors and texture, space…you don’t need to get caught up in all the nerdy details of how it’s art. Just know that it is, and HAVE FUN!

Email Mr. Cox (CoxS@pwcs.edu) and ask for a link to the server. You also have to let him know what your Minecraft name is. 
Find a Biom you like on the server and build anything you want that looks like it BELONGS THERE.
Add a sign to your building and please play nice! Don't destroy other people’s work.
It’s okay if you have never played before. The server is set to creative and this is meant to be a fun place to explore the idea of architecture in an environment totally dedicated to boxes in perspective.

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Other great reviews:

Elements of Art: https://www.smore.com/m1vw7-sb-elements-of-art

Shading 3D Forms: https://www.smore.com/fxgjm-value-shading-forms

One-Point Perspective: https://www.smore.com/tjt7w-1-point-perspective

Two-Point Perspective: https://www.smore.com/uxzn0-2-point-treehouse

Warm Vs. Cool Colors: https://www.smore.com/usr8p-warm-cool


NEWS:

Your work & personal belongings at school: 

Some of you may have work and/or personal belongings/materials stored in the cabinets in school. I hope to have an answer for you as soon as possible. However, as of right now, there is still no plan for even us teachers to retrieve things from our classrooms. My poor succulents...and also your work and stuff, that too... but I will keep pressing this issue and let you know if there's any developments. 

AICE Exams

-AICE Exams are cancelled for this year. Teachers are working on communicating with Cambridge to award credits for AICE classes despite the absence of testing. 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email me! 

Thanks for checking in and stay well! 
<3
Mrs. Myers

Course Description:

AICE Art & Design:
 11th & 12th grade; must have successfully completed IGCE Art & Design
Students will complete comprehensive work-studies and develop their own body of work that shows evidence of in-depth study of various subject matter, media and techniques. Students will be responsible for Components 1 & 2 of the AICE course, which will be submitted for evaluation in Cambridge in June. 

Office/Studio hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:15-4:00