Friday, September 26, 2008

Announcements Bayram Week

Grade 6 & 7:
You have NO homework.

Grade 8:
Your homework is to do Cell Research in your Development Sketchbook.

  1. Write and explanation of the Cell Project (see blog postings Cell 1 & Cell 2) using your own words and handwriting the explanation. Do not cut and paste from the Internet.
  2. Find at least 3 images as references. Remember to say what the images are of and where they come from.
  3. Draw your cells 2 times: Draw in detail 2 of the cells that you have researched using your Contour Drawing skills. Draw the 2 cells again and this time create a colour scheme for your picture. Create your own colour scheme and try not to copy the colours from your reference pictures.
Enjoy your Bayram Break!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cells 2

How to set up your Cell Research in your Development Sketchbook
To start your cell research you will need to have the following elements in your Development Sketchbook. Remember to write everything in your own words.

  1. Write the date on the page (top-right-hand-corner).
  2. Give your page a title: Cell Research.
  3. Write an explanation of the assignment. For Example (do not copy this): We are studying cells in Biology and our first painting assignment in Art is to paint a large-format painting of a cell-structure. Ms. Lacoste has asked us to research three images of cell structure in our Development Sketchbooks. For the Art research we have to draw 2 of the cells twice, once just as a line drawing and the second time as a line drawing that we colour using Watercolour pencil. This assignment is to familiarize us with the structure of different cells as we learn about them and think about what our final painting will look like.
  4. Paste a minimum of 3 images into your books, label the type of cell they are and where you found the image, the source.
  5. Draw 2 of the cells two times. 1 line drawing + 1 Coloured for both cells = 4 sketches
  6. Create your own colour scheme for the cells you have drawn, do not copy the images you have downloaded, use them only as a reference.
  7. Remember to be creative in the way that you present your Research, use your pages well and think about the lay-out of your information. You want it to be interesting and fun to look at.

These images come from the work of David Goodsell who is a Molecular Biologist as well as an artist. I put them side-by-side so that you could compare the black and white line drawing to the coloured one.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cells 1

In Biology you are going to be studying cells. As an off-shoot of that in art your first painting this year is going to be inspired by cells. I have asked you in class to look at images of different cells to start getting an idea what that painting could look like.

Here are some pictures to get you thinking. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Young and I will be clarifying for you exactly what this assignment should entail, but right now for me you are gathering ideas and putting them into your Development Sketchbooks.

I will be checking your progress this week.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kapadokya 1

The week after the Bayram (09 -11 October) you as a Grade 7 class are going to be visiting Cappadocia. While you are there you will be sketching different things for art class (the list will come later). This week in class we talked about interesting facts about Cappadocia.

I have a made a list of keywords to jolt your memories and also put a series of links over on the right-hand column under the heading Cappdocia for you to check out.

  1. Cappadocia (meaning of the word)
  2. Volcanic Tuff
  3. Underground City
  4. Troglodyte
  5. Christian
  6. Roman Empire
  7. Monk
  8. Fresco
  9. Pigment
  10. Pigeon
Each one of these words is a clue to some fact about the history of Cappadocia and therefore an interesting connection to art and architecture. Click on the words for more information AND visit the links over there ➚.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Announcements Week 4 (22-28 September, 2008)

Grade 6:
You will be continuing your colour charts in class this week.
Make sure that you have read the
blogpost: Colour 1

Grade 7:
You will be continuing your Fresco Contour Drawings in class this week and STILL be bringing in information to share about cool/interesting facts about Cappadocia.

Grade 8:
Your homework this weekend was to find/research images of cellular structure. I will be looking in your Development Sketchbooks for your ideas research.

This week in class you will complete the following:
1. Mount your 2 Eggs and a Box
2. Complete your Real to Surreal Contour Drawing
3. Initial research about CELLS

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Colour 1

Grade 6 this week you have started making your colour charts which you will use in future painting assignments. To complete this project you will be using the Primary colours (Yellow, Red, Blue) + Black and White. After talking in class you know that using these five colours you can create all the colours that you might need when painting + all their Tints and Shades.

Your colour chart will represent the following HUES: Yellow, Orange, Red, Violet, Blue, Green, their Shades and Tints, and you will also create a Grey Scale. This exercise will teach you how to mix your own colours successfully while getting to know the properties of the paints we are using in class. It will also show you how to determine Value (the lightness or darkness) and Intensity (the brightness or dullness) of a Hue.

Words that we talked about:

  1. Hue - in painting means pure colour
  2. Tint - is a Hue with White added to it (see above)
  3. Shade - is a Hue with Black added to it (see above)
  4. Value - the lightness or darkness of a colour
  5. Intensity - the brightness or dullness of a colour
I have posted some interesting links connected to colour over on the right-hand side of the blog under the heading Colour - go take a look at them.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


This year the only supply that you will need to buy is your Development Sketchbook.

On occasion throughout the year you might be asked to go and shop for a particular specialty item when we are working on various projects, but you will not need paint, pencils, brushes or paper - those will be provided in the classroom for you.

Your sketchbook should be A4 in size and bound, not spiral. IF you are continuing with your Development Sketchbook from last year (Grade 7 and Grade 8) then you do not need to buy a book.

We will talk in class this week about the books and I will show you examples of the type of book you should be looking for.

Meanwhile check out this link to Dan Hillier's website. He is an artist who has some examples of his own sketchbooks and they are amazing. Make sure you scroll through the pages.