Aboriginal Bark Painting Students consider the importance of understanding the meaning or purpose of art from other art worlds in order to avoid unintentional offense to the people of another culture.
Allegory in Painting Students are introduced to allegory through the works of a number of well-known artists, including Thomas Cole and Caravaggio. Students define allegory, identify allegorical themes in a number of paintings and explain what makes an image allegorical.
Arranging Nature: Watercolors Students choose meaningful objects for a still-life arrangement and paint it using watercolors. After reflecting on their choice of objects and composition, students begin to write an artist's statement.
Art Criticism Have your students analyze different ways the visual arts provide unique modes for communicating ideas, actions and emotions. Then have your students evaluate visual arts' effective use for communication.
Brown Bag It Students draw an object relying only on their sense of touch and imagination and then draw it again using their powers of observation to create a detailed study of the object. Comparisons are then made of the two drawings.
Ceramics: A Vessel Into History Students view ceramic vessels from different time periods and cultures and discuss their meanings, functions and original contexts. They develop criteria for value and meaning of these objects, and create a timeline to situate the objects in history.
Coil Constructed Pots Students learn the terms and steps associated with the handbuilding techniques. Coil technique is one of the oldest and most universal ceramic techniques and demands precision, skill and time.
Computer Collage To teach the basics of Computer manipulation of digital images. To teach scanning. To teach principles of collage. Review shading using three basic values. To teach color schemes.