Color Theory Graffiti Names
We started this lesson by discussing the artwork of the street artist Banksy. Students really connect with his slightly sarcastic method of social commentary. Then we used the website graffiticreator.net to look at examples of what their names would look like in different graffiti-inspired fonts. After the students had a sketch of their name to work with, we discussed primary, secondary and tertiary colors as well as how to mix them. These projects were created using only red, blue and yellow to mix all the colors.
Architectural Reflection Print
The 7th graders were each assigned a famous piece of architecture to study. After doing some research in the library they sketched and created a print of their building. Then students painted water color background to print their buildings on. Finally each student shared what they had learned with the class. See if you can identify these famous architectural wonders.
Zentangle Surrealist Portrait
We discussed the Surrealist movement and looked at some works by famous Surrealist artists including Salvidor Dali and Rene Magritte. Then students created their own Surrealist work of art by finding a "head" in magazine and adding a body to it. The challenge was to add Surreal elements to each picture and express something about the character's personality. Then students divided up the background and filled in the spaces with Zentangle patterns that included varied types of line and value.
Students studied the architecture and art of Friendsreich Hundertwasser. He is an Austrian artist and architect who has a very unique style that emphasizes organic lines and nature. Then they created their own landscape that incorporates at least five elements of his art and architecture, while paying close attention to the Elements of Design.
1 Point Perspective Museum Room
7th Graders deepened their understanding of 1 Point Perspective by creating a room in a museum that contains 3 famous works of art and 3 original works of art. We discussed various careers related to work in a museum and what a curator does. Students were invited to curate their own exhibit! Each gallery has a theme to bring all the artwork together. See if you can spot some famous works of art in these galleries.