6th grade: 


    IDENTITY MASK PROJECT:  6th grade HD and Art classes travel to the Cranbrook Art Museum to see both the Nick Cave Sound Suit and a selection of masks from different cultures.  These art historical references are part of our discussion on identity.  This is a CAM and CIS staff collaboration. Thank-you to Cameron Wood and Kelly Lyons!  After the visit to CAM, the girls will brainstorm on their individual identity and then plan and create a mask of their own.  The masks will be made concurrently in HD and Art classes sharing resources. 

    • October 10th, 10:10-11am HD/ART to CAM
    • October 11th, 10:10-11am HD/ART to CAM


    CERAMIC DESIGN: 6th grade Art Classes traveled to the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see both hand-made pottery from ancient cultures and geological silicates related to clay and glazes.

    • Feb. 7th and 12th, 10:10-11am Art to CIS





    7th grade Printmaking

    •  7th grade art to Cranbrook Art Museum  (Ryan McGinness Show) March 7th and 8th from 1:15-200pm.
    • CAM to 7th grade MSG art room for silk screen workshop on March 13th and 14thfrom 1:15-2:00pm.


    7th grade Architecture

     ARCHITECTURE DESIGN THINKING PROJECT: 7th grade classes will observe and sketch architecture examples in Washington, D.C. as well as visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Smith House as prelude to our architecture design project.

    Cranbrook Art Museum Curator of Education, Kelly Lyons will meet us at the Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith” House for a tour (5045 Ponvalley Road, Bloomfield Township, MI.) Waiting on confirmation of this date.

    • April 17th and 18th  (1:15-2pm)


    Emily Wurm and Mr. Thies will direct  a Design Thinking workshop on architectural “mass model” making  (GMS Art Room)

    • April 19th and 20th (1:10-2:05pm)


    Kelly Lyons and Mr. Thies will  conduct a student centered Design Thinking critique of our mass models.

    • April 23rd and 24th (1:10-2:05pm)
    • April 25th -May 2nd, TinkerCad Lab time




    8th Grade

    8th grade Art classes will travel to the Cranbrook Art Museum to see the Chairs in the Collections Wing as part of our Design: Chair Making Unit. Upon returning to the art room, the girls will make paper chair proto-types and then design models of chairs on the computer. Chairs will be made individually, and in collaboration.  The girls will create 3-D models of the chairs in TinkerCad to be printed by the 3-D printer.


    • April 9rd and 10th, Art classes visit the Cranbrook Art Museum Chair Collection (11:40am-12:20pm)
    • April 11th and 12th, chair model construction in art room.
    • April 13-20th  -Chair Construction in TinkerCad.




Welcome to Mr. Thies' Art Room

Mr. Thies uses this web site to organize information for Art.  Student specific information will be occasionally showcased on Mr. Thies’ CranNet pages.

 You may e-mail Mr. Thies at rthies@cranbrook.edu