6th grade: 

  • CERAMIC DESIGN: 6th grade Art Classes will travel to the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see both hand-made pottery from ancient cultures and geological silicates related to clay and glazes. The visit will take place in the public gallery area and also in CIS vault. 
    • October 3rd, 10:10-11am Art to CIS
    • October 4th, 10:10-11am, Art to CIS
  • 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  These art historical references are part of our discussion on identity.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




    7th grade:

  • PRINTMAKING DESIGN:  7th grade Art classes will visit  the Cranbrook Art Museum  Girard Exhibit to focus on use of repeated patterns and the Design Process.
    • September 12th (1:15-2:00pm)
    • September 13th (1:15-2:00pm)
    • September 18th (1:10-2:05pm) CAM Educators come to our art room for a silk screen workshop.
    • September 19th (1:10-2:05pm) CAM Educators come to our art room for a silk screen workshop.


  • 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.)
      • October 10th and 11th (1:15-2pm)
    • Kelly Lyons will direct  a Design Thinking workshop on architectural “mass model” making  (GMS Art Room)
      • October 12th and 13th (1:10-2:05pm)
    • Kelly Lyons and Mr. Thies will  conduct a student centered Design Thinking critique of our mass models.
      • October 18th and 19th (1:10-2:05pm)
    • October 23-31, students work on 3-D house design in the computer lab.

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    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.
      • October 23rd, Art classes visit the Cranbrook Art Museum Chair Collection (11:40am-12:20pm)
      • October 24th, Art classes visit the Cranbrook Art Museum Chair Collection (11:40am-12:20pm)
      • November 6-7th, chair model construction in art room with Kelly Lyons.
      • November 8th -Begin 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