6th Grade Visual Art 

Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls

Alternating Days Semester Class

 

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of 6th Grade Art is to introduce art fundamentals (Elements of Art and Principles of Design) to aid in the development of student skills.  Students will explore new mediums, techniques, and apply those skills and knowledge to achieve desired effects and ideas.  Students will connect personally to their work as most projects are individual responses to subject matter which is often interdisciplinary and incorporates Art History as well.

 

CORE CONCEPTS:

 

 

 

ART HISTORY

 

Use of Art Historical Examples to teach art technique, intent, and history may include the following Artists and Art Movements/Time Periods:

 

 

ART PRODUCTION

 

1. Ceramic Vessel (glazed coil pot)

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Before we begin our coil pots, we like to visit the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see how early people’s used clay to make useful and beautiful containers.  We will use some of the same techniques. Mr. Cameron Wood also showed us a video on Maria Martinez, a Native American potter.

Hands of Maria, Part One: https://youtu.be/7AhX1MhvAG8

Vocabulary:  Form, Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Space, Balance, Rhythm, Proportion, Unity, Clay, Slip, Score, Fire, Glaze, Kiln, Function, Silicate(s), and Anthropology.

 

 

2. Drawing Unit

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Vocabulary:  Line, Mark-making, Space, Value, Variety, Proportion, Composition, Rule of Thirds, Perspective, Vanishing Point, and Horizon. 

a. Introduction to Drawing including discussion over types and uses for drawing including references to Mary Cassatt, Leonardo Da’Vinci and Rico LeBrun

b. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Exercises (pencil)

c. Self Portrait (pencil or charcoal)

 

3. Identity Mask

Vocabulary:  Form, Shape, Color, Value, Emphasis, Balance, Harmony, Variety, Rhythm, Proportion, and Unity.

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4.  Painting Unit

IMG_2024Vocabulary:  Shape, Color, Space, Composition, Value, Emphasis, Balance, Harmony, Variety, Movement, and Unity.

 

a. Color Wheel Review (brief exercises)

b. Flower Still Life Painting (acrylic on canvas)

5.  Weaving Unit (If time allows)

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a.  Introduction to tabby, rya, and soumak weaves (images below)

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6th Grade Art

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