6th Grade Visual Art
Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls
Alternating Days Semester Class
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.
Use of Art Historical Examples to teach art technique, intent, and history may include the following Artists and Art Movements/Time Periods:
1. Ceramic Vessel (glazed coil pot)
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
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. Self Portrait (pencil or charcoal)
Note: You will have 3 choices on how to finish your drawing.
In all options, you will be expected to think about including personalized clues to your background. Think about your “me” map and decide on color choices or imagery for the background with your personality in mind!
3. Identity Mask
Vocabulary: Form, Shape, Color, Value, Emphasis, Balance, Harmony, Variety, Rhythm, Proportion, and Unity.
a. Identity Mask
i. African, Japanese, Native American Masks and a Nick Cave Sound Suit will be used as Art Historical References
ii. Students will use found materials to populate a mask with artifacts that describe their identity.
4. Painting Unit
Vocabulary: 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)
a. Introduction to tabby, rya, and soumak weaves (images below)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org