Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Extra Credit!

This extra credit opportunity involves perspective. Follow the steps below:

1. Find an artwork that incorporates perspective.
2. Print and tape into your sketchbook.
3. Draw with your ruler and a red marker or pen: the vanishing point and the lines leading to the vanishing points.
4. Label the artwork as 1, 2 or 3 point perspective.

If done correctly, you can earn 15 points of extra credit.

October 26th, 2010 ~ Perspective

If you missed class on Tuesday, October 26th, please search the blog for other perspective articles AND read the information below:

During the Renaissance, perspective was being discovered by artists. M.C. Escher played with perspective in his artwork. Perspective plays an important part in creating "believable" artworks.

WRITE THE NOTES BELOW IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK (and get the sketches from a classmate)

How to create a 2 point perspective drawing:

1. Draw Horizon Line and pick two vanishing points.

2. Draw a vertical line that will become the corner of the closest building. Connect the lines at the top and bottom of the line to the vanishing points.

3. Add two more vertical lines to finish your first building. These lines should be parallel to your first vertical line.

4. Distance is tricky: Divide the bottom line in half, and then in half again, and then in half again. This will make it seem as if equal-sized buildings are next to each other.

5. Now draw other lines from your main vertical line to the vanishing points to create other buildings in distance.

6. Erase your guidelines, finish the basic shapes for your buildings.

7. How you complete your artwork is up to you! Add windows, building details, people, cars, trees, and anything else that will add detail to your perspective artwork!

You can choose any of the following mediums for your perspective artwork:

* Pencil
* Pen and Ink (sharpie)
* Colored Pencil
* Collage
* Acrylic Paint

Project Requirements:

* Must use one, two or three point perspective
* Must demonstrate knowledge of CORRECT perspective
* Add detail and color (or value if you are working in black and white)

REMEMBER: Draw lightly at first! This is important because when you are ready to erase the guide lines that are unnecessary you want them to erase easily. Dark pencil marks are difficult to erase.

Student Samples from:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Miz Art ~ Perspective

Miz Art Question # 4:

What kind of perspective does Raphael use in the painting "School of Athens"?

(This is the easiest question yet, so enjoy)

The Power of Words

Students: You made a difference! Please read this letter from our soldier, Jeffried:

"Hello Melanie!!!!

I received your package today and I have to admit I was happy, overwhelmed and just plain overjoyed when I saw the cards.
I have had a chance to share them with the rest of the Soldiers that
are stationed here.

The place where we eat our meals is called the DFAC. They allowed me to
use a table and spread your cards out for display.
At first Soldiers just looked and walked by....... but later the art
work and love that was placed in each card drew a crowd.

Soldiers started sitting around the table chatting and talking about the
memories the pictures sparked. I was not expecting this reaction.
About half the cards were taken and the other half will go up on our
unit wall.

Please thank your team of artists for which this was possible. Thank
you........ you all make me proud to be American.

Thank you,


His letter says it all. Each one of us makes a difference every day. Whether we make it positive or negative is up to us. We can influence and lift other people up with our kind thoughts and actions. Gratitude, is after all, the best attitude.

Thanks again to all of our hard-working and dedicated men and women serving our country! We are blessed to have you looking out for us! I wish we could make a special collage for each and every one of you!

And thanks to the students and teachers that took the time, effort and thought to create the collages for our soldiers!


Texture: How the surface of an object feels. In 2-dimensional artwork we create the illusion of texture with our lines.

Monday, October 25th ~ Texture & Critique

If you missed class Monday, October 25th, you need to get the two texture worksheets as well as the self assessment rubric. To make up for the missed class, finish the worksheets and rubric and critique another student's artwork. If you have questions on how to do this, come see me.

The critique is 10% of your grade and is very important. If you do not have access to another student's artwork, then pick an artwork by a famous artist to critique. Remember: use your art vocabulary!

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Critique on Monday!

All classes will be having a critique on Monday. Please be prepared to offer words of praise, constructive criticism and encouragement to your fellow students. The students at Meeker High School have been making some wonderful artwork this first quarter! I can't wait to see what you create throughout the year!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Using perspective in our artwork helps us create "believable" scenery. The farther away an object is, the smaller it appears. We also create perspective by using "vanishing points" and rulers. See the website below for a step by step tutorial:

2 Point Perspective Drawing Lesson

Here is another website that is great for experimenting with perspective. Click a scene and add houses, trees, people and other objects.

Perspective Game

Click on image to make it larger.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Miz Art ~ Jacob Lawrence's "The Great Migration"

"Through a series of paintings, in The Great Migration, Jacob Lawrence illustrates the mass exodus of African-Americans who moved to the North in search for a better life. Lawrence's parents were among those who migrated between 1916-1919, considered the first wave of the migration.

Lawrence himself was not a direct witness to the migration, but his artistic talent prompted his teachers and friends to persuade him to express those events in paintings. Subsequently, after extensive research, Lawrence gathered enough information about the migration to compile a story in paintings about the subject."


Miz Art Number Three:

Many African Americans fled the South because of discrimination, segregation, and violence. Define and discuss discrimination. How does Lawrence address discrimination and segregation in The Migration Series? View Jacob Lawrence's migration series at the website below to find your answer:

Christy Marquette - The Denver Post!

Meeker High School's own Christy Marquette will have an article printed in the Denver Post this weekend! We are so proud of you, Christy! Way to go!

EXTRA CREDIT: Beautiful Autumn!


Where is your favorite local getaway in autumn? Why?

If you answer in your sketchbook = 5 points
Answer AND take/draw a picture = 15 points
Answer AND take a picture AND give directions = 20 points

All photos are copyright 2010 by Melanie Burnell of Artiste Photography

Copyright 2010 by Melanie Burnell of Artiste Photography

Copyright 2010 by Melanie Burnell of Artiste Photography

Copyright 2010 by Melanie Burnell of Artiste Photography

Copyright 2010 by Melanie Burnell of Artiste Photography

Thursday, October 7, 2010

First Quarter Test on October 15th!

Study up for the first quarter test. The test will be on art history, the elements and principles of art, and vocabulary.

Sketchbooks due on October 15th!

See previous post about sketchbooks to see sketchbook requirements. Notes in your sketchbook should indicate what you need to do to get the full 100 points. Sketchbook grades are 10% of your total grade.

Remember your "Miz Art" blog questions!