Monday, November 29, 2010

Extra Credit

If you need extra credit, please take advantage of the extra credit opportunities below. There are numerous other extra credit options on the blog.

1. Write a research paper about an artist or art movement. Worth up to 100 points, based on quality.

2. Create an art game to play in class. Must include art vocabulary and/or skills. Worth up to 25 points, based on quality.

3. Make a music video about art. Must include art vocabulary and/or skills. Worth up to 100 points, based on quality.

4. Create a visual study guide using ALL of the vocabulary learned in class so far. Must use examples of artwork.

Art vocabulary includes artists, art movements, terminology, skills, materials...

Remember quality is important! You must put time and effort into the extra credit assignments to get full points.

Katrin Eismann ~ Digital Artist

Selection from her artist statement: "Enduring art speaks to the human condition with emotional honesty and clarity. As a practicing artist it is difficult to recognize if my images are or will be of any enduring value. Art is successful if it stimulates a reaction or discussion within the viewer. This process enables art to exist long after the paper has crumbled away or the musical notes have faded into silence."

Computer Graphics Class: Digital Painting

Our final project for the semester is the Wacom Digital Painting Project.


1. 8X10 canvas; 300 ppi

2. The WHOLE image must be painted and/or drawn!

3. Use the 2/3rds rule OR fill the frame (composition)

4. Must have a focal point

5. Must use at least five different brushes.

Subject matter is up to you

Hard Deadline: December 15th, 2010

~ Parag Lavande

~ Michael S.

~ Michael S.

~ George Patsouras

Art I - IV Students: Final Art Project

On the final art project, which is due December 17th, please remember that you will be graded on the following:

* Following Directions

* Craftsmanship

* Attitude

* Use of Principles of Art and Elements of Design

* Problem Solving & Originality

* Focal point, 2/3rds rule, value, symbolism, texture...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Extra Credit: Gratitude

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away! To earn extra credit points:

Reflect on your life. What are you most thankful for?

Sketch it for additional points.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22nd

If you missed class on Monday, November 22nd you need to do the following:

1. See Ms. Burnell about your grade.

2. Complete missing assignments and turn in.

3. Make sure you are on track to turn in two final projects by the hard deadlines.

4. Make sure you have all handouts and worksheets. Get the worksheets from the graded pile. Remember: You will not be able to re-take the test this time. So study, study, study!

Thank you!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Artist ~ Elizabeth Catlett

Photo of Elizabeth Catlett from book on African American artists by Fern H. Logan, an assistant professor of photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. See the article at

Elizabeth Catlett
Mexican (born United States), born 1915

Sharecropper, 1957 (printed 1970)
Color linocut on cream Japanese paper
54.4 x 51.3 cm
Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman, 1992.182
The Art Institute of Chicago®

"In a career spanning more than 70 years, Elizabeth Catlett has created sculptures that celebrate the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women. With simple, clear shapes she evokes both the physical and spiritual essence of her subjects. Her hardy laborers and nurturing mothers radiate both power and a timeless dignity and calm. Whether working in wood, stone, bronze, or clay, Catlett reveals an extraordinary technical virtuosity, a natural ability to meld her curving female forms with the grain, whorls, color, or luster of her chosen medium. The beauty of her subjects is matched by the beauty she reveals in her sculptural materials.

Throughout her career, Catlett has been a political progressive committed to improving the lives of African-American and Mexican women, and she has often used her art explicitly to advance their cause. She has also protested, picketed, and even been arrested in her quest to win justice for those she describes as "my people." Moving from the United States to Mexico in 1946, she was eventually identified as an "undesirable alien" by the U.S. State Department. For nearly a decade she was barred from visiting the United States.

Despite these struggles, Catlett's art reveals no trace of bitterness or despair. Indeed, she has remained true to the universal, life-affirming themes that first animated her sculpture in the 1940s—the beauty of the human form and the nobility of the human condition. At age 95, she continues to create, guided by those unshakeable ideals."

Jeff Harrison
Chief Curator
Chrysler Museum of Art

To learn more about Elizabeth Catlett, please visit these websites:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Miz Art ~ Honor & Respect

This semester we have created some symbolic self portraits and we have also learned about the artist Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett represents her subjects as dignified, strong and resilient.

This is your Miz Art:

Who, in your life, has shown you either compassion, dignity or strength. Please describe the characteristics of this person. If you could make an artwork about this person, what would it look like? Please use your art vocabulary when describing the artwork.

Miz Art ~ Personal Quote

Almost every day this semester we have had a new quote on the chalkboard. Many of these quotes have been motivational or inspirational. Some are just full of common sense.

This is your Miz Art:

1. What has your favorite quote been so far, and why?

2. Pick a quote that you feel applies to your life. Explain why it is important to you.

Miz Art ~ Art Proposal

Your final art project for the semester:

1. What medium will you use? Acrylics? Colored Pencil? Linocut? Pen and Ink?

2. What is your concept/idea?

3. What will your subject/focal point be?

4. What will your composition look like?

5. How will you use texture, value, line, shape, form and symbolism?

Miz Art ~ Negative and Positive Space

1. Type the definitions of both negative and positive space (should be in your notes).

2. Add an image of a linocut print by any artist to your paper.

3. Label the negative and positive space (use arrows).

Thank you!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Miz Art ~ Favorite Artist

Miz Art

1. Who is your favorite artist and why?

2. What is your favorite work of art by this artist? Describe it in detail using your art vocabulary.

All Miz Art Answers are due TYPED on December 10th!

Please type up ALL of your Miz Art answers and turn them in by December 10th. There are 8 Miz Arts this quarter.

If you would like to use the computer during class time to type the answers, you may do so. Make sure you save your document on your H Drive.

Thank you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all of our Veterans! We appreciate all of your dedication, hard work and sacrifice! We honor and thank you today.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 8th ~ Printmaking

If you missed class on November 8th, please complete the following:

1. Read all printmaking related articles/posts on the blog.

2. Get the handouts and worksheets from the top drawer of filing cabinet (2 on printmaking, one safety and one safety agreement form).

3. Fill out the worksheet and sign the safety agreement form.

4. Turn in the safety agreement form.

5. Put all other worksheets and handouts in your perspective pocket.

6. Read the Notebook lesson on Ms. Burnell's computer.

7. See Ms. Burnell if you have any other questions

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Miz Art ~ Printmaking

For this week's Miz Art, please complete the following steps:

1. Search for an artist that uses printmaking methods to make prints. You can look at silkscreen prints, linocut prints, lithographic prints, woodcut prints, etched prints, monoprints (or any other printmaking technique that you are interested in).

2. Find a work of art that you like by this artist and print it out (if it is not copyrighted). If it is copyrighted, email me the link to the image. Tape the image into your sketchbook.

3. Describe the artwork using your art vocabulary. Remember, we have been learning about positive and negative space, value, line, texture, form, shape, composition, symbolism, complementary colors, color psychology and more.

You MUST have at least THREE sentences and use at least TEN vocabulary words or references.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Miz Art ~ Semester Due Dates

This week's Miz Art is quite easy. Simply write the deadlines below in your notebook. Read the deadlines thoroughly - this is when everything is due! Very important information here! Make sure you label it as "Miz Art Due Dates". Thank you!


Perspective for Art I students: November 5th, 2010

Project I for Art II, III and IV students: November 12th, 2010

Printmaking for Art I students: November 12th, 2010

Project II for Art II, III and IV students: December 10th, 2010

Project III for Art I students: December 10th, 2010

HARD DEADLINES (Absolute Due Date)

Self Portrait for Art I students: November 5th, 2010

Perspective for Art I students: November 23rd, 2010

Project I for Art II, III and IV students: December 3rd, 2010

Printmaking for Art I students: December 10th, 2010

Project II for Art II, III and IV students: December 17th, 2010

Project III for Art I students: December 17th, 2010

REMEMBER that if you turn in an assignment after the hard deadline points are taken off! A project that is turned in one day late will have a 10% penalty. A project that is turned in two or more days late will have a 50% penalty!

Art Show!

Everyone is welcome to view the art on display at the admin building this week. The show will be up until November 12th.

I am very proud of my hard working Meeker High School students! They are creating some amazing artwork!