Week of 03/20/2017

March 16, 2017 at 10:14 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we will be doing in art class this week:

Kindergarten: These students will continue to use collage to create paper bag puppets.

1st Grade: Students in these classes will continue learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. This week, each student will use oil pastels to color his / her drawing.

2nd Grade: The students in 2nd grade will continue creating fabric designs inspired by Adire cloth created by the Yourba people of Nigeria.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about manuscript illuminations.  This week, each student will plan his / her historiated initial in pencil and, if time allows, each student will begin coloring his / her design.

4th Grade:The students in these classes will finish creating clay sculptures of monsters from Greek mythology.

NOTE: Students in these classes who are unable to finish the required work for their sculptures will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM).  Sculptures are due next Wednesday @ 4:15 PM.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about value (the lightness or darkness of a color). This week, students will learn about highlights, midtones, and shadows and each student will continue to create drawings of at least 3 simple shapes (cube, sphere, or cone) and show the highlights, midtones, and shadows for each object.

6th Grade: I will show these students how to use the grid drawing technique to create a larger version of a drawing or photo that has the same proportions as the original drawing or photo. Then, each student will use the grid technique to create a practice drawing.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students in Room 119 will finish creating backgrounds for their animations. Students in Room 120 will continue using clay to create the characters for their animations.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue creating concrete poems. This week, they will complete their final drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. Final drafts for students in Room 116 and 118 are due Monday @ 9:00 AM.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

Week of 03/13/2017

March 11, 2017 at 11:01 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what is going on in this week’s art classes:

Kindergarten: These students will continue to use collage to create paper bag puppets.

1st Grade: Students in Room 105 will continue learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. This week, each student will continue planning his / her drawing in pencil.

NOTE: Students in Room 107 will NOT attend art class this week because of PARCC testing.

2nd Grade: The students in 2nd grade will continue creating fabric designs inspired by Adire cloth created by the Yourba people of Nigeria.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about manuscript illuminations.  This week, each student will plan his / her historiated initial in pencil.

4th Grade:The students in these classes will finish creating clay sculptures of monsters from Greek mythology

NOTE: Students in Room 203 will NOT attend art class this week because of PARCC testing.

NOTE: Students in these classes who are unable to finish the required work for their sculptures will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM).  Sculptures are due next Wednesday @ 4:15 PM.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will finish inscribing his / her design into a sheet of gold foil.

The 5th graders will also learn about value (the lightness or darkness of a color). Each student will create a value scale (a special type of chart that artists use to help them understand color).

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. Value scales for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.  Value scales for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will finish carving his / her tile.

NOTE: Students in these classes who are unable to finish the required work for their tiles will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM).  Sculptures are due next Wednesday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students in Room 119 will create backgrounds for their animations. Students in Room 120 will use clay to create the characters for their animations.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue creating concrete poems. This week, they will work on their final drafts.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will finish inscribing his / her design into a sheet of gold foil.

6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will finish carving his / her tile.

NOTE: Students in these classes who are unable to finish the required work for their tiles will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM).  Sculptures are due next Wednesday @ 4;15 PM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students in Room 119 will create backgrounds for their animations. Students in Room 120 will use clay to create the characters for their animations.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue creating concrete poems. This week, they will complete their final drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. Fnal drafts for students in Room 116 and 118 are due Monday @ 9:00 AM.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

Week of 03/06/2017

March 6, 2017 at 11:25 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we will be working on in this week’s art classes:

Kindergarten: These students will use collage to create paper bag puppets.

1st Grade: Students in these classes will learn about the artist Pablo Picasso. I will explain the definition of the term mood and show the students examples of different ways that artists create mood in a portrait (using the person’s facial expression, using the person’s pose, using the person’s surroundings). I will then show the students examples of paintings created by Pablo Picasso during his blue period. I will explain that one of the reasons this period in his artistic output got its name is because many of the people in his paintings were sad, lonely, or scared. After looking at these examples, I will ask each student to create a self-portrait showing a time in that student’s life when he / she was sad, lonely, or scared. This week, each student will begin planning his / her drawing in pencil.

2nd Grade: The students in 2nd grade will continue creating fabric designs inspired by Adire cloth created by the Yourba people of Nigeria.

3rd Grade: These students will begin learning about manuscript illuminations. I will explain that before the invention of the printing press, each book was made by hand (the word “manuscript” means “written by hand”). This was a long, expensive process, so each book was considered to be a precious object. I will show the students examples of the illustrations used to decorate these books. We will focus on a special type of illumination called a historiated letter. To create this type of letter, the artist took the first letter of a chapter or section and enlarged it. the artist then used various techniques to decorate the letter (drawing pictures inside the letter or around the letter, adding a border to the page, putting patterns inside the letter or around the letter, transforming the letter into something else). Each student will then take the first letter of his / her name and use that letter to create an historiated letter. This week, each student will plan his / her historiated letter in pencil.

4th Grade:The students in these classes will continue creating clay sculptures of monsters from Greek mythology.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will continue inscribing his / her design into a sheet of gold foil.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. Designs for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM. Designs for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will continue carving his / her tile.

NOTE: Students in Room 218 who are unable to finish carving their tiles during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Tiles are due next Thursday @ 4;15 PM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students in Room 119 will finish creating their storyboards. Students in Room 120 will continue creating backgrounds for their animations and, if time allows, they will also use clay to create the characters for their animations.

NOTE: Students in Room 119 who are unable to finish the required work for their animations will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Storyboards for Room 119 are due Wednesday @ 4;15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue creating concrete poems. This week, students will finish their first drafts and, if necessary, revise their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. First drafts for students in Room 116 and 118 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

Week of 02/27/2017

March 6, 2017 at 11:24 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we end the month of February and begin the month of March, here is what we will be doing:

Kindergarten: These students will finish paintings about their dreams that are inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo.

1st Grade: Students in these classes will finish their monochromatic drawings.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will create fabric designs inspired by Adire cloth created by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. We will look at examples of Adire cloth and discuss the meanings of the symbols used on these cloths. Then, each student will choose an Adire symbol and use that symbol to create a design for his / her cloth square. This week, each student will plan his / her drawing in pencil.

3rd Grade: These students will continue working on their biomorphic sculptures inspired by the artist Isamu Noguchi.

4th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay sculptures of monsters from Greek mythology. This week, they will finish sketches for their sculptures.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete their sketches in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them. Sketches for students in Rooms 203 and 207 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will make any necessary revisions to their sketches and begin inscribing his / her design into a sheet of gold foil.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete their revisions in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them. Revisions for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM. Revisio­ns for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will continue carving his / her tile.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students will continue creating their storyboards.

NOTE: Students in Room 120 who are unable to finish the required work for their animations will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Storyboards for Room 120 are due Thursday @ 4;15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will finish painting cels for their cel animations. They will also learn about concrete poems. These are poems where the way the poem is written on the page helps the reader to understand the poem. Artists who create these poems do things like use words to make shapes, change the weight of the letters, and change the size of the letters).This week, students will begin creating first drafts for their concrete poems.

NOTE: Students in Room 120 who are unable to finish the required work for their animations will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Storyboards for Room 120 are due Wednesday @ 4;15 PM.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

Week of 02/20/2017

March 6, 2017 at 11:24 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is a look at what is on tap this week:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about the artist Frida Kahlo. We will look at examples of her paintings and will learn that she got ideas for some of her paintings from her dreams. Each student will then make a painting about something that happened in one of his / her dreams. This week, each student will plan his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: Students in Room 107 will continue working on their monochromatic drawings.

NOTE: Because of the holiday, students in Room 105 will not have art class this week.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will finish creating their Imagist-inspired self-portraits. This week, each student will finish coloring his / her drawing.

3rd Grade: These students will continue working on their biomorphic sculptures inspired by the artist Isamu Noguchi. This week, each student will draw shapes on sheets of styrofoam, cut out their shapes, and begin attaching their shapes.

4th Grade: The students in these classes will learn about art from ancient Greece. Much of the art work from this time period shows characters and stories from Greek mythology. I will show the students examples of Greek statues showing characters from Greek mythology. Then, each student will begin creating a sculpture of a monster from Greek mythology. I will give each student a written description of one of these creatures and each student will begin by making a drawing of how this creature would look.

NOTE: Students in Room 203 who are unable to complete their sketches in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them. Sketches for students in Rooms 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade: The 5th graders are learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will continue begin planning his / her drawing in pencil.

NOTE: Any students in Room 219 who are unable to complete their drawings in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them. Drawings for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

NOTE: Because of the holiday, students in Room 210 will not have art class this week.

6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will make any necessary revisions to his / her sketch and then begin carving his / her tile.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete their drawings in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them. Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM. Drawings for students in Room 216 are due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will begin a project on clay animation. I will begin by showing them examples of clay animation and explaining how this type of animation works (to learn more about clay animation, click here). Students will work in groups to create their own clay animations. This week, each group will begin by creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation).

NOTE: Students in Room 120 who are unable to finish the required work for their animations will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Storyboards for Room 120 are due Thursday @ 4;15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue painting cels for their cel animations.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Duone Brown

Week of 02/13/2017

March 6, 2017 at 11:24 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Technical Difficulties

March 6, 2017 at 11:22 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

I would like to apologize for the lack of posts for the last few weeks. I have been having technical difficulties that have prevented me from logging in to post new updates. Now that I have everything worked out, I will post updates about what we have been working on for the last few weeks. I will also post an update showing what we have planned for the week ahead. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused anyone.

Duone Brown

Week of 02/06/2017

February 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we begin the third marking period, here is a look at what we have planned:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will create Valentine’s Day cards.  On the outside, each student will make a drawing of someone he / she loves.  On the inside, each student will write a message about why he / she loves that person.

1st Grade: Each student will continue using the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue creating sculptures inspired by the artist Isamu Noguchi.  This week, each student will continue using sheets of styrofoam to create at least 5 biomorphic shapes for his / her sculpture.  Each student will then begin assembling his / her shapes to create a sculpture.

4th Grade:  These students will continue working on their relief printing project. This week, they will continue using their printing plates to create prints.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will finish drawing the pages for his / her flip book.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their flip books in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Flip books for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.  Flip books for students in Room 219 are due Monday 2/13 @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue learning about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  This week, they will use carving tools to carve their designs into their clay tiles.

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will finish using oil pastels to paint his / her canvas board.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent. All completed assignments are due next Thursday (2/16) @ 4:15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about cel animation. This week, each group will paint the cels for their animation.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/30/2017

January 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have in store for the last week of the marking period:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue creating drawings inspired by the work of the artist Piet Mondrian.  This week, each student will continue to use markers to color his / her drawing

1st Grade: Each student will continue using the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue creating sculptures inspired by the artist Isamu Noguchi.  This week, each student will use sheets of styrofoam to create at least 5 biomorpphic shapes for his / her sculpture.

4th Grade:  These students will continue working on their relief printing project. This week, they will continue using their printing plates to create prints.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue drawing the pages for his / her flip book.

6th Grade: These students will continue learning about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  This week, students in Room 218 will use carving tools to carve their designs into their clay tiles.

NOTE: Students in Room 216 will not have class this week.

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will use oil pastels to paint his / her canvas board

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about cel animation. This week, each group will plan the cels for their animation.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/23/2017

January 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue creating drawings inspired by the work of the artist Piet Mondrian.  This week, each student will continue to use markers to color his / her drawing

1st Grade: Each student will continue using the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will begin a new project.  They will learn about sculptures created by the artist Isamu Noguchi.  He lived part of his life in Japan and part of his life in the United States. As a result, he got to learn about art from both countries.  While in Japan, he learned about joinery, a technique used to make furniture and buildings by using small notches in the pieces of these objects instead of using nails or screws.  While he was in the United States, he learned about abstract art.  He then created art that used elements from both kinds of art.  He made large sculptures that used biomorphic shapes like he saw in the abstract art he learned about.  He attached the pieces of these sculptures by using joinery techniques that he learned about in Japan.  Each student is creating his / her own sculpture inspired by the work of Isamu Noguchi. Each student will begin by drawing at least 8 biomorphic shapes that could be used in a sculpture.

4th Grade:  These students will continue working on their relief printing project. Students in Room 203 will finish creating their printing plates.  Students in Room 207 will begin using their printing plates to create prints.

NOTE: Any students in Room 203 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Printing plates for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation).  Students in Room 210 will begin drawing the pages for their flip books.  Students in Room 219 will make any necessary revisions to their storyboards.

NOTE: Any students in Room 219 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue learning about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  Students in Room 216 will finish designing their tiles.  Students in Room 218 will make any necessary revisions to their sketches.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.   Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will continue transferring his / her drawing to a canvas board and, if time allows, begin painting that canvas board.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about cel animation. This week, each group will create a background for their animation.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/17/2017

January 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we will be working on this week:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue learning about the artist Piet Mondrian.  He went from making to making representational art (art that shows things from the world around us in a realistic way) to making abstract art (art that takes things from the world around us and changes it).  Eventually, he decided to only use 3 colors (red, yellow, and blue) and 2 shapes (squares and rectangles).  After looking at examples of his paintings, each student will make a Mondrian-inspired drawing.  Today, each student will begin by planning his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: Students in Room 107 will work with clay.  I will show then examples of different kinds of vessels (a vessel is a hollow container) and I will explain that people have been using vessels to make clay for thousands of years.  I will then demonstrate how to use the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel and each student will then use this technique to create his / her own vessel.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 105 will not have art class this week.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then continue to create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will finish using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 201 will not have art class this week.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will finish creating an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

This week, each student in Room 203 will make any necessary revisions to his / her drawing.  Each student in Room 207 will make any necessary revisions to his / her printing plate.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 207 are due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders in Room 218 will continue working on their animation project.  This week, students in Room 218 will make any necessary revisions to their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 210 will not have art class this week.

6th Grade: The students will learn about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  I will explain that the religion of Islam was a big artistic influence in this part of the world.  Originally, Muslim artists weren’t allowed to show depictions of people or animals in their works of art. Instead, they focused on shape and pattern.  I will show examples of tiles created by Moroccan artists.  I also explained that each tile uses radial symmetry (if a design has radial symmetry, all of its elements are arranged around the center).  Each student is creating his / her own Moroccan-inspired tile design.  Each student in Room 216 will begin by creating a sketch to plan his / her tile.  Students in Room 219 will finish their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students in Room 218 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will make any necessary revisions to their sketches.  If time allows, they will begin transferring their drawings to canvas boards.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about  cel animation.  This week, each group will continue creating a storyboard for their animation.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/09/2017

January 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Happy New Year!   I hope you enjoyed your holiday break.  As we begin the new year, here is what we will be working on:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about Neolithic cave drawings created by people in France’s Lascaux region.  These drawings all feature different animals.  People today aren’t really sure why people made these drawings but since they often feature animals that were used for food and clothing, one theory is that the drawings were thought to being people good luck when they hunted for these animals.  We will spend some time brainstorming a list of animals we use for food and clothing today and we will then make our own cave drawings featuring these animals.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will finish coloring his / her drawing.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then continue to create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will use watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will finish creating an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 207 are due next Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.

This week, each student in Room 207 will also use his / her animal drawing to create a printing plate that will be used for the next part of the assignment.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation).  Students in Room 219 will finish planning their storyboards.  Students in Room 210 will make any necessary revisions to their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 210 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will learn about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  I will explain that the religion of Islam was a big artistic influence in this part of the world.  Originally, Muslim artists weren’t allowed to show depictions of people or animals in their works of art. Instead, they focused on shape and pattern.  I will show examples of tiles created by Moroccan artists.  I also explained that each tile uses radial symmetry (if a design has radial symmetry, all of its elements are arranged around the center).  Each student is creating his / her own Moroccan-inspired tile design.  Each student will begin by creating a sketch to plan his / her tile.  Students in Room 216 will finish working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will continue making a sketch to begin planning his / her drawing.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will begin learning about a type of animation called cel animation.  For this type of animation, everything that does not move or change is drawn on a background.  Everything that does move or change is drawn and painted on clear sheets of plastic called cels.  Each cel is then stacked on top of the background and photographed to create the frames for the animation.  Students in this room will work in groups to create animations.  This week, each group will continue creating a storyboard for their animation.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 12/19/2016

December 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we prepare to celebrate the coming holiday, here is what we have planned:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue using the papel picado (“cut paper”) technique to create snowflakes.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will color his / her drawing.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will finish using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will finish creating an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation). 

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will learn about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  I will explain that the religion of Islam was a big artistic influence in this part of the world.  Originally, Muslim artists weren’t allowed to show depictions of people or animals in their works of art. Instead, they focused on shape and pattern.  I will show examples of tiles created by Moroccan artists.  I also explained that each tile uses radial symmetry (if a design has radial symmetry, all of its elements are arranged around the center).  Each student is creating his / her own Moroccan-inspired tile design.  Each student will begin by creating a sketch to plan his / her tile.  Students in Room 219 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will continue making a sketch to begin planning his / her drawing.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will begin learning about a type of animation called cel animation.  For this type of animation, everything that does not move or change is drawn on a background.  Everything that does move or change is drawn and painted on clear sheets of plastic called cels.  Each cel is then stacked on top of the background and photographed to create the frames for the animation.  Students in this room will work in groups to create animations.  This week, each group will create a storyboard for their animation.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 12/12/2016

December 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about the papel picado (“cut paper”) technique and use that technique to create snowflakes.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will continue to plan his / her inetrior in pencil.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue learning portrait photography. This week, each student will continue by making a sketch of his / her own self-portrait photograph.  Each self portrait must use the student’s facial expression, and pose to give us clues about the mood.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will continue to create an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 207 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 207 will be due Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will begin an animation project.   I will begin by showing them examples of flip books and explaining how this type of animation works (to learn more about flip books, click here). Students will then create their own flip books.  This week, each student will begin by creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation).  Students in Room 219 will continue working on their two-point perspective drawings (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE).

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 219 who were unable to finish their revisions during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.  I will be available after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 210 are due next Wednesday @ 4:15 PM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will finish Perspective Drawing #2.  Students in Room 216 will begin working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 216 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due next Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: These students will begin learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This series of paintings documents the Great Migration, a large mass-migration of African Americans to cities in the North that occurred in the middle part of the 20th century.  These students have spent the last 2 weeks researching the story of their families’ migration to Chicago.  Now, each student will use his / her research as the basis for a painting documenting his / her family’s migration story. Each student can document the reasons his / her family came to Chicago, his / her family’s journey to Chicago, or the conditions his / her family encountered when they came to Chicago.  This week, each student will make a sketch to begin planning his / her drawing.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will also continue learning about architecture. This week, students will finish their elevation drawings.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 12/05/2016

December 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is a look at what we are working on for this week:

Kindergarten: The students in these classes will read the story The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will use the illustrations in these stories as inspiration as we create our own winter landscape drawings.  This week, each student will plan his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will continue to plan his / her inetrior in pencil.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue learning portrait photography. This week, each student will continue by making a sketch of his / her own self-portrait photograph.  Each self portrait must use the student’s facial expression, and pose to give us clues about the mood.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will begin using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will continue to create an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will finish make any necessary revisions to their One-Point Perspective Drawing #2 (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE) Students in Room 219 will continue working on this assignment.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 210 who were unable to finish their revisions during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.  I will be available after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 210 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #2.  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE).  Students in room 216 will finish Perspective Drawing #1.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 216 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The 7th graders in Room 119 will work on two things this week.  They will finish drawing their floor plans and they will also make any necessary additional revisions to their Migration Worksheets.

PLEASE NOTE: Revisions to worksheets for students in Room 119 are due Tuesday morning @ 9:00 AM.  Revisions to worksheets for students in Room 120 are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room who were unable to finish floor plans during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 119 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.  Drawings for Room 120 are due NEXT Tuesday @ 4:15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will also continue learning about architecture. This week, students will finish their floor plans.  They will also begin creating elevation drawings of their homes (an elevation is a drawing that shows one view of the exterior of a building).

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 11/28/2016

November 28, 2016 at 11:30 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is a look at what we are working on for this week:

Kindergarten: These students will learn about the papel picado (“cut paper”) technique) and use that technique to create snowflakes.

1st Grade: The students in these classes will learn about a special kind of work of art called an interior (an interior is a work of art that shows what things are like indoors).  We will talk about the different parts of an interior (floor, ceiling, walls, furniture) and look at examples of interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  Then, each student will create an interior.  This week, each student will plan his / her inetrior in pencil.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will begin a lesson on portrait photography. After talking briefly about the history of photography, we will  learn that a portrait is a work of art about a person.  If an artist makes a work of art about himself / herself, we learned that that portrait is then called a self-portrait.  We will earn that mood is word for the emotion shown in a work of art and we learned that in a portrait, the artist can use the person’s facial expression and pose to give us clues about the person’s mood.  We will also learn that the camera angle is the position where the camera was placed to take a shot and we looked at how a photographer can also use camera angle to give clues about a mood.  We will look at examples of portrait photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  Then, each student will begin by making a sketch of his / her own self-portrait photograph.  Each self portrait must use the student’s pose, the student’s facial expression, and the camera angle to give us clues about the mood.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will finish planning his / her drawing in pencil.

4th Grade:  The students in Room 203 will make any necessary revisions to their self-portraits.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.  The students in both classes will learn about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. We will look at examples of animal drawings created by Inuit artists and examine the ways these artists use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animals’ fur, feathers, or scales.  Then, each student will create an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 203 who were unable to finish their self-portraits in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Self-portraits for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will finish One-Point Perspective Drawing #2 (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE) Students in Room 219 will continue working on this assignment.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 210 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.  I will be available after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 210 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #2.  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE).  Students in room 216 will finish Perspective Drawing #1.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 216 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The 7th graders in Room 119 will work on two things this week.  They will continue learning about architecture. I will explain that a floor plan is a special type of drawing used by an architect that is like a map of a room.  I will also show them examples of floor plans created by architects.  Each student will the draw a floor plan of a room from his / her home.

Students in these classes will also continue working on an assignment to help gather information they will need for the next art project.  I will explain that migration is the act of relocating from one place to another one and talk about some of the push forces (things that lead people to leave a place) and pull forces (things that draw people to a new place) that lead people to migrate. Each student will choose one side of his / her family and answer some questions about the migration story for those people.  To see the worksheet we are using, click HERE

PLEASE NOTE: worksheets are due Tuesday morning @ 9:00 AM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will also continue learning about architecture. I will explain that a floor plan is a special type of drawing used by an architect that is like a map of a room.  I will also show them examples of floor plans created by architects.  Each student will the draw a floor plan of a room from his / her home.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 11/21/2016

November 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, here is a look at what we have planned:

Kindergarten: To get ready for Thanksgiving, the kindergarten students will make drawings of people, places, and things for which they are thankful.

1st Grade: Students in Room 105 will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue to use oil pastels to make a drawing.  Each student must mix his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values. 

PLEASE NOTE: because of this week’s schedule, students in Room 107 will not have art class this week.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders in Room 103 will continue learning about the artist Keith Haring.  Each student will continue creating a Keith haring-inspired drawing.

PLEASE NOTE: because of this week’s schedule, students in Room 107 will not have art class this week.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders in Room 205 will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue planning his / her drawing in pencil.

4th Grade:  PLEASE NOTE: because of this week’s schedule, the 4th graders will not have art class.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will continue working on One-Point Perspective Drawing #2.

PLEASE NOTE: because of this week’s schedule, the 5th graders in Room 219 will not have art class.

6th Grade: PLEASE NOTE: because of this week’s schedule, the 6th graders will not have art class.

7th Grade: The 7th graders in Room 119 will begin a lesson on architecture.  I will begin by reviewing how to use a t-square and a triangle.  Each student will then use these tools to make a drawing that uses at least 3 horizontal lines, at least 3 vertical lines, and at least 3 diagonal lines.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will begin a lesson on architecture.  I will begin by reviewing how to use a t-square and a triangle.  Each student will then use these tools to make a drawing that uses at least 3 horizontal lines, at least 3 vertical lines, and at least 3 diagonal lines.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 11/14/2016

November 15, 2016 at 8:28 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here’s are the project we have for this week’s art class:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue learning about landscapes. This week, each student will use watercolors to paint his / her landscape.

1st Grade: The 1st graders will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue to use oil pastels to make a drawing.  Each student must mix his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue learning about the artist Keith Haring.  Each student will continue creating a Keith haring-inspired drawing.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue planning his / her drawing in pencil.

4th Grade: Students in Room 203 will finish their self-portrait drawings.  Students in Room 207 will make revisions to their self-portrait drawings.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: students who were unable to finish their drawings in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 203 will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 207 will be due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue working on their one-point perspective drawings of cities To see the video we are using in class, click HERE.

6th Grade: The 6th graders in Room 218 will continue learning about two-point perspective.  I will show the students a short video of how to draw a city block in two-point perspective (to see the video, click XXXXXXXXXXX).  Each student will then make his / her own drawing of a city block in two-point perspective.  The 6th graders in Room 216 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #1.

7th Grade: Students in Room 119 will finish working on their acrylic paintings.  Students in Room 119 will continue working on their oil pastel drawings.

8th GradeThese students will continue learning about Cubism.  This week, each student will finish using acrylic paints to paint their final drafts.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 11/7/2016

November 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here’s is what we are working on for the first week of the 2nd Marking Period:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about landscapes.  We will look at landscapes created by Paul Cezanne, Hokusai, and Ansel Adams.  We will also talk about the different parts of a landscape (horizon line, sky, ground).  Each student will then create his / her own landscape.  This week, each student will begin planning his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: Students in Room 105 will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue to use oil pastels to make a drawing.  Each student must mix his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 107 will not have art class.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders in Room 103 will continue learning about the artist Keith Haring.  Each student will continue creating a Keith haring-inspired drawing.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 106 will not have art class.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders in Room 205 will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue planning his / her drawing in pencil.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 201 will not have art class.

4th Grade: Students in Room 207 will finish working on their self-portrait drawings.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 203 will not have art class.

5th Grade: The 5th graders in Room 210 will continue learning about one-point perspective.  They will watch a short video that shows how to use one-point perspective to draw a city.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 219 will not have art class.

6th Grade: The 6th graders in Room 218 will continue learning about two-point perspective.  I will show the students how to draw objects in two-point perspective.  Each student will continue to create a drawing that shows at least 3 different objects in two-point perspective.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 216 will not have art class.

7th Grade: Students in Room 119 will continue working on their acrylic paintings.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the schedule this week, students in Room 120 will not have art class.

8th GradeThese students will continue learning about Cubism.  This week, each student will continue using acrylic paints to paint their final drafts.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 10/31/2016

October 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here’s is what we are working on for the first week of the 2nd Marking Period:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will continue continue working on their watercolor paintings.

1st Grade: These students will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue to use oil pastels to make a drawing.  Each student must mix his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue learning about the artist Keith Haring.  Each student will continue creating a Keith haring-inspired drawing.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders in Room 205 will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue planning his / her drawing in pencil.

4th Grade: Students in 4th grade will continue working on their self-portrait drawings.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will finish their one-point perspective drawings.  To see the instructions for the drawing, click HERE and then HERE.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).  All drawings are due next Thursday afternoon at 4:15 PM

6th Grade: The 6th graders will continue learning about two-point perspective.  I will show the students how to draw objects in two-point perspective.  Each student will create a drawing that shows at least 3 different objects in two-point perspective.

7th Grade: The students will review how to mix primary colors to create secondary colors and how to use black and white to change the value of a color.  Each student will then create a work of art that uses at least 3 new colors and at least 3 new values.  Students in Room 119 will use acrylic paints and students in Room 120 will use oil pastels.  This week, each student will begin by planning his / her drawing in pencil.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 119 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 120 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThese students will continue learning about Cubism.  This week, each student will begin planning his / her final draft in pencil.  If time allows, students will also begin using acrylic paints to paint their final drafts.

NOTE: Students in Room 120 who are unable to finish planning their final drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  This assignment is due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 10/24/2016

October 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned this week:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will continue continue working on their watercolor paintings.

1st Grade: These students will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue creating a color wheel and a value scale.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue creating drawings that use warm colors and cool colors.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders will finish creating complimentary color drawings.

4th Grade: Students in 4th grade will continue working on their self-portrait drawings.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue working on their one-point perspective drawings.  To see the instructions for the drawing, click HERE and then HERE.

6th Grade: The 6th graders will begin a lesson on perspective.  I will begin by reviewing how to use a t-square and a triangle.  Each student will then use these tools to make a drawing that uses at least 3 horizontal lines, at least 3 vertical lines, and at least 3 diagonal lines.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).  All drawings are due next Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 PM

7th Grade: The students will continue learning about Conceptual Art. This week, students will write their own sets of instructions that could be used by someone else to create a drawing.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  This assignment is due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThese students will continue learning about Cubism.  This week, each student will continue planning his / her Cubist still life painting in pencil.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school Friday and Monday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).  All drawings are due next Wednesday at 4:15 PM

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 10/17/2016

October 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned this week:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will continue continue working on their collages.  Then, they will use watercolor paints to create paintings.

1st Grade: These students will continue learning about color and value.  Each student will continue creating a color wheel and a value scale.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue creating drawings that use warm colors and cool colors.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders will continue creating  complimentary color drawings.

4th Grade: Students in 4th grade will continue working on their self-portrait drawings.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about perspective.  I will explain that perspective is a technique that artists use to create the illusion of depth in a work of art and show examples of works of art using one-point perspective.  After watching a demonstration, each student will create a drawing that shows at least 3 objects in one-point perspective.  To see the instructions for the drawing, click HERE and then HERE.

6th Grade: These students will finish creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. This week, each student will continue working on his / her final draft.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).

7th Grade: The students will continue learning about Conceptual Art. This week, students will finish their drawings based on instructions written by the artist Sol LeWitt.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  These drawings are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThese students will also begin a project on Cubism.  I will show the students examples of Cubist paintings created by Pablo PicassoGeorges Braque, and Juan Grís.  I will talk about the influences of Cubism and point out the characteristics of a Cubist painting.  Then, each student will begin planning his / her Cubist still life painting in pencil.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 10/11/2016

October 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned this week:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will continue creating their fall-inspired landscapes.  They will also use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create collages.

1st Grade: These students will learn about color and value.  We will begin by creating color wheels so we could review how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.  We will also make value scales so we can learn how mixing a color with white makes a lighter value of that color and how mixing a color with black makes a darker value of that color.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue creating drawings that use warm colors and cool colors.

3rd Grade: The 3rd graders will learn about complimentary colors.  We will look at a color wheel and I will point out that colors that are directly across from each other (red / green, blue / orange, and yellow / purple) are complementary colors.  I will explain that these colors are opposite of each other and demonstrate how mixing a color with a little of its complement makes a duller version of that color.  I will also also demonstrate how mixing two complementary colors in equal amounts makes brown.  This week, each student will use oil pastels to create a drawing.  Each student must use his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values.

4th Grade: Students in Room 207 will finish their color scheme drawings. Students in Room 203 will begin learning about self-portraits.  We looked at examples of self-portrait paintings, drawings, and sculptures.  We also discussed how artists use proportion (using some parts of an object to measure other parts of an object) to make sure all parts of the face are the right size, the right shape, and in the right place.

NOTE: Students in Room 207 who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).

5th Grade: The 5th graders will begin a lesson on perspective.  I will begin by reviewing how to use a t-square and a triangle.  Each student will then use these tools to make a drawing that uses at least 3 horizontal lines, at least 3 vertical lines, and at least 3 diagonal lines.

6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. This week, each student will continue working on his / her final draft.

7th Grade: The students will begin a lesson on Conceptual Art. I will explain that this is an artistic movement that began in the 1960′s and 1970′s. These artists were interested in answering questions like “what makes something art?” and “what makes someone an artist?”  For these artists, exploring ideas about art was more important than making something that is beautiful or that expresses emotions.  We will focus on an American artist named Sol LeWitt.  He made drawings that used the same simple lines and shapes in seemingly endless combinations.  After a while, he stopped making the drawings himself and created a system where he wrote instructions for drawings that other people could execute.  Each student will be given a real set of instructions that Sol LeWitt wrote for a drawing and the student will use those instructions to execute one of his drawings.

8th GradeThe 8th graders will continue working on their paintings.  Each student will create an acrylic paint that uses at least 3 new colors and at least 3 new values.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 10/03/2016

October 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have going on for the first week of October:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will read the story Weather Watchers: Fall.  Then, each student will create a landscape drawing showing all of the different things that happen during the fall.

1st Grade: The 1st graders will continue learning about form and creating 3-dimensional collages

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will learn about warm colors and cool colors.  After learning about these two color families, I divided the room in half.  Students on one half of the room are making oil pastel drawings that only use warm colors and students on the other half of the room are making drawings that only use cool colors.  All students will be able to use neutrals (black, white, gray, and brown).


3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will continue to use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s collage must use symmetrical balance in at least 3 places and asymmetrical balance in at least 3 places.

4th Grade: These classes will continue working on their color scheme drawings.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will finish creating their Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).

6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. This week, students in Room 218 student will begin creating their final drafts and students in Room 216 will make any necessary revisions to their first drafts.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school.  I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45.  I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15.  I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school.  I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue their graphic design project.  Each student will work on the final draft for his / her logo design.  This week, each student will finish his / her final draft in pencil.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, revisions for these drawings will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders will review how to mix acrylic paints to make new colors and new values.  Each student will create an acrylic paint that uses at least 3 new colors and at least 3 new values.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 09/26/2016

October 8, 2016 at 8:22 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will re-read the story Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.   Then, each student will use clay to make a sculpture of the monster that he / she designed last week. We will also read the story Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  In the story, three mice decide to play in three jars of paint.  I will show the students to mix the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to create the secondary colors (orange, green, and purple).  The students will then make drawings and color the items in their drawings by mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.

1st Grade: The 1st graders will learn about form.  I will explain that forms are shapes that are not flat.  We will look at examples of different forms around the room and I will show students how to fold and glue papers in various ways to create different kinds of forms.  Then, each student will use construction paper to create a collage.  Each student’s collage must use at least 5 different kinds of forms.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue making collages that use positive shapes (shapes that are made by adding something) and negative shapes (shapes that are made by leaving empty spaces).

3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will continue to use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s collage must use symmetrical balance in at least 3 places and asymmetrical balance in at least 3 places.

4th Grade: These classes will continue learning about color schemes.  Students in Room 203 will use oil pastels to color their drawings.  Students in Room 207 will use tempera paint to paint their drawings.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue creating their own Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. This week, each student will begin creating his / her final draft.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue their graphic design project.  Each student will work on the final draft for his / her logo design.  This week, each student will finish his / her final draft in pencil.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, revisions for these drawings will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders will continue their graphic design project.  This week, each student will make any necessary revision to his / her first draft.  If time allows, each student will work on his / her final draft.  Each design must use words and pictures in a creative way to communicate at least 3 pieces of information about the Class of 2016 or about the school.

 

As always, please email me if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 09/19

September 19, 2016 at 8:35 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will re-read the story Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.   Then, each student will use clay to make a sculpture of the monster that he / she designed last weel..

1st Grade: These students will continue learning about line. This week, they will use chenile stems to make line sculptures.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue making collages that use positive shapes (shapes that are made by adding something) and negative shapes (shapes that are made by leaving empty spaces).

3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will continue to use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s collage must use symmetrical balance in at least 3 places and asymmetrical balance in at least 3 places.

4th Grade: These classes will continue learning about color schemes.  Students in Room 203 will use oil pastels to color their drawings.  Students in Room 207 will use tempera paint to paint their drawings.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue creating their own Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. Each group will begin finish making his / her thumbnail sketch.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in class will be able to come in before school or after school to work on this assignment.  I will be available before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I will be available after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM) on Tuesday and Wednesday. I ask that students set an appointment at least one day in advance and that I receive written parental permission (a note or an email).  All work on this project must be done by Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue their graphic design project.  Each student will continue to create his / her own logo.  I will ask each student to think about the job that he / she hopes to have some day and make a logo that he / she could use for that job.  Each logo must use the student’s name, it must use words and pictures, it must be designed to be read quickly, and it give some information about the job he / she wants to have.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their revised first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, revisions for these designs will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders will continue their graphic design project.  This week, each student will make any necessary revision to his / her first draft.  If time allows, each student will work on his / her final draft.  Each design must use words and pictures in a creative way to communicate at least 3 pieces of information about the Class of 2016 or about the school.

As always, please email me if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week 2

September 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we start Week 2 and students begin their first assignments, here is a look at what we are working on:

Kindergarten: The Kindergarten students are learning about line. We will learn that line is one of the elements of art and that a line is something that is long and thin. We will look at different kinds of lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, wavy, zig-zag, dotted, spiral) and each student will then use markers to make a drawing that uses at least 5 different kinds of lines.

The kindergarten students will also read the story Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.  It is a story of a monster who just isn’t very good at scaring people. I will then ask each student to help out Leonardo by imagining the scariest monster he / she can think of.  Each student will then make a drawing of his / her monster.

1st Grade: These students are learning also about line. We will learn that line is one of the elements of art and that a line is something that is long and thin. We will look at different kinds of lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, wavy, zig-zag, dotted, spiral) and each student will then use markers to make a drawing that uses at least 5 different kinds of lines.

2nd Grade: These students will begin the year by learning about positive shapes (shapes that are made by adding something) and negative shapes (shapes that are made by leaving empty spaces).  Each student will make a collage that used at least 5 positive shapes and at least 5 negative shapes.

3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will begin by learning about the principle of art known as balance.  We will look at examples of art that used symmetrical balance and we also looked at examples of art that used asymmetrical balance.  Each student will use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s alien must have at least 3 shapes that only use symmetrical balance and at least 3 shapes that only use asymmetrical balance.

4th Grade: These classes will learn about color schemes.  The students in Room 207 will begin by making a color wheel that uses primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors.  I will explain to students in both classes that that the color scheme is another name for the colors and values that an artist chooses to use in a work of art.  I will also show the students examples of works of art that use different color schemes (complementary colors, analogous colors, warm colors, cool colors).  Each student will then use one of the aforementioned color schemes to create a painting.  This week, each student will begin planning his / her painting in pencil.

5th Grade: The 5th graders are learning about a group of artists called the Dadaists.  These artists were influenced by the conditions in Germany after World War I.  Because of all the violence the country had just experienced, it seemed as if things just didn’t make sense any more.  The artists reflected these conditions in their art by purposely making art that didn’t make sense.  One medium they used was photomontage (a photomontage is a collage made of photographs from various sources).  This week, they will begin creating their own Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

6th Grade: These students will learn about the large-scale collages created by Henri Matisse. He started making these collages when he became ill later in life and was no longer able to paint.  These collages feature simple, abstract shapes and usually show lots of movement.  After looking at examples of his collages, each student will create their own Matisse-inspired large-scale collages.  Each student will begin by creating a small sketch showing what their collage will look like.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will begin a project on graphic design.  We will begin by talking about two categories of art: fine art (art for arts sake) and applied art (art that has a job to do) and looking at examples of both kinds of art.  We will then talk specifically about graphic design (art that is made to communicate information).  We will look at examples of graphic design, talk about how graphic designers use words and pictures together, and talk about how they must do so in a creative way that attracts the viewer’s attention.  Each student will then create his / her own logo.  I will ask each student to think about the job that he / she hopes to have some day and make a logo that he / she could use for that job.  Each logo must use the student’s name, it must use words and pictures, it must be designed to be read quickly, and it give some information about the job he / she wants to have.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, the first drafts of these designs will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders are also starting the year with a graphic design project.  We began by talking about two categories of art: fine art (art for arts sake) and applied art (art that has a job to do) and looking at examples of both kinds of art.  We then talked specifically about graphic design (art that is made to communicate information).  As we looked at examples of graphic design, we talked about how graphic designers use words and pictures together and how they must do so in a creative way that attracts the viewer’s attention.  Each student then began creating a design for the Class of 2106 t-shirts.  Each design must use words and pictures in a creative way to communicate at least 3 pieces of information about the Class of 2016 or about the school.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Room 116, the first drafts of these designs will be due on Thursday @ 9:00 AM.   Revisions are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.  For students in Room 118, the first drafts of these designs will be due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Let’s Get it Started

September 5, 2016 at 9:08 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

This is my first blog post for the 2015-2016 school year, so let me begin by saying “welcome!” If you are new to the blog, welcome! If you followed my blog last year, then welcome back! Welcome to parents and family members looking for more information about what goes on in our art classes at Murray. Welcome to students looking for resources they can use. Welcome to anyone who is interested in art and art education. I plan to use this blog to tell people about the art projects we will be doing this year and the artists we will be studying. I also plan to post information about how those projects are graded. Additionally, I plan to provide information about art exhibits around the city and online resources that can be used to take the learning experience outside of the classroom. I am excited about everything we have planned and I look forward to writing more about it in weeks to come.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

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