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A Guide for Mister Riggs  and Students to use for Art History Expectations in his classroom.

Winslow Homer Biography Content borrowed from: Portrait Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1836, Homer was the second of three sons of Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer, both from long lines of New Englanders. His mother was a gifted amateur watercolorist and Homer’s first teacher, and she and her son had a […]          

My fourth grade students completed these fantastic castles today. I suggested the students use colored markers for the small sections of the castle (windows, flags, banners, doors, etc) and liquid watercolors for the background and castle itself. I really like the subtle nature of the watercolors and it takes much less time to finish. Always […]

Art History Movement Creation of Adam by Michelangelo & The Sistine Chapel in Rome Italy {Please Note: Mister Riggs is instructed to teach this information through Core Knowledge & American Academy. My goal is to show the students the information not interpret religious information.I want NO part of  teaching the religious nature of the context.} Creation […]

Black and White Conversions Photoshop and Photoshop Elements offer both destructive and non-destructive black and white conversion techniques. Destructive methods are ones that can’t be re-adjusted afterwards. Once you’ve made the conversion, the only way to change it is to undo the conversion and start again. Non-destructive methods use Photoshop’s adjustment layers. The changes that […]

Impressionism Study Guides

Feb. 29, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Weekly News

  Im·pres·sion·ism n. 1. often Impressionism A theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light. 2. A literary style characterized by the use of details and […]

1. pointillism – a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer’s eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France school – a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar […]

Impressionist Projects Paul Cezanne Project: Students learn the technique of Oil Pastels via teacher instruction. Students use instruction provided by online resource to complete their oil pastel project. The project is due on Friday. Students learn about Paul Cezanne and view a biography video on the artist.       Part 1 Part 2 History: […]

Middle School Art Show Saturday, February 25 – Friday, March 2 Please come to support the 6th through 8th grade artists of American Academy.  Starting on this Saturday, February 25th through Friday, March 2nd, the student’s artwork will be exhibited at Park Meadows Mall by Guest Services. American Academy has many talented artists, and the following students’ artwork was selected because […]

Useful Typography Tips For Adobe Illustrator By Tara Hornor Typography is not only an all-important aspect of design, it is also an art form in and of itself. Choosing the right font, the perfect spacing and even the correct shape of text can be an important factor as to whether a project fails or succeeds. Although […]

{Grade 7} Final Web Design Rubric      

Art History Time Line The history of art is immense, the earliest cave paintings pre-date writing by almost 27,000 years! If you’re interested in art history, the first thing you should do is take a look at this table which briefly outlines the artists, traits, works, and events that make up major art periods and […]

 Color Wheel Mixing Students created an abstract painting that has a color wheel hidden inside of it. They were given only red, yellow, blue, and black paint to complete this assignment. Since they were given the three primary colors they were able to mix all of the other colors. Once their color wheel was done […]

Coil Potts Instruction

Feb. 5, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Weekly News

Pottery TutorialCoil ConstructionIn this section you will learn how to make coils and how make pieces of pottery with them.  Coil pottery is a simple technique that can have great results. (Roll out coil)   Squeezing the clay into a coil or rolling between your hands are two ways to make coils.  This technique can […]

     Still Life Drawing Techniques {Grade 8}     Still Life in Pencil Still Life is the best subject in art for learning and teaching the skills of drawing and painting. It teaches you how to look at objects and see them like an artist – with a perceptive awareness of their outline, shape, […]

{Grade8} Architecture Beyond the Industrial Revolution  (Pen&Ink) In eighth grade, students study architecture. This unit provides a great deal of information about well-known international architects and architecture that heavily influenced the United States. The three lessons provide small exercises and one large project to help the students understand that a building isn’t just a building. […]

Students use typography to design a poster!  Typography this week. Students will be assigned  to their computers and will be introduced to the art of Typography. Students will be creating a poster design that will incorporate their core knowledge artist or using a history subject assigned by their history teacher. Project Description: In your poster, […]

Create An Awesome Space Rocket Avatar in Illustrator  We’ll draw a shiny, awesome-looking space rocket in Adobe Illustrator using advanced techniques such as gradient meshes, pattern brushes and opacity masks. We will then add a flare, smoke, clouds and sky to complete a fun illustration. Ready to launch?   Final result: Here’s what we’re aiming […]