Middle School Art

Chalk Flowers (6th Grade)

This project takes two days. The first day is spent looking through magazines for pictures of flowers. Then the students get a black sheet of drawing paper and draw their chosen flower.  It is then outlined in Elmers Glue. On the second day, the glue is dry, and provides a barrier for the chalk pastel.  The students really practice blending the chalk pastel and they come out beautiful!


Photoshop Faces (8th Grade)

For this project I take each students' picture and then apply the cutout filter in Photoshop before I print them out 4" x 6". Then, I teach the students how to make a grid on their faces and then a larger grid on a larger piece of paper. They work square by square and can usually copy their own likeness very well!


3 Layers (8th Grade)

I did this project for the first time when I was in the 6th grade.  When I started teaching, I still remembered how fun I thought it was.  The student makes three separate layers using rulers, compass, shapes (anything we can find).  Each layer is seen through the other and the top layer is completed first. It's a little confusing at first but eventually everyone gets it.  I have done it with colored pencils, paint, and permanent marker.


Van Gogh Watercolor (8th Grade)

Vincent Van Gogh has always been one of my favorite artists. My students and I spend one day studying his life and his work, and then I let them each pick one image to replicate. I choose watercolor because it is so forgiving and the students work becomes much more succesful


Huichole Paintings (7th Grade)

The Huichole Indians are native to Central Mexico. I first saw their traditional yarn paintings in graduate school. The Huicholes use yarn and hot wax. In my classroom, we use floss and double sided carpet tape. It works amazingly well! The students study Huichole artwork in books and on the computer. I also created a handout that had a bunch of their symbols and meanings. The students worked on 8" x 8"cardboard squares with carpet tape. They drew directly on the tape and then were able to cut out and only remove small sections while they were adhering the floss. That way, the board would always be sticky in the area they were working.


Notan (6th Grade)

Notan is a form of paper cutting in Japan. This is always a favorite project in my 6th grade classes. Paper is folded in half, then cut only on the open edges. The pieces are then flipped out and placed upside down next to their spot in the original paper. Colors on black paper look best!


3D Squares (6th Grade)

This is the first lesson in 3D work I do with my middle school students. After a day of practicing a cube, they must draw 6 on one page.  After that they shade all three sides, and then make one object or theme that goes through each square


Abstract Perspective (7th Grade)

Students study one point perspective and then create an abstract environment with spheres.  This is always a favorite because once it's drawn, the students like the methodic coloring of the segments.