Photography Classes @ MERHS

6th grade art curriculum



Syllabus and Expectations

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Unit: Wordmark / Zentangle
Content: Manipulation of letters, filling the frame, line quality, pattern, pattern within pattern
Examples: Wordmark handout, zentangle examples, student examples of project
Instructions: class discussion on the many ways to manipulate letters, fill out handout with
sketches, take best sketch and put it on square paper neatly, use a ruler for
straight lines, in each area created put a different zentangle pattern that you
create. remember that zentangles should be pattern within pattern within
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Best Pattern Printmaking
Content: working in reverse, line quality, pattern, basic printmaking vocab and methods
Examples: scratch foam printmaking, student examples
Instructions: Take your best zentangle from the wordmark assignment and carve it into your
foam sheet. Remember that wherever you carve will be WHITE. Go to printing table
and put your foam on a piece of scrap paper. Use the brayer (roller) to roll on
ink evenly. Then lay fresh sheet of good printing paper centered on top of the
foam plate and use either a baren or your hand to gently but firmly press in a
circular motion, making sure you get all the corners and edges. Pull the paper
off and put it on the drying rack and print another 3 times. Make sure you wash
off your foam plate, the ink rolling plastic, and the brayer. After your prints
are dried, you can go back in with watercolor or colored pencil to add some
details two of your prints.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Warhol Photoshop
Content: Pop Art, high vs low art, Andy Warhol, Adobe Photoshop basics, layering, self portraits
Examples: About Pop Art, About Warhol, Examples of Warhol’s portraits, Student examples
Instructions: Intro to Photoshop, Intro to photoshop 2, Take notes during the Intro to Photoshop lesson and then practice on the
computers. Then take notes during the Intro to Photoshop 2 lesson and practice
on the computers. Participate in class discussion of Pop Art, high vs low art,
and learn about Andy Warhol and his portraits. Then use selection tools, paint
bucket, brushes, new layers, layer blending modes, adjustment layers, and
filters to add shapes and colors to your self portrait.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Nature Squares
Content: positive and negative space, static vs dynamic diagonals, using edges, monochromatic color, tints and shades, value, tempera paint
Examples: monochromatic color, student examples
Instructions: Start with an exercise of making a monochromatic collage. Then move on to the main project. Layout leaves on your paper using what you learned about positive and negative
spaces, overlapping objects, and using diagonals to create dynamic movement.
Then make tints and shate of one color and paint your paper using a
monochromatic color scheme.
Assessment: rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Arts and Crafts Movement Stained Glass
Content: Arts & Crafts movement, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, organic vs geometric shapes,  analogous color, using watercolor
Examples: opaque translucent transparent, monochromatic vs. analogous,
Instructions: Draw both organic and geometric shapes overlapping. Use the black glue to go
over all of the lines. Then use watercolor to paint the inside of the shapes
with an analogous color scheme. You can make some areas more transparent,
translucent, or opaque.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Sugar Skulls
Content: seasonal inspiration, Latin American traditions, honoring ancestors, illustrating life, meaningful objects, blending colored pencil
Examples: about sugar skulls, student examples
Instructions:  students first learn about Latin American sugar skulls and that they are a way to honor ancestors. students are then given the choice to either honor an ancestor of theirs or to honor their own lives during the current season. They take the idea of replacing facial features with objects, as they do in real sugar skulls, but choose objects that represent their own ancestor or their own lives during the current season. So they may pick activities or sports or trips or holidays….anything they do during that season. Then they use those objects to create the eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears, and hair.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Characters in Illustrator
Content: Adobe Illustrator basics, working with shapes to create a whole, translating paper compositions to digital, ideas of heroes vs villains, color choice to express meaning
Examples: Illustrator Character Examples:  panda, penguin, reindeer, octopus, owl, monster, bunny, mechanic   and    Characters made by layering shapes, illustrator intro, Heroes and villains worksheet, and animations made with shapes: ahco and pirate and neighbors and growing up
Instructions: first look at examples of vector based characters, paying attention to how shapes are stacked on top of each other to create the character. Then use paper shapes layered on top of each other to create both a villain and a hero. Think about the superpowers of each and their origin stories in order to chose shapes, colors, and objects to use in creating them. After creating them with paper, take notes during the illustrator lesson in class and create your hero and villain in Adobe Illustrator.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Op Art
Content: Op Art Movement, Bridget Reily, movement, simulating 3D
Examples: Op Art-Bridget Riley, Op Art, 0425 1931 Bridget Riley2, student examples
Instructions: class discussion about the op Art movement and techniques of creating the visual push and pull to create an optical illusion.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Observational Still Life of Bottles
Content: Showing space with hierarchy overlap and proportion, observational drawing, framing, value, using and blending chalk
Examples: HOP and examples, Student Examples
Instructions: step by step instructions
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Personality Paper Sculptures
Content: innovation, meaning, form, 3D construction, surface area, perseverance
Examples: Calvin Nicholls,
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Balance Quilt
Content: Balance, radial symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions, color mixing
Examples: visual weight, types of balance, balance animation,
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Type Figures
Examples: Animated Zoo,
Instructions: In Illustrator: Type out letters in the alphabet with different fonts. Select with black arrow and then right click and create outlines. THen right click an ungroup. Now use letters to create people, animals, and things.
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique


Unit: Giant Masks
Content: experimentation, mask as an art form, expression
Assessment:  rubric and reflection/critique



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