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L E V E L BEGINNER

S U B J E C T PRINTMAKING AND COLLAGE

G R A D E : 6-12

S U M M A R Y : IN THIS LESSON STUDENTS WILL EXPERIMENT WITH PRINTMAKING AND COLLAGE TO CREATE A PERSONALIZED DESIGN BASED ON A FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNE FOR THEIR SKETCHBOOKS. THIS WILL ACT AS A PRE-ASSESSMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR/SEMESTER. 

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Level: Intermediate

Subject: Watercolor Painting

Grade: 9-12

Summary: During this lesson, students will explore watercolor painting on a plaster-coated wood block, typically known as fresco painting. Students will be asked to explore unique perspectives and come up with a “sense of place” that connects to them personally. 

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Level: Intermediate

Subject: Colored Pencil Drawing

Grade: 9-12

Summary: Each student will organize a still life using glass bottles or jars, and then create a realistic drawing using colored pencils. They will be asked to choose one of three prompts provided, or to create their own. 

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Level: Beginner

Grade: 9-12

Summary: This unit is comprised of five lessons that will cover a step-by-step process of how to draw a realistic self-portrait with charcoal. Students will learn about the history of portraiture, facial proportions, shading techniques, and how to draw facial features

before completing a final “selfie” portrait with charcoal.

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Level: Beginner

Subject: Art History 

Grade: 9-12

Summary: First of five lessons in a portraiture unit. This is a collaborative activity in which students will explore portraiture over time. Students will also create their own self-portrait drawing, which will serve as their “before” image, and will be compared to their “after” image at the end of the unit. These portraits will help the students and teacher visualize improvement after formal portraiture training.

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Level: Beginner

Subject: Charcoal Drawing

Grade: 9-12

Summary: Second of five lessons in a portraiture unit.Students will create individual still lives using popcorn and white paper. In their sketchbooks, each student will draw and shade the popcorn without the use of “finger-blending” or a blending stump. They will then be allowed to use blending tools and techniques to portray the popcorn in a second drawing. 

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Level: Beginner

Subject: Portraiture and Pencil Drawing

Grade: 9-12

Summary: Third of five lessons in a portraiture unit. Students will learn various facial-mapping techniques such as how you can use a pencil to figure out proper facial dimensions.

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Level: Beginner

Subject: Portraiture and Drawing

Grade: 9-12

Summary: Fourth of five lessons in a portraiture unit. Students will learn how to realistically draw a nose, mouth and eyes from observation.

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Level: Beginner

Subject: Portraiture and Charcoal Drawing

Grade: 9-12

Summary: Fifth of five lessons in a portraiture unit.  Using the skills and techniques acquired in previous lessons, students will take a selfie and proceed to recreate it as a charcoal portrait. Using this approach will connect a modern day trend with a traditional style of drawing to create an exciting and meaningful project.

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