Monday, December 11, 2017

Digital Photography Videos

Advancing Your Photography
David Hockney, flash-bulb photography, collage therapy, and chocolate art.
26m 48s
Between the pecan farm and family photography business, this couple enjoys a country life.
7m 14s
Drone & cellphone photography, sculptural composer.
26m 48s 

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Art Room



1. Listen and follow directions.
2. Raise your hand.
3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
4. Respect your classmates, your teacher and art room.


1st time a rule is broken: Warning
2nd time a rule is broken: Sit by yourself
3rd time a rule is broken: Fill out behavior form
4th time a rule is broken: Go to the office or call home or stay after

PARTICIPATION- You need to be present, on time, and participate in class during projects, assignments or worksheets; as well as discussions and PowerPoint presentations. Use class time wisely.

Below behaviors are not acceptable and a possible write up:
  • Not working in class
  • Foul Language, disruptiveness, argumentative, excessive talking, not staying in seat
  • Leaving a mess or supplies out

Respect Art Materials & Art Room Equipment
It’s expensive. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THEFT! DO NOT WASTE SUPPLIES. Destruction of school property also includes writing/drawing on desks and other art materials and/or messes left un-cleaned. Every day you are responsible for cleaning up your supplies, work area, and pushing in your chair.

RESPECT Peers and Teacher
Keep hands and feet to yourself. Do not “play” with art supplies. If you don’t have anything nice to say then keep it to yourself. Everyone should try to maintain a positive, safe, clean environment in the art room.

DAILY PROCEDURES- Arrive to class on time, get out materials and/or projects, begin working quietly.  Attendance will be taken. Remain focused on your artwork while sitting next to peers. You will be given 5-10 minutes cleanup depending on what art materials are being using.

DUE DATES- Everyone works at a different pace when it comes to art. Due dates are established to ensure completion of art curriculum.  Art projects can and sometimes will be expected to be took home to work on.  If you are going above and beyond the requirements and using class time wisely this will not be a problem.  Students are responsible for asking Mrs. Mayville about make up work or making arrangements for extended time on projects when absent.


Middle School Art Curriculum with Mrs. Mayville

6th Grade

Elements of Art and Design Review
Videos; Elements of Art & Design worksheet, Bingo, Jeopardy Art game online, Kahoot game

Color Pencil Techniques
Watch a video by Lee Hammond. Then learn how to use color pencils with different techniques; circular strokes, linear strokes, hatching, cross hatching, value, blending, burnishing, and scraffitto. Also learn how to draw 3D forms with 2 different types of shading techniques; stippling and shading. Visually show how shadows work with a source of light. Show visual examples of my stippling artwork.

Pattern: Radial Symmetry
Students will understand pattern and a radial design. Discuss where you can find them in the real world? Watch video of Tibetan Monks creating a sand Mandala and discuss other cultures that use radial pattern; India, and Navajo Nation. Create their own design using patterns and rulers for accuracy. Some may also be able to create 3D hands on mandalas and destroy them after I photograph the design when it is complete.

1 Point Perspective Room Drawings
Student will draw their bedroom or dream room using 1point perspective to create a feeling of depth.

What is a self-portrait vs portrait? What is symmetrical vs asymmetrical? Each student will receive a packet with different parts of the face to draw, ie ears, nose, eyes, mouth, and proportion directions. Using a "robot" head with proportions on the paper for aide students will draw a complete portrait with accurate proportions.

Art for Kids Hub
Student will use Chrome Books and follow along with learn to draw videos to draw their choice of pictures from this website:

Watercolor and oil pastel landscape paintings & quiz
Students will learn foreground, middleground and background. Know what a horizon is and to include one in their paintings. Learn different watercolor techniques. Understand why the oil pastel resists and how it is helpful when using watercolor. Know what a landscape is. Last day do a reading comprehension quiz about watercolor techniques and Gallery Walk

Mixed Media Figure Drawing
Students will use observational skills and understand the complementary colors. Students will use cutting and gluing skills for their final project. Begin watching Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” Musicaly video then volunteers will take turns modeling for each other and the class will draw a series of quick gesture drawings. The next class, they will watch the Haring shake animation and learn how to draw more animated and cartoon like figures similar to Keith Haring. After we drew figures in pencil, we then will talk about complementary colors for our final project. Students will draw their figure on one paper with Sharpie then cut it out and glue it down on the complementary color paper background and finally with Sharpie draw the action lines.

VTS Art Appreciation: Google Art Project
Students will look at art on the SmartBoard and explore many museums all over the world. Students will analyze, and interpret artistic work through Google’s online virtual art museums. Why do museums keep art, fashion, and cultural artifacts? VTS model analyze, Do you like it? why or why not? Watch Looney Tunes Funny Paintings Scene.

Writing about the 2 paintings  
VTS model analyze, compare and contrast two paintings, then students will write a creative narrative using writing skills or compare and contrast two paintings writing will full sentences.
What’s going on in this picture?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What more can we find?
What information would you use to support your view?
Can you explain what is happening in the art?
Visual Thinking Strategies, it is an inquiry-based teaching method developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine more than twenty years ago and used in museums and school classrooms across the country. VTS uses art to teach visual literacy, thinking, and communication skills—listening and expressing oneself. Growth is stimulated by several things: looking at art of increasing complexity, answering developmentally based questions, and participating in peer group discussions carefully facilitated by teachers.

Ekphrastic Poetry Lesson

Students will write a poem inspired by select artwork shared with the class by the teacher and also create a piece of art inspired by the poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me“  by Maya Angelou.

Origami star (1 day)
Step-by-step following the direction and using folding skills.

Collaborative Sculpture
In the past students have created: large paper Chinese Dragon, Dale Chihuly melted plastic cup installation, Iroquois pottery, Christmas folded book trees, Paper mache bowls, Underground Railroad cut paper quilt motifs, Holiday door decorating, Village of Kindness activities, etc


7th Grade

2 Point Perspective Word Drawing
Student will learn how to draw block letters using 2 point perspective and put shadows on their letters to make them look 3D. Students will use measuring and ruler skills.

Half the Face Portrait
Students will create symmetrical portraits, an activity that uses precise measurements. What is a self-portrait vs portrait? What is symmetrical vs asymmetrical? Students will choose a photo from online of a celebrity, cartoon, anime, or famous person and print. Then Mrs. Mayville will cut in half and students will fold their paper and glue down 1 half. They will draw the other half with accurate proportions.

Observational Drawing
Students will use their eyes and draw tools with detail. This is practise to get ready for the still-life. 4 different centers with different tools will be set up at the tables for students to rotate around and draw objects.

Mixed Media Still Life Value drawing, Painting, Chalk Pastel, Collage
Students will experiment with four different materials in one project. After completing a line drawing of one of 2 still life setups around the room, students will slice their paper into four sections drawing lines with rulers. Each section will be completed using a different material drawing pencil, chalk pastel, collage and paint. Students will learn how to color mix with paints and different chalk pastel media. When finished students will complete a self evaluation grading rubric & reflection & critique.

Origami Crane
Step-by-step following the direction and using folding skills.

STEM Design Tube Sculptures
Students will create a 3D sculpture with paper tubes. Students will learn to be patient, imaginative, an engineer, able to problem solve, adaptive, and creative. They may work in teams or individually. This is also a contest for Most Creative, Tallest, and Strongest.

Google Art Project - Art Appreciation
Students will analyze and interpret artistic work through Google’s online virtual art museums. Why do museums keep art, fashion, and cultural artifacts? VTS model analyze, Do you like it? why or why not
Compare and contrast different style still-life paintings also use the vocabulary words they learned in the mixed media still life lesson to describe and analyze the paintings. Also introduce some Surrealist artists.

Restoration Drawing
Students will learn about restoration art during the Google Art day and what are the different reasons why art needs to be fixed. Students will fix the missing areas of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting with color pencils.

To learn the vocabulary words and be able to identify them in visual examples plus have a collaborative art lesson that they work on together with their classmates.
Day 1 watch video from BrainPop, pass out worksheet with the vocabulary words and go over them, then show them visual examples on the SmartBoard and have them identify which word it represents
Day 2 watch Exquisite Corpse video and show them the Frida Kahlo magazine article and tell them about her. Students will collaborate to make exquisite corpse drawings working with the group of students at their table.
Day 3 finish their exquisite corpse collaborative drawings and quiz each student individually with “exit tickets” matching and identify the vocabulary words with visual examples in a hands on activity.

Native American Animal Spirit Animals
Students will choose and animal of their choice and print it out. They will trace a plate onto drawing paper, then trace their animal onto the drawing paper centered in the middle. Then they will carefully cut out the circle. Students can choose which art material they want to color with, either sharpies, color pencils, and/or chalk pastel.
8th Grade Studio Art

Art Career Poster-PBL
Students will learn about the different career paths of art that exist and what the local colleges offer for the arts. Students will think about which art career path appeals to them and then create a poster either by themselves or with others in the same career path to illustrate what the art career path is all about. Gallery Walk

  • Paper Mache Masks
  • 3D Form Sculptures using Stockings and Value Drawing
  • Clay
  • Magazine rolled baskets
  • PBL Public Art Sculpture

  • Architecture House Drawings Lesson Plan
  • Select one inanimate object and create 12 different views of the object and shade in using value
  • Portraits & YouTube video

  • Negative Positive Printmaking
  • Black Glue, Watercolor, and Sharpie Flowers or Feathers
  • Bookbinding and papermaking

  • VTS Google Art Project  
  • Ekphrastic poem

Thursday, November 9, 2017

How to Draw Facial Proportions

Her tutorial covers the basic guidelines for facial proportions. Learning where features are placed on the face and how to use our pencil as a measurement tool allows us to create more accurate portraits. In this video, I am using a plain old HB pencil! Try to stay within the HB-2B range for general sketching. Too hard of a graphite (the higher the H, the harder the graphite) is really light and can indent the paper easily if you press too hard. The higher the B, the softer the graphite, which will create darker marks!

1st Draw a Self-portrait using a mirror to look at OR you may bring in a photograph of someone you wish to draw BUT it must be a straight on photo of them looking right at you

2nd Watch the video above and draw the same portrait as you did before but this time follow along with her video. You may pause, rewind, and take your time to complete the second portrait.

Resource: From “Digitizing the easel: Student Perspectives on Tutorial Videos in the Art Classroom” by Jescia Hopper.
Nice Examples:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Studio Art - Architecture House Drawings Lesson Plan

Architecture House Drawings Lesson Plan
Students will draw a detailed 2 point perspective architectural house with pencil and then outline it with sharpie. They then will add color. 

The students will:
  • Use the whole page
  • Draw a house accurately
  • Use rulers to draw straight lines.
  • Show accurate 2 point perspective.

Art Standards

Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Horizontal Line: the horizon is where the land (or sea) and sky meet. In painting perspective, it's the level your eyes are at, an imaginary line to which things recede.

Linear Perspective:The illusion of depth, representing three-dimensional objects and space on a two-dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that recede from one point (one-point perspective) two points (two-point perspective) or several points on a horizon line as perceived by a viewer. 

One Point perspective: the drawing has a single vanishing point

Two Point Perspective:  is a type of linear perspective.  In two-point perspective, there exist two points from which an object’s lines recede from; the sides of the object vanish to one of two vanishing points on the horizon line.

Orthogonal Lines: Perspective diagonal lines that point to the vanishing point.

Parallel: side by side lines and having the same distance continuously between them.

Recede: go or move back or further away

Vanishing Point: a point on the horizon line where the orthogonal lines appear to meet.

Art Materials

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Black sharpies
  • Color sharpies
  • Rulers
  • Packets with various house photos or drawings
  • Packets with architectural element information



Did the students:
  • Use the whole page
  • Draw a house accurately
  • Use rulers to draw straight lines.
  • Show accurate perspective.



1. Draw two vanishing points and horizon line and a vertical line that represents the basic height of the building.
2. Draw the two plain sides of the building.
3. Draw the two windows in position, remember to project lines back to the vanishing point on the right.
4. Add the door including the small glass window. Take care to project guidelines to the right hand V.P.

5.Add the path in the same way as seen in the previous drawing exercise.
6. Add the two guidelines. These will mark the point of the conventional roof.
7. Add the side of the conventional roof (left hand side).

8. Complete the conventional roof.

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