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    Mrs. Chabra


    March 30, 2020
    GRADES, 6, 7, 8 
    Here are 4 short video clips about the artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy's work is made of natural materials. Many of his pieces are ephemeral; that is, they don't last long, some as little as a few seconds. Goldsworthy uses leaves, rocks, sticks, ice, somtimes in combination.
    1. Using Goldsworthy as your inspiration, look around outside when you are on a "fresh air break" from your classroom studies.
    2. Gather natural things like leaves, twigs, rocks, grasses, seeds, feathers. It is ok to use natural things from inside, too, like ice, plant parts...Use your imagination.
    3. Create a design, a shape, a form, maybe something that changes over time. When your nature art is complete take a photo or two
                 (that depends on what you've created - perhaps it is something we need to see from more than one angle).
    4.  Send me your photo(s). I usually allow videos for this assignment, but I am not sure about the logistics of sharing them with me.  If you make a video and have a YouTube account/channel you could send me a link.  I'll leave that up to you, but at least send me a photo so I know you have worked on this assignment.
    5. Please write a sentence or two to let me know what your plan was or anything else you think I should know about the piece.
    6.have some fun with this assignment.  Take some artistic risks. If the project doesn't work out as you planned, that is the nature of creating.  Still share your photo.
    YOU WILL HAVE 2 WEEKS TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT.  The weather might not be cooperative so you have this extra time to work on it. 

    Parents: The younger students will need some assistance getting started.  Although they have some experience, the videos will be a big help starting their weaving process.
    STUDENTS:You have all experienced some weaving in art.  Although each grade has used different methods and materials, and some of you have just started weaving recently, the basics of weaving remain the same.  You need a loom, warp, and weft. The process is over and under and each row is the opoosite of the one before. So, if a row starts over a warp thread, the next row will start under the warp.
    You will be creating a weaving. 
    1. Make a loom or use your own if you have one.
    It can be cardboard from a mailing box.  It can even be an old CD to make a circular weaving.
    The warp is usually made form warp thread or yarn.  Any string will do.
    The weft (the actual weaving part) is often made of yarn, but I encourage you to use what you have around the house. Anything that is a strip can be used: strips cut from plastic grocery bags, ribbon, twigs, shopping bag handles, and old video tapes.
    A needle makes things easier but most students can weave just fine using their fingers.  An exception to this is CD weaving. I think that really requires a big needle.  You could make a needle substitute with wire, perhaps.
    2.  Here are 3 tutorials.  The first 2 show the basics of making a loom, warping the loom and the weaving process (weft).  The third one shows the process of weaving on a CD.  There are many more similar videos out there.
    You will have 2 weeks to work on this weaving.  You will share a photo of it with me by Monday, April 13.  It's ok if you don't finish it, but you should be working on it at least a few minutes each day.
    Have fun!  Try out unusual materials. Use what you have available.
    Your favorite teddy bear (or other favorite stuffed animal) is going to be your model for this week's assignment.
    You can draw or paint your bear.  You can make a sculpture of your bear out of play doh or other modeling material. You can make a picture of your bear out of cut and glued paper. You can make a collage of cut up photos of your teddy.  If you want to sew (or glue) a picture of your teddy it is ok if a parent helps you. And remember, if your favorite stuffed animal isn't a teddy, that's just fine.  He or she can be your model.
    Have fun and be creative!  Share your art with me by next Monday, April 6.
    MARCH 23-29
    Middle School - Grades 6,7,8
    Your field trip is to WASHINGTON D.C.
    You will travel the city like a tourist, using public transportation, stopping to eat and visiting many museums and galleries
    including the Renwick, Hirschhorn and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
    Your assignment is to select one piece of art (or architecture) that interests you.
    You will be writing 2 paragraphs for this assignment and doing some research, as well.
    Write 1 paragraph of 3-5 sentences telling the name of the artist, the title of the work, the date it was made and why you chose this piece.
    Research the artist and the artwork and write a paragraph of 8-10 sentences based on your research. 
    For example: the size of the piece, the material with which is is made, its style, the time period
    (and its relevance to the creation of the art),
    and any other interesting facts about the artwork and the artist.
    This should be typed and turned in by the end of the day, Sunday, March 29.
    If you are using your school email, I will not be able to acknowledge receipt.
    Enjoy your trip!
    Grades 3, 4, 5
    Your field trip is to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City
    You will explore the museum and find your favorite piece of art - it might be a painting, sculpture, even a movie.
    Try out all the links. Really explore!!!
    Your assignment is to create a drawing or painting or even a sculpture (surprise me!)
    of the artwork or inspired by the artwork, that you like best from this visit.
    Please let me know what artwork you are copying or that inspired you to make your own version
    (ask a grownup or other family member to write this if you'd like). 
    Then send me a photo (or other type of image) of your art with the original artwork information - the title and the artist's name.
    please send this to me by the end of the day, Sunday, March 29.
    NOTE: if the link below does not work for you please do a search for Destination Modern Art
    or go directly to and search for
    Destination Modern Art.  The site requires Flash. 
    If you still have problems, please let me know.  I will find an alternative experience.
    Click below to go to the museum site.
    Grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2 - Your field trip is a visit to the studio of artist Wassily Kandinsky.
    Join Mati and Dada as they learn about the connection between music and painting.
    Your assignment is to listen to any music you like and draw or paint what you hear and how you feel.
    Please ask a grownup to write your name on the artwork
    and what music you were listening to while you were creating your art.
      Send me a picture (phone photo ok) of your art.
    Become a part of The Happy Art Movement!
    Click on the link for a download of a Romero Britto coloring book.
    To be featured on Romero Britto's Instagram story please tag @RomeroBritto and use #HappyArtBritto!!!
    Click on this to watch the video
    Bonus art project - All grades - optional
    If you have a piece of heavy paper, crayons, black acrylic craft paint , a brush, and paper towels, you might like to try this fun project.  This video was shared with me by another art teacher. If you have the materials, give it a try. If you'd like to share with me, that's great!
      ***Important update to posting of and submission of assignments
    As all grades are not on Google Classroom, all assignments for all grades will be on this site.  As you complete weekly assignments, email to me with attachments of images and/or documents. Please turn in all assignments by the end of the week in which they are assigned-Sunday midnight. I will acknowledge receipt as quickly as I can. Assignment grades where applicable will be posted to powergrade. You may also use this same email address for questions.
    To all students and parents:  My email is  UPDATE: Students: If you are submitting your assignments using your school email, you may not get a reply from me. I am getting your work, but my responses are "bouncing back" to me.  I will be catching up on posting grades next week and will put comments on powergrade where applicable.
    Next week will be Field Trip Week!!! 
    Do you like the books of Mo Willems?  The Kennedy Center hosts a virtual event, Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, every day at 1pm.  If you miss the live version, you can stream it afterward. 
    GRADE 8 – THE CUP PROJECT   ART ASSIGNMENT WEEK OF 3/16/20-3/20/20 Please see change below, regarding submission of your rough drawing.

    1.       Watch two videos about the contemporary, currently working artist, Gwyneth Leech.  Also take a look at the third video about another current artist for further inspiration on the use of paper coffee cups in art.
    video 1         video 2     video 3

     2.       Do a little research on an artist from this list.  Try to get a feel for the subjects and techniques the artist uses.  Choose a piece of art (painting, sculpture, building, etc.) by this artist to be the subject for your cup.  If I have forgotten to include an artist (painter, sculptor, architect, photographer, etc.)  in whom you have an interest, please check with me before you begin.     

    DaVinci, Michelangelo, Gentileschi, Vermeer, Gaudi, Seurat, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Morisot,  Van Gogh, Cezanne, Munch, Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Wright, Miro, Magritte, Dali, Hopper, Wood, Catlett, Bearden, Pollock, Mitchell, Calder, Nevelson, Rothko, Newman, Frankenthaler, Stella (Frank), Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Riley, Gehry, Ringgold, Close, Haring, Banksy, Nam June Paik, Merian, de Saint Phalle. 

    Then, when we return to school, come to class with your the drawing  that you will redo, in its final form on a paper coffee cup.  I will provide you with the cup.  It is 4 ½ inches tall with a top diameter of 3 ½ inches and a bottom diameter of 2 ¼ inches.  Having these measurements should help you to create a ready-to-use rough drawing. The rough sketch should have your name on it.The final, skillfully completed cup (25 points) will be worked on in class and must have your name, class, artist and title on the bottom.


    Use the link below to watch the video on artist Chuck Close.  As we have done in the past, please take video notes as you watch.  I expect 10 facts that are clearly written or typed (10 points).  Please submit your video notes by email by midnight, Sunday, March 22. Enjoy the video.  ****this is a very large takes time to download.
    **** If you are unable to open this video (if using a MAC you might have to convert it to a usable file), I am attaching two links to videos on YouTube about the artist Chuck Close.  They don't contain all the information, but are a good introduction to the artist and his work.  Only use these if you can't access the video above.
    GRADE 6 - ART ASSIGNMENT WEEK OF 3/16/20 -3/20/20
    Use available paper and art tools (pencil, pen, sharpies, etc.) to create one of the perspective techniques shown in the attached resources: name in 1-point perspective, building scene in 1-point perspective, corner scene with buildings in 2-point perspective. Please submit your drawing by email by midnight, Sunday, March 22.

     perspective resources      perspective resources



    GRADE 5 - ART ASSIGNMENT WEEK OF 3/16/20-3/20/20



    Use plain paper such as drawing paper, copy paper, or similar.  It should be between 6 x 9 and 9 x 12 inches. Use pencil to do your drawing and then add color with whatever supplies you have available.  An important part of this assignment is the descriptive name you give your original cupcake.  Write the name of the cupcake on the same paper as your drawing. Use fancy lettering if you know how (or look up some interesting lettering ideas).  The lettering is part of the design. Please submit by email by midnight, Sunday, March 22.  Here are some examples to get you started:

    cupcake ideas


    GRADE 4 - ART ASSIGNMENT WEEK OF 3/16/20-3/20/20

    You just completed Wayne Thiebaud inspired gumball artwork.  Thiebaud is also well-known for his paintings of pies and cakes.  There is an image below for steps on how to draw a basic layer cake with one slice removed.  You will draw a cake of at least 3 layers (you don't need to decorate yours the same as the example). Your cake should tell us something about you - things you like, your favorite color,  things in which you have an interest.  Think of this as a personality cake to tell us about you.  Use plain paper if possible - drawing paper, copy paper - and any art tools you have at home: crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils, etc. Be neat. Do a white spot inspection. You may create a designed background if you wish, but it is not required.  Please send by email by midnight, Sunday, March 22.

    How to draw a layer cake



    GRADES 1, 2, 3 - ART ASSIGNMENT WEEK OF 3/16/20-3/20/20

    The Peaceful Mandala Project

    Mandalas are a perfect way to find some peaceful time during our time at home.

    What you will need:

    1. A square of paper-any kind of paper and any size square.

    2. Crayons, markers, rubber stamps, paint and/or stickers - use what you have.

    3. Watch one of both of the attached YouTube videos on making mandalas.

    4.  Quietly and peacefully, create your own amazing mandala.

    5.  If you have more time, make more than one.

    6. I would like to see what you create. You may send a photo in an email ( or bring it to school when we return to our regular class schedule.

    ***Parents: I will not grade these mandalas - I think the quiet process is something we all need right now.  Maybe you would like to join your child in making a mandala!


    Growing a Mandala

    9 mandalas 




    A cute story and introduction to color mixing. Enjoy!







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