L3 Semester 1 Assignments

Semester 1 Assignments for L3 IB VA

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Rene Magritte, “Son of Man.” Source: ArtNet.com

Welcome, L3 IB Visual Art students!

Here you will find a general outline of our plan for the semester. As a teacher, I try to adjust my curriculum to the needs of my students, as well as in response to the new information from the IBO. Therefore, some of the following topics and due dates may change slightly. We will keep an open dialogue, and I will update this page when changes occur.

1st semester late work policy:
Homework: -5 points for every school day it is late (i.e., If it is due on Tuesday, and handed in on Wednesday, = -5.)
Studio Work: – 10 points for every school date it is late


1. Introduction to IB Visual Arts
In the first weeks of class, we’ll get to know one another, learn more about the IB Visual Arts program, and do some fun art activities. We’ll also learn about the Elements and Principles of Art.

1. Supply Lists
2. Hand Drawing
3. Design and Design: an element and a principles
4. A Window to my Brain

IB Orientation Sep 18 – 20
Foça & Kozbeyli

2. Betty Edwards / Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This week, we’ll learn about different ways of thinking and seeing, starting with information straight from Betty Edwards’ famous drawing Book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

1. Upside Down Drawings

2. Still life sketches

3. Mini critique: “I see, I notice”

Observation drawing in graphite due September 28 (10 points)

3. Media Blast: Graphite Pencil and Charcoal

New concepts and art vocabulary: graphite, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, kneaded eraser, lifting, blending, cross-hatching, shading with the side/tip, embossing, H vs. B pencils, tooth, value scales, study (noun), “blocking out” values

Process Portfolio:

1. Experiments in graphite and charcoal
2. Professional techniques for using graphite pencil
3. Studies: drawing eyes, nose, mouth from observation
4. Artist Research – due October 5 (25 points)
5. Planning / sketches
6. Reflection on finished studio work

Exhibition / Studio Work:
Graphite Self Portraits. How will you combine what you learned from your artist research with your experiments to create something new?

Your work will be graded using the IB Markbands.
Rubric for Self Portrait (to be completed in class on Monday.)

1. Graphite value scale (due October 5, 10 points)
2. 1 hour of work on your self portrait (due October 15, 10 points)
3. Reflection on strengths and weaknesses of your self portrait. Include a photo of your work. (due October 22, 10 points)
4. Optional: Revisions due November 3rd (you must hand in your original rubric again if you choose to revise your work.)

3. Mark Making and Mixed Media Extravaganza!

Process Portfolio:

1. 2-D  techniques for mark-making and layering (October 22-23)
2. 3-D techniques (October 26)
3. Mixed Media Artist Investigation (HW due Oct 26) – artist study in class Oct 26
4. Using Mindmaps to develop a concept (Nov 5)
5. Taking personal reference photos (HW due Nov)
6. Critique: DAIJ method
7. Learning about GoogleDrive and creating our first GoogleSlides Presentation – November 20

Exhibition / Studio Work: Final, large mixed studio work due Tuesday November 17

HW: Investigate a Mixed Media Artist. due October 26.
Assignment Sheet
25 points

Links to “Suggested Mixed Media artists” (you do NOT need to select one of these artists. If you choose a different artist, please look for a mixed media work on paper or canvas.)

1. Oriol Angrill’s Jorda’s “blendscapes” http://oriolangrill.com/works/blendscapes

2. Debra Hampton’s mixed media collages
http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/mixed-media-works-by-debra-hampton and http://www.debra-hampton.com/collage/

3. Cendrine Rovini’s surreal, spooky characters
http://cendrinerovini.com/ and http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/cendrine-rovini-s-eerie-mixed-media-worlds

4.Ghada Amer’s combinations of acrylic and embroidery

5. Romare Beardon’s mixed media collages.

Mind Maps

1. How to Make a Mind Map from Student Art Guide

Mindmap by tlemermeyer on Flickr


4. Assembling a Process Portfolio (Mixed Media Unit)

Process Portfolio1. Create GoogleSlide presentation (“share” with Ms. Papot). November 20.
2. Take photos with your phone, and import them into GoogleDrive (planning, mixed media experiments, artist study. revisions)
3. Mixed Media Process Portfolio, approximately 5 pages, plus a “works cited” page
2 slides due on Monday, November 30.
5-6 slides due Thursday, December 3.

A. Skills, techniques and processes (media experiments, reference images, new techniques.) What techniques did you try? What specific skills did you improve?
B. Critical investigation (artist research, artist study.) What artist did you connect to? What did you learn from him/her? How did the artist influence your own work?
C. Communication of ideas and intentions (in both visual and written forms) (Mind map, planning sketches) How did you develop a concept for your artwork? How did your ideas evolve over time?
D. Reviewing, refining and reflecting (in-progress photos, before-and-after photos). What problems did you encounter, and how did you solve them? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your artwork?
E. Presentation and subject-specific language (elements, principles, and media-specific terminology. Use the vocabulary page in your art journal to help.)

Some helpful art vocabulary from this unit: mixed media, lifting, sgraffito, underpainting, literal texture, implied texture, transparent, opaque, overlapping, brushstrokes, collage, acrylic, background/middleground/foreground.)

Ms. Papot’s Process Portfolio Example 1 (from Fall 2014)
Ms. Papot’s Process Portfolio Example 2 (same project, organized in a different way)

Overnight Istanbul Field trip

Nov 21-22

  • Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum, Sakip Sabanci, street art tour and more
  • Investigation of artwork/artifacts from the trip (Comparative Study part 1)
  • Reflection on curatorial practices

Assignment sheet here

5. Reviewing and reflecting on the Istanbul Trip

1. Mini comparative study: choose two works of art from the field trip that are connected in some way.
2. Independent Project inspired by the artworks you saw (due December 22)

Process portfolio: artist investigation, experiments based on your artist
Comparative Study: mini CS in the art journal  at a later date
Exhibition: Independent studio project

6. Photography Unit – “screen based” work

Artist research and camera due Thursday, January 7
Instagram Challenge due Monday, January 11
30 Thematic photos due Thursday, January 14

Process portfolio: perspectives, manual camera settings, Photoshop skills, digital contact sheet.
Exhibition/Studio works:
1) Three strong photos, edited and professionally printed.
2) Choice project: How can your screen-based work grow into a 2-D or 3-D work?

Intro to Digital Photography Slide Presentation here

Suggested Resources for Artist Research:

Ara Guler, perhaps the most famous Turkish photographer:http://www.araguler.com.tr/

Photography from Juxtapoz Magazine, featuring contemporary artists:http://www.juxtapoz.com/photography/

Photography from Hi Fructose Magazine, featuring contemporary artists:http://hifructose.com/?s=photography&submit=Go

Alex Stoddard, a very young photographer known for his Surreal self-portraits:http://alexstoddard.format.com/early

Rachel Baran’s, another young photographer known for her dark and heavily Photoshopped self portraits, http://www.ufunk.net/en/photos/rachel-baran/ 

Cindy Sherman, a famous photographer best known for making herself into different people and photographing herself: http://www.artnet.com/artists/cindy-sherman/untitiled-a-lt_FDZMJa4-hBPIoD6sU0Q2 

Annie Leibovitz, best known for her stunning celebrity photography:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/annie-leibovitz-photo-gallery/19/

Eric Pare, 
capturing dancers and light: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/eric-pare-light-paintings?context=tag-photo

Melania Brescia 


Pablo Picasso  “Paints with Light”: http://www.designboom.com/art/pablo-picassos-light-drawings-from-1949/

A link to a variety of other artists who “Paint with Light”:  http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-history/

Photo Editing

Adobe Photoshop: 
Open/Save, Curves, Layers, Selection tools.

For photo-editing outside of school, I recommend Sumopaint, a free web-based app.

Process Portfolio Outline: click here

Copy and paste this document. “Share” it with Ms. Papot with editing privileges.

Include a “digital contact sheet” that shows all the photos you took.
Include evidence that shows how you are developing your manual photography skills.


6. Color theory and acrylic paint

Process Portfolio: tools, techniques, color mixing, color groups, tints, tones, shades. Taking primary source reference images.