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Creative Expressions (Period 6)

Melissa Wilks
Upper School

Course Description

Creative Expressions is a fun filled exploration of Fine Arts. Students will create work in both the visual arts and performing arts. My goal is to help them reflect on self and express that boldly!
Week 14-
Monday holiday
Tues-Thursday will be improvisation practice, application and then wrap up
Fri - will be an introduction to reflection in art so that they can do their reflection project the following week
Week 12 and 13:
Mon - intro Pointillism/ Mosaic, Explore Pointillism
Tues- Group pumpkin mosaics
Wed- Choose pointillism or mosaic for your medium, choose a subject, plan composition - design due
Thurs- Mon - Studio days to work on your project
Tues (Nov 5th) - Pointillism and Mosaic projects due for critique
Wed- Fri - Improvisation Unit intro
Week 11
Mon - draw on and then paint on silhouette
Tues- critique, collect leaves, and introduce composition
Wed - Paint background and Use collected leaves to create a pleasing composition using golden rule while it dries
Thurs - draw leaves onto dried background in planned composition and then paint the leaves using wet blend
Fri- Add detail to dried leaves and share
Week 10
Mon- Fall Break
Tues- Experimenting with acrylic blend
Wed- Classes will not meet due to PSAT
Thurs - Using what we learned Tues - create a sunset blend using acrylic paint
Fri- Design silhouette using rule of thirds
Week 8/9
Mon- Connecting space ideas from visual arts to performance
Tues - Introducing  chair duets
Wed/ Thurs - Guided rehearsals for chair duets
Fri- Perform and record chair duets for some - juniors gone to health fair
Mon- inservice day
Tues- perform remainder of chair duets
Wed - seniors gone - remaining juniors will have time to make up work, the option to do an enhancement (extra project), or study hall
Thurs- students will watch the video performances from other classes, eat popcorn, critique, and be excited about fall break
Fri- Fall Break
Week 7 - Back to visual arts, but this concept is also explored through performance in the coming weeks
Mon- Students will learn implied shape and be introduced to positive and negative space
Tues - Students will apply their understanding of space with an elementary project
Wed - We will discuss how to heighten our work from yesterday, then compare the products. Students will also be tasked with a more advanced version of the same project
Thurs/ Fri - students will complete project 2 on pos/neg space
Week 6-
Mon - celebrate our monochromatic animal victories! Then take a break from painting and try some performing
Tues - I will have a sub. Students will work in groups on brainstorming and writing their pantomime scenarios
Wed-Thurs - Guided rehearsal and small sections of workshopping mime techniques. 
Week Five-
Monday - Critique our monochromatic painting - consider brush strokes, and success of color mixing ; intro Blue Dog by George Rodrigue and intro our monochromatic animal painting project
Tues- Draw on painting paper your simple animal, start painting with background
Wed- Paint animal using values you mixed
Thurs- critique on dry projects; review and study for color theory quiz
Fri-  Quiz, wrap up for absent friends, and game request if time
Week Four-
Monday - Holiday
Tues- Wed - playing with and exploring paint
Thurs/ Friday - first simple paint project!!
Week three:
Monday wrap up FORM project
Tuesday - present, critique, and then begin color
Wed-Friday - Exercises understanding basic color theory. Fun surprise Friday! Begin painting next week!
Week Two:
Monday- review for quiz and finish project
Tuesday- name project due and quiz over week one
Wed- begin elements and principles of art unit that will take two weeks. Our first project will be over lines and shapes!
Thursday - connect to FORMS and start FORMS project due Tuesday
Week One:
  • ENSEMBLE- Get to know each other - the more we create an ensemble the more students will honestly express themselves
  • Understand classroom procedures and course expectations
  • Begin a student driven visual expression piece
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of creative arts in our society