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  • General

    Welcome to Cedar Park Art Class with
    Mrs. McDonough

    animated butterfly

    I have lived in Dakota County for 30 years. My husbands name is Mac and my son's name is Patrick. I have been teaching Art in District 196, for approximately 12 years. I spent many years prior to that working as a Commercial Artist.

    The Visual Arts Curriculum that I offer at Cedar Park Elementary School is based on the Elements and Principles of design. The artwork at each grade level is built on the knowledge base from the previous level and increases with complexity. Although the art projects may vary from year to year, the important concepts and skills remain the same.

    Because Cedar Park is a STEM school, much emphasis is made in the creation of Scientific Drawings. Students learn to draw things in nature  by following teacher demonstrations. They than label the parts of  the object. A great deal of time is also spent on creating aesthetically pleasing paintings, drawings and 3-D objects such as clay and sculpture with cultural importance. Concepts tying art to engineering, history, reading, science and math are regularily being experienced by my students in the art room.

    I teach art to all students at Cedar Park, K-5th. What we will be learning in class will be posted on line below.

    General Classroom Information:

    1. T-Shirts will be provided for clothing protection, but you may want to bring an adult long sleeve shirt for additional protection, if you feel your child may need it.

    2. If you have any unneeded art materials (i.e.: beads, feathers, colored paper, paint, ice cream buckets and colorful floor or wall tiles) please consider donating it for classroom use or for use in a permanent school gallery. Thank you.


    Artwork Displays and Galleries:

    1. To enhance and appreciate your artwork, students and parents please consider framing and displaying your artwork at home.

    2. Over the past years I have displayed student artwork in several local locations such as Fairview Ridges Hospital and the District Office.

    3. In previous years my students and I have created permanent galleries throughout our school, through the use of grant money and community contributions. Your child may be asked to contribute art work that we may borrow for a short display. I will contact you to ask for your permission if the art work will be displayed outside of the school or will be used in permanent galleries to enhance the school.

    • Topic 1

      animated blue butterfly

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        • Topic 7

          Art Vocabulary:

          1. nonobjective art: A style of artwork in which the main idea of the artwork is expressed through color and line. The artwork does not show objects or scenes.

          2. Surrealism: An artistic style that mixes realistic images with strange, dream like settings.

          3. shape: A flat figure created when actual or implied lines meet to surround a space.

          4. border: Is an edge around a shape, usually wide enough to look like a frame.

          5. form: The structure and design of a work. It is three-dimensional and has height, weight, width and depth.

          6. value: A lightness or darkness of a color.

          7. texture: The way an object feels when it is touched, such as rough or smooth.

          8. rhythm: Occurs when an element of design is repeated. Can be actual movement in artwork.

          9. secondary colors: A color made by mixing equal amounts of primary colors.

          10. intermediate colors: A color made by mixing secondary color with a primary color such as blue-green.

          11. shade: Any dark value of color, usually made by adding black.

          12. horizon line: The line where the sky meets the ground.

          13. symmetrical: A type of balance in which both sides of a center line are exactly or nearly the same. Also known as formal balance.

          14. unity: Occurs when every other principal of design is in place. A feeling that all parts of the design work together as a team.

          15. clay: It is an earthly, mud like material used to mold objects when moist and becomes hard when fired.

          16. fire: Made hard by great heat, as a clay object.

          17. glaze: A thin coating of minerals fused to clay by firing. It creates a permanent glassy surface on clay.

          18. bond: To smooth an attached clay joint.

          19. kiln: An oven similar to a furnace used to fire and hardens clay objects.

          20. slip: A creamy mixture of water and clay used to stick pieces of clay together.

          21. contrast: A great difference between two things.

          22. pinch method: A method of hand building pottery by pressing, pulling and pinching clay.

          23. coil method: A way of building a clay object by using long, round pieces of clay.

          24. slab method: A thick, even slice of clay, cut out and bonded together to create an object.

          25. throw method: A way of creating a clay pot on the wheel.

          26. Impressionists: French painters from about 1870 who depicted natural appearances of objects by means of dabs or strokes in order to simulate natural reflected light.

          27. Principles of Design: Rules of design that help you create appealing compositions; balance, rhythm, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern and unity.

          28. balance: It has equal visual weight or elements of design in all areas.

          29. primary color: One of three basic colors, red, yellow and blue.

          30. emphasis: A part in a design that is more important. Sometimes called focal point.

          31. asymmetrical: Types of visual balance in which two sides of the composition are different yet balanced.

          32. pattern: A choice of lines repeated over and over in a planned way.

          33. SWAB: To scratch, wet, attach and bond a clay object together.

          34. space: The empty or open area between, around, above, below or within objects. It is an element of design.

          35. design: A plan for arranging parts or elements of an artwork.

          36. tint: A light value of pure color usually made by adding white.

          37. Pop Art: It stands for popular art. Is a style of artwork that includes advertisements or other popular, often seen images.

          38. line: A mark that has length and direction.

          39. objective art: Artwork that shows objects or scenes.

          40. Elements of Design: Parts of artwork used in making a design; line, shape, form, color, value, space and texture.

          Elements of Art:
          These are the parts used in making a design.

          1. Line... The basis of all art. Lines can be thick or thin, actual or implied. They generate many feelings or moods.

          2. Shape... Is a 2-Dimensional space enclosed by a line. Include geometric or organic; positive or negative shapes)

          3. Space...The area of a design. Positive space is the used area. Negative space is the unused area.

          4. Form... Is a 3-Dimensional piece. It is something that has height, width and depth.

          5. Value... Is the light and dark degree of a color.

          6. Texture... Is the way a surface feels. (rough, smooth, course, furry, wiry, jagged).

          7. Color... Light reflection on a surface producing primary, secondary and intermediate hues.

          Principles of Design:
          These are the "rules" of design of design which help you to create an appealing design composition.

          1. Balance... Refers to the distribution of visual weight in a work of art. It can be symmetrical or asymmetrical.

          2. Pattern... Repeating something in a work of art.Can be regular or irregular.

          3. Rhythm... Is the repetition of visual movement through colors, shapes or lines.

          4. Contrast... Refers to differences in size, pattern, value, texture, intensity, color and temperature.

          5. Emphasis... Refers to visual importance, color dominance or focal areas.

          6. Movement... It directs viewers through a work of art such as a painting of a fire escape. It can be directed along lines, shapes, values or color.

          7. Unity... Provides the cohesive quality that makes the artwork complete. When all the elements look as though they belong together, the artist has achieved Harmony.

          • Topic 11

            Students will do the projects below but they may change from year to year. The order of their presentation may also be changed.

            Student Projects:


            1. Introduction to Art, rules, examples.

            2. Everyday Objects Unit. Drawing with shapes.

            3. Drawing Insects, Ants and other flying objects   (Alphabet Tree Book and Zoo Book reference).

            4. Edgar Degas Ballerinas, Elves and Super Hero Unit.

            practice and final drawings.

            5. Painting ballerina skirts and capes. Learning to glue project together.

            6. Fish -Aquarium-Anemones unit.

            7. Fish drawing practice. Anemone clay molding.

            Mini Aquarium building. Large Aquarium building.

            8. Learning to do rubbings and printing unit. (Fish and other nature objects)

            9. Drawing Dinosaurs. Students read dinosaur book and learn to draw while teacher demonstrates.

            10. Students create clay pinch pot bird nests by watching demonstration from the teacher.

            11. Students paint and add tiny bird figures.

            • Topic 12

              1st Grade:

              1. Introduction to Art, Rules, Samples.

              2. Everyday Objects Smart Board Lesson.

              3. Demonstration and learning to draw Scientific Drawings of birds, fish and insects.

              4. Smart Board lesson with short videos on the Painted Butterfly.

              5. Demonstrations and lessons on the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

              6. Painting a Painted Butterfly lessons.

              7. Students practice drawing trees in preparation for Lebanon Hills field trip.

              8. Art teacher demonstrates scientific drawings at Lebanon Hills while students draw in their journal. Use of values and learning to shade are emphasized.

              9. Students practice drawing butterflies for flip book.

              10. Students draw butterflies in their flip book, they draw and color their butterflies and have them filmed in the technology department.

              11. Drawing Dinosaurs. Dinosaur book is read to instruct and inspire students. Students watch teacher demo as they draw several dinosaurs. Shading and values are emphasized.

              12. Monet Movie and artwork is shown.

              13. Monet watercolor painting is created by the students. Students use Oil Pastels to to create the Bridge found in the Monet painting.

              14. "I Love You the Purpleist" Book is read by the teacher. Teacher talks with students about colors and the meaning of colors and the color wheel.

              15. Fall to Winter-Changing Seasons unit. Teacher collects leaves before it snows with the students. Students create snow scene with cotton balls and oil pastels.

              16. Polar Bear Unit. Students are read White Bear, Ice Bear and pet the Polar Bear Fur for inspiration. Than students draw a Polar bear.

              17. Students are asked to guess which animal from Alaska they are being read a poem about. Next they choose animals that they will draw.

              18. Clay student hand impressions, with ribbon for displaying on the wall.

              19. "Line Movie"-than draw ice cream cone with values.

              20. Read Wag a Tail Book- Students draw and cut out dogs, cats people and other items with colored paper to tell a story. Than glue them and decorate with buttons.

              21. Read Loon Baby book. Than teacher demonstrates how to draw and create a rubbing picture of loons using oil pastels.

              22.Read Peters Paintings book. Than students re-create oil pastel paintings from the book. Students have an art contest.

              • Topic 13

                2nd Grade:

                1. Introduction to Art, Rules, Samples and what will you do.

                2. Smart Board Lessons on doing Scientific drawings of a Bee.

                3. To Bee or Not to Bee unit. Teacher reads Georgia O'Keeffe book to students. 

                4. Teacher demonstrates how to draw a closeup oil pastel drawing of a flower.

                5. Students choose flower to draw.

                6. Students practice marker cartoon drawing of a Bee. Student cut out Bee and glue it to their flower.

                7. Turkey Pine cone project.

                8. Teacher demonstrates how to draw a Dragon using pencils values and shading. Students draw dragons.

                9. Students follow teacher demonstrations on how to draw a castle with perspective. Students also draw a castle and knight.

                10. Snow Fun Lesson. Teacher demonstrates how to draw your face looking up. Students draw face.

                11. Students than learn how to cut out paper shapes to create a fun picture of themselves catching snow on their tongue.

                12. Colorful Castles and Cities lesson. Students create castles applying white paint with cardboard edges. Then students apply solid areas of oil pastels. Last students apply glow paper to see in the dark.

                13. Dream Catcher Unit. Students learn about native Americans that used the Dream Catchers. 

                • Topic 14

                  3rd Grade:

                  1. Introduction to Art, Rules, Samples and what will you do.

                  2. Symbolic Butterfly Lesson-Butterflies to Mexico (visit website) Students learn to draw Scientific Drawing of Monarch Butterflies from teacher Smart Board lesson and demonstrations.

                  3. Students follow demonstration on how to paint a life size Monarch Butterfly with Watercolor Crayons.

                  4. Students watch demo on painting butterflies to represent their class. In the fall the best butterfly is chosen from each class and sent along with life size butterflies and hand made gifts for distribution in classrooms in Mexico. Cedar Park classroom is marked on a map on the website for reference to share with the classrooms.In the spring students receive a packet with butterflies from other classrooms throughout North America.

                  5. Bruce Blitz demonstration cartoon practice ,where students create their practice along with Bruce and than create their own cartoons.

                  6. Students watch Frida Kahlo Movie to learn about the famous artist.

                  7. Students watch an Amate' painting demonstration and create one of their own.

                  8. Fantasy Land painting.

                  9. Snowy Owl Oil Pastel and clay project. 

                  10. Teacher begins lesson by reading the story called "Owl Moon" Students than watch demonstration on how to create a clay owl with texture. Students create their owl.

                  11. Teacher reads the story "All About Owls" than teacher demonstrates how to draw a flying owl with oil pastels on black paper and also how to add glow paper.

                  12. Students add their rope hanger and stain, paint and varnish their owl.

                  13. Mary Cassatt American Impressionist Movie.

                  • Topic 15

                    4th Grade:

                    1. Introduction to Art, Rules, Samples and what will you do.

                    2. Smart Board Dragon Fly- Monet Lesson.

                    3. Watch a Monet Movie to learn about his paintings and what he was like.

                    4. Students watch demonstrations and paint along with teacher while they learn to paint Asian Scroll paintings.

                    5. Students paint a watercolor copy in the style of a Monet Water lilies painting. After paintings have dried, students add the dragon flies that they learned to paint while practicing Asian Scroll Painting.

                    6. Students learn to draw a scientific drawing of a Dragon Fly including shading, values and labeling of parts.

                    7.Students practice cartooning by watching Part 1 of a Bruce Blitz DVD.

                    8. Students watch "100 Color DVD" where students learn about the color wheel and tints, tones and shades.

                    9. Student mix their own colors to paint a Color Wheel.

                    10. Drawing Fish Unit. Students draw and than paint a Fish in Monochromatic tints, tones and shades, using tempera paint.

                    11. Aviation "Flying Saves Lives" calender contest.

                    12. Students paint caddies that they made in Engineering class.

                    13. Milk Carton House Unit. Students create fairy,elf and troll houses using milk cartons.

                    14. Students are asked to create a warm and cool landscape, by cutting paper, gluing and drawing the details such as trees, streams and dessert rocks. The landscapes will be used as backdrops for their clay houses.

                    15. Degas and the Ballerina Artist Special Movie. Make 10 notes about what they have learned.

                    • Topic 16

                      5th Grade:

                      1. Introduction to Art, Rules, Samples and what will you do.

                      2. Smart Board lesson on drawing a Scientific Drawing of a Bee.

                      3. Drawing Paper Mache Bees and finding groups to work with to create a final Bee.

                      4. Animal Drawing using a grid, showing value and texture.

                      5. Students practice cartooning by watching part 1 and 2 of his DVD.

                      6. Students create a pencil illustration concert cover for the music concert that they participate in. The best cover is chosen to be used on the hand out brochure. Five other winners will also receive Art contest prizes.

                      7. Leaf card with paint and glitter for the Holidays.

                      8. Fuel up to Play 60 poster is created by students in computer Art programs. Students receive prizes as contest winners.

                      9. Birch Bark Watercolor-masking tape paintings.

                      10. Asian-Scroll paintings. More advanced artwork is practiced and 4th grade painting is reinforced and expanded upon.

                      11. To tie to the watercolors students have created they will watch the movie Winslow Homer An American Original.

                      12. Drawing people. Students practice drawing people through drawing shapes, learn body proportions and practice adding values. 

                      13. Self Portraits. Students draw their faces by using mirrors and vis-a-vis pens. Students also add color and dimension to their ink blot paper.

                      14. Clay Mask Making. Teacher introduces students to mask making by presenting masks from her travels around the world. 

                      15. Students draw ideas for their mask and decide on how it will be constructed.

                      15. Students paint their masks.