20
Art
Lessons
Incorporated
Into
 One
Incredible
Portfolio


Alan
E.
Glodt
Saudi
Aramco
Schools‐Abqaiq
[email protected]
or
[email protected]
20
Art
Lessons
Incorporated
Into
One
Incredible
Portfolio
Learn
to
incorporate
lessons
in
measuring,
cutting,
templates,
folding,
sign
making/bubble
letters,
design,
shape,
balance,
sketching,
figure
drawing/proportion,
emotions/expressions/hair,
fashion
design,
planning/thumbnails,
space/gridding,
line
drawing,
color,
painting
(watercolor
and
tempera/acrylic),
and
organization
into
one
unbelievable
student
made
portfolio;
within
which
they
will
protect
their
work
during
the
year
and
transport
the
years
accumulated
art
projects
home
at
the
end
of
the
year.
If
you
don’t
have
a
lot
of
cubbies
or
storage
shelves
for
your
young
artists
to
store
their
accumulating
work
this
project
is
an
absolute
life
saver.
Creating
student
made
portfolios
not
only
teaches
students
at
least
20
incredible
art
lessons
(many
more
could
be
incorporated),
already
in
your
curriculum;
it
also
solves
limited
space
and
storage
problems
keeping
artwork
clean,
tidy,
and
protected.
You
may
progress
through
as
many
grade
levels
as
your
situation
requires.
Even
the
first
efforts
are
dynamite
but
as
they
progress
into
their
second
and
third
attempts
they
become
truly
phenomenal.
An
integral
benefit
of
this
project
is
how
it
organizes
and
causes
to
be
saved;
a
level
of
work
for
each
student.
At
the
end
of
each
year
they
take
it
home,
mom
and
dad
display
and
archive
it,
because
it
represents
what
their
student
did
during
that
period
of
their
lives.
Many
parents
have
related
that
they
can’t
wait
for
their
son
or
daughter
to
have
children
of
their
own
so
when
they
reach
the
same
grade
level
they
will
be
able
to
compare
the
parents
work
with
the
grandchild’s.
Count
Them‐Twenty
(20)
Art
Lessons:
Here’s
what
I
do
Lesson
#1‐Reading
Rulers
and
Measuring:
I
start
with
70x
100
cm
white
heavy
card;
teach
the
students
how
to
read
rulers,
measure
(standard
and
metric),
and
incorporate
a
little
geometry
so
they
realize
that
they
need
to
measure
two
(2)points
to
achieve
a
parallel
line.
Lesson
#2‐Cutting‐Scissors
and
Exacto
Knives
(older):
They
measure
and
cut‐out
one
17.5
cm
x
34
cm
corner.
Lesson
#3‐Using
Templates:
They
learn
to
use
the
cut‐out
corner
as
a
template
to
trace
and
cut
out
the
remaining
three
corners.
Lesson
#4‐Folding:
Next
they
learn
to
carefully
line
up
and
fold
their
portfolio
so
it
is
square
and
neat.
Lesson
#5‐How
to
Make
Bubble
Letters/
Sign
Painting:
Students
learn
to
sketch
letters
where
they
want
them,
then
go
around
individual
letters
without
touching
any
lines
to
make
them
“fat”,
and
erase
the
original
lines.
Then
they
learn
that
to
make
a
sign
truly
readable
the
letters
should
all
be
one
color,
if
light
the
background
should
be
dark;
and
if
dark
the
background
should
be
light.
I
tell
them
to
start
thinking
about
colors
at
this
point.
They
choose
one
(1)
color
and
watercolor
(wet
on
dry)
their
possessive
names,
ART,
and
grade.
Lesson
#6‐Design:
Now
they
are
ready
to
design
the
cover.
I
hand
out
a
cover
thumbnail
(attached)
and
teach
them
how
to
make
things
overlap
other
things;
how
it’s
OK
to
have
shapes
go
off
the
page,
the
rule
of
odds,
and
emphasis
points.
Lesson
#7‐
Shape:
I
explain
the
difference
between
organic
and
geometric
shapes
and
how
they
can
incorporate
either
or
both
into
their
design.
Lesson
#8‐Watercolor/Value:
Students
learned
wet
on
dry
technique
when
painting
their
bubble
letters;
now
they
learn
wet
on
wet
technique
when
painting
the
shapes
on
their
cover
design.
I
just
have
them
do
several
individual
shapes,
not
all.
They
learn
about
mixing
and
how
you
achieve
different
values
of
the
same
color
by
the
amount
of
water
they
use.
I
have
them
use
watercolor
on
the
cover
and
tempera
or
acrylic
for
the
inside
so
they
get
a
lesson
in
each
different
media.
Lesson
#9‐Balance:
Students
are
taught
to
paint
areas
of
the
same
color
all
over
their
covers
to
create
balance.
Lesson
#10‐Light
Sketching:
I
like
to
include
a
lesson
just
on
light
sketching
and
how
important
it
is
so
you
can
erase
unwanted
lines
later.
Lesson
#11‐Figure
Drawing/Proportion:
My
little
wooden
art
dummy
“George”
helps
me
with
poses
as
children
learn
that
the
legs
and
arms
have
two
(2)
parts,
that
the
thighs
are
the
same
size,
as
are
calves,
biceps,
and
forearms.
We
do
one
minute
figure
studies
of
different
poses
always
drawing
the
body
first,
hips
second,
then
head,
both
thighs,
both
calves,
both
biceps,
both
forearms,
and
then
adding
feet
and
hands
(see
attached
worksheets).
Even
first
graders
become
very
good
at
this
quickly.
Lesson
#12‐Emotion/Expressions/Hair:
I
have
some
really
great
handouts
that
show
different
emotions
and
expressions
and
how
to
draw
them
with
the
simplest
lines
(see
attached).
Then,
I
have
students
pick
out
their
nine
(9)
favorites,
reproduce
them
on
the
nine
(9)
ovals
handout
(see
attached),
and
invent
nine
(9)
different
hair
styles
for
each.
Lesson
#13‐Fashion
Design:
Now
drawing
proportional
“Georges
or
Georgettes”
is
easy
and
they
learn
how
to
design
as
many
different
kinds
of
clothing,
hats,
shoes,
and
accessories,
in
as
many
different
poses
as
they
can
think
of.
Lesson
#14‐Planning/Thumbnails:
Next,
with
all
the
information
the
students
have
gathered;
they
plan
what
they
wish
their
finished
portfolio
to
look
like.
Lesson
#15‐
Space/Gridding:
Students
learn
how
to
grid
and
“blow‐up”
their
thumbnail
to
fit
the
new
space
of
the
larger
portfolio
and
replicated
their
ideas.
Lesson
#16‐Line
Drawing:
Then
they
darken
the
lines
they
wish
to
keep
and
erase
the
sketch
lines
leaving
no
“ghost
lines”
to
distract
from
their
art.
Lesson
#17‐Color:
Now
is
the
perfect
time
to
teach
color
lessons.
Depending
upon
the
level;
I
teach
primary,
secondary,
complimentary,
analogous,
and
tertiary
colors.
They
learn
about
shades,
tints,
and
tones.
Lesson
#18‐Brushes:
Students
learn
the
difference
between
brushes,
what
they
are
used
for
and
why.
They
used
watercolor
brushes
for
the
cover;
now
they
learn
the
difference
between
them
and
oil
brushes.
They
learn
the
different
part
of
the
brush
and
how
to
clean
and
care
for
them
properly.
Lesson
#19‐Tempera
or
Acrylic
Painting:
Students
learn
how
to
mix
primaries
to
make
secondary’s,
primary’s
and
secondary’s
to
make
tertiary’s,
complimentary
colors
to
make
gray,
primaries
to
make
black,
warm
black
and
cool
black,
to
mix
dark
into
light.
They
learn
how
much
paint
to
take,
to
mix
on
their
palette,
and
what
to
do
with
extra
paint.
Lesson
#20‐
Organization/Clean
and
Neat:
Students
learn
how
to
keep
their
artwork
clean,
neat,
unbent,
and
organized
in
their
newly
created
portfolio.
Some
Pictures
of
the
Process
nd
2
Grade
Portfolios
displayed
at
Fine
Arts
Attachments:

Cover
Blank
(to
design
the
cover)
Night








Thumbnail
Portfolio
Blank
(to
design
the
rest)
Draw
George
(for
learning
how
to
draw
proportional
people)
Draw
George
Blanks
(for
one
minute
figure
studies)
Emotions
(choose
your
favorites)
Expressions
(fewest
lines
possible)
Hair
Styles
(after
they
try
to
invent
their
own)
Nine
Ovals
(for
faces
and
hair
styles‐they
pick
their
favorites)
Fashion
Design
(for
learning
how
to
draw
clothes)

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