Suggested Learning Art Activities


    Hi CTE Art kids 


    On this page you will find the link to our Suggested Learning Art Activities google classroom page. These activities are purely optional, there are materials and resources which I think you will enjoy and find interesting. I would really like to see the art you create, but I will not be grading it or your participation. These are not assignments.


    I have used the google Classroom assignment posting option only so you can attach images and videos to share with me. If you would like to show me what you are doing at home, I would love to see what you are creating. Please use your personal gmail accounts or communicate with me through the assignments link on Drive in the school Google accounts. This is the only way I can respond to you.


    Please go to your Google Classroom page.

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade


    If you cannot access a link, please email me for the classroom code.


    Have Fun!

    Helen O'Dea

    Visual Arts Instructor.


    May 18th, 2020


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    I have some wonderful images and resources on our Suggested Learning Activities Google Classroom page for you this week. We will look at photographers creating intriguing images and telling stories with toys! There are links to samples of these fun images, the Toy Photographers website and a video of a 12 year old boy who has published his own book. You will see ideas for backgrounds, lighting and staging your toys, and how to upcycle and remake dolls. Slides are available to walk you through the process of creating a Google Album for your photos and how to edit your photos online.

    May 11th, 2020


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    This week we will look at the work of MC Escher. We will practice drawing and shading a ribbon and then let the work of MC Escher be our inspiration for an optical illusion drawing. In our Suggested Learning google classroom you will find a slideshow with videos to follow, step by step instructions, reading matter and videos on the work of Escher, techniques to improve your shading and a video showing how to draw Escher’s impossible waterfall. There is a lot there to discover. Don’t feel you have to do it all. Look through all the slides and pick a section you would like to explore.


    We will have optional Zoom meetings by grade next Friday, I’m excited to see you. If you have artwork you would like me to share during the Zoom, you can load images on to the shared Google photo album. You will find the link in our Google Suggested Learning Classroom. If you are having difficulties uploading images, email work to me before 3pm on Thursday and I will post them so everyone can see the great art you are doing.


    May 4th, 2020

    Drawings incorporating found objects.

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    Victor Nunes makes drawings that are a joyful mix of sketching and real objects. He posts these daily on his facebook page. His work is humorous, fun and unexpected. Walnuts become faces, wings, chicken and dogs. Popcorn becomes heads of lions, cows, people. Scissors transform into bicycles, beaks and fish. 

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    Vicki Rawlins is one of two artists known collectively as “Sister Golden”. Vicki creates portraits and images from found natural materials such as blossoms, leaves, scullulents.  Read Vivki Rawlins' statement about her art here and view her prints.


    Links to see the artwork of both can be found in our Suggested Learning Google Classroom.


    This week I want you to look around your home or outside for small objects (nothing bigger than 3”) that peak your interest. Look closely at them, turn them over and try to imagine them as part of something else. Let your imagination run wild like Victor Nunes. Create some drawings inspired by Victor Nunes using one of the objects and photograph your work. You can use black and white or color but do take a photograph and submit through Google Classroom


    You could also gather items from outdoors and arrange them into a collage like Sister Golden. Take time to wander outdoors to locate items you can use. Look for leaves, flowers, plants, sand, earth, buds. Use twigs and stems for lines.  Search for colors and textures you enjoy and which compliment each other. Use the inside of a cereal box or paper if you have it, to place your design on. These do not have to be glued in place, the work will not last long and you will photograph the finished piece. Feel free to draw as well as collage. 


    You can combine the work of Victor Nunes with the Golden Sisters into your own personal style of working or choose to work in the manner of either one.


    Submit the photo in the Google Classroom page and I’ll be eagerly waiting to see what you make!

    Warm regards



    April 27, 2020

    Geometric Bugs 



    Alexander Davis 8th grade


    Alexandra Buchowski 7th grade



    Hoàng Hoàng is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Drawing from insects for inspiration, he produces these beautiful illustrations. Here is a link to see his work


    You will note that he uses a restricted palette, limiting himself to pastel colors. He also uses simple geometric shapes rather than elaborate outlines. The most striking feature of his work is the beautifully blended, gradient colors.


    Remember how you rocked working in black and white in Google drawings, well now I want to introduce you to the Gradient option for color. It is very easy to customize your blends of color and it saves all the blend combinations you make. 


    I think you will enjoy working with gradients a great deal, follow this link to see a how to use gradients video. Keep your design simple and use the geometric shapes available in Google drawings. In our Google classrom you will find a how to video on working with gradients and samples of his work 

    Have Fun!




    Change the background color:

    Right click with mouse or on a Mac Control click on the canvas (the drawing area) to bring up the option to change the background color.


    Blending colors from light to dark or one color to another:

    Select the shape, go to “Fill color”, > “Gradient” and then play with the custom options. 

    In options, blend with a solid color on one side and transparent on the other side of the bar.


    This works best if you do not have outlines, make the border color (outline color) “Transparent”  


    Hold option key and drag on Mac to copy shapes, it may be the control key on the PC


    Go to Arrange on the toolbar, > Order > to bring a shape to the front or send to the back.



     April 20, 2020


    Narrative image


    Maya McKee is off to a great start..


    Tell a story, illustrate a feeling or describe a dream through a piece of art. You can use any art materials you wish, 2D or 3D. Draw, paint, or collage, whatever materials you have at hand. Use real charcoal, paint with coffee, use sharpie on a mirror, crayons on cardboard. It can be big or small. Be inventive and work with any material that inspires you.


    Try to create an artwork that taps into some real emotions. Maybe your feelings about socially isolating or other emotions you are experiencing. Perhaps a scene from a book you relate to or a poem or song which resonates with you. Or a particularly vivid dream you have had.


    Begin by writing a brief description of the emotion or dream. Try to recall details, people, textures, colors, sounds, emotions, then circle key words or phrases. Use these to start your composition.


    Play with scale, contrast, emphasis as you create your piece. Layer image over another, sketch on top of other images, tear up drawings to rearrange them. Erase, rip, color, draw as you are inspired. We are not going for a pretty picture; you want something expressive!


    Have fun with this one, have at it! Just plunge in, be wild and see what you create.


    Background reading Scolastic Art Magazine, December 2019

     The code to see Scholastic Art magazine is on Google Classroom, Suggester Learning Activities



    Freda Kahlo

    Symbols, Strength and Survival

       grade 6   page 9

    grades 7-8    page 11


    The Wounded Deer, 1946 by Frida Kahlo 


    Surrealism today  

        grade 6    page 9

    grades 7-8    page 11


    Inka Esenhigh, The green goddess, 2009



    Samantha Tarcia, 6th Grade 2020


     April 13, 2020


    Andy Goldsworthy, Land Art




    Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist, photographer and environmentalist who creates beautiful art from natural materials. Using found materials such as twigs, branches, feathers, rocks, ice, mud, he creates art which blurs the line between natural and man-made beauty.

    Begin by viewing this collection of Andy Goldsworthy’s land Art images and also the collection of student art inspired him.




    Watch the short video of his process.

    A short film with Waldemar Januszczak assisting Andy Goldsworthy, create some impromptu land art in the Scottish borders.


    Creating your Art


    This may be messy so dress for the mountain. Perhaps you can get additional members of your household outside having fun also.

    Start by gathering natural materials available. You don’t need a plan initially, just look for colors, textures, surfaces, lines etc. that appeal to you. Look for a location for your art piece, maybe a tree with a beautiful surface or an unusual bend. Perhaps a rock covered in moss, or an arch created by branches.

    Find stones, rocks, twigs, leaves, branches, nuts, seeds, dirt, mud you think you could use. Get creative.

    Take some time to look at the various elements you have collected. Consider their values, maybe arrange them for lightest to darkest. Consider the colors and arrange by hue. Perhaps group by textures and look for contrasts. See what you can use to create lines in your composition. Decide if you would like to build a 3 dimensional form or prefer to work on a flat 2 dimensional surface.

    Andy Goldsworthy says in the video that he doesn’t always have a plan for what he will do but instead responds to the materials and environment. Do the same, trust your intuition and see where it leads you. Have fun and remember to enjoy the process of building and creating your art rather than stressing about how the finished piece will look like.


    Take a number of photographs of your finished piece at different times of the day and under different weather conditions. Be sure to submit them under the Google Classroom assignment so we can all see them.

    Have Fun  :-)




    Sydney Mortensen, 7th Grade



     Samantha Tarcia, 6th grade



    Nicole Hansen, 8th grade



    Zev Carlo, 7th grade





    Cards for Careers 

    Make a card or sign for someone who is doing any essential service. It could say thank you or we appreciate you or similar. It could have a picture, have words, be a letter, whatever you want. Anything that shows appreciation and gratitude. 


    Hang it somewhere for a career to see. Make it for your delivery truck driver, the store clerk, the mail man, a medical worker, any essential service. Or take a photo and sent that. Please don’t hand your cards to anyone as everyone needs to keep a little distance. 


    Have fun and show appreciation



     March 30, 2020
    Hi Kids

    This is a great time to make a card for someone special. Perhaps you can make a fun card to brighten up the day of someone who is socially distancing at the moment. Below are a series of links demonstrating various techniques for making pop up cards. After you have viewed a few that appeal to you, I would suggest picking one that seems easy and follow along to learn the techniques. Then make your own design. Be sure to take pictures and submit them through Google Classroom so we can see what you create before you give it away!
    Be sure login to our Google Classroom to see how a pop up book is made and more.
     March 23, 2020

    Make a photograph

    “You don’t take a photograph, you make a photograph.”

    Quote by Ansel Adams.





    Please login to our Google classroom for links to see Scholastic Art Magazine Articles relating to Ansel Adams and additional information and images.


    Go outside and enjoy our beautiful mountain.

    Take 5 photographs of subjects that interest you. Look for interesting details to photograph. Convert your photos to black and white. Yes, the challenge here is to create a composition that engages the viewer without relying on color.

    If taking a landscape photo, keep the horizon horizontal! For interest, try to have something in the foreground (up close), middle ground and distance. For scale include people, animals or trees. Use trees to frame your view. Look for patterns to form your picture around, things which create a recurring motif; trees, leaves, rails, poles, rocks. Try some dramatic cropping to draw attention to the most engaging element of you subject. Look for contrasts. Juxtapose different elements; soft flowers with rough bark, smooth with hairy. Light against dark.

    Pick a favorite and look at your black and white photograph with a critical eye. Like Ansel Adams, try to visualize how you want this picture to look. Consider your camera angle, maybe change your view and perspective. Try to have a full range of values from black to white. Note how strong shadows really enhance the textures. Avoid using a flash as that will flatten out the image. Attempt to retake this photograph at different times of the day. Please submit your best photo through Google Classroom. I'm looking forward to seeing them. 

    Have fun!

    Ms O'Dea




    Self portrait, Helena C

     March 16, 2020 

     Have Fun this week making Flipbooks


    A flipbook is created from a series of images, bound together. Which, when viewed in rapid succession, give an illusion of movement. I am attaching 3 videos for you to watch. Look at each for inspiration. I expect you will not have special flipbook supplies, you do not need them. You can use Post-it notes or my favorite, an old book. (Check with your family however, before drawing on anything.)

    Begin with a practice exercise by moving a line or dot across a few pages. Experiment with how close or far the dots need to be from one page to the next, to slow down or speed up the action. When you feel confident, try creating your own series of images. I would love to see what you make. Try videoing your flipbook and uploading it




    The Animation Process

    See the process Walt Disney used for creating the first Disney animation movies.

    Note how each image is hand drawn and individually photographed. See how the illustrator uses his own face as reference for Pluto's expression. Think about the amount of time it would have taken to make a short cartoon.

    This period piece gives an interesting insight into not just how animations were created but into the roles of men and women at the time. Listen for the two references to “pretty women”. How do you imagine a young girl watching this movie clip in a cinema in 1939, may have felt? Do you think she would have considered a career as an animator a viable option? What do you think were the skill requirements to work at Disney in the 1930s? Do you think the skills required today would be different? In what way?

    The Animation Process From 1939


    “Behind the scenes of 'The Lion King' - The animators Speaks” 1994.

    You will see that the artists are still looking at real life references for their drawings.