Welcome to the Oakland High School Art Class page. This is where all assignments are posted, along with links to videos, great art web pages, and information that will help inspire you to let loose and BE CREATIVE.
Week 8: Mar 28-Apr 1
  • Monday, Mar 28: Let's celebrate Spring! On an 8½x11 sheet of thick paper, express your interpretation of Spring. You may use ANY tools available.
  • Tuesday: Communicate "Rabbits"
  • Wednesday: Geometric Art. Check out one of my favorites, Frank Stella
Week 7: Mar 7-10
Week 6: Mar 14-17
You have 8 class periods to complete your project. You must spend day 1 researching and sketching out ideas.
Do not rush into this!
  • SAFETY FIRST- Do NOT put your hand/fingers in front of the cutting blade!
  • Cut through the layers slowly. You will be able to get a more defined edge, especially with curves if you make multiple passes with the xacto knife.
  • If you only want to remove the top layer of paper, score the cardboard with the xacto knife and gently peel the paper away.
Leroy, the Big Pup by Scott Fife, Tacoma Art Museum
Week 5: Feb 28- Mar 4
Thursday, March 3
Wednesday, March 2
Week 4: Feb 22-25
Daily Warmups
T: Lopsided
W: Stars
Th: Fish
F: Alligator
Finalize your still life.
It is due at the end of class Tuesday.
Time for something completely different!
You are going to create a Map Illustration of Oakland or Sutherlin
Details to Include:
  • Illustration of at least 5 Key Landmarks you want to highlight
  • Include road illustration
  • Label places that are special to you or important to you
  • Think outside the box (show creative thinking)
  • You have complete creative freedom
  • Grading Rubric
Week 2 & 3: Feb 7-10. 14-17
Daily Warmups
M: Snake
T: Finish Drawing from Photo
W: Knot
Th: Wind
Still Life
Due at the end of class Tuesday: Finalize the drawing from the photo (below in Week 1)
Now it is time to turn our attention to the still life that is set up in the classroom.
  • Make at least 3 quick sketches from different viewpoints to get comfortable with the setting and decide at which angle you wish to draw the still life.
  • Now it is time to tackle the base drawing which will determine the success of the project. Decide on a style: realism, abstract, collage, etc. Decide on materials: colored pencils, paint, paper, digital, etc. Don't get discouraged - you might need to start over a couple of times.
  • Start building your base drawing with a light grey pencil and work up to the deeper, more saturated colors using whatever materials and style you wish.
  • Read the Rubric. Effort is everything. I am looking for:
Experimentation
Thoroughness
Style/technique
overlapping/size variation
Demonstrate use of spatial relationships using overlapping, size variation, value, and color
Page positioning
Week 1: Jan 31-Feb 3
M: Flight
T: Elf
W: Stairs
Th: Snake
Week 3: Feb 14-17
Tuesday: Draw a Mandarin Duck
in color. Letter the words: Mandarin Duck at the bottom of your drawing.
Draw slowly and accurately. Apply color carefully.
Week 19: January 24
GET READY FOR THE FINAL!
Check this out - ultra high rez online. Zoom in and see the details!
Week 16: January 18-21
Adobe XD - let's review your experiences.
Sorry for the Chinese subtitles
Check this out - ultra high rez online. Zoom in and see the details!
3. Check out the most extensive collection of his art HERE
4. How much do you know about Vincent Van Gogh? CLICK HERE
   and find out.
5. You ASSIGNMENT is to: use pencil or colored pencils only to draw Starry Night (shown above). Then answer the questions HERE
6. 100 points: Take the VanGogh quiz HERE
Week 16: January 10-13
You have until January 21st to finish your personal art project.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF AT THE END OF THE CLASS.
You must accompany your finished work with your preliminary sketches and a written explanation:
  • Why you choose your project - give a thorough explanation
  • Your challenges, triumphs, set-backs
  • Grade yourself and give an explanation for your grade.
Link to Project Reflection
Week 16: January 3-6
Jan 3-4
Caravaggio: a master artist of the early 1600s, but a deeply troubled and troublemaker. His art was revolutionary and has a completely different angle on religion - shocking yet powerful.
Eyeglass Frames is a 170 Billion Dollar Industry
Week 15: December 13-16
MONDAY & TUESDAY
Exquisite Corpses Game #1
  • Four people around two tables
  • 11x17 folded in fourths,
    Timer: 10 mins per person
  • Whenever you receive a picture, you add text.
  • Whenever you receive text, you make a picture
  • Look at some samples HERE
  • Solutions MUST socially acceptable.
Exquisite Corpses Game #2
(This is faster-moving game)
  • Start with the same size paper
  • Person#1 writes a random phrase and passes the paper to the Person#2 who draws their interpretation to the phrase. Person #2 folds the paper after the written piece so that only their drawing is showing. Person#3 writes something pertaining to that drawing
  • So...if you get a drawing you write something about that drawing. If you get writing you drawing your interpretation of that writing.
What are the benefits of playing thiese games?
  • Positivity
  • Creativity - visual representations
  • Collaboration - spontanaity
  • No Judgement - no failure
Ornament HERE
Just hang in there...It will only be 4 days (hopefully).
We will be back in person on Monday, December 13th!
Week 15: December 6-9
ASSIGNMENT #1: Due Monday, December 6
Take the Employability Test HERE
You are going to rate the Ancient Grains logo designs HERE
ASSIGNMENT #2: Due Monday, December 13 (because it is a physical object)
ASSIGNMENT #3: Due Monday, December 13 (because it is a physical object)
ASSIGNMENT #4: Due Monday, December 13 (because it is a physical object)
Holiday Wishes to the World HERE
Week 14: November 29 - December 2
Calligraphy - Lettering with new brush pens
Practice-Practice-Practice
Abecedarian Sentences:
  • Quick zephyrs blow vexing daft Jim.
  • Frowzy things plumb vex'd Jack Q.
  • Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
  • The six men have power to seize the ship quickly.
After practicing, your task is to select one of the Abecedarian Sentences on a plain white piece of paper. Do your best work! Put your name IN PENCIL ON THE BACK OF THE PAPER. DUE at the end of class Thursday, Dec. 1
Week 13: November 22-23 
This will be projected on the ViewSonic. Draw it in any style you like.
Week 12: November 15-16 
Calligraphy - Lettering
Practice-Practice-Practice
Abecedarian Sentences:
  • Quick zephyrs blow vexing daft Jim.
  • Frowzy things plumb vex'd Jack Q.
  • Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
  • The six men have power to seize the ship quickly.
Week 12: November 15-16 - NOPE - not doing this
Vexillology Part 2: Professional Design using Illustrator
  1. It's time to produce professional design files from your best flag design sketch that you did last week.
  2. We will watch a portion of Jason Hoppe's video series on Illustrator.  Illustrator is probably new to everyone, so we will go through the basics of using this powerful software program.  
    The key to success is to slow down and pay close attention to the directions. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
  3. Go to: https://www.jasonhoppe.com/blog-index.html  Scroll down and look at all of the possibilities You are going to reproduce TWO of the small artworks, and then show me your screen for each one successfully reproduced. The key to success is to slow down and pay close attention to the directions. Do not hesitate to contact me.
  4. Next, you will reproduce your best map concept/design using Adobe Illustrator, and present your file to your fellow designers. I will help you.
Week 11: Wednesday, November 10
Let's take a fun "breather"
  1. You are going to make a map of your own personal island. It is best to do it with colored pencils.
  2. You only have ONE HOUR, so don't get too hung up on tiny details!
Week 11: November 8-9   
Vexillology
  • Goal: After watching videos and learning about the basics of flag design, students will attempt to redesign the Oregon State flag. Students will work drawing thumbnail sketches and then refine their best idea using Adobe Illustrator for final presentation.
  • Step 1: Read the Booklet: Good Flag, Bad Flag! Go on the Flag design program and get a feel for flag design:
  • Step 2: Take at least an hour to research images for your Oregon State flag design (beaver? wagon wheel? tree?) My favorite sites: https://www.vecteezy.com/, https://www.freevector.com/
  • Step 3: Create colored thumbnail sketches - initial ideas for a new Oregon state flag. Thumbnail sheet will be provided.
Week 10: Nov. 1-4    END OF QUARTER Friday, Nov 5
Let's learn this vital design concept.
CMYK - RGB - PMS (Pantone) - HEX - Rich Black - Grayscale
  • Go HERE and check out some of the great color sites.
  • Take the color blindness test, especially if you are male (8% of men have color blindness).
  • LEARNING TASK #1: Go to ColourLovers website. Scroll down a little, click on PATTERNS, then COLOR A PATTERN. Scroll down through the patterns (there are thousands of them). Choose a pattern and color it in however you want - it is easy. When you are done, raise your hand, I will come over, check your work and discuss your color choices with you - for a grade.
  • LEARNING TASK #2: Up for a challenge? Do the Color IQ Test. Show me your screen for a grade.
  • Find a color site that you like. Go HERE and explore.
  • LEARNING TASK #3: You are going to choose 4 (and ONLY 4) Sharpie pens for this assignment. What mood are you communicating with the four colors? Remember your experience coloring-in a pattern on ColourLovers.com. I strongly suggest you consider using dots/lines as an alternative to just "coloring-in" the pattern. Your final work will be displayed, compared and judged by all students, so put your name & class period IN PENCIL on the back. Color Questionnaire and RUBRIC HERE (it will be printed-out for your convenience).
Julia L.
Week 8: October 25-28
GRADES 7-12
Link to EVERY DAY WARMUP. INKTOBER Put your FULL Name on the back of your paper using pencil (no ink) 20 pts.
DAILY PROMPTS TO BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK. Draw something that communicates the daily prompt.
  • Mon. Oct 25: SPLAT
  • Tues. Oct 26: CONNECT
  • Wed. Oct 27: SPARK
  • Thurs. Oct 28: CRISPY
Von Glitschka Day 5 of the 5-day Challenge: Due Friday
Day five challenge: Jumping jack drawing
Welcome to Day Five, the final day of the 5-Day Drawing Challenge. The last drawing challenge theme is the Jumping Jack Drawing. For this challenge, you'll need the following: Some thin cardboard, brass brads, tape, scissors, and some string.
You can use an online photo of an object. Check some out HERE.
Week 8: October 18-21
GRADES 7-12
Link to EVERY DAY WARMUP. INKTOBER Put your FULL Name on the back of your paper using pencil (no ink) 20 pts.
DAILY PROMPTS TO BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK. Draw something that communicates the daily prompt.
  • Mon. Oct 18: MOON
  • Tues. Oct 19: LOOP
  • Wed. Oct 20: Instead of Inktober, today draw a mouse on a motorcycle
  • Thurs. Oct 21: FUZZY
Monday - Thursday ALL ART CLASSES: Figure Drawing- student poses 3min- 6mins
Von Glitschka Day 4 of the 5-day Challenge: Due Friday
- Welcome to day four of the five day drawing challenge. Today's drawing challenge theme is Found Object Drawing. Have you ever looked at something and recognized the shape of it reminded you of something else? For example, you may look at a cloud in the sky and recognize its shape looks like an elephant, for example. For today's challenge, we're going to utilize this same type of shape recognition with everyday found objects. Any object you can look at and see as something else will suffice. A good place to locate an object you can use for this challenge is a junk drawer or even an old toolbox. Let me show you an example of how this will work. Here's a photo of a water nozzle I found in my garage. And this is the other shape I associated with it. This challenge will require you to flex your imaginative thinking and see things in different ways in order to create your found object drawing. So take your time and get clever with how you solve this.
You can use an online photo of an object. Check some out HERE.
INKTOBER
Check out Inktober's latest Instagram takeover! Ilias Patis is a Swedish illustrator doing some pretty incredible art on toned paper, with Black ink and White highlights. We are really impressed with his stuff. Check out his IG story here: LINKCheck out these 25 amazing Inktober takeovers we've done this year below. These artists have shared so much info about their work habits, inspirations, and process.

You do not want to miss these. Click on each to access a link to each artist's incredible art jouney.
Chen Naje
Antonio García
Ron Churchill
Deiniol Owen
Erica Williams
The Faris Foundation
Dario Anza
Matt McHugh
Heather Souliere
Alexandre Tso
Anette Sommerseth
Ursula Doughty
Oyana Mar
silviamulkart
valentin
erik.inks
Coalyravioli
pawelwitiak
habby_art
maxwellillustration
Jetsyart
Valioart
Fabian
Bing
Ollie
Week 7: October 11-14
GRADES 7-12
Link to EVERY DAY WARMUP. Put your FULL Name on the back of your paper using pencil (no ink) 20 pts.
DAILY PROMPTS TO BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK. Draw something that communicates the daily prompt.
  • Mon. Oct 11: SOUR
  • Tues. Oct 12: STUCK
  • Wed. Oct 13: ROOF
  • Thurs. Oct 14: TICK
GRADES 9-12
Monday - ALL ART CLASSES: Pre-instruction Assessment on Figure Drawing
Tuesday - Thursday ALL ART CLASSES: Figure Drawing
GRADES 7-8
Harptooniacs lessons from Steve Harpster.
  • Mon. Oct 11: ZOMBIE
  • Tues. Oct 12: RODAN
  • Wed. Oct 13: QUICK DRAW
  • Thurs. Oct 14: MONSTER SURPRIZE
GRADES 7&8: Let's talk about dong a Chihuly project!
Here's a website that shows something a little different than the videos. Another site
Link to the Chihuly Website
Week 6: October 4-7
GRADES 9-12:
GRADES 7&8: Let's talk about dong a Chihuly project!

Here's a website that shows something a little different than the videos. Another site

Link to the Chihuly Website
Typography Video
Week 5: September 27-30
Fun Self Portrait: You can use Photoshop - any of the Adobe programs, or a painting program if you wish. Loosen-up! Add things to your portrait. Use your imagination. HERE are some great ideas to try!
Week 3: September 13-16
Check out this incredible photograph!

We're going to do one more perspective drawing and then we will move on to some different things.
Week 1: August 30-September 3
Welcome! Let's get acquainted and set the class rules
An important survey to help all of us get to know each other and make it a great year!
  1. Syllabus for this class
  2. Powerpoint Presentation
  3. FORM YOU NEED TO FILL OUT- WORTH 100 PTS. (Click on the red link below)
    CLASS MEETING - Let's get acquainted and make some class rules that work for all of us.
    Day 1: Who are You?
  4. Day 2: Art Survey
  5. DORIEN ITEN - this one is difficult! I'll do it with you.
  6. KHAN ACADEMY - Excellent SHORT lessons on the power of a positive attitude. I have taken this course myself.
    Class Code: SCQF95JW
  7. Don't want to do Khan Academy right now? Then take off your shoe and put it on the table. Draw a rough outline of it in the shape of boxes. Now, carefully and thoroughly visually analyze each curve and angle of the shoe (forget you're drawing a shoe!). Draw slowly. Try your best. You are better than you think!