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Enlargement and Exploration Drawings

This unit was taught within the IB MYP curriculum: 8th grade students ​selected a photographic reference image to enlarge using a gridding technique. Students learned realistic drawing techniques and practiced adding accurate proportions to their grid drawings. Next, students experimented with a variety of materials and mediums in order to select a chosen material to add realistic shading, value, and color. Students completed both formative and summative assessments throughout the unit.

Reality and Fantasy 

Surrealist Collages

This unit was taught within the IB MYP curriculum: 6th grade students studied the works and lives of surrealist artists, including Salvador Dali, MC Escher, and contemporary artists Krista Franklin and Nathaniel Mary Quinn. They sketched a plan for a landscape that combined elements of reality and fantasy together and created a collage or drawing that incorporated layering, juxtaposition, and scale shift. 

Op Art and Perspective


This unit was taught within the IB MYP curriculum: Students practiced a variety of one-point perspective and op art techniques in their process journals and then created a sketch that incorporated at least one of the practice techniques (formative assessments). They studied the lives of contemporary and historic op art artists and also learned about kinetic art. Then students created a unique drawing using materials of their choice.

Social Justice Zines

Summer camp students created zine layouts that combined skills in illustration, collage, and book binding. Zines focused on a social justice issue that was important to them. Students created list poetry on words such as "oppression" and "worry" for idea generation. 

Social Justice Silhouettes