Art History Creative Project Help

Having trouble with your project? Help is on the way.

This project is REQUIRED! (Don't worry, it's fun and easy and YOU are the boss!)

If you aren't passing the class and are wondering why,it's probably because you haven't turned in the Topic Statement or the Works Cited page. These are required and are worth 25 points each! Read below to find help on how to complete these and the rest of the project!

What the heck is the Art History Creative Project?

If you don't know what it is you are either new to the class or haven't been paying attention! That's okay, there is still time. First you should browse through Units 1, 3, 5 and 7 in the course and see what types of art stand out to you. Do you like the Impressionists? Or Realism? Or maybe Modern art is your favorite? Great! Figuring out who or what you like is step one...
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Step two, what next?

After you figure out what artist, art work or time period you like the rest is easy! Now you just have to decide what you are going to do. The possibilities are endless! You can create a report like a PowerPoint or write a paper, you can do a painting or a drawing, draw a comic, you can even write a song about your time period or artist! We have students who are dressing up like artists and having a rap battle, creating a famous building in minecraft, and making a stop motion video. If you are still having a hard time figuring out what to do you can pick one of the studio projects in units 2, 4, 6 and 8 and complete it or look at the list below. If you are thinking of an idea but aren't sure if it will work, kmail Ms. Piotrowski or Mrs. VanHorn. We are here to help!
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Save the above slide to use it to brainstorm some ideas.

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Minecraft rendition of Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

Step 3, Turn in the Topic Statement, Required, 25 Points

Now that you know what you are going to do, you need to write a short paragraph and tell us. Just tell us what time period, artist or art work you are basing your project on and what you are going to do. Please use proper grammar and complete sentences. See the example below...

Sample Topic Statement

Topic Statement

Claude Monet is a French artist that we will be studying in art class this semester. I really enjoy his work. He was an impressionist and painted from nature and focused on natural light. For my project I would like to make a painting in the impressionist style similar to how Claude Monet would paint. I will find a nature scene that will look nice as an impressionistic painting and take photographs. I will print the photos and use them as a reference when I make my painting. My painting will be 11x14 and will be on paper. I will paint using acrylics

Step 4: Research, Required, 25 Points

Now you just need to do a little research. Even if you are doing one of the studio projects you still need to research your artist, artwork or time period. All you have to do is do a search and look at 3 websites, or read some books, magazines, etc. Write down 3 resources and send them to us. Take a look below at a sample Bibliography...

Step 5: Planning

After you turn in your Topic Statement and Bibliography then you just need to plan your project and start creating it.
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Step 6: Rough Draft Artist Statement, Required, 25 Points, Due 4/2/15

What is an artist’s statement? An artist’s statement is an artist’s written description of their work to help give the viewer an understanding.

Write a short statement (a paragraph, 5-6 sentences) about your Art History Creative Project:

1. Describe your project; give details about the topic of your project. (1-2 sentences minimum)

2. Talk about your experience, process, and progression of your project. What did you find interesting? Did you have any challenges? How did you overcome them? You may include images if needed. (2 sentences minimum)

3. Conclusion: What did you learn or gain from this project? Do you feel that your project is successful? Did you enjoy the project? (2 sentences minimum)

Here is an example of an Artist Statement for this project:

Robert Rauschenberg was a Post Modernist American painter and graphic artist. His most prominent works come from the period of art referred to as the Pop Art Movement. For my project, I chose to study his mixed media painting titled “Estate.” Instead of copying his painting, I decided that I wanted to choose a topic for my painting that was interesting to me and relevant to the current world. My painting is titled “Decline of the Honeybee,” and is about the honeybee population of the world and their endangerment. Although the subject matter of the painting is different, I made sure to use conventions that Rauschenberg used in his paintings such as uneven brushstrokes, repeated and tilted images and images that would be recognizable to the general public. I also used mixed media for my painting, which combined collage techniques with painting. I thoroughly enjoyed the painting process. Abstract painting was a lot more difficult than I had imagined. I learned that abstract painting is more than throwing paint at a canvas. It is a detailed progression that involves sketching and planning, gathering materials, executing the idea and making adjustments as needed. I am very happy with the end result of my project and look forward to making more paintings like this in the future.

Part IV: Rough Draft Project "In Progress" DUE 5/1/15 (25 points): Required

Submit an "in progress" snapshot of your final project to the Fine Art Course dropbox by 5/1/15. Your teachers will give you feedback and you will have the chance to improve or make changes before the final submission.

Final Step: Turn in Final Project and Final Draft of Artist Statement: Required, Due 5/29. 100 Points

Submit your final project and final artist statement to the Fine Art Course dropbox by 5/29/15.

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PLEASE kmail Ms. Piotrowski or Mrs. VanHorn. Don't put it off and get frustrated or decide to not turn it in. This project is required to pass the course. We can help clear up any confusion so you can have fun with it!