• Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 School Year

    Ms. Faucher's ART Class

    for a list of weekly topics and assignments go to the bottom of this page




    There is a "visit website" link next to your class period in Aeries that will take you to our virtual in-person meetings on Google Classroom


    Email me at: April_Faucher@chino.k12.ca.us

    Access to your meet link is in your ClassLinks - It should also be available in your Aeries account on the "view website" button :) 



    I will always attempt to contact you either 1) visually - I can see you on your camera, 2) chat - I will ask you to respond in the chat area on screen, and 3) audio - by microphone/heatset so that I can hear you. If I can't make contact with you I will have to assume that you are not in class. Several attempts will be made. If I can't contact you, I will need to email you and/or your parent to find out what the problem may be. 

    Most work will be due at the end of the class period visually (I will ask that you put the work up to your camera). Assignments will be posted below for each week and grades will be posted in Aeries. The final project for the end of the trimester will be posted in Google Class - it is a lot of typing for this page so it is better to see it there. 


    These are the hours which I will be available, live, on Google Meet, for questions regarding assignments, schedules, and other schoolwork concerns. Find the link for my Virtual Office hours in our Google Classroom Materials section

    Tuesday - Friday 

    7:45am - 8:30am


    Use Classlink to access your Google Classrooms (GCR):



    Grading Portal

    Grades will be updated in Aeries regularly so that students and parents can monitor student progress as soon as it is available. 

    Please email me with any questions or concerns.




    Monday - Friday (November 2-6): In-class Turbo Draw-along assessment (must be present to participate) on Tuesday (periods 1, 2, 3) and Wednesday (periods 4, 5, 6)

    Create your own Turbo-inspired snail, Begin Elements of Art Vocabulary - Define and Discuss 7 Elements of Art: LINE, SHAPE, FORM, SPACE, COLOR, VALUE and TEXTURE

    Monday - Friday (November 9-13): Wednesday the 11th is a Holiday so no classes

    This week we looked at Leonardo DaVinci and discussed his use of keeping notes and sketches (you will NEED to keep notes and sketches for class so either put them in a folder to keep or get a blank spiral notebook just for class topics and drawings)

    Also this week - 1) What is ART?, 2) What is an ARTIFACT? and 3) What makes "good" art? we will look at a few works of art by:

    Pablo Picasso (realist or cubist?)

    Jackson Pollack (abstract artist)

    Leonardo DaVinci (realism)

    Draw an Elephant in a Tree: what I am looking for - 1) do some research on elephants and what they look like (generally) and decide with what we looked at (see above) in class if you are more of a 'realist' or into more 'abstract' art and make some decisions on your subject (elephant and tree) as to HOW you would like them to generally look then 2) decide what elements of art (we did those the first week of class) are most important to you and how you would like your work to look? is color important to you? or texture? or? think about this, then 3) think about your presentation - is it INTERESTING? would people want to look at it again and again?

    The drawing is due Monday 11/16 at the end of the period 

    Reminder according to Alan Bamberger "At it's most fundamental level, good art is a combination of concept, vision, and mastery of medium (the ability to get the point across). Good art is also uncompromisingly honest, unselfconscious, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, challenging and a feast for the senses. It doesn't necessarily have to have all of these qualities, but at the very least is has to keep you coming back for more... and never bore."

     Monday - Friday (November 16-20): This week definitions of the Principles of Art/Design ...there are 7 words = movement, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity, contrast, and balance

    Define the above words in terms of ART by doing a google search. These words will be used in the slideshow on how to look at art (link to follow for Thursday/Friday class)


    The big take-away from the slideshow: Art CRITIQUE (how we talk about art) is 1) DESCRIPTION - what do you see? 2) ANALYSIS - here is where the elements and principles of art come into play line, form, contrast, color, etc, 3) INTERPRETATION - we all have different life experiences so how one person interprets a piece of art will be different from another person's interpretation and 4) JUDGEMENT - was the artist successful in telling their story visually?

    Assignment: Look up an artist of your choice and 1) write down the name of the artist in your notes, 2) do a little research and read about the artist so you can list FIVE items of interest about the person's work, and 3) write down the title of one piece of their work that you admire most ---- this information will be used in class the week we return from Thanksgiving break for your next assigned project :)

     Monday - Friday (November 30 - December4): This week we will work on Color Theory (vocabulary as well as making a color wheel in class) Students will need one piece of unlined paper, and colors (this can be color pencils or markers or crayons or paint) This will most likely take all week as students work at different paces. If you are using color pencils or crayons, you wll need AT MINIMUM red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and violet. If you are using markers you will either need markers that easily blend *or* you will need additional colors to those listed above (also need blue-green, blue-violet, yellow-orange, yellow-green, red-violet, and red-orange) I will be using paint and if you choose to use paint you will only need 3 colors: red, yellow, and blue (the color wheel sample below was created in each of the six classes as a demo using only red, yellow, and blue paints).

     (see sample and vocabulary below) 


    ADDITIONAL VOCABULARY: Primary Colors, Secondary Colors, Tertiary Colors, Analogous Colors, Complemantary Colors, Monochromatic Color Scheme, Warm Colors, Cool Colors, Neutral Colors

    Monday - Friday (December 7-11): ENTIRE WEEK using the design process (Google it - I showed it in class on my share screen) use your chosen artist's work and list the elements and principles of art to make decisions for creating a BOWL OF FRUIT. The goal here is to use the piece of art that you chose last week as the *inspiration* for that bowl of fruit. What colors did the artist use? What kind of balance did they use in their work? BASICALLY DESIGN THE BOWL OF FRUIT AS IF YOU *WERE* the artist... how would THEY design this piece of art? Periods 1, 2 and 3 due Thursday December 10th, periods 4, 5, and 6 due Friday December 11th.

    EXAMPLE - I used a stained glass window designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh as a reference for my bowl of fruit design... the original has a RED flower that is asymmetrically BALANCED on a mostly NEUTRAL COLOR background with thick LINES that are both ORGANIC AND GEOMETRIC ... so I interpreted this as: NOTE that I made notes (which I asked you to do in class for your piece of art) on what elements and principles of design you saw in your artist's work and then do PLANNING as a few thumbnail sketches... also done in class)



    Monday - Thursday (December 14-17): Begin ASSEMBLAGE ART project (Google assemblage art and artists to see the ideas - this is NOT a drawing, this is a buiding project). This week students are asked to set aside a bag or box to save small, throw away items for assembling into a FISH shape. Here are some sample idea items that work great:

    Bread plastic tags, twist ties, ribbons, QTips, toothpicks, lids off of just about anything, plastic silverware, aluminum foil, string, small plastic water bottles, cardboard tubes off from paper towels or wrapping paper, cereal boxes, wrappers, straws, bubble wrap, tape, nuts and bolts from the garage, screws and nails, paper clips, broken toys, puzzles that are incomplete, old board games that are missing pieces and not playable, aluminum soda cans, the tabs off the tops of the cans, fuzzy pipe cleaners, clothespins, plastic hangers, old kitchen utensils, old broken flipflops, broken jewelry, beads, buttons, etc.... the list can be nearly endless.

    Students were asked to involve family members so that they can get help in finding things that are going to be thrown out or are not needed. The other reason to involve people in the search is that as long as people in the house know a project is being collected for, it is more likely that the items will be kept and not thrown out! 

    Finally - how to assemble the parts... easiest will probably be a hot glue gun. I suggested the really small ones from the dollar store that come with the tiny glue sticks. This is NOT a requirement, but many households alreay have some sort of glue gun. I also said they can use tape or just regular glue or whatever they have on hand for an adhesive. This will be due one week *after* we return from break. This gives your student a LOT of time to collect really neat things to make their FISH :) 

    Wednesday - Friday (January 6-8): Monday was a video discussion of Edgar Degas - French Impressionist painter and how he was a perfectionist and really enjoyed trying new methods of adding color to his work and focusing on his compositions. Thursday/Friday periods 1, 2, 3 and then 4, 5, 6 I was giving examples and class time to work on the fish... see below:

    idea1 idea2 idea3 idea4  These are 5 ideas headed to....halfway

     About half way done... I still need to add in the really small things that I found for more texture :)


    Just about done... I think I am going to spray paint it... you DO NOT NEED TO, but I think for this I will try it and see what happens!


    I am GLAD I tried the glow paint! I was hesitant at first because I really *did* enjoy seeing all the colors on this fish but this is fun! I discovered that the glow spray paint is actually CLEAR so guess what? I can still see the original fish when the lights are on, and when they are off I can see THIS! I call that WIN/WIN!!!

    Monday - Friday (January 11-15): Video on Mary Cassat - how her insight into acquiring Impressionist art in the 1800s helped America as well as how she developed her style as one of the early women artists using Impressionism. Assemblage art fish is due this week. We will begin to discuss the next project (Face Collage) this week as well as I will upload the final project requirements into Google Classroom this week. Also, this video will be shown in class - we will be sketching out a human face/head using this video as a guide: https://youtu.be/1kHzAh9sCH4 you can copy/paste this into your web browser and watch it again, in case we went over this too quickly in class...

    Tuesday - Friday (January 19-22): This week we are making a Face Collage. A collage is like an assemblage of images (plural, not just one) from various places like magazines or flyers or printouts from a computer or junk mail from your mailbox ;)

    The "face" part comes from finding a photo of a real person and drawing their face. I will load an example below. Basically you are to find a photo of a realistic person's face of your choice. This could be a picture of anyone, famous or not. You will use the demo we did in class as a GUIDE on how to draw that face photo you choose. If you have forgotten or were absent the day we did the practice face drawing, see the link above and cut and paste it into your web browser. The video demonstration shows the basic proportions of a human face.

    So again, step 1 is to draw a person's FACE only (Do not use the practice one we did in class for anything other than a reference. I already have that picture in my screenshot folder... this face is to be one that YOU chose to draw). Step 2 is to find some images and cut them out and arrange them around the face that you drew. You will need several images for this. One image by itself will not be sufficient to really get the "collage" effect. Again, a collage is a COLLECTION of images... many images. Then paste these images in a way that is interesting so that the face shows among the images you collected.

     Here is an example - I found some junk mail in my mailbox that had advertisements for houses being sold so I cut those images up and drew the face of Frank Lloyd Wright (my choice of a face... thought it would be fun since he was an architect) and then pasted the images around his face that I drew:

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