Welcome to our new class blog!

Our blogs are a great way to share our learning with the rest of the world! Through blogging, we can connect with our global community, and it’s also a great paperless way to keep track of our progress.

Click on the link below or use the menus above to access the syllabus for your class or choose your class from the Categories section to the left to view all the assignments for your class in my blog posts:

  1. Art I
  2. Art & Media Communications
  3. Ceramics 1 (& Pre-AP 1)
  4. Studio Art 3D
  5. AP 3D Design

Feel free to contact me any time through the Contact Page. We are going to have a great year! Please make sure you set up your own blog and link it to my class blog by searching for mslongart.

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Creating a Student Blog

1. Go to Edublogs.org homepage.

2. Enter your username, password and click Sign up for free

  • Username: Create your own
  • Password: Create your own


3.  On the next page select I’m a Student.

4.  Add your email address (optional for student), the human verification word, select ‘I agree to terms of service’ and click Continue to create a blog.

5.  Add your blog title, choose your language and click Register and create a blog.

  • Keep the blog domain the same as your username.
  • Your blog title can be changed later, so don’t sweat it.

6. Once your blog is created you will be redirected to the login page where you enter your username and password to access the dashboard of your blog.

Join a Class

1.  Login into your blog dashboard.

2.  Go to My Class > Join a Class.

3.  Search for your class blog by typing in mslongart into the search bar.


4.  Click on Send a request to join.


You’re done! Congratulations!

You’ve now created a blog!

Next up, Posting to your blog!

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Thumbnail Sketches in Art

Taken from http://victoriatorf.com/media_design/thumbnails_sketches.html

Thumbnail Sketches — Shorthand Drawing for Artists

Thumbnail Sketches are Shorthand Notes for Artists: 
Thumbnail sketches are drawing quick, abbreviated drawings. Usually, they are done very rapidly and with no corrections – you can use any medium, though pen or pencil is the most common. Thumbnails sketches are usually very small, often only an inch or two high.

Thumbnails are Memory Aids and Planning Tools: 
Thumbnail sketches can serve as a memory aid to help you remember important features of a subject, when making notes for a painting or drawing. They are also useful when visiting a gallery, to help you remember important pieces. Ofen artists use thumbnail sketches to plan pictures. You can quickly experiment with format and composition, placing just the major features – such as the horizon and any large objects, and indicating movement and balance.


How to Draw a Thumbnail Sketch: 
Imagine your subject or picture stripped of all details, through squinted eyes, or in poor light. All you see are big rough shapes and some lines. Thats all you need for a thumbnail. First, sketch a rough box, smaller but in the same proportions as the finished picture might be. Then sketch in the horizon line, hills, or any major verticals or horizontals. The outline any key shapes, and quickly hatch in any strong dark areas. There are no right or wrong ways – that’s my approach, and it might work for you.

What is the value of thumbnails?
A quote from a convert:

“In this assignment I really felt the good use of doing thumbnails. The whole process of sketching, first by hand and then digitally, really paid off. The final design wasn’t in my mind at all when I started. But after making all of those sketches, all of the sudden it was just there.” MA

Thumbnails can be Colored:
Thumbnail sketches are a great way to plan color schemes. Use marker, colored pencil or watercolor to put in major areas of color in your picture. Small but intense colors can also be noted, as these can attract the eye, but don’t get bogged down with detail.

Making Notes and Working Drawings:
Once you’ve done your thumbnail sketch, you might want to make some notes alongside it. If at a gallery, you can record the artist’s name and the title, along with your thoughts about the painting. If sketching outdoors, you might record notes about the position of the sun, the particular colors, or make additional sketches to show small details. If you are planning a painting, you might want to do a working drawing. A working drawing is usually fairly large, sometimes as big as the finished piece, and carefully composed. The subject is sketched in, and potential problem areas might be done in more detail. This is where you can fine-tune your drawing before embarking on the finished piece.

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iAm Videos

Resource Link to view original lesson: http://www.teachhub.com/student-video-project


Who are you? What do you care about? Who do you care about? What/who do love/like? What do you aspire to be? In this video project, you will tell the world, “iAm……”


  • Find or take AT LEAST 30-40 photos or video clips to prepare for your story.
  • Make sure these photos or videos clips are on your camera roll of your device.
  • You will not be able to access Facebook from school. Make sure you send these photos via gmailDropboxAirDrop, or Google Drive.

Important notes

If you don’t already have photos like these, go take some! Use your devices. You do not need to appear in any of the visuals, but you must OWN or have written permission to use the images or video clips.


  1. Read & Watch the iMovie tutorial video and websites.
  2. Create a trailer in iMovie on a Mac
  3. iMovie Trailer Tutorial
  4. Select the film trailer theme in iMovie.
  5. Change each text area to create words or statements describing “iAm….”
  6. Use photos that build or show the audience visual images of who you are, what you care about, what you aspire to be. Ultimately saying, “iAm.”
  7. Photos should be you:
  • on a vacation or trip
  • with your family
  • with your friends
  • working
  • doing a special activity or hobby
  • Anything else you choose that tells us the story of YOU!
  • (If you don’t already have photos like these, go take some! Use your devices)

8. Once your video is complete, EXPORT your video:

  • Create a folder (your last name & FINAL) on your desktop to save your videos into the folder
  • Click Share
  • Export Movie
  • (Select 2 sizes to export) – Mobile, Medium, Large or HD

(I want you to identify & recognize the various sizes for the different types of devices.)

  • Post it to Google Classroom and Turn it in.

You have a week to successfully complete this assignment. Have fun!

Scoring guide

Section 1: Does the video illustrate personal features of the student?

  1. Unique info = 8 pts
  2. Interesting = 8 pts
  3. Creative = 8 pts
  4. Powerful = 8 pts
  5. Written Quality = 8 pts

Total = 40 points

Section 2: Production Value

  1. Color = 8 pts
  2. Lighting = 8 pts
  3. Focused images = 8 pts
  4. Photos tell a story = 8 pts
  5. Export correctly = 8 pts

Total = 40 points

Section 3: Deadline

  1. Met the deadline = 20 pts
  2. Missed the deadline = 0 pts.

Total = 20 points

Total points = 100

Care to see some of the projects students in the past created? Click any of these links to watch.

Good luck!

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Creating an Infographic – Principles of Art

a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.
“a good infographic is worth a thousand words”

You will be assigned a Principle of Design to make an Infographic on. Be sure that your poster has LOTS of information and interesting visuals. Look at the examples above to get a sense of the aesthetic (you will need to decide on a COLOR SCHEME). EVERY IMAGE YOU INCORPORATE WILL BE CREATED BY YOU NOT THE INTERNET!!! You will need to show how that principle is used in a variety of elements.

You can use an infographic Template from the following sources…


In your sketch book you will…..

Create and Infographic about the Principle of Design you are assigned.


  • Include all your planning sketches! You can do them digitally or draw them on paper – upload to Google Classroom by photographing them.
  • You must include as much information about the Principle as possible.
  • Create examples of the Principle using the Elements of Art.
  • The information needs to flow, but it doesn’t have to flow straight down. Play around with different ways the information can flow.
  • Visually pleasing and easy to read! Very important to catch the viewers eye and have your work be seen.
  • Good Craftsmanship.

Read the Rubric Below to understand more. Focus on the very Left Column to see how to get the best grade!

Infographic of Principles of Design Rubric

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Repeated Paper Modules

Fold, curl, twist or crumple paper (magazine pages, printed out photos, maps, book pages, etc.) and create 30-60 of the same form (they can be different sizes). Glue the papers into either a 3D-sculptural form or a relief sculpture on painted cardboard. This piece should emphasize unity/variety and balance.

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Shoes! Value Project

  1. Draw 5 different styles of shoes using contour line on your 9×12″ sheet of paper in pencil.
  2. Overlap images. Create a focal point. Remember RULE OF THIRDS!
  3. Create at least 5 different-sized rectangles that overlap on your paper.
  4. Choose 5 spaces to add your value to (see above photos).
  5. Use the practice sheets on my desk like the one above to practice shading (we will do this in class together to get you started).
  6. Shade in your 5 chosen spaces to create 3D shoes on a 2D surface.
  7. Photograph and turn in on Google Classroom and hand in to the top tray near my desk.
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Styrofoam Sculpture: Engaging the Space

Consider the Elements and Principles of 3D Art & Design.

  1. Generating Ideas: 
    • Choose 3 areas to work on in the Studio Habits of Mind Rubric.
    • Begin by exploring this new material.
    • Try out different ways to manipulate, cut, attach, and glue the pieces together.
  2. Researching:
    1. Think about your Theme/Subject
                                 Google Search: Styrofoam Cup Sculpture
                                 Google Search: Styrofoam Cup Relief
    2. What type of sculpture do you want to make?:
                             1.   Relief: Sculpture that extends from a surface, like the wall
      2.   In the Round: Sculpture that can be viewed from all sides
    3. What techniques will you use?
  3. Visual Development
    Create a sketch in your sketchbook for your design.
  4. Final Design
    Must create an artwork that shows:
    a. experimentation with materials
    b. intentional Positive & Negative Space development
    c. completed artwork with a completed design
    d. artwork is interesting from all sides
    e. Constructed neatly and carefully
  5. Refinement: 
    • When you have completed the majority of your project, make sure you begin refining your design. Think about the following things:
      • Clean up your glue areas, making sure there are no messy areas that is tract from your design.
      • Make sure that you have GOOD CRAFTSMANSHIP in your cut out areas.
      • Make sure that you have GOOD CRAFTSMANSHIP when gluing/attaching the project together (construction). Ask three people around the room if they notice any areas that need attention.
      • Continue to analyze your project to see if any areas need to be refined or changed to fit the project rubric requirements (refer to the Studio Habits of Mind and your chosen 3 areas).
  6. Evaluation:
    • Turn in pictures of your completed work on Your Edublogs.org Blog.
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Value Practice – Cranes


Students will practice shading and value by drawing from life and creating a composition.


  • Draw the origami crane 4 times
    • Change the perspective each time
    • Draw all 4 lightly in pencil
    • Make it look interesting
    • Overlap
    • Fill up the paper, drawings go off all 4 sides
    • Draw them large, not life-size.
  • Shade 3 cranes in graphite pencil
    • shading in the darker areas
    • make smooth transitions to the lighter areas
    • give the cranes a look of 3-dimensional form.
  • Shade 1 crane in colored pencil
    • use the colored pencil shading chart to add shading and depth starting with yellow as the lightest value.
    • use at least 3 colors from light to dark

value-crane2 value-cranes1 value-cranes3 value-cranes4

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