Merlin Braun

B.A.
B.ed.
PBCE

Art and media teacher

667-8210 ext. 7104

Merlin Braun

Art monthly challenge

NEW!  Entire Art history slide show in PDF form. All art students will have a History of art test in the beginning of June. If you've lost your notes, here are the slides!

****New policty**** All monthly challenges are due on the student's 1st art class of the following month. The policy changes it that I will only accept late monthly challenges 1 cycle past the original due date. Monthly challenges are worth 25% of your term mark so put in a great effort! 

May Challenge: (last one of the year!)

  • The theme for this month's challenge has to do with using a Principle of art to create  a new piece of art. All art students are required to produce a piece of art that uses one of three ways of Balance. 1) Symmetrical balance  2) Assymetrical balance  or 3) Radial balance.  Any art will do, but you must be able to defend what kind of balance you used.  Simply yet challenging!  Remember that this challenge is worth around 10% of your term mark, so shouldn't be taken lightly.  Spending 2-5 hours on this project is expected to get a good mark. 

April Challenge:

  • The theme for this month's challenge has to do with using an element of art to create  a new piece of art. All art students are required to produce a piece of art that is only made up of circles. This can be drawn, painted, created (clay, wood, metal etc). The end project can be flat, or be a form or even an  installation. Simply use the element of "circle" to create a piece of art. Simply yet challenging!  Remember that this challenge is worth around 10% of your term mark, so shouldn't be taken lightly.  Spending 2-5 hours on this project is expected to get a good mark. 

March Challenge:

  • The theme for this month's challenge has two parts:  1) find and record 3 areas inside or outsidet MBCI (though on the grounds) that could use a public piece of art.   2) DEsign and pitch a piece of art that you think would fill one of those areas.   Keep in mind that we want lots of student participation, the materials must be reasonable in cost, and we also must have the ability to make the art (mostly students are doing this) Your proposal might be the one that is chosen to do next year!  Remember that this challenge is worth around 10% of your term mark, so shouldn't be taken lightly.  Spending 2-5 hours on this project is expected to get a good mark. 

February Challenge:

  • The challenge for this month is "Fandom art" Use popular culture symbols (Nike, Hunger Games, Mcdonalds, North Face, etc.) to create a new symbol which incorporates at least three other recognizeable symbols. I will expect to see your idea development for your new symbol and this will be 25% of the monthly challenge marking. Spend at least 3 hours+ (at minimum) as these monthly challenges are worth around 9% of your term 2!

January Challenge:

  • The challenge for this month is "Anything goes!"  Use any medium, any subject, any idea and create a piece of original art to bring in for your first art class in February. Spend at least 3 hours+ (at minimum) as these monthly challenges are worth around 10% of your term!

December Challenge:

  • The challenge for this month is the "One piece of paper challenge" Each student uses one 1/2 sheet of Bristol Board to create a piece of art, simply using the piece of paper, glue, scissors, knife etc. Some drawing or colour can be added but the emphasis is to create art with simply paper!   Remember that this challenge is worth around 10% of your term mark, so shouldn't be taken lightly.  Spending 2-5 hours on this project is expected to get a good mark. 

November Challenge:

  • The theme for this month's challenge is "Change of Seasons". The challenge is to create a piece of art that reflects on the change from Fall to Winter.  Anything goes as long as you can defend that your piece of art falls into the theme. You can draw, paint, assemble, sculpt; basically anything that can be brougth into class to presen on the first art class in December.  Remember that this challenge is worth around 10% of your term mark, so shouldn't be taken lightly.  Spending 2-5 hours on this project is expected to get a good mark. 

October Challenge:

  • Recall the "Poop Palace"  story from Calgary that we discussed as the art news a few weeks ago.  (the story about the waste pump house with the funky LED's showing flow on it...)
  • If you cannot remember, here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-watershed-plus-sewage-art-1.3247778
  • Your challenge in October is to take a $50 000 grant (ficticious) and redesign the Poop Palace artistically so that the residents of the street are more pleased with the necessary building that blocks their view of downtown Calgary and the Rocky Mountains.
  • $50 000 isnt' a lot of money, so you can redesign some building parts, but you Cannot, obviously, put up a Taj Mahal!  Be prepared to defend your artistic decisions, your first art class of November. 
  • Remember the city in which this building exists; what sort of things would people from Calgary like?

September Challenge:  

  • Find an original piece of art (not produced by you) and alter or revise the piece to improve it (Like the Thimble public art in Toronto we talked about in class)
  • Print off the original and attach it to your sketchbook
  • Alter or revise the original (in your art book) by changing colours, removing parts, adding things etc.
  • Bring the original and your revised piece to class, the first art class in October and be prepared to talk about your art
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