Art Challenges

Eighteen Art Challenges for Middle School

… or the Fun-Damentals of Design

Students conquer the simplest Challenges, then climb to higher levels, taking on more complex Challenges. To review this outline scroll to the bottom and observe how each new Challenge builds on the one below it.

CHALLENGE MEDIA INSPIRATION
18 T-SHIRTS AND MORE
Form & function
Fabric, assorted printing materials, embellishments Andy Warhol
17 IN THE PALM
OF MY HAND

Three-dimensional design
Casting plaster, assorted sculpture materials Ron Mueck:
hyperrealist sculptor
16 EXTREME ACTION
Figures in action
Watercolors, mixed media Miriam Schapiro
15 THINKING ABOUT THE BOX
Cubism and abstraction
Oil painting Picasso & Cubism
14 MAKING MY POINT
Color & texture
Gouache watercolors Georges Seurat:
Neoimpressionism
13 GOING PLACES
Color, texture & movement
Acrylic paints, texture tools Vincent Van Gogh
12 IT’S MY LIFE
Personal style
Acrylic Paints Frida Kahlo: Modern Mexican Artist
11 TRANSPORTED IN
SPACE & TIME
Form & color
Oil pastels Edward Hopper –
American painter
10 EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Psychological space
& texture
Mechanical pens with assorted nibs Rene Magritte
9 IS THIS PLACE HAUNTED?
Space: two-point perspective
Metallic color pencils on black Victorian houses
8 DEEP SPACE
Space: one-point perspective
Color pencil on tinted paper Renaissance &
classical architecture
7 A SURREAL EXPERIENCE
Form: light & shadow
Graphite pencils Salvador Dali:
Surrealism
6 A MATTER OF VALUES
Value & contrast
Camera, Photoshop, gray-scale markers Chuck Close:
digital design
5 MASTER OF ILLUSION
Space: positive/negative
Felt tip pen, ink jet printer, markers, color pencils M C Escher
4 WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Shape and color
CorelDraw, markers,
gold pen
Medieval Illuminations
3 LIFE ON PLANET EARTH
Rhythm & shape
CorelDraw, felt tip pen, black marker Art Nouveau:
Poster design
2 DON’T BE SO OBVIOUS
Advanced rhythm & line
Felt tip pen Geometric &
organic lines
1 COOL RHYTHMS
Simple rhythm & line
Felt tip pen Nature
Begin here at Challenge 1 and design your way to the top

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