Semester Reflection


I can’t believe our semester is already ending. It didn’t end the way we thought it would when we first started that is for sure!! Every semester I have my students reflect on their experience in art and their artwork. I want you to do the same thing now. I want you to write an answer to the following questions on this documentthis document and send the document back to me. I want you to be honest, I want you to consider your answers and use correct grammar when answering the questions. Reflect on your feelings about where you started and where you ended up with your artwork. I also want to know your honest feelings. I use these responses to create lessons and improve my class for the next group of students.
Please come to the school and pickup your artwork it is in the cafeteria. It is separated by class and arranged alphabetically by class.
I want you to know that I am glad I got to be your teacher. I hope you have a good summer and get some rest in. I hope we can see each other in person in the fall. Take care of yourselves! I miss you!!

Come and Pick Up Your Work!!

I have everyone’s portfolio of work for the semester in the cafeteria ready for you to come and pick it up. I have fired the seventh grades pots that were waiting to be fired so you can also take those home. Please make sure you come and pick up your student’s work before Wednesday!!

If you have not signed up for a time slot please find the sign-up here:
Materials Pick UpMaterials Pick Up

VA Comp Only Quarantine Self Portrait


I would like for you to draw a self-portrait of how you are feeling about this time of quarantine away from school. Please make sure your drawing is as close to real life as possible. Take your time, color is with watercolor or colored pencil. If you need to brush up on drawing realistic faces please go to my blog and look for the assignments posts for the other classes on those subjects. This will be the last assignment I give to you so I want you to take your time and please put your best effort into it.

The Principles of Design


The principles of Design are a crucial piece into understanding how to arrange the elements of art into your artwork. Remember the elements? Line, shape, color, value(shading), texture, form(3-D Shapes), and space. Using these elements to create your artwork help put the language of art into your work. Everyone was given a worksheet the day we left school that has the elements listed. You are to write the definition of each element of art as it pertains to the art world and then draw your own illustration of each principle in the space given. You will cut out the pieces of the principles and then stack them according to size and staple them. These should be put into your sketchbook so you can refer back to them. They are a good resource to have. I am including a video of the same teacher who we watched for the face drawings. I think she does a fantastic job with explaining the principles and how they are used. Developing your composition when you create art is a very important skill to have. I know our semester is winding down. Keep doing amazing work! We are almost done. If you need the pdf of the principles I have also attached it here.

VA Comp only Photo Scavenger Hunt

Hello VA Comp!
Please use your phone/camera to create pictures for the following scavenger hunt items:

Portrait of an Artist
Patterns in Nature
Old with New
Balancing Act
A tight Squeeze
Shapes in Nature
Letters around the house(out of items that would not normally be letters)
Looking Through
An Awakening

When you take your pictures I want you to take into account how you frame your photo. Pay attention to the composition. Try and include angles and close-ups that you would not normally consider to make the composition more interesting. Also consider creative ways to portray each scavenger hunt item. Remember take your time, try new things. Let’s see what we come up with. I am hoping to have a gallery of your images and I will let you know how to upload them to turn them in.

I hope you are having a good week!
Mrs. Wong

Drawing Noses and Mouths

This week we continue with drawing facial features. We will be drawing a nose and a mouth. Please watch the following videos as an example of how to do this. It takes practice just like the eyes we did last week. We are getting ready to do a self portrait once we get all of our facial features. Remember when we started this semester and we drew a face on the back of our student information sheets? This is when you see just how far you have come this semester in your skills! There is a method to all of these pieces we are working on.


Please send your noses and mouths that you draw.

Hopefully I can get a gallery of all of your hard work while we have been away from each other very soon. I will let you know when that is live for your viewing pleasure.

I miss you all and I hope you are doing well!
Mrs. Wong

Drawing Realistic Eyes

Hello! To all of you that are working hard and turning in your work you are doing a good job!! Keep up the good work!!

This week we will begin with drawing the face. We will start with the eyes. Please use the video and follow along on how to draw a realistic eye. Take your time and pay extra attention to detail. I am noticing a lot of the drawings that are being turned in can be a bit more detailed. Drawing eyes is a bit more difficult but I want you to really try and do your best. You may surprise yourself with how well you do. Also practice, drawing more than one eye can help you improve your skills. Practice in art helps you grow your skills.

I miss you all and I hope you are doing well! If you have any questions please contact me via email or send me a message in edmodo.

VA Comp Students Only – Artist Research

Hello! I hope that you enjoyed your week off last week. I hope you are ready to dive back into VA Comp so we can get this year finished strong! We also need to be doing our digital portfolios. The district has not said that this requirement is no longer a requirement. I will be working on a step by step for your weebly sites this week.

When you left school you were given a packet. That packet had a pdf of questions for an artist research assignment. Please choose an artist from the list that is attached to this email from the art of education website. If you do not have the artist research questions please let me know so I can get it to you. Take a look at some of the art that these artist created. Choose and artist based on their work and what drew you to them. This list has a very wide variety of artists so I know there is something here for everyone.

I would also like to do a online live meeting this week or next week if possible. Please let me know what times work for your schedule so we can make sure we can get as many people on as possible.
Here is the list of Artists

I miss you all and I hope you are doing well!
Mrs. Wong

Sketch Your Bedroom like Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles Painting

Hello! I hope you all enjoyed your spring break and are refreshed and ready to get back to work!

This week’s assignment is for you to draw and color your bedroom. When Van Gogh live in Arles, France he painted the bedroom he lived in. It is a simple painting but still shows his brilliant use of color and his grasp of the element of Space. He used a perspective to show space in the room similar to how we used perspective in art class. I would like for you to draw your bedroom as realistically as possible. I want you to take your time, to try and show three dimensional space, to color it neatly and use difference in value(shades from light to dark) to show form(3-d shapes). This should take you a longer than an hour to complete if you are doing it correctly. Do not rush through this. Add details like the pictures on your walls, the items on your shelves, tables, the floor.

If you want to learn more about the painting by Van Gogh that I have attached to this assignment then go to the link below that I have attached.

I hope you are doing well! I miss seeing you everyday. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Wong

Alternative Paints!

Today’s assignment has to do with using alternative painting methods. Did you know that painters in the past had to come up with their own paint mixtures? They didn’t have stores to go and buy paints at like we do. So, put on your renaissance hat and become a scientist as well as an artist!

Please watch the video for a little more explanation:


Helpful Hints:

  • Use hot water to dissolve candy, jello, koolaid, etc.
  • Use as little water as possible to create the color so the hue will be strong. You an dilute the color as needed later using a watercolor technique.
  • Practice on a separate sheet of paper to get used to the paint and techniques.
  • Do not expect perfection, be flexible with the process.
  • Ask your parents permission before you use any of the items above.


I also want you to think outside of the box about tools you can use to paint with. You can use q-tips, silverware(like a dip pen), your finger, a clean make up brush, etc. Many of you may not have paint brushes so just use what you have.


Watercolor Techniques

Please see the illustration for visual representations for different water color techniques:

  • wet brush on dry paper
  • wet brush on wet paper
  • sprinkle wet paint with salt for added texture when dry
  • use a white crayon as a way to resist water color paint and keep white parts white, you must draw on the highlights first for this to work.

Your assignment is to create a painting using this alternative paint that you have made. This is an experiment, I do not expect perfection. I want you to have some fun, think outside of the box and take your time creating your painting to have differences in value(shading). I don’t care what you paint as long as it has 3-dimensional form and shows shades of light and dark. Good Luck! I am excited to see what you create!