Visual Art 3D

Course description

Visual Art 3D is a beginning art course which is a semester long. The course focuses on the elements and principles of art and design. Projects will be primarily three dimensional in nature and students will use a wide variety of mediums including acrylic paint, chipboard, cloth mache, modeling compounds and many others.




materials fee

required - $15 payable to Churchill High School. Take care of this in the finance office and show Mr. Eagen your pink receipt. This fee covers paint, brushes, cardboard, glue, etc.

apron / smock

optional - The class will be messy at times (paint, glue, etc.). It is highly recommended that you have an apron, smock, old oversized shirt, or something similar.

First half - 6 weeks

Unit 1

Elements worksheet packet - in-class worksheets for line, color, value, shape & form

Unit 1

3" cube - 3D mini-project which introduces chipboard, gum tape, and construction

Unit 2

5" cube - build, gesso, string, name

Unit 2

snakes/vines excrcise - 1/2 class period - focus on wrapping around all 12 edges

Unit 2

mini-cube mock-up - exact plans for cube project, small scale mock up - wrap around - elements of surprise - all 12 edges addressed - contour lines (as opposed to sketch lines) -colored pencil approximation

Unit 2

Color theory worksheets - in-class worksheets: color wheel, color temperature, value, intensity, color schemes and paintbrush control

Unit 2

Color scheme plan - Last page of Unit 2 Cube Project packet. Indicate exact color scheme, values & intensities that you used on the project.

Unit 2 Color theory cube project - 3D project which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of theory and a color scheme plan. Demonstrate the concept of "wrap around" which pulls the viewer's attention around the entire piece. All 12 edges will deomonstrate wrapping.
Figurines Head On A Stick - Quick, small head of animal, human, monster etc. Focus is on learning how to use Model Magic compound.
Figurines Figurines - Progress check
Second half - 6 weeks
Figurines Figurines - Series of 2 small scale figurines. Emphasis is on active motion, addition and subtraction, free standing, and mixed colors. "A" projects will build and incorporate a small prop out of cardboard.
Curved Exercise "Taco" - Quick exercise which emphasizes curving & bending chipboard, inner structure, and smooth application of gummed tape on curved edges.
Paint Techniques Worksheets - Series of 3 worksheets; masking, dry brush, blending.
Abstract Sculpture Abstract / Non-Representational - 10 class period project. Emphasize curving & bending, free standing, mixed colors, new painting techniques. "A" projects will include significant "intersection."
Final Project

10 class period project. Demonstrate what you've learned...that's why it's a final project.

Option 1 (challenging) - Functional Analog Clock - refer to instruction sheet for specifics.

Option 2 (more challenging)- Cubist Self Portrait (examples) - refer to instruction sheet for specifics.

Option 3 (most challenging) - Free Choice - Only for most advanced and motivated students - Check with instructor.

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Unit 1 - Elements of Art

what are the ingredients that are used in artwork?

Just like a baker has sugar, flour, baking powder, oatmeal, chocolate chips, icing and many other ingredients to work with in order to create tasty cookies, an artist has ingredients to choose from in order to create artwork. This unit will introduce student to these elements (ingredients).

Students will study line, color, value, shape, texture and form.

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Unit 2 - Color Theory

how colors work together

Why do some colors look good together and some don't? Why are mixed colors more pleasing to the eye than colors straight out of the jar? How does value affect color? What does "color intensity" mean?

Students will learn basic color theory and apply it to a cardboard cube sculpture.




quick project

We'll take a break from cardboard to work with a modeling compound which is a new material to us. Project details to follow.

Unit 3 - Principles of Art

how do artists make use of the elements of art?

So now we know about the Elements of Art. How do we use these elements effectively in our artwork?

Students will study balance, unity, emphasis, contrast, rhythm/movement, and depth as they turn something that isn't normally cube shaped into a "cubed" version of itself.



Alternate Project: Depending on time and supplies, sometimes we will swap out the project and design a free-standing creature based on Dan Reeder's "Screamer" concept. This project will likely shift into an advanced sculpture course in the future.


Another Alternate Project: Non-representational sculpture which relies heavily on curves and emphasises volume and intersection.


Alternate Project Variation: This is a variation of the previous project. This time the emphasis was on curving and bending chipboard.



Another Alternate Project: Cubist self-portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso. Here's an 8 minute video to watch if you'd like to do this project. Caution: turn down the volume...the video narration is loud for some reason.


Fantasy Skull

quick project

This is a project that I've wanted to do for a while but never have. I had an exceptional student test it out for me and the results were wonderful. The idea was to research a variety of actual skulls of different animals. Then, the student sculpted a fantasy skull which used parts from several different skulls. At that point, she fleshed out what the skin and flesh would look like. The project is similar to medical cross sections.