Weekly Homework / Journaling Assignments and Relevant Links will be posted here.

Remember that your journal assignments may be interpreted in whatever style / form / medium you like. Your art journal is a safe creative space and you are not required to share every  response or drawing that your create, however I will be encouraging class participation and discussion based on journal assignments.

I also welcome you to email me if you would like to receive feedback and encouragement.

Jessi Goodwin


Assignments Due Wednesday, October 18th:

1. Art History Investigation: So far we have introduced you to ancient art from Europe, Egypt and Asia…. Your fall break assignment is to select and investigate (via the library and/or internet) a piece of ancient art created in an area of the world that we haven’t yet discussed (such as North or South America, the pacific islands, Australia, Africa, or India).

Here are a few ancient civilization resources  to help inspire your research:

2. Journal Work: sketch an example of a piece of art from the ancient civilization you selected and be sure to include a brief written explanation of any pertinent historical and/or cultural information (such as the time period that the work is attributed to and the location where the work was created / discovered). Be prepared to share your findings in our next class after we return from fall break!


Assignments Due Wednesday, October 4th:

1. Journal Work: Write your own Haiku poem inspired by Asian art and/or culture. Be prepared to read your haiku in class!

2. Journal Timelines: Don't forget to update your journal timeline this week!  (vocabulary and timeline link)

3. Video Review: Be sure to watch the following video link in preparation for next week's batik art lesson:


Assignments Due Wednesday, September 27th:

1. Journal work: One of the most familiar motifs in East Asian art is bamboo (Asian painters have painted bamboo for many centuries). Bamboo is one of the most common plants in all of Asia and and frequently features prominently in Chinese brush painting and Japanese sumi-e (ink painting). This week I would like you to try to capture the 'spiritual essence' of a plant or tree growing in our Tennessee climate (this can be something in your own yard or a local park). You may sketch, paint or photograph your chosen plant, just make sure to try and depict a sample of the leaf as well as the stem, trunk or bark in your journal assignment.

2. Journal Timelines: Don't forget to update your journal timeline this week! (vocabulary and timeline link)


Assignments Due Wednesday, September 20th:

1. Journal work: Sketch, Model or Photograph a work of architecture; write one paragraph explaining how this work was influenced by Egyptian or Greek architecture.

2. Journal Timelines: Please remember that you are responsible for updating your art history timeline (located in the back of your journal) each week. I have created a new tab for our classroom vocabulary and timeline lessons which you can use as a reference if needed. (vocabulary and timeline link)

3. Video Review: Be sure to watch the following video links in preparation for next week's art history lesson:


Assignments Due Wednesday, September 13th:

1. Journal work: Humanity’s first artists used art for decoration, documentation and ceremony. Create something in your journal this week from one of these categories (can be in cave painting style, on your cylinder seal or a style of your choosing):
• Everyday life
• Something you fear/hope for
• Momentous occasion

2. Come prepared to answer this question in our next class: "If you were a work of art, which one would you be and why?"

3. Journal Timelines: You are responsible for filling in your art history timeline each week. I have included an example of what this might look like below. You are welcome to add additional details, information and/or drawings to your timeline, however please include the basic lessons that we cover during each art history class.

4. Video review (in preparation for next week's art history lesson):

• Egypt (7:36 minutes)
• Greek (11:07 minutes)
• Roman (13:46 minutes)

Sample Timeline.jpg

Journal Timeline

An example for filling in your journal timelines.... We will begin at the bottom of the last timeline page and work our way backward as we add additional historical content. 

I have chosen to place the paleolithic art (15,000-30,000 BCE) at the very end of my timeline, proceeded by the newer cylinder seals (6,000-3,500 BCE). This way additional timelines can be glued into our journal as needed.


Assignments Due Wednesday, September 6th: COLOR

1. Journal work: Color has a huge effect on our daily lives. Our emotions, moods and appetite are often influenced by the colors that surround us. Marketing and advertising seeks to exploit these physiological responses. What is your favorite color? Has this always been your favorite color? Why do you think you are drawn to this particular hue? How does it make you feel? Draw an image or write your response in your journal using ONLY the monochromatic values within your favorite color hue. 

2. In preparation for next week's art history lesson on humanity's first artists, read this article: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/global-prehistory-ap/paleolithic-mesolithic-neolithic/a/paleolithic-art-an-introduction

3. Watch this short video on The Standard of Ur, a work of ancient art: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ancient-art-civilizations/ancient-near-east1/sumerian/v/standard-of-ur-c-2600-2400-b-c-e

4. I have included a color wheel (similar to the one we discussed in class on 08/30/17) at the bottom of this page for reference.


Assignments Due Wednesday, August 30th: SIGNATURES

1. Hide your 615 Rock in your community.
2. Research: What is the significance of an artist’s signature? Some artists print their names clearly, while others sign in a scribble or use a symbol or logo to mark their work. Take some time to research a few of your favorite artists, how do they sign their art? Has their signature or logo changed over time?
3. Journal: How might your signature look if you were an abstract artist? A comic book illustrator? A photographer? Would you use your full name or a nickname? Practice doodling and signing your name in different ways, and/or create a simple logo that represents who you are as an artist (it can be hand drawn or digitally illustrated). Feel free to include elements and/or colors that are symbolic or representative of your creative spirit.