welcome to grade 9 art

This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

My EMAIL: jennifer.mezei@ed.amdsb.ca




Sketchbook Assignments

how to get by with Ms. Mezei

introducing your classmates - Abby

We live in a highly visual world and that means you can observe art related content all the time. As a growing artist a good habit to get into is to constantly be looking at various forms of art. By doing this you are fuelling your inspiration tank and expanding your visual and creative capacity. I like to do this by checking out contemporary professional artists on INSTAGRAM that interest me. I would recommend you pick up this habit! A few well respected art magazines and paint feed I would suggest to follow include; hifructosemag, juxtapozmag and paintguide.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, Sept. 7th

- What are the elements and principles of design?

e's p's handout 1        - handout 2           - Design Cube assignment

-begin working on your elements handout cutting out magazine images to show your understanding for each of the elements 

due date for Design Cube Assignment = Tuesday, September 13th


DAY 3 &4 - Thursday, Sept. 8th- 9th

Start of class - 20 min assembly in small gym

- Design cube assignment - explain connection of elements and PRINCIPLES of Design


- start planning your cube design using the template provided

- add the ELEMENTS definitions to your research sheet (the one with all the elements that you glued image examples onto)


Monday, Sept. 12th

TEXTURES not always the easiest to draw. Here are some examples for you to look at and try. This should help with making your texture square on your design cube.

MORE TEXTURE EXAMPLES: texture 1 texture2  texture3  texture4  texture5

Design Cubes - ways to try to unify the whole cube - overlapping some designs from one square to the next OR using limited colours (3-4) on every square but in different ways (depending on the design).

Tuesday, Sept. 13th

- continue working on Design cubes (and all parts - research, definitions) - due this friday, Sept. 16th

-tomorrow is last full period to work on design cube in class

Wed. Sept 14th

- work period for Design Cubes

Thurs. Sept 15th

- introduce the Sketchbook Assignments

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video 1      video 2   video 3  drawing a room in perspective

- work on the 2 worksheets provided, put them in your sketchbook when done

- when finished both you can draw a one point perspective sketch in your sketchbook - either an interior of a room or could be a landscape or city scape, making sure to add details to it

Friday, Sept. 16th

Design Cube projects due today - Build your cube and submit all parts of the project for marking

Sketchbook time - continue to work on Perspective drawings and look for your next sketchbook drawing challenge. REMEMBER to check out all the sketchbook inspiration suggestions.

Monday, Sept. 19th

 Contour Drawing Fun: Contour drawing, Blind contour & continuous contour

Contour Line Lesson - Prezi (here is the info)

the video below shows how to make blind contour *start at 1:55


ACTIVITY 1: * YOUR TURN - try drawing your non-dominant hand using the blind contour technique ( do not look at your paper as you draw - the results do not matter. The most important thing is that you are staring at your hand observing it and all the details that make it up and slowly moving your marker on the page to try and replicate the information your eyes are seeing.   Also do this without lifting your marker off the page (this is a continuous blind contour drawing)

- after you have tried to draw your hand a couple times blindly, try again but you can look up and down from the hand to your paper as you go to create a contour drawing

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another example video of contour hand drawing  * view this for more tips!

ACTIVITY 2: A Contour Drawing - Find a shoe to draw - Place the shoe on the table in front of you. You are just drawing lines. A good place to start is to draw the outline of the shoe. Then work your way into the interior to draw the lines that make up the shapes within the shoe that you see.

- use the remainder of class to work on your one point perspective drawings in your sketchbook (or another sketchbook assignment)  OR practise doing more contour drawings.

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- use the remainder of class to work on your one point perspective drawings in your sketchbook (or another sketchbook assignment)  OR practise doing more contour drawings.

Tues, Sept 20

2 point perspective: video 1  video 2

One point perspective is great if you happen to be looking directly at the front of something, but what if your subject is turned to the side? Then you need two point perspective.

In 2 point perspective there are 2 vanishing points on the horizon line. Every line except vertical lines will converge onto one of the two vanishing points.

 In your sketchbooks try to create a drawing using the rules of 2 point perspective; eg. could be one building (like the barn on the left side above or could be several in a cityscape like the image on the right)

In your sketchbooks try to create a drawing using the rules of 2 point perspective; eg. could be one building (like the barn on the left side above or could be several in a cityscape like the image on the right)

Wednesday, sept. 21

VALUE is the lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray.

activity 1: A Tonal Bar

activity 2: Drawing a Sphere and shading it

activity 3: stipple shading to create form    

activity 4: Abstract circle with broken sections - coloured with a variety of pencil crayons considering the range of value you can create with one colour in each section.

Thurs. Sept. 22

This video is a continuous contour of the face

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Activity: You are going to use the continuous contour method we learned on Monday to draw your partner or yourself. It is not a blind contour so you can look up and down as you draw the face.

Monday, Sept. 26th


elements of design in focus: Line, texture, colour

- create enlarged composition of hands, shoes OR face using contour lines

- watercolour lesson - learn some cool watercolour techniques: soap bubbles, saran marks, rubbing alcohol spray, straw blown drips, crayon resist and sticker resist, & salt.

Watercolour technique videos to check out:  video 1    video2    video 3  video 4

Tues, Sept. 27th

Continue your watercolour experiments - finish at least 6 mini compositions

Work on your 1 or 2 point perspective drawing in your sketchbook - if done choose another SB assignment to spend some time on.

Students begin enlarging one of their contour drawings onto the large watercolour sheet (hands, shoe or portrait)


Wed. Sept. 28th


The biggest difference in three-point perspective is that there are three vanishing points (VPs). Two are along the horizon, just like two-point, but the third VP is located either above the horizon (at the zenith) or below the horizon (the nadir), depending on the area you intend to draw.

Remember that in basic one-point perspective, lines are either vertical, horizontal or recede toward the vanishing point. In two-point, lines are either vertical or recede toward one of the two vanishing points. In three-point perspective all lines recede toward one of the three vanishing points.

The three vanishing points make up a triangle, with the viewer's center of vision roughly in the middle.

3-point Perspective: How to steps  (handout 2)

VIDEOS TO WATCH:  video 1    video 2

- use the handouts to try drawing some 3 point perspective forms

- work on a drawing using your understanding of 3-point perspective

- students will transfer their contour drawing onto the large watercolour sheets

Thurs, Sept 29th - 30th

- Work on perspective drawings in your sketchbook 20 mins

- Begin painting your large contour drawing composition for the CONTOUR LINES ARE BEAUTIFUL PROJECT

-  do 2 colour tests on a small piece of Watercolour paper to see which 3 colours will be featured in your piece. (can be any 3 colours) but only 3 to create a sense of unity as different things will be happening in each space.

Mon. Oct.3 - 4th

- 20 mins work on SB assignments - perspective drawings and next your choice assignments

- work period for CONTOUR LINES project - painting

Wed. Oct 5th

Exquisite Corpse Lesson - in groups of 3 or pairs 

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watch a how to video    check out some examples        another video how to

- draw in pencil. then the finished drawing (after 2 people have added to the middle and bottom sections) can be inked with marker by the first person who started the drawing. This creates unity between each of the sections. Also add some texture - lines, dots, fur, patterns, etc. Lastly, add colours!

*try one more time, this time one person will tell you what to draw, and the other person(ppl) will try to draw what the person is telling them to do. Rotate through for each of the 3 sections.

- what is the profile for your creation: 


Favourite food, who are its friends? where does it live? What is its favourite thing to do Favourite place to visit? How many creatures are in its family? Does it have a pet, what type of creature is the pet?


 collage Ex Corpses - groups of 3 - need 18-20 objects/ body parts/ plants, consider adding  a background to one of the areas you will collage (find large pieces of pattern interesting landscape/ background)

- try different arrangements, don't go with the first one you try

watch a video of Professionals doing exquisite corpse murals here

Friday, Oct 6th

Reflection for project: Contour Lines are Beautiful

Exquisite Corpse - collage - gather 15 images and create

Finish up contour project - outline with a marker your contour lines

* colour your favourite of the Exquisite corpse drawings you did


Tues. Oct. 10th-14th

CLAY UNIT - begin sculpture unit looking at basic coil building ceramic skills

project one: Build a COIL POT 

Terms to know:

Clay: .The decomposition of Granite through the process of Kaolinization creates clay. Clay is a mineral with a plate (platelet) like structure; it is these plates, (about 0.5 microns across) when lubricated with water, slide against each other to form the plastic mass we know as clay

Slip: A fluid suspension of clay with and water, with a "cream" like consistency. Most often colored with oxides and painted or poured onto pots for decoration.

Wedging: To kneed or mix plastic clay by hand. A hand process used to homogenize the clay and remove air bubbles, thus making it workable. The techniques for wedging are called; Spiral, or Chrysanthemum wedging, Rams head, or Monkey face wedging and wire/slab wedging. Both Rams head and Spiral wedging involves the folding of the clay on itself too build up an ever-tightening spiral of clay platelets. 

Coiling: A method of hand building a form using long rolled out, or extruded, snakeelike lengths of clay. Each coil of clay is integrated with the previous one to build the work up. The coils may be completely obliterated in the construction process or retained for their decorative qualities.

Leather Hard: A stage in the drying process of clay when the clay is pliable but strong enough to handle. It is ideal for trimming and the addition of appendages such as handles and spouts. Relatively wet clay can be attached to the pot at this stage and the resulting bond will not form cracks.

Shrinkage: The decrease in the size of a clay object due to drying and firing. Dry shrinkage is reversible with the return of water, but firing shrinkage is permanent due to chemical and physical changes clay undergoes when exposed to heat

Kiln: Basically an insulated box, which is heated to fire pots in. They can be either, cross draft, down draft, or up draft.  The maximum operating temperature for most pottery kilns is about 1300°C

Firing: The process, which changes clay into ceramic. Up to 600°C I 1112 OF the chemically bonded water in clay is driven off. This is an irreversible change know as the "Ceramic Change"

Bisque : The first firing a pot undergoes to prepare it for glazing. In industry this is done at a higher temperature than the subsequent glaze firing.

Throwing: To make pottery by hand on the potters wheel. A delicate balance, which defies gravity and centrifugal force as clay is coaxed up by hand from a spinning turntable.

SCORE - SLIP - BLEND - to ensure your pieces all stay together

video instructions: 1)  how to wedge clay  another example: how to wedge clay   (watch til 2:30 and then 4:30- end)    2)  how to build a base  (beginning - 3 mins)

3)  how to make coils  (and blend and build up - also decorative coils added)

4) making a coil pot - SCORE SLIP BLEND

* adding decorative elements video   start at 9:30 in the video

Monday, October 17th

ZENTANGLE exercise        and more Zentangle EXAMPLES

What is Zentangling? A Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle Method. True Zentangles are always created on 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) square tiles, and they are always done in black ink on white paper. The invention of the Zentangle® was intended to make the act of drawing pleasurable, meditative and accessible to all. 

CLAY PROJECT #2 - the details      Oct 17-21

Now, you have the choice to use what you have learned about clay and hand-building techniques, creating texture to make a unique piece of art to make a piece of your choice. You have 3 options;  

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ONE- a sculpture in the round - using your exquisite corpse/ parts of it as inspiration/ your subject or animals/ plants - you may choose to make it functional ( a cup) or just a small sculpture

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TWO - a bas relief sculpture - a flat tile which you add pieces of clay onto as well as carve into it- using your  exquisite corpse/ parts of it as inspiration/ your subject or animals/ plants

THREE ----- & RUBRIC -  a bas relief sculpture - with abstract content - use the ZENTANGLE drawing you made as your brainstorming/ reference source for your clay creation

Mon, Oct. 24th

- finish working on clay pieces - leave on top of bags to dry

- fired work is handed back

- When finished can take a look at Remembrance day Poster assignment- begin by brainstorming ideas in your sketchbook

Tues. Oct. 25-28

- work periods - remembrance poster, painting clay pieces and finishing sketchbook assignments

Mon. Oct. 31 - Tues

- continue working on Remembrance day Posters

- consider how you will add colour - texture in various areas (think about adding a zentangle pattern, or use text to create texture)

Wed. Nov. 2-3rd

Start Facebook Profile Art History Project

-look at the list of artists

- choose an artist

Mon. Nov. 7th-11th

- Continue working on Facebook Art History Profile Project - once research is complete students can use the cardstock paper on my desk to do the drawing components of the project, including the banner along the top of their appropriated sketch based on the artist they have chosen.

- finish painting or glazing clay piece #2

- work on a dictionary illustration if you finish your profile

Mon. Nov14th

Take a look at the colour wheel and gain a basic understanding of colour relationships.

Learn how to mix paint to create the range of colours on the colour wheel.

PRIMARY - red, yellow, blue

SECONADARY - orange, green, purple/ violet

TERTIARY- red-orange, yellow-orange      red-purple, blue-purple          blue-green, yellow green

Tues. Nov 15th

mixing paint   - making TINTS and SHADES

Wed. Nov 16th

How to paint a Sphere    video 1       video 2    video 3

Acrylic paint techniques

THURS. NOV 17-18th -

work periods to finish: Colour Wheel, Tints and Shades, Acrylic techniques and Sphere painting


MONOCHROMATIC PAINTING - begin this project using the painting techniques we have just covered - project LINK:  Monochromatic Project      PAINTING RUBRIC

Step 1) choose an image as a source/ reference image for you to work from (eg. portrait, object, landscape) - the image needs to have a range of values (lights and darks)

Step 2) do a quick sketch in your sketchbook of the subject you have chosen (look at a few possible ideas)

Step 3) Get approval from Mrs. Mezei (confirming the image has a range of values and is therefore a good reference image)

Tues. NOV 21

Step 4) Get a black and white (with mid-tones) print out of your image

Step 5) Begin drawing your subject - use the GRID METHOD of drawing to help you get the most accurate shapes that you see in your image 

another very helpful video to watch - this one looks at using the grid method to accurately draw something by using a reference image.

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Wed Nov. 23rd - 25th -

WORK PERIODS for monochromatic painting

Mon. Nov 28th - 29

WORK PERIODS for monochromatic painting and finishing colour wheel, tonal bars, acrylic techniques and sphere paintings.    

* when done working in SB on 2 assignments (your choice from the list)

& Dictionary page illustration  

& One equisite corpse drawing - with colour added (pencil crayon or marker)

THurs. Dec. 1

Literacy Lesson - Series of Opinion paragraphs     - Success Criteria

Intro new project - Sculpture with Scrap Materials

Mon. Dec 5th -Tues. Dec. 13th

- continue working on a sculpture project we started last week: the supplies are on the table behind the computer (wood and cardboard scraps) - X-acto knives and scissors for those working with cardboard

- whether working with wood or cardboard students should work on making 2 patterns in their sketchbook - they can look at zentangling/ pattern examples online to find inspiration.   Everyone needs to have some pattern element on their finished sculpture. After today’s class they should have 2 different ideas drawn out in their sketchbook.

after coming up with pattern ideas they can start to cut out cardboard shapes for their sculpture.

OR find more wood pieces they want to use for their sculpture - play around with different arrangements - taking photos of each different idea - they should have several images (photos) to show that they experimented with a varietyof arrangements

Tomorrow they will start painting pieces they have cut out today - and drawing patterns onto either the wood or cardboard.

WED. DEC 14th

Introduce last project before the break:   PRINTMAKING - Linoprinting

What is printmaking?  MOMA Animation

Printmaking Link #1

Printmaking Link #2 - LINOCUT PRINTMAKING

GRAPHIC DESIGN concerns designs that communicate specific information to the viewer. They are bold, typically simple in design (so as to be easy to “read”), and they exaggerate an idea. PRINTMAKING is a form of graphic design. Printmaking at its most basic level is quite simply the transferring of an image from one surface to another. Although there are many specific ways of doing this, these many ways tend to fall into one of four general categories of printmaking: RELIEF PRINTING, INTAGLIO PRINTING, PHOTOMECHANICAL PRINTING, AND STENCIL PRINTING.


Design a composition for a monochromatic relief print. The shapes in your design should be dynamic (ie. Curvy, fluid and organic), not static (straight, rigid, geometric) Select one of the following themes and create a design which graphically communicates the main idea or “spirit of the moment.”

* SPRING SEASON and GROWTH (flower motif)
* LIFE ON THE FARM (fields and farmhouses)
* DANCE – use expressive lines and human forms to capture movement and rhythm* * NURSERY RHYME ILLUSTRATION – illustrate a page out of a children’s story
* CANADIAN LANDSCAPE – mountains and trees inspired by Group of Seven
* HOLIDAY SEASON – overlap and integrate a series of symbols of the holiday season to create a decorative abstract print that says “festive” eg. Snow flakes, stars..
* WINTER GAMES – create an abstract print or a anecdotal design which captures the main idea of a winter sport or game (eg. Tobogganing, laughter, speed, friendship, excitement)
*CANDIAN WILDLIFE – in the manner of a native print, tell a story (real or imaginary) involving you and animals/ imaginary creatures

MATERIALS: ink, rubber brayers, trays, linoleum cutters, linoleum, paper


1) BRAINSTORMING AND DESIGN PREPARATION: Design your ideas with pencil on paper. The final print will be approximately 10cm x 15cm. Use fluid lines, a variety of line thickness and textures. Overlap images in positive and negative space.

  1. 2)  Transfer your design to the block and begin cutting. Cut carefully and slowly.

    *The basic idea is that you cut away those areas you wish to remain the colour of the paper you are printing on. The images can be as simple or as detailed as you wish.
    *Draw your ideas out on paper first, then transfer the image onto the linoleum using tracing paper

  2. 3)  Carefully ink and apply pressure with spoon or printing press. REQUIRED: an edition of three prints and one series of prints on craft paper (showing repetition)

  3. 4)  Be sure to sign and number your prints and submit for marking. 

THURS. Dec. 15th

How to carve/ cut using the Lino tools - Demo

how to video - drawing, to transferring to cutting, to inking and printing

an Enormous Lino-cut - video process


Dec 19- 23rd - finish carving lino blocks and make your prints

Jan 9th -Introduce the culminating project

- time to complete Scrap Material Project and Printmaking Project

- begin the research part of the culminating project

Jan 11-13th - working on culminating projects (2D and 3D)