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5/24/13

Drawing on History Class - High School Art Class - Atascadero, CA - KnoodleU - Silkscreen project
Drawing on History - Deborah Swanson - KnoodleU Publishing - High School Art Curriculum
The Drawing on History class is working on the silk screen project from lesson 10 in the Drawing on History Book. Teaching silk screening is so cool because I get to present an "old school" method of printing and the kids get really excited to be able to produce their work in multiples. Each student had to come up with simple art work that had a social message of some kind. Some were funny and some were more serious. They had to print several posters and then they could apply their art to t-shirts if they wanted to. Of course they all want to do that. This student chose his slogan to be "Second Hand Smoke Kills."

Drawing on History is a high school art curriculum which follows Rea Burg's Beautiful Feet timeline for U.S. and World History for High School Students. Drawing on History is written by homeschool teacher, artist, and graphic designer, Deborah Swanson.

5/23/13

High School Art Curriculum - Linoleum Blocks - Drawing on History
Linoleum Block Cut by Bernadette
Linoleum Block Cuts (or Lino cuts) are definitely one of the students' favorite art projects from the Drawing on History book. While learning about WWII and the art going on in Japan at the time, the students choose a bird design and create their own unique art to print.

This unique art curriculum is designed to give students an overview of the art movements from the time of the Civil War through Vietnam. It is a great homeschool art curriculum, designed by a homeschool mom and art teacher, Deborah Swanson. Drawing on History can be used with homeschool students or any independent art students. It even works well in a class room or co-op setting.

High School Art Curriculum - Homeschool Art - Eagle Linoleum Blocks - Drawing on History
David's Eagle print (left), lino cut (right)
Homeschool Art Lessons - High School Art Curriculum - Linoleum Blocks - Drawing on History
Beth's Phoenix print

Homeschool Art Lessons - High School Art Curriculum - Linoleum Blocks - Drawing on History
Genvieve's Owl linoleum cut (left). Gold on black print (right). Purple prints (top).

Independant Studies Art Lessons - High School Art Curriculum - Linoleum Blocks - Drawing on History

5/21/13

Expressing Expressionism

Today my Drawing on History students and I studied Abstract Expressionism, particularly the works of Mark Rothko. What a fantastic job they did with color-field painting. I love when they grasp the concepts and dig deep to express themselves. This high school art curriculum is perfect for homeschool students. It is in an easy to follow, well designed book called Drawing on History, by Deborah Swanson.

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Bernadette, Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Beth Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Kody - Feelings of Being 15 - Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
David, Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Ethan - Volcano Flood - Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Genevieve Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Julia, Acrylic on Canvas

Drawing on History - Art Curriculum - KnoodleU - High School Art Class
Micha, Acrylic on Canvas









Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Micah
Nothing gets teenagers more excited than telling them that they can throw paint around. There's a pause before they start, almost with unbelief that they are allowed, even encouraged to get going. Letting their creativity flow by using the action of their bodies, they created some spectacular art. Through this project the students learned about Abstract Expressionism and Jackson Pollock.


This high school art curriculum, Drawing on History, is actually being used by jr. high and high school students in a co-op class. Drawing on History, follows Beautiful Feet's U.S. and World History for High School Students, written by Rea Burg. For this particular class these students are using the curriculum as a stand alone art curriculum.

Drawing on History is written by Deborah Swanson, home school teacher, artist, and graphic designer. 



Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock

Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock

Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock

Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Bernadette
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Beth
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Matisse
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Julia
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Kody
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by Ethan
Action Painting - High School Art Curriculum - Drawing on History - Jackson Pollock
Action Painting - Abstract Expressionism - by David

"Every good painter paints what he is." – Jackson Pollock