Rachelle Kuehl Watercolor Portrait Artist




Pop Art Acrylic Painting
Students will create an acrylic painting of a comic strip panel or food label in the pop art tradition of Andy Warhol.

Monster Cards
Students will craft a special greeting card with a three-dimensional surprise inside!

Chinese New Year Watercolor
Students will listen to a story about the Chinese New Year, then use watercolors and markers to draw and paint a picture which includes some traditional elements of the celebration.

Valentine Pattern Art
Students will create a simple, pretty drawing by rubbing crayons over different textured plates to form a Valentine design.  Silver markers will add the perfect finishing touch!

Artist Spotlight: Kiel Johnson
Students will imitate the style of contemporary artist Kiel Johnson (www.kieljohnson.com).  Johnson has several exquisite pen-and-ink drawings, very large, in which he covers the whole page with tiny little drawings centering on a certain theme; for example, his “Everything I Own” drawing catalogued all of the things around him—a chair, a pair of pants, a guitar, etc.  Using the theme of Halloween and Johnson’s cartoonish style, students will draw as many different trick-or-treaters as they can fit on the page!

Halloween Mixed-Media Painting
Students will draw and paint a scene with three pumpkins sitting together on Halloween night.  They will use chalk pastels to “carve” a Jack-o-Lantern’s face on each pumpkin and add other details to the background.  We will read the book Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor for inspiration.

Christmas Cookie Ornaments
Students will roll out clay (just like cookie dough) and carefully cut out and decorate a Christmas keepsake to hang on the tree for years to come!

Fall Leaf Collage
Students will put together a collage of leaves, as if they are looking down on a patch of fallen leaves on the ground in the woods.  They will use crayons and watercolor paints to add color, then cut out the leaves and arrange them onto a black background.

Watercolor Turkeys
Using artist Henri Matisse as an inspiration, students will paint a colorful Thanksgiving turkey with a cool-colored background and warm-colored foreground (or vice-versa).  A black-crayon outline will complete the beautiful look!

Funny Face Sculptures in Clay
Students will use clay handbuilding techniques to create a face of a human or creature.  Beginning with two pinch pots, students will build up a silly head, adding eyes, nose, mouth, hair, and whatever else they would like to try while maintaining the structural integrity of the sculpture (making sure it doesn’t fall apart!).

Holiday Still Life
Students will draw a Christmas-themed still life: pinecones, berries, holly—the works!

Christmas Op-Art
Students will choose a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree, or a snowman and use a checkerboard op-art technique to color it in with colored pencils.

Musical Cubism Drawing
Students will learn about abstraction by looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso and other cubist artists, then create their own abstract drawings using the theme of music.

Weaving with Yarn
Students will be introduced to a form of textile art by learning to weave using yarn and cardboard looms.  We will pay particular attention to creating a color scheme and patterned design.  Students will need to work on their weaving at home. 

Weaving with Paper
Students will cut strips of paper into different designs and weave them onto a paper loom that they make in class.  The result will be a colorful, beautiful design!

Kinetic Art
Students will examine the work of kinetic artist Yaacov Agam and create their own “changing pictures” (pictures that look different from different angles) using oil pastels.

Drawing Horses
I will lead a step-by-step lesson on drawing a beautiful and familiar animal: the horse!  

People Standing in a Line
Students will learn about variety and detail as they draw and color a picture of people standing together in a line.

In the Background (Beginner)
I will take a photo of each child and print it out in black and white.  Students will create an interesting and colorful background for their photograph using tempera paint. 

In the Background (Advanced)
I will take a photo of each student and print it out in black and white.  Students will cut it out and trace their silhouette onto a blank piece of paper, then create an interesting and colorful background for their photograph using design templates which they will trace through an artist’s light table.  Students will color the background using colored pencils.

Ceramic Flowers
Students will make flowers out of clay and paint a little bud vase to house them in.  They will paint the flowers and attach a stem after they have been kiln-fired.

Russian Easter Egg Drawing
The art of painting intricate Easter eggs is a tradition in Russian cultures.  Students will learn about this craft and draw their own detailed rendition.

Artist Spotlight: Jill Van Sickle
Students will look at paintings by Minnesota artist Jill Van Sickle, who specializes in beautiful, simple acrylic/charcoal paintings.  We will work together on a master copy of one of her paintings in order to learn her technique.  Jill’s website can be found at www.JillVanSickle.com.

Magazine Match-Up
Given one-half of a photo from a magazine, students will use their eyes and their imaginations to carefully draw what they think would best complete the picture. 

Paper Bag Row Houses
Students will use geometric shapes to build a three-dimensional row house (thin and tall) using paper bags and construction paper.

Johnny Appleseed Detail Drawing
Students will revisit the legend of Johnny Appleseed by listening to a story about him.  They will then create a colored pencil drawing including as many details from his life as they can remember.

St. Patrick’s Day Painting
Students will use all the colors of the rainbow to paint a lucky St. Patrick’s Day picture!

Weaving with Paper
Students will cut strips of paper into different designs and weave them onto a paper loom that they make in class.  The result will be a colorful, beautiful design!

Ceramic Teapots
Students will design and create an original teapot with a whimsical feel.  They will learn a variety of hand-building techniques to form their functional teapot.  When the teapots have been formed, we will dry them and fire them in a kiln.  After the initial firing, students will apply ceramic glaze to their teapots and fire them a second time for completion.

Students will learn about symmetry while making paper butterfly molas.  Molas are traditional Panamanian garments using a reverse appliqué sewing technique.

3-D illusion (Op-Art)
Students will follow steps (drawing straight and curved lines, coloring neatly, shading, and outlining) to create a piece of two-dimensional art that appears 3-D!

Foil Repousse
Students will create relief artwork using an ancient metalwork technique. They rub the image of a leaf onto a metal sheet using wooden tools, then brush a coat of black paint over the top.  Before it dries, they wipe away some of the paint to creat an antique finish. 

Acrylic Knife Painting
Students will try a new painting technique—using palette knives to create an autumn tree or landscape while learning about the use of texture in art. 

Warm and Cool Names
Students will learn about warm and cool colors, positive and negative spaces, and block lettering as they create a cool design of their names.

Farm Perspective Drawing
Students will create and color a perspective drawing of a farm, with animals up close in the corner and the barn far away in the hilly background. 

Ceramic Beading
Students will form beads and design a pendant out of clay that they will later make into a unique piece of jewelry for themselves or a loved one.  They will
glaze their ceramic beads and pendants using a variety of colors, then assemble their ceramic necklace or bracelet.

Spring Mural
Students will use a big white background and construction paper to create a mural full of flowers and other things of spring, trying to leave as little negative space as possible.

Visual Words
Students will brainstorm nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs and then choose one to illustrate, using the word's meaning to inform the drawing.

Tile Mosaic
Students will use pre-made tiles and grout to create a one-of-a-kind piece of mosaic art. 

House Drawing
Students will head outside for a "plein air" drawing session.  They will draw a 1920's two-story house, recognizing and incorporating the architectural features from that era.

Perspective Drawing: Cityscapes
Students will learn and use two-point perspective techniques in drawing a fictional city block.

Artist Spotlight: Whitney Brock
Students will mimic the style of talented local artist Whitney Brock in an abstract piece of art that involves both drawing and watercolor painting.  (See Ms. Brock's website at www.brockworksinc.com.)

Under the Sea Drawing/Painting
Students will brainstorm as many sea creatures as they can think of and then draw and color an underwater scene.  They will then apply a watercolor wash to complete the watery feel.

Clay Face Mugs
Using the pinch pot (beginners) or slab-rolling (advanced) technique, students will build a clay mug and add a funny face!  Mugs will be kiln-fired and painted.

Pastel Landscapes (Beginner)
Students will learn how to create a landscape by layering land contours with the aid of cut paper and colored pastels.

Pastel Landscapes (Advanced)
Students will learn about color depth as well linear and atmospheric perspective.  We will break down complex landscapes to simple shapes using chalk pastels.

Plaster Animal Sculptures
Students will use wire, paper, tape and plaster to build a sculpture of their favorite animal or imaginary creature.  The following week, students will creatively paint their sculptures with unique designs.

Radial Symmetry
Using pencils and colored pencils, students will create and then replicate an intricate design on a circular paper canvas, completing the look with carefully chosen color enhancement.

Personal Clay Tiles
Students will learn how to form clay into neat tile shapes and then use adding and subtracting techniques to design their tiles in a way which reflects their own interests.  After they have been kiln-fired, students will paint their tiles.

Cartoon Gridding
Students will learn about the use of the gridding technique to draw accurately on a larger scale.  They will practice drawing several cartoon figures of their choice, then choose their favorite to create a finished work with acrylic paint and black marker outline.

Patterned Creatures
Students will learn about patterns and use line variation to create and color imaginary creatures.

Self-Portraits in Pencil
Students will have the opportunity to create a self-portrait drawing in pencil.  I will take their photograph at the beginning of class and teach them to use this image to draw an accurate depiction of their own face, emphasizing placement of facial features and shading. 

Color Theory
Using paint, students will begin to explore the color wheel to see how the colors relate to one an other.  Students will practice blending different colors together and will see how adding black and white to a color changes its value.  Vocabulary such as monochromatic, complementary and supplementary colors, and tints and shades will be taught.

Georgia O’Keeffe Flower Paintings
Students will learn a little bit about important contemporary American painter, Georgia O’Keeffe.  They will look at photographs of flowers and imitate her close-in abstract style, first with two sample pastel drawings, and then with a larger acrylic painting.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Children will be introduced to the classic children's book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.  After reading the story, children will use their own imaginations to turn a purple scribble into their own illustrative tale.

Students will love learning how to morph a drawing of one object into another one in five easy steps!

Finish the Face
Students will choose a magazine photograph of a person looking straight at the camera.  The photos will be folded in half, and students will carefully try to draw the missing half of the person’s face, making it look as symmetrical and real as possible.  Students will learn pencil shading techniques in order to concentrate on the subtle curves of the facial features. 

Still Life
Using chalk pastels or watercolor paints, students will examine the important artistic subject of still life.

Profile Drawing
Using a digital photograph of their own faces as a reference, students will attempt to draw their profiles using charcoal pencils and black chalk.

Magazine Match-Up
Given a small part of a photo from a magazine, students will use their eyes and their imaginations to carefully draw what they think would best complete the picture. 

Op Art
Students will learn a little bit about the Op Art movement, in which artists maneuvered line, space, and color to create optical illusions in their art, and then try their own hand at an Op Art drawing.

Sequence of Events
Students will tell a story using only pictures as they make several drawings which will depict a sequence of events.

Make-Your-Own Eric Carle Book
Students will learn about the cut-paper techniques used by author and artist Eric Carle to create their own book in his style!  In Part 1, we will use tempera paints (and our fingers!) to craft Carle-like textured papers and begin to draft our stories.  In Part 2, we will use the papers and plans created in Part 1 to make cut-paper illustrations for our books!  When all pages are finished, we will bind them together with a front-and-back cover.

Fun with Watercolor
Students will be introduced to the materials and techniques involved in watercolor painting. 

Oil Resist Snowman With Watercolor Wash
Students will draw a creative snowman with fun accessories in addition to the usual scarf, hat, and carrot nose.  They will color it in with oil pastels, then paint a watercolor wash over the whole thing for a dramatic resist effect!

Railroad Perspective Drawing
Students will be guided in an introduction to one-point perspective drawing.  Together, we will draw a railroad disappearing into the horizon.

Multimedia Angel
Students will draw a picture of an angel, then use, in turn, watercolor paints, chalk pastels, and oil pastels to add color and detail.

Clay Pots
In an introduction to the world of ceramics, students will build their own clay pots using the classic coiling technique. After the pots have been kiln-fired, students will apply ceramic glaze to their clay pots, giving them color and a beautiful shiny finish. 

Many of us visit the beach over the summer!  Students will use watercolor paints to paint a beachscape of water, sand, and sky.  Then, they will prepare drawings of things that you would see at the beach (sandcastles, umbrellas, etc.) and cut them out to later glue onto their painting to create a multimedia piece of art.

Drawing Faces
People often say they have a difficult time drawing human faces.  In this lesson, students will learn steps to make drawing the face easier and more realistic-looking!

Students will use printmaking tools and materials to design and produce specialized greeting cards. First, a template is drawn and transferred to a linoleum square.  Ink is rolled across the template, then the image is pressed onto a clean card and set to dry.  The template can be used over and over in different colors and color combinations.

Blind Contour Drawing
Students will take turns drawing one another in order to practice the skill of blind contour drawing while examining the human figure. 

Scratchboard Animals
Students will learn about value and shading by using scratchboard materials to draw the wild animal of their choice. 

Collaborative Art
Using colored pencils and large paper, students will use their creativity to work together on a special group project.

Large-Scale Clay Sculptures
Students will briefly examine the use of large-scale sculptures in the outdoors before designing and building their own miniature version from clay.  We will then take advantage of the magic of Photoshop to make our little sculptures . . . huge!

Figure Drawing
Students will learn specific points of reference for make drawing the human figure more correctly proportioned.

Person in Motion
Students will learn ways to position the arms, legs, head and torso in a drawing to indicate that the figure is in action.

Mono-Chromatic Portraits
Students will learn about the use of the gridding technique to draw accurately on a larger scale.  They will practice drawing a cartoon figure, then use a photo of themselves to draw a 12 X 18 “cartoonish” self-portrait.  Students will then choose a color scheme and create a gradient (light to dark) with their chosen color.  They use only colors from this gradient to paint their mono-chromatic portraits.

Paper Mosaic
Using torn paper and glue, students will create a mosaic starring the sea or sky creature of their choice. 

Picasso Picasso-Inspired Portraits
Students will learn about abstraction and the concept of line by looking at the cubist artwork of Pablo Picasso.  They will then create their own abstract portrait using chalk pastels and black markers.