Monday, December 17, 2018

Artist Biography Project

I am starting to see some great artist biography projects coming together this week in the art room. All biography projects are due Wednesday, December 19th. Here is HOW TO TURN THEM IN:

PowerPoint: Share with Ms. Heyser via Office 365 -
Flyer: On paper - turn it into your class box. Digital - email link to
Write: On paper - turn it into your class box. Digital - email  to
Podcast: Email the link to
Blabberize/Other: Email the link to
Music: Email the link to
Make Art: Turn it into your class box
Act: Arrange a time to perform or record. Email the link to  recording to
Movie: Email the link to

*Please do not send these to my school email address!

If  you have any questions or need help sharing your project please see me by the end of the day Wednesday. If you need extra help or more time to finish please come to Mav Block on Tuesday, 12/18.  I am excited to see your work!

Friday, December 14, 2018

End of Course Wrap Up

As the end of the quarter approaches there are a couple of deadlines that you need to know. 

* Sculpture Test Recovery - test retake is Monday, 12/17/18

* All late projects need to be turned in (put it in my hand not the box) by Wednesday, 12/19/18

* Artist Biography projects are due Wednesday, 12/19/18 - if you chose a digital format please email the link to 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Cartouche Generator

Dear 7th Grade Students -

Here you go! Have fun!

Don't forget to screen capture your phone so you have this as a reference for your clay piece.

Sculpture Quiz

The Crayon Lab is sculpting! All students (except VC1) will be having a sculpture vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.

You should have better notes in your sketchbook from our introduction to sculpture presentation. Please use them to study!

Sculpture Quiz Definitions
1.      Modeling - soft material that is built up 
2.      Carving - material is chipped or carved away
3.      Casting  - metal is poured into a mold
4.      Assembling - variety of materials joined together
5.      Kinetic - sculpture that contains moving parts
6.      Installation - site specific art that transforms space          
7.      Representational - art that has recognizable subject matter 
8.      Abstract - art that is a simplified form of reality  
9.      Non-objective - no recognizable subject matter
10.   Relief -  forms project from flat surface

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Here are a couple of art related jokes you can share on turkey day!

Q. What was the pilgrim’s favorite sculptural material?
A. Plymouth rock.

Q. Why was the turkey’s sketchbook always blank?
A. He liked to wing it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Progress Report Grades

Progress reports are about to go home. If you have a "missing" or "incomplete" grade you need to be sure to complete your work and turn it in! I will be replacing missing grades with zeros before the end of the quarter grades.

*Please make sure you turn in late or missing assignments directly to me and not to your class box!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kennesaw State University Open Studio Event

Check out this great opportunity to meet the faculty and students of the Kennesaw State's School of Art and Design. Learn about their newly redesigned Photography and Video concentration, and view their awesome art computer lab! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Watch Banksy's $1.4 Million Painting 'Self-destruct'

What do you think about Banksy destroying his own art? What message do you think he was trying to send? Would you ever destroy one of your own art pieces? Why or why not? Leave comments below!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Principles of Design

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sketchbook Grading Time

As the quarter comes to a close it is time to have a sketchbook check again. Several students have asked how they are graded. Here is a copy of the sketchbook grading rubric. Where do you fall?

Monday, October 1, 2018

October ='s Drawing Fun!

Did you know October brings lots of fun drawing challenges? Social media is a fun way to connect and communicate with other artists (with parent permission - of course!). Here are a few to get your started. Try to do a drawing a day that matches the theme. Can you combine two themes? Yes! Challenge your creativity and have fun.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Art Contest!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ketchup Days!

As we are getting closer to the end of the quarter I will be hosting student catch up days. These "ketchup" days are for current art students only and can be used to make up quizzes or finish outstanding projects that are due. Many of you have missing work so check your grades to make sure you are not missing anything. If you are missing something please come to the next "Ketchup Day" on Thursday, September 20th.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Color Theory Quiz

Students in 7th and 8th grade are studying the color wheel right now. We need to know the theory behind color so we can start our painting unit. There will be a quiz on the color wheel handout (that was completed in class on 9/10) Thursday, Sept. 13th.  Use your handout to study!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

One Point Perspective Room

We have been working on our 1pt. perspective rooms and we are almost finished. Remember if you chose the art gallery you need to have at least 3 paintings (paintings that exist, not made-up ones). You also need to include various colored pencil techniques in your completed art work. I am looking for varying pressure, hatching, cross hatching, stippling, and layering of colors.  This project is due by the end of class on Friday, Sept. 7th. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Elements of Art Books

The elements of art books were due this week and many of you have not finished. These are a major project grade! Friday 8/31 is the last day I will except these. Please remember your book needs the following pages and a cover:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Value
  • Texture
  • Form
  • Space
  • Color

Monday, August 27, 2018


Here’s your chance to express your creativity and be recognized for it!
Participate in the 50th anniversary of the National PTA Reflections Program here at McClure.  This year’s theme is “Heroes around me.” You may enter one or more of the following categories:
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
*Only original works of art will be accepted.
All students who enter will be recognized at McClure’s Reflections Celebration on October 12 at 9:30 am.  The top two students in EACH category in EACH grade will move on to the Tom Mathis Council (regional) level.  Last year every student who moved on from McClure placed at regional!!  Several even went to the state level and one placed there!
IMPORTANT:  Please review and follow ALL of the entry rules at the link below.  Entries are due in the McClure Atrium between 8-9:15 am on October 2.  The entry form must be completely and correctly filled out and turned in with the entry.  No late entries can be accepted, as judging will take place that day.
Best wishes as you prepare your works of art.  We can’t wait to celebrate your creativity with you in October!  2018-2019-Reflection-Students-Packet

Friday, August 24, 2018

Syllabus Closing

If you have not gotten your syllabus signed you only have a few days left! Please remind your parents to use this link to make sure you get full credit! Monday, August 27th is the last day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

7th and 8th Grade Quiz

The 7th and 8th graders are finishing up their Elements of Art review. There will be a quiz on the concepts and terms on 8/27 (no color). Please use your class handouts to study for this quiz.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Mark Your Calender!

9/1/2018 - 9/3/2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Have you signed the syllabus yet?

Please sign here!

Visual Composition Class Portfolios

Hi Visual Compers!  Here is a video that shows you step-by-step what you need to do to get your digital portfolio set up. Have fun with it and make it your own!

Ignore the log-in information in this video and log-in here: Spend some time looking at some former VC1 students websites to get an idea of what needs to be included. Those can be found here. By the time we see each other next I would like you to have a title for your blog with your name in it. You should also have pages set up that are sketchbook,  projects, and assessments. Feel free to add any additional pages you would like to add.  If you get stuck email me at and I will help you. Have fun with this and let me see your creativity shine!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Welcome Back!

I certainly hope you got my class this year! Welcome back to another fun and exciting year in the art room. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready to be creative!

This year I will be teaching 6th, 7th, 8th, and Visual Composition 1 (AP Art for Middle School). If you did not get art but wish you had - come see me! There will be lots of opportunities for you to come make art in the studio this year even if you do not get my class. 

I can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!! 
Ms. Heyser

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Visual Comp Final Portfolio Requirements

1. All Final Exam Projects and Essays Due on Friday, May 19th.

2. All art portfolio blogs need to be updated. This is a requirement and a grade. Due on Monday, May 21nd.

Please refer to the original blog post. You need to have the following pages:

1. Home page - with your artist statement on it
2. Sketchbook page - with 8-10 of your best drawings on it
3. Projects page - colored pencil, painting, reflections, color wheel, print, art show pieces, final project, paper mache, and any other assignments you have done in here or at home. The more you have, the stronger your portfolio!
4. Assessment - Both assessments should be on this page - including the writing. Do not upload a picture of your writing - type it in!

Please remember what we went over about taking photographs for the website and how to crop pictures in order to put emphasis on the artwork and not the bush in the background! Take the time to make this portfolio look personal by adding your own pics or copyright appropriate pics in the headers. Do not use default pics!

If you have any additional questions please see me when you can or email.

Visual Composition Final Assessment

Common assessment #2: Art History

Throughout time, artists have built upon each other’s influence.  An artist can view a work from the past and become inspired to build on ideas and develop a unique approach of his/her own.  Select an artwork you have created so far in 8th VA COMP.  Compare this artwork with an artist's artwork(s) from the past/present and answer the following questions:

-Who is the influencing artist and why was/is their work impactful?  (at least 3-5 sentences)

-What is similar about your work and the artist's work? What is different?

 (focus on style, media, subject matter, purpose and outside influences)

-Do you think this artist would have liked your work? Why or why not? (at least 2 sentences)

A student can do this through:

-a written 3 paragraph essay

-a compare and contrast chart

Use the project you created for the art show for this assessment. EVERYONE picked an artist that influenced them when we started. See me if you need help. This assignment is due on your blog by Wednesday 3/10. If you are going on the Disney trip this needs to be done BEFORE you go!
Please upload your writing and the picture of your artwork under the assessments tab of  your blog.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's your lucky day!

If you are lucky enough to have checked my blog tonight you have a chance of getting one of my Fortnite codes! That's right, you heard it here first. My invitation came in and I am willing to share my wealth with you. If you already play and have an account set up, and you have an iPhone, you can play tonight.

To get my invite email me at  - I will send an invite to the first 10 people I hear from! Good luck and thanks for being a conscientious student.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Sculpture Vocabulary Quiz

7th and 8th graders will have their sculpture vocabulary quiz on Friday 3/23. Don't forget to study your notes and the Kahoot!

21st Centure Artists

Want to learn more about artists that are contemporary artists making art today? Check out this great series from PBS! Many of the artists you are currently studying for our "talking gallery" project are represented there. A great way to learn more and to find inspiration!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Homework for 8th

Please bring in a color copy of the artwork you have chosen for the "Talking Gallery." It needs to be at least 8 x 10. If you have trouble finding a big enough quality image try searching on Wikipedia! They often have excellent copies. If you can not find one let me know.

How to Post Recordings

How to upload your recording:

1)  Save your audio file on your phone. Give it a name you can remember.

2)  Go to (this is a free service)

3)  Click to upload the audio file you just recorded. (upper right corner)

4)  It will provide you with a link where your recording can be found – save this link! Take a screen shot AND select to copy.

5)  Go to

6)  Past the audio link into the page and generate a qr code.

7)  Screenshot your qr code and download it if possible. We will need the code for the art gallery.

8)  Email your qr code to:

Be sure to put your name in the subject area!                                     

Monday, March 5, 2018

Art History Exploration


The highlighted artists have already been chosen. Pick someone new!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Merge Cubes are here!

I could not be more excited to share with you my new Merge Cubes! If you have a device, and would like to explore this interactive virtual reality (VR) experience, please download one of the free apps listed below. I will have cubes for everyone that wants to try. 

Start thinking about how we can use these to learn, review, and assess in the art room. We can even design our OWN VR experience using the Metaverse app (free). Let's explore together and have fun learning!

                                      Sixth grade students already collaborating and exploring.

Download a free app so you can be ready for class tomorrow:
Merge Things
Galactic Explorer
Lost in Kismet (android only)
Party Games for Merge Cube - play with friends
Metaverse - for creating your own game!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Unsung Hero

So many of us have been sick lately, including me! I have been home with the flu but will be back Monday. Unsung Hero projects and writing were due on Friday but I was not there. That means they must be in class on Monday. We need to make sure they are photographed and applications submitted no later than Wednesday. I  hope the extra couple of days have helped. If you are going to be absent please email the pic of the piece and the writing to

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Color Quiz Recovery!

If you took the color quiz this week and did not do as well as you had hoped - there's still hope!

I will be offering recovery opportunities Thursday and Friday. You can re-take the quiz and I will average your two scores together. An example would be if you scored a 60 the first time, and a 100 the second time, your final score would be an 80. Much better than a 60! I hope you all take advantage of this opportunity. All the information you need to study for this test is on this blog and in your sketchbooks.

KSU Studio Open House


KSU School of Art and Design

February 15th


Studios in action, Portfolio Reviews and Pizza!


Save the Date for the Spring Arts Festival! 

April 14th, 11-4

Sell your work!  For more info. go to: 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Unsung Hero Impact Paper

VC1 students here is the information about the IMPACT Paper that is due as a part of the Unsung Hero Project on 2/9.

Impact Paper
All entrants in any medium must submit an Impact Paper (minimum of 500 words to a maximum of 1,000 words) that addresses the following prompts:
  • What do you find inspirational about the Unsung Hero and why?
  • What is your vision behind your creative interpretation?
  • How did you share your project with your community? Please include photos and links as relevant to illustrate the reach of your project.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Color Theory Quiz Wednesday!

All classes are having their color theory quiz on Wednesday, January 31st. Use the color theory work you have done in your sketchbook to study for the quiz (and the color wheel above).

You will need to know:

How to create and label a color wheel
Primary Colors - red, yellow, blue
Secondary Colors - green, blue, violet
Intermediate (Tertiary) Colors - red-violet, red-orange, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, blue- violet
3 sets of complimentary colors - red/green, yellow/violet, blue/orange
Analogous Colors - any 4 colors next to each other on the color wheel
Warm Colors - reds, oranges, and yellows
Cool Colors - blues, greens, and violets
Monochromatic Colors - One Color - lights and darks or one color
Tint - one color plus white
Shade - one color plus black
Value - the lightness and darkness of a color