Mrs. Thorne

Art and Phys.Ed.

Posted: February 3, 2022

Due Date: 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Newsflash! I have found a video series in which the artist makes certain shaded drawings a piece of cake! His name is Paul Priestley, he's got a very cool accent, and I can't wait to see how you make out with his 5 drawings! While you are watching the video below, you will draw 1) a realistic piece of ribbon, 2) a blade of tall grass, 3) a flag, 4) cliffs and 5) a curled leaf, all using the same shading techniques you have been learning for the past 2 weeks! Your 5 drawings can be done on 1 sheet of paper, if you like. Pay VERY careful attention to how he uses the direction of his shading (vertical, horizontal, diagonal/on an angle) to create more realism in his drawings.

Also, he has a whole series of videos (, and this guy can help you draw items that will make others say, 'Whoa'! So check out his other drawing videos, too! Happy shading!

Due Date: 

Friday, January 28, 2022

So last week, you should have created 2 pieces for me using value scales - one with graphite (pencil), and another with coloured pencil. For this week, as promised, your assigment is to create a realistic apple drawing while watching the tutorial provided (you will get step-by-step directions and visuals near the end of the video). Your apple should take up approximately a 1/2 sheet of paper when finished. In the video, you will learn a LOT about how light works to create shadow; by understanding this, your drawings will begin to 'pop off the page'!


Due Date: 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Posted: January 10, 2022

****Firstly, for my grade 7s: I invite you to join me for a Teams meeting tomorrow @ 8:45...grade 6s, your first Teams meeting will be tomorrow at 1:15...see you then.

As for your art lesson this week: prior to Christmas, we had been talking about the 6 Elements of Art: line, shape, texture, space, value and colour. We have been working with these elements, and one of the hardest to master, but one that will allow you to take your artwork to the next level, is VALUE (or shading). The number of values between white and black are actually infinite, but artists prefer to reduce the range to a scale of 1 to 9 or 10 (see bottom of lesson). The following video walks you through a very straightforward way to practise value scales while creating an interesting abstract piece. Note how she holds her pencil to control the value (light pressure vs. heavy pressure).

First, complete the assignment using an HB pencil (NOT a mechanical one!!). Then re-do the assignment, but this time, choose your favourite colour (other than black, which is not a colour, remember??)) and repeat the same process.


Due Date: 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Posted: December 13, 2021

For grade 7: The next art piece we are doing is based on the work of Ted Harrison. Please take a few minutes to Google/Youtube this great artist to get a feel for his style.

For grade 6: Your next art piece will be based on the Element of Texture. Please look around your house for interesting textures on are going to be using them!

Due Date: 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Posted: November 29, 2021

Guess what's happening today?? No, it's not my birthday...sigh. BUT it is our first substantial snowfall. It had to happen sometime. So for your Visual Arts work today, watch this very cool (hehehe) video on actual snowflake anatomy, then choose one of the common types and try to draw it. I don't think you need to try the needle variety!

Due Date: 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Posted: November 23, 2021

Since you all are working on-line today, studying for math tests, doing reading assignments, and so on, I am not posting any art activites...concentrate on STEM and Humanities! And PLEASE check out the Middle School PE link at the top for some body break ideas - stay safe, and I hope to see you soon...

Mrs. Thorne

Due Date: 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Posted: November 12, 2021

To say I miss working with you all is an understatement! Although we should have finished on the 12th, we are keeping our Exploratory groups as they are for the time being, so you are stuck with me!!


This week, I thought you might like to try some artsy-crafty things you can do with crayons, as most of us have old crayons laying around the house somewhere. Please e-mail me some pictures of your results!

 Note: many of these crafts involve using heat, so PLEASE have an adult assist you!!  


Due Date: 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Posted: September 21, 2017

Final tryout is Friday, September 22 from 3:30-5:00 at Carrefour field.

Posted: September 13, 2017

Tryouts for the Varsity girls' soccer team will take place next Monday and Wednesday (the 18th and 20th) at Carrefour field from 3:30 - 5:00.



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