Atelier Extra Credit

What is an "atelier?" It's the French word for "workshop," and usually refers to an art studio. With "Atelier Extra Credit," we present a list of art projects that you can do to earn extra credit in your art class. We are assuming you are coming here at your teacher's instruction; if this is not the case and you would like to try to do these projects for extra credit at your school, show this page to your teacher and see if he/she would like to provide this opportunity for you. You might be here for a third reason: maybe you just want some ideas for some fun art projects and don't need or care about extra credit - you're welcome here too!

* A note for teachers: This idea of a collection of projects for extra credit was suggested to us by a teacher; we hope you'll find these projects interesting and are happy for you to use them any way you want! Also, we would be happy to receive any feedback you may have about this collection of projects.


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Atelier Extra Credit, art project ideas for teachers and students

Art projects and lesson ideas:


Art lesson on negative space featuring Kehinde Wiley and Jacques-Louis David

Art Concepts: Negative Space

Read our investigation into Negative space in paintings by Jacques-Louis David and Kehinde Wiley, and then utilize these essential questions:

1. What is negative space?
2. What elements of David's painting has Wiley retained, and what elements has he changed?
3. Is Wiley's background a true "background?"
4. View an example and get an explanation of "figure ground organization."


Finding things in nature that remind us of art history

Finding Art History References in Nature

1. Read our investigation into Finding references to art history in nature.
2. View the examples that we present of our own art-in-nature discoveries.
3. Take your own digital camera out on a nature walk and see what you can find.
4. Match up your photograph with a work of art and show them side-by-side.


Portraits by Picasso, Joel Sternfeld, and Kehinde Wiley

Portraiture in the year 2100

1. Look at a number of portraits ranging from the 1400's up to 2009 and see the different styles and ways that artists have portrayed their subjects over the centuries.
2. Imagine what you think portraiture might look like in the next century, and draw or paint your own futuristic portrait.


a look at how artists depict emotions in their paintings

Emotion in Art

1. Read our investigation into Art and Emotion, and see how artists have portrayed emotion in their paintings.
2. Create your own art work (painting, drawing or other) that expresses a particular emotion and explain on the back what emotion you are depicting.