High School Art Class Projects

 .3-D Logo and Letter Design

Lesson: 3-D Logo Design - Cardboard Sculpture
Grade Level: High School Time: Approximately 3 weeks

Aim: Students will be able to define, design, and create a 3-D logo using cardboard.

 Motivation:The student will research various artists, including Robert Indiana to inspire their designs. 


Newsprint Masking Tape Drawing Paper Drawing Pencils Scissors X-acto Knives , cardboard, chipboard, Oak Tag board Construction Paper Hot Glue Sticks Glue Gun , brown packing tape, Gesso Metallic Acrylics Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Paint  (Optional: small Styrofoam cups as spacers) Optional for Paper Mache : Newspapers, brown paper toweling, Elmers Glue


The Pop Art Love Sculpture by Robert Indiana Robert Indiana Reproductions

Robert Indiana, Love, Sculpture Paperweight

 Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Discuss the handout on related artists.
  • Define and understand the terms logo, composition, and balance
  • Create thumbnail sketches for their 3-D logos designs in cardboard.
  • Implement the techniques for working with cardboard and paper demonstrated by the teacher.
  • Use brown packing tape to sharpen edges and smooth surface as demonstrated.
  • Paint the completed sculpture with diluted Gesso .
  • Complete the surface embellishments as planned by the student (paint etc.)
  • Self-critique the completed sculpture.

Direct Instruction:

The teacher should provide handouts on artists such as Robert Indiana the highlighted artist to be looked at for inspiration. Define logos, and show examples. The teacher should discuss the various techniques that can be used, and the criteria for judging the success of the completed piece.


  1. Students design thumbnail Logos on newsprint. Enlarge the best design to 18 x 24 (46 x 61 cm) newsprint.
  2. Transfer logo to cardboard (heavy poster board or corrugated cardboard). Cut two Logos with X-acto knife (teacher review safety using knives).
  3. Students make spacers with scrap cardboard to go between the two layers (OR use small Styrofoam cups to space the front and back).
  4. Tape chip board strips all around edges - use brown packaging tape to clean up edges. Optional - Paper Mache  at this stage - Apply layer of newspaper - then second layer of brown paper toweling - allow to dry before painting.
  5. Paint with Gesso  - allow to dry - then paint with Acrylic Paint and add decorative embellishment bling.
  6. Embellish with more paint as desired (could paint with images to show identity)

Criteria for Assessment:

1.      Design/Composition

2.      Construction

3.      Surface Embellishment

4.      Effort/Craftsmanship


 Georgia O'Keeffe Watercolor

Objectives: Students will

  • Become aware of the work of Georgia O'Keeffe - Critique various works
  • Closely observe nature - focus on subtle color changes
  • Study closely the intricate design/construction of a  flower or other object of nature - find beauty in nature
  • Effectively use elements and principles of design



Georgia O'Keeffe  - This is the documentary of O'Keeffe by Lifetime television.

Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe  - The program provides an in-depth look into her life, and includes numerous examples of her works while examining her style which made her unique in the world of art. This original program also features spectacular imagery and many rare historical photographs.


Helpful Painting Info: Experimental Watercolor Techniques.



1. Look at the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and make sure you understand the use of cropping down the format and looking deep into the flowers for the composition.

2. Using live flowers in class make several (4 minimum) contour studies of the flowers or groups of flowers. Make them large, minimum size 12" x 18".  After you draw the contours crop it down with a ruler so that the background or negative space is reduced.  You could even have some areas stick outside the format

3. Transfer one contour study with graphite onto Illustration Board or sturdy poster board. Keep the lines light.

4. Demonstrate three watercolor techniques, Wash, Wet on wet, and Lifting (gradation). Use paper towels to dry up the brush for the lifting technique.

5. Start your final 18” x 24” composition when ready using many layers of color to bring out the transparency of watercolor.

6. If you are using Acrylic paints they are to be used transparently with blending medium. They will not be used opaquely.


Materials need:

Planning paper
Illustration Board or Heavy Poster Board
Drawing Pencils  
Kneaded Rubber Erasers
Plants and flowers

Watercolor Paint
Sable Brushes
Paper towels

Eggcubism -- The Art of Painting on Egg Cartons

Using the unique shape and texture of the egg carton to his advantage, Dutch artist Enno de Kroon creates fragmented and multifaceted images. He calls this new art form "eggcubism".

Enno de Kroon says he has always experimented with distortions of perspective, and has had egg cartons around his studio for a long time, but needed to build up the courage to work with such an unusual art medium. Since the hindrances of the egg carton offer such a different perspective, depending on the angle it's viewed from, Enno de Kroon was forced to approach painting in a whole new way.

Inspired by famous cubism masters like Picasso and Braque, who showed everyone how to take an object, a person or landscape, and show it from various angles, Enno de Kroon made looking at his artworks an interactive experience, where viewers had to discover the perfect viewing angles. But unlike traditional cubism, where there is just one right angle to an artwork, eggcubism features various viewing options, that turn a beautiful smiling lady into a five-eyed freak.

1. Students will research this unique art work surface and the mediums used to create the Eggcubism art works.
2. Students will research fragmented and multi-faceted images to gain understanding of multiple views in one artwork.
3. Students will use acrylic paints only when painting this project. (You will probably have to purchase these paints)
4. Students will write a one page summary plan about this art work and your subject matter before you may start painting. The summary plan must be reviewed by Ms. Wilson before you start the color applications.

Student will create an Eggcubism portrait of a famous:

  1.  Historical figure
  2. Famous criminal
  3. Famous artists
  4. Famous musician
  5. Famous politician
  6. Favorite Rock Star
  1. Preliminary sketches are due within 2 class periods of choosing the assignment.
  2. Painting and design applications must begin immediately upon approval of your ideas and sketches.
  3. A one page biography about the subject person in your painting is due on the day finished works are submitted to Ms Wilson



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