Welcome to Art & Design with Ms. Elif

Hi everyone,

This is the ISKK Art and Design Blog. In this blog you will be able to find information about our curriculum, expectations and resources.

For your Art and Design classes you need to have a sketchbook with you each time you come to class. Please follow this blog and regularly check for updates and announcements.

Looking forward to working with you!

Ms. Elif


PYP: Roman Architecture

Venus Class worked on Roman Architecture in line with their unit on the Roman Empire. Students explored different needs for architectural structures. They inquired into how these structures are built, what kind of materials and techniques were used and why they were built.

MS1: Abstract Art

Middle School students recently have been inquiring into Abstract Art. We started our unit by looking into what abstract art is, who are the well known abstract artists and how can we identify abstract art? In the light of their understanding and inspirations from nature, students created their first abstract art pieces today:

Mini Architecture Lesson by Frank Gehry

A great mini lesson by one of world’s famous architects Frank Gehry:

Who is Frank Gehry?

Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Frank Owen Goldberg; 28 February 1929) is a Canadian-born American architect, residing in Los Angeles.

A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age”.

Gehry’s best-known works include the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France; MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on the University of Cincinnati campus; Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle; New World Center in Miami Beach; Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; Dancing House in Prague; the Vitra Design Museum and the MARTa Herford museum in Germany; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; the Cinémathèque Française in Paris; and 8 Spruce Street in New York City.

It was his private residence in Santa Monica, California, that jump-started his career. Gehry is also the designer of the future National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

Resource: Wikipedia Frank Gehry

MS1 Ceramic Slab Plate Project

Students  finished last term with their final Ceramic Slab Plate Project. This project was based on process and product.

First they identified their task, then they brainstormed about their project in their sketchbooks. They used mind maps to gather their thoughts. They investigated and gathered resources from nature. They explored the new material, clay and started molding their ideas onto their clay pieces. They refined their ideas and sketches. They continued creating their work and finally they coloured their plates. It was a fun and very creative process. They made a lot of progress throughout the weeks.

Please view their work in the slideshow below:

Art Attack: How to write an about page for your blog

One of the most difficult parts when you first start blogging is the “About me” page.  I found some nice resource pages for the bloggers out there. Please have a look them below:



Let me know if you like more resources or want me to check your draft pages.

Have a great day!


MS2 : Representing the human form in different ways

Summative Task Outline:

“Why do artists decide to represent the human form in different ways?”

“How do artists decide to do this?”

You are required to create a figure drawing in a style and/or medium of your choice.

  • You will create a final drawing(s) to showcase your skills for figure drawing.
  • You will be assessed on your use of proportions, tones, media and intent.
  • You will need to plan out your work. You will need to show evidence of research/inspiration etc. This forms part of your assessment.
  • You will need to consider your strengths, weaknesses and interests for this unit.
  • Are you more of a technical artist? An illustrator? A graphics illustrated artist? etc.

View the options below.

Option A: How would a cartoonist represent a figure? Create one using online drawing tool Youidraw . You may also opt for a caricature. Consider your target audience. (Look at examples from comics, the Cartoon Network etc)

Option B: How would a scientist represent a figure in pencil, pen or marker? What type of notes or labels could you add? Could you play with this? -Look at some examples by DaVinci here (https://goo.gl/jCuhNX), search for scientific figure drawings on Pinterest here (https://goo.gl/rstozD), medical figure drawings on Pinterest here (https://goo.gl/BylLx5).

Option C: How would an illustrator represent a figure with mixed media? (Search for illustration people on Pinterest here (https://goo.gl/s1wmR4), then click “Graphic” & 12 Illustrators You Should Know (https://goo.gl/9jPaX0)

Option D: How would a graphic artist represent a figure to sell something? Create one using an online drawing tool or an app etc. It is also possible to do this by hand. Some examples can be found here .

Option E: How would a fashion illustrator represent a figure? Some examples here .

Option F: How would a fine artist represent a figure using charcoal or pastel?