Anthony Kimmons






Contact Information


713-251-1800 ext. 1967


1st period: Planning

2nd period: Art 2, Art 3

3rd period: IB Visual Art, years 1 & 2

4th period: Art 2, Art 3

5th period: IB Visual Art, years 1 & 2

6th period: Art 2, Art 3

7th period: Planning

8th period: IB Visual Art, year 1


Tutorials or extra studio times for all students to work on their projects are available from 3:05 - 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays only.

Wednesday is a meeting day. There is no after school time on Wednesday.


About Me

  • I began teaching Visual Arts at WAIS in 2001.
  • I was a graphic designer / web designer / web producer for ten years before changing careers to become an art teacher.
  • I am a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (1982) with a degree in Visual Arts focusing on painting. After graduating, I attended studio art courses for two more years at the University of Texas at Austin. I have over six years of graphic design courses at Houston Community College in the Graphic Arts Department and the Technical Communications Department. I also worked in the same department as a Computer Lab Tech (Macs) and Tutor.
  • Currently in my own work,  I focus mainly on functional ceramics and sculpture.    


Homework Assignments




IB Studio Art students are required to work in their Journals at least one night per week. IB students should be completing regular effort in their Journals with written research, sketching and planning for studio work, and personal statements concerning their work. IB students should complete 3-4  in depth investigations by their Exhibition, Process Portfolio, and Comparative Study due dates.

You will need to work on studio work as well at home in order to do your best in IB Studio Art!

Art 2, 3 & 4 students are not given regular homework, but may need to take work home at times to finish their work before due dates. It is important to meet your deadlines and upload all of your work to Managebac.

Art 2 is considered the final year of  the Middle Years Program so you will have regular assignments in your Arts Process Journal where you document your process in the class. You will also be given grades in Managebac along with Skyward.

Art 3 & 4 students will have weekly sketchbook drawing assignments.

Also, there will be times that I may require you to bring in something from home in order to complete a project or Sketch Test such as a small object to draw.  You may be given a grade based on completing this.


Class schedule and links to project pages:


All classes will have the following grading format this year:

           30% Major Projects, studio art work (this may be final artwork or progress on major work)

           40% Daily Progress (taken regularly for being on task and engaged with your artwork, but may also include sketch tests or written reflections on progress).

           30% Sketchbooks and Process Journals
Journals may also be taken up at any time for a check to make sure you are working in it regularly. IB looks for consistent effort in your Journal. Journals will be checked at least once with each 9 week grading period. Expectations will vary with each check.


Points will be deducted for turning in late work. 

First year IB students may qualify for a full re-grade anytime during the three week grading period to replace a bad grade.

Year 2 IB students may qualify for a re-grade for a grade of 70 only.

Journals turned in for a regrade must be given to the teacher at least one week before the grading deadline.


IB Studio Art, Year Two, (Seniors)

 Below are the tasks you need to complete in your second semester by the end of March. You will be having several, one on one conferences with me where we discuss your progress for each of these requirements.

Your IB Visual Art Exhibition this year will be March 26 - April 6, 2018. 

You will also need to complete the following to upload to IB in March:

1. Completed Comparative Study. 10-15 slides in a digital presentation that compares and contrasts three artworks by two artists from different cultures. HL students must have 3-5 additional slides showing how their own work has been influenced by the study of these artists.

2. Prepare all of your studio work for display at your exhibit in March. Two dimensional work must be matted or mounted (not framed!).  It's important that you choose the work you want to display carefully and keep in mind the overall intention or theme that you want your exhibit to focus on. You will display this intention for your work in a Curatorial Rationale (statement) which will be displayed with your work.

3. Process Portfolio: Photograph pages from your Process Journal that show how you met the requirements for the course (on rubric). You'll have written text telling why and how you met those requirements. Present these pages in a digital portfolio. See class poster for the number of slides you need for your level.

4. Photograph all of the studio work that you want to be graded by IB (See poster in room for number of works you need). Students are responsible for taking and touching up the photos to make them as  professional as possible. I will show you this as you become ready. You'll turn these photos in along with a Google Doc that includes the of  your work should include the Title, Media, Size (centimeters), Date of Completion and the Intention of the work statement (500 characters). You must  include images of your overall exhibit as well. 

Use this format to name your images:


5. Final draft of your Curatorial Rationale. This 400 word text (SL) will be displayed along with your artwork and describes your selection of work and the purposes for your exhibition. HL students will write a longer Rationale (700 words) that also describes the intention of your exhibition for the audience.

IB Studio Art, Year One (Juniors)

Year One IB students should purchase or create a Arts Process Journal. Conducting your investigation has opened up this year allowing the student to make many choices for how best to document your Investigation.You should purchase or create a journal that is at least 8x10 inches. Be sure to look at the type of paper that it has. Some papers are very smooth and some are very rough. You want something that you will like working on. You'll have to photograph pages from this journal to use when you create your Process Portfolio. Keep it neat and organized! If you would prefer to make your Journal, you can create your Journal from the papers that are already in the room. This way you can include different types of papers (for different medias) and add paper to it as you need it.

You will begin your work in IB Visual Arts by making a visual timeline of your life. You may start your timeline before you were born so that you may include significant cultural differences that made you who you are. You don't need to include every year, but do include years that you are able to remember and when significant things happened to you. You may include images on this timeline as well.

Remember that my job is to help you to earn credit in IB Visual Arts. It's important that you speak with me regularly about your work so that I can guide you in a direction that I think will be successful for you. Don't be afraid to ask me anything! I am here to help you be successful and will do whatever I can to see that you are! You will also be required to complete several 'interactions' on Managebac that show proof that we discussed your work and that I provided feedback for you.


Students are allowed the freedom in IB Studio Art to research and create works that are meaningful to them personally. Because of the freedom to do the type of art you want to in this class, you're expected to do a lot of work and to be motivated both in class and outside of class. Self guidance implies that you will be motivated and interested in your subjects and artworks. Students are required to follow certain IB guidelines while in the class however. There are some assignments to get you pointed in the right direction for this course. Completing these will help you to focus in a direction that will prove successful at your IB exam.You are required to complete more than the number of works that IB requires. This is because you should only be submitting your BEST work to IB. This is part of the required 'curatorial practice' that shows how you chose the work you decide to submit.

Process Journals and Process Portfolios: Students are required to purchase a 8" x 10" (minimum size)  sketchbook. This book will be referred to as your Process Journal. This Journal will include sketches and written planning for your studio works; Concepts and ideas for your art work. It should have a balance of written and visual work inside and clearly demonstrate how you developed your ideas while in IB Studio Art.  Write neatly as I need to read it and you will have to photograph the pages to include in your Process Portfolio. 

Click here to download a Powerpoint presentation on your Process Journal.

Studio work: IB Studio Art students are required to complete studio artworks also. At SL, you should plan on completing a minimum of 8 artworks by your exam next year. (HL students should plan on completing more than 11). This is equivalent to at least one studio work each nine weeks and one or two completed over the summer. You'll choose some of these art works to upload for your IB grade in your Exhibition presentation.

By Spring semesters end, I'll expect at least 6 to 8 completed artworks. This includes the first studio assignments I give you, but my assignments should NOT be used as final studio works at your IB exam next year. At your exam, you will be expect to present original artworks planned, investigated and created by you alone. These art works should have a focus to them that you will describe in your Curatorial Rationale.


Project One: Autobiography and Timeline (approx. 2 weeks)

Purchase your Workbook and create your visual timeline (see above). Think about and write about you! Who are you? Who is your family? Where do you come from? What are your interests and passions? What do you know about IB, Art or any connection to this class? What are your expectations in IB? What influenced you in the past? How about the present?

Your autobiography should include drawings, photos and text. Write clearly and legibly! Make your personal story interesting and well written, so that myself and anyone who reads it will WANT to read it and be engaged in your story!

To start this process, collect the information by reflecting on your life so far. Think about your story and the images that go along with it. Speak to relatives and get their perspective. Take notes in your journals. Collect images (photographs and images off the web) that can serve as source images for you to copy/manipulate for your visual timeline.

You may include some text in your work, but any text included in your work must be stylized and graphic... NOT just handwriting! You may use computers to generate this text and cut it out. 

You may include collage and photo-montage in your visual timeline, but most of it should be done with color pencils and/or watercolors.

Project Two: Introduction to the IB Studio Art Process

You'll be introduced to the Art movements of Art Nouveau, Art Deco. You'll be provided with books and the internet to conduct research into the movements and you will write about your ideas and create sketches for a final artwork.

See the IB Journal Assignment #1 handout on this page for the specs for this first project.

Project Three: Composition

You'll be given handouts on Composition. Composition is the most important aspect of good art. A very talented artist's work will be overlooked if it's not composed well. Likewise, a technically weak art work can appear much better with  a good composition.

Project Four: Styles of Art Movements and Media techniques

With this assignment, you choose and investigate two historical Art Movements and           two world cultures. You'll create four small artworks based on your studies and mat them together.

Project Five: Begin self directed Studio Work.

For this first project you will be completing on your own, choose the media from the previous project that you felt that you were the most successful with. Investigate techniques for that media as well as other artists who use that media (in your Journals). Experiment with the media and develop an art work based on what you learn. Sketch and plan, both visually and in written text your ideas before starting your final work.

Following the process that you've learned in the previous two projects (Brainstorm, Investigate, Sketch and Plan, Produce, Reflect) you'll produce your first self directed art work. 

You'll be expected to have completed 6-8 artworks (including those from the first semester) by the year end.


Art 2, (MYP Year 5)

Review Project:
Art Movements and Art Principles Review fold out brochure.

With this assignment, you'll create a small fold out brochure depicting how pairs of art elements and art principles interact. This will help you review the Art Elements and Principles and experiment with how they work with each other.

You'll be introduced to the Arts Process Journal and use it to plan your designs for this project and all of your projects. You'll photograph pages from your APJ to upload to IB through Managebac for your grade.

Project One:
Finding Art in the Common Object: Ordinary into Extraordinary

"How can we take something very common and transform it into a unique work of art?"

Students will create an original art work based on ideas about changing the Art Elements of an ordinary object to make it into something unique.

See this link for the project page, a historical presentation and examples.

See this link for the  class presentation on this project.

QUIZ on Project One: TBA


Project Two:
DADA, Surrealism and the Fantasy Artists

Students will create an original art work based on ideas and concepts that fueled the art movements of DADA and Surrealism. After watching the presentation and doing some independent investigation in your Arts Process Journal, students will create an art work based partly on drawing random words. These drawings or paintings will be larger than the last project. You'll be working on the large (18x24 inch) drawing or watercolor paper.

See this link for the project page, a historical presentation and examples.

QUIZ on this project: TBA


Project Three:
Equestrian Art, The Theme of Horses in Art 

"How are ways that humans have emphasized the importance of the horse in human history through art and how does this connect to our local culture?"

With this project, students will learn about the importance of the horse to humans and the role that this has played in art history. Students who wish to 
the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest, may use this project as their entry, but students must provide original source images (photographs) in order to enter this contest. There are also rules concerning media and size that you will need to discuss with me before starting a Rodeo artwork. Rodeo art works are usually realistic renditions of western life. Seniors who enter Rodeo will automatically receive applications for Rodeo Scholarships. The rodeo provides thousands of dollars in college scholarships for students each year.

If you are not interested in entering your work in Rodeo, you will have a bit more freedom to do this work in your own way. Your art must contain a horse, but you may interpret the horse image in any way you choose. For this project, you may choose the media you prefer. You may choose to create a sculpture paper mache and if you want, you may work in groups of two (for this media only). For paper mache sculptures in groups, your work should be significantly larger to demonstrate that two people worked on it. You do not have to work as a group to work in paper mache  however. You can complete a sculpture on your own. (Group sculptures should be at least 18 inches tall and more compex. Individual paper mache sculptures may be 12 inches tall).

If you don't want to work in paper mache, you may paint or draw your image. Paintings should be on the larger watercolor paper (18x24). Drawings may be on the half size paper (9x12).
See this link for the project page, a historical presentation and examples.


Project Four:
Visual Words:
 "How do we relate words and pictures to form concepts"?

With this project you'll create the visual interpretation of a word and it's meaning. You will use images (that a word describes) to form the letters of the word itself. Several small images may make up a single letter of the word. When viewing all the images together you will be able to figure out the word itself. The background of the image should relate to what the word means. These art works will be quite small, so it's important that you include a lot of details. You'll need to collect many sources images (references for your drawings).

The word you pick for this assignment must be at least 5 letters long! You may choose to use a word in a different language if you like.

These projects should be like a puzzle for the viewer. It should NOT be easy for them to tell what the word is. They should have to look at it for a while and think about it before they see what it is.

See this link for the project page and examples of the project.


Project Five:
Propaganda: Art and Politics - Artists and Governments

"How have governments use artists to promote their ideas and agendas?"

In this project, you'll watch a short presentation on the history of Art as propaganda on the class web site. You'll then conduct some investigation into the different styles of propaganda as art. While conducting this investigation of art styles, you'll also look into current events around the world and choose and event to illustrate. You will decide which side of the topic to be on (pro or against) and create a design based on your belief. In this role as artist, you'll be on the side of government and create an artwork that emphasizes what you want your people to believe. Treat this work as true propaganda and encourage your people to do what you want them to do. Ideas about this project could center on anything current:  war, environment, social causes, political events, or any other "appropriate" topic that you are interested in promoting.

You'll be allowed to use your choice of media for this project. The size of your work will be fairly small, but you will have to cut the size: 9"x12".

See this project page to get started.

Project Six:
Ceramic Coral Reef Sculptures - Finding Form in Nature

"How can we use the forms in coral reefs to inspire us to create sculpture"?

In this project, you'll be conducting independent research and investigation into the animal life that make up coral reefs around the world.
You'll complete sketches, printed pictures and some written documentation into actual animal life on the reef. Then, you create an abstract ceramic (clay) sculpture based on your investigation and sketches.

There is a presentation for this project that may help you get started. Watch it first to get a overview of coral reefs and use it to get you started with you own investigation.

Quiz on information TBA.


Project 7: A "partially" Free Project that will serve as your final exam project. 

For this last project of the year, you'll be allowed to create a free project (media of your choice), but it must include some aspect of one of your previous projects. Include some idea that you picked up during the year from your other projects. (They were: 1. The Common Object in Art; 2. DADA and Surrealism; 3. Equestrian Art; 4. Words as Illustrations; 5. Coral Reefs).

You may create a drawing of anything you like, but somewhere in the drawing would be something connected to one of the other projects.

For example, you may choose to do an abstract drawing or painting of a Common Object, or a more abstract horse to reflect Equestrian Art; or you might have a drawing of tiny sea horses (that look like land horses) living in a common object coral reef. Be inventive. Reflect on the projects you've done this year and find those connections. Review the previous projects and the ideas about them on the class web site. For those of you going into IB next year, this is similar to how you will expand on your ideas in that class.

Size for this project will be a minimum of 11x14 inches.

This project will take you some time to complete and counts for 20% of your grade so start on it early!

You'll include the ideas you have for this in your planning sketches. I will want your workbooks turned in for the final exam grade as well and will be grading your planning along with your final project according to the MYP rubric:

1. Knowledge and Understanding (How well your work demonstrates your knowledge of the project)
2. Developing Skills (How you developed in your technical skills and planning process in this project)
3. Reflection and Evaluation (You have written a reflection on your work at different stages of it's creation)
4. Personal Engagement (you were involved in your art work each day and tried your best)

Due dates. These will all be major grades and will also be a part of the final rubric grade. Be sure all of this is in your Arts Process Journal.

Dates may change. Check the whiteboard.

Monday, May 4: Turn in written page describing the work you will do, as well as independent study of either techniques or the art history connected to your choice of project (Example: If you choose to connect your work with DADA/Surrealism, either write about techniques in the media you choose or more in depth study of the art movement DADA/Surrealism\).


Thursday, May 14: At least 3 sketches showing different compositions for your idea.

Friday, May 22: Major Progress grade. Based on your progress at the halfway point.

On the Final Exam day: Written reflection will be completed with analysis of artworks. All works must be completed before this day.

No students will be exempt from the final this year.


Art 3:

Week One: Process Journals and Art-Making

Complete first day assignments and create your Process Journals. Keeping  a record of your process as an art student will help you to see and measure your artistiic growth over the coming year.

Design a cover that reflect your interests and includes your first name, last name and period number written neatly and creatively. 

Art 3 students will be making more choices about their work this year including the media and size they want to work with. I expect all of you to expand on the work you did as Art 2 students and strive to create more elaborate artworks. Each project you do should expand on what you've done in the past so that you show some true growth as an artist by the end of the year.

I will expect you to fill the entire time I give you for a project with the project, so dig deep and think about your work. If you complete one project before the allotted time is up, I will expect you to start on a second work based on the same concepts.

Project One: The Theme of Food (and Consumption) in Art

In this project, students will watch a short presentation on the history of food in Art. They are then to interpret what they've read into an original artwork based around the theme of food, consumption and other concepts which may relate. In other words, your work doesn't have to be directly about food, but could be about 'consuming ideas or knowledge', or 'consumerism in America', etc. 


See this link for the project page, historical presentation and examples.


Project Two: Conflict and Contrast as a theme in Art History

In this project, students will explore various artworks throughout history that use the principle of Contrast and the idea of  Conflict or Opposition.

After looking at several artworks and conducting some independent investigation of the concepts, students will complete an original artwork that depicts these ideas. Students are free to depict this in their own way, either abstractly or realistically and in any media. This project should be larger than your last work. Consider making a shaped work for this piece (one that is not rectagular or square). This is a suggestion, not a requirement!

Remember that the Principle of CONTRAST can apply to all of the Art Elements. (Lines, Shapes, Forms, Space, Textures, Colors, as well as Value). Strive to use multiple types of CONTRASTING ELEMENTS in your work. This will be a part of your grade.


See this link for the project page, historical presentation and examples.

Also, use this link to help you to understand how other artists use the theme of Conflict in their work. Use your choice of artworks for your investigation in your sketchbooks and think about how you could use these ideas in your own work.

This is not a project just about violence! The idea of Conflict may take other forms besides violence. Think of other ways to interpret Conflict that you are aware of. For example, we can have conflicting ideas, internal conflicts and conflicts with our own choices. Some conflicts we have put upon us by others. Some conflicts we impose upon ourselves. How do you see conflict in your life and how do you interpret conflicts that you see in others?




Project Three: Masterpiece Makeover: Art as Parody

For this next project, you'll choose a famous historical painting and update it to work for our modern society. Spend some time looking for a work that you think has enough in it that you can think about 'updating'. This act of parody has a long tradition and you'll find artists throughout history who have used and re-made artworks from their peers and from history. Many times this work has a humorous side. In any case, it definitely helps us to understand how similar our lives are to those from the past.


See this link for the project page, historical information and examples.



Project Four: "Styles of Art Movements"

In this project you'll be investigating and writing about 6 art movements or styles of art. You may also look into different cultures and study the styles of

different cultures. After completing an investigation of the movement or culture, you'll draw or paint a small 4"x4" image in the style that you've studied.

In each of the 6 images, you'll have a small object that connects the images. 

See this link for the project page and examples.


Project Four: "Tondo - Art in the Round"

A tondo is a round painting, relief sculpture, or similar work of art in the shape of a circle.

The word tondo is a shortened form of the Italian 'rotundo' which means round. You may be familiar with the word 'rotunda' which is a round building, or a building with a dome such as the capital building.

Round artworks have been around for centuries but reached their peak during the late Renaissance in Italy.

See the project page for examples and ideas from other artists.



Project Five: 

Metamorphosis and Change as a Theme in Art

How can you show change in your Art? Think about how you have changed in your life, or how things have changed around you. What changes have you experienced that would be important enough to you to be considered for subject matter in your work? How can you depict these things? What media would be best suited to describe these things? Should your work actually move or just show movement? Is it something that can be depicted in a single work or will it take a series of works to show this change? Should the work itself change? How could you do this?

 See this link for examples of how other artists have interpreted this theme.



            Art 4: Spring Semester Only

Project One: "Creating a Large Poster from a Small Drawing - Resolution and Proportion"

In this project you will first choose a subject that you personally care about greatly. It could be a social issue, environmental issue or any number of global or local concerns. You'll then create a small (5.5" x 8.5") drawing with color pencils showing an image of the subject. Include a background and foreground and leave some space for text that will be added later.

When your small image is complete, you'll be scanning the image into Photoshop at a large size, adding text (see web site for text specifications) and saving the work in a .pdf format to take to a printer.

See this link for the project page and examples.


From here until the rest of the semester, you'll be expected to complete 3 (or four depending on time) of the following 5 projects. You may choose to do these in any order that you like. If time allows towards the end of school, you may also have a free project.

You'll be receiving two major grades per six weeks. One will be for your planning and sketching for the project and the progress that you have made. The second will be your final grade for the project. I'll let you know ahead of time as these dates come up.

Project Two: "Info-graphics, The Art of Information"

Career focus: Illustrator. Illustrators can work for design firms, marketing departments, or be independent freelancers. Illustrators usually focus on a specific style or media and sometimes focus their work on specific markets.

In this assignment, you will produce a series of 4-6 drawings with a minimum size of 5x5 inches each. These 'parts' of the drawings do not need to be square! Think of how they will interact together and lead your eye through the graphic. These individual drawings will form the steps needed to complete a task. Looking at this graphic will 'inform' you how to complete something. Informational Graphics are used in many industries to create manuals and guides for employee training. They are used extensively in education as well. You may create these by hand or digitally.

See this link to view the project page and examples of Infographics.


Project Three: Packaging and Package Design.

Career focus: Package Designer. Package designers work closely with manufacturers and have extensive knowledge of the materials available to create packaging. They also work closely with printers and product manufacturers so that they can understand the projects budget.

1. You'll begin this project by exploring different types of packaging and getting ideas. You'll find links to various ideas at the link below. Write down some notes for this as you explore and include these with your planning sketches when you turn your work in. List they type of item you are designing for and the type of person who would purchase the item you are marketing to (age, demographics, etc).

2. I'll be looking for at least 5-6 different concept sketches from you before you start your final work.

3. Bring in and deconstruct at least one existing box type package so that you can see how the graphics are laid out on the actual box. Write about this also in your planning for the project.

4. All your individual graphics must be created on separate paper and then attached to your box template.You may hand draw or use the computer to create your graphics. Either way, your graphics should be neat and professional looking!

5. I'll include a major grade on your projects for the next three week grading period. You should have completed all of the above and be started on your final work by then.

6. All packaging must be original! DO NOT use any existing ideas from packages you know of. You may NOT make these packages for existing products!

See this link to view the project page and examples.



Project Four: "Myth, Legend and Fairytale in Art"

Career focus: Book Illustration. Book Illustrators work closely with authors and publishers. While some illustrators work for publishers, most are independent free lancers who send in portfolios of work to publishers to gain jobs.

In this project, you'll create an artwork based on a myth, legend or fairytale from a country other than the USA. You'll need to investigate and research myths and stories from other countries to begin with or you may already know of one that you want to use. In any case, spend no more than four classes reading myths that interest you. Then begin your brainstorming and thumbnail sketching for composition. You'll be expected to turn in the story you read with your planning sketches.

See this page for a few examples and project specifications.

For this project, you may use the media of your choice.  2D work should be a minimum of 14x20 inches. You may choose to work with sculpture for this assignment as well if you like.

**Check with me if you have any changes to the assignment that you'd like to make.


 Project Five: Triptych, Art in threes

Triptychs hadtheir start in European churches and altarpieces. Over they years, they have evolved to include a variety of styles and meanings.

A triptych is a painting or carving that has three side-by-side parts, panels, or canvases.

Typically, a triptych has three hinged panels, the two outer panels designed so that they can be folded in towards the central one.

This was a common form for an altarpiece during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The outer parts of such triptychs were typically hinged to the central one so that they could be closed over it, and in this case reverse sides were often painted.

A triptych can also be, more loosely, something composed or presented in three parts or sections.



Project Six: Metamorphosis and Change as a Theme in Art

How can you show change in your Art? Think about how you have changed in your life, or how things have changed around you. What changes have you experienced that would be important enough to you to be considered for subject matter in your work? How can you depict these things? What media would be best suited to describe these things? Should your work actually move or just show movement? Is it something that can be depicted in a single work or will it take a series of works to show this change? Should the work itself change? How could you do this?

 See this link for examples of how other artists have interpreted this theme.