Edgar Allan POE!

Poe - Lily
Lily: Class of 2021

Essential Question(s):

1. What is mixed media?

2. How do artists use a variety of mediums, but also have a strong, unified artwork ?

3. How are the Principles of Design, CONTRAST + EMPHASIS, used to strengthen a work of art?

 Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. demonstrate their understanding of mixed media and how to use it successfully with the Principles of Design, contrast and emphasis by creating a two-page spread of an image inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

mixed media: a technique and/or artistic process involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and colored pencil or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition.

contrast: the opposition of the Elements of Art to intensify each element’s property to create a dynamic effect.

emphasis: one  or a combination of the Elements of Art is used to create more attention in the composition than anything else.

Step No.1: GET INSPIRED by Edgar Allan POE!

Research the man and his work! Click on the image below to be directed to the Poe Museum:


Step No.2: CREATE!


  1. a sketch on a 2-page spread
  2. inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, his work, or a combination of his work. 
  3. use mixed media: more than one
    1. pen
    2. colored pencil
    3. collage
    4. marker
  4. use the Element(s) of Art:
    1. texture
  5. use the Principle(s) of Design:
    1. contrast
    2. emphasis



Emily – Class of 2020

Mrs. Eller’s example:


  • How is the Principle of Design, CONTRAST, used in this sketchbook assignment?
  • How is the Principle of Design, EMPHASIS, used in this work?
    • Where is the focal point? or where does your eye go first?
    • Why?