Skeleton Mixed Media

For this challenge, you should use the skeleton as your inspiration. There are many ways to complete this project and yours could end up looking like a collage or more like a painting.


  • Create a work of art using the skeleton as reference. Your skeleton parts should be drawn and completed using a high contrast media such as ink.
  • Express your knowledge of chosen media by creating work that is both innovative and displays artistic craftsmanship.
  • Design a successful composition with careful consideration of the Elements and Principles of Design.

Skeletons do not need to be dark, check out this art print by Ray Dust.

Some more skeleton art for inspiration.

I am really open to your ideas on this one so find some inspiration and sketch an idea to show me.


  • Create artwork using the skeleton as inspiration.
  • Create cohesive working using multiple media.
  • Design a successful composition by taking into consideration the Elements and Principles of Design.

***Hints: Make sure the media you intend to use will work well together. Select media that you feel confident using.***

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.