Rock Eye Painting

This is just a fun little challenge. You may either want to create several or complete this along with another small painting.

I borrowed this challenge and you can find the original here.

Basically, find a nice shaped rock, you will want it to be about 3 inches wide and paint an eye on it. Sounds almost too simple, huh? That’s because painting an eye is not so simple. You have to mix a skin tone color, which is a challenge in and of itself. The more detail you can give your eye, the more realistic it will look. Think about all of the elements of the eye when you are painting and don’t forget to add a nice eye glare. Here are some more images of work done by the original students of this project:


  • Create a painting of a realistic eye using a rock for your canvas.
  • Express your knowledge of the media by using correct color mixing and paint application techniques.
  • Create a successful composition through use of elements and principles of design, specifically with special consideration given to space, value, and color theory.

***Did you notice that a lot of the rocks seem to have a purple under painting? This is because our skin has a purple tint, some more than others. Why do you think this is? Our blood. Therefore, the purple layer will give your skin tone a leg up. Consider including it.***

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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.