Mr. Mike Syverson



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Mr. Mike Syverson

I have been teaching Art at North Johnston High since 2001. I have been passionate about Art since my early childhood. I earned my undergraduate degree at Barton College: a BFA in Computer Graphics and Commercial Design. In addition to teaching Art, I serve as North Johnston High's Technology Facilitator. There is no finer place to work or be than North Johnston High. Go Panthers!

  • Classes

    • Block 1 - Advanced Art 
    • Block 2 - Introductory Art

    All Students should have a sketchbook and colored pencils. Sketchbooks should be RING BOUND. Please do not buy sketchbooks that have pages glued in, as these will fall out and your child will end up losing much of their work.


    Supplemental Art during your time at home.

    Hey guys, you have no idea how much I miss seeing you all. I hope you are all safe and finding ways to  stay positive. This will all pass, even though it may seem very uncertain right now. Keep your heads up and one day you'll look back and tell your children about it and it will make you stronger in the end.


    In the meantime, try to stay busy. Here are some thing you can do to stay busy and learn more about art and continue to grow in your own art skills.


    Art 1

    For every 2 days, draw in your sketchbook, sketches of these different topics. Feel free to explore your creativity during each of these sketches.


    Using the web, research and WRITE a description of each topic to show that you have gained some understanding of each particular area and background of that field of art. You are to use the web as your tool to LEARN. DO NOT USE THE WEB AS A COPY/PASTE interface. You are better than this!

    Feel free to contact me if you have questions.


    Each will be due at the end of the week. Each summation should be at least one page.



    • How it was done in the 1970’s and 1980’s (Day 1-2)
    • How it was done in the 1990’s and early 2000 (through 2005) (Day 3-4)
    • How it is currently being done and new things on the horizon (Day 5-6)


    Architecture (Then and Now)

    • Find the 10 most famous pieces of architecture. What makes them famous? (Day 7-8)
    • Find 10 rather RECENT architecture marvels and what makes them stand out. (Day 8-9)


    Logo Design

    • How were logos created in the 1970’s and 1980’s (Day-10-11)
    • How were logos created in the 1990’s and early 2000 (Day 12-13)
    • What are newer techniques and tools that graphic designers are using to assist them now and in the future? (Day 14-15)

     Art 2 & 3

    Here is the list you should currently already have, just in case you may have misplaced your copy. This is all independent work anyhow so you should be able to keep working right in your sketchbook. ALSO, aside from these different projects, I encourage you to keep working independent of these in your sketchbook to keep inspiring your own personal creativity!

    Advanced Art

    Independent Art Projects


    -Create a Font- Create / design a font. Include all of the letters of the alphabet. The style of the font should follow each letter from start to finish. This should be done on a large sheet of paper (24x18) and gridded off so you have 26 or 28 squares to place each letter inside of. Label your work in one of the unused squares (all of you should have already completed this so you should not need large paper.)

    -PICK A LETTER – Make a still life out of 3 small objects that all begin with the same letter. Try to make them look as 3-dimensional as possible. Label your work.

    -ANIMALS – Draw an animal from life or from a picture. If you work from a picture, please attach the picture. Add as much detail, texture, shading as you can. Try to capture the gesture of the pose.  Label your work.

    -FACIAL FEATURES – Cut out 2 pictures of noses, 2 pictures of eyes, and 2 pictures of mouths from a magazine or other source. These pictures need to be as big as possible. Paste them to drawing paper so you have room beside each one to carefully draw it, including shadow, shape, and other details. Label your work.

    -5-VIEWS  – Divide the paper into 5 boxes. Draw a different view of your opposite hand you draw with in each box – above, below, side, angle, inside, etc. Label your work.

    -DETAILS – Zoom in on an interesting detail of a vehicle, a machine, a building, or other large object. Draw in careful detail, using shading, stippling, or hatching to create a very 3-dimensional effect)

    -PERSPECTIVE – Draw a house or building from real life or from a picture. If you use a picture, save it with your artwork. Use the art skills you’ve learned about – perspective, vanishing point, foreshortening – to make it look as realistic as possible. Include details around the building – people, bikes, cars, shrubs, trees, etc – to make the drawing interesting.

    -STUDIES – When you carefully copy a famous artwork, it is called a ‘study’. You are learning by studying how the other artist created their work. Pick a famous painting and use colored pencils or paints to recreate it as closely as possible. Label your work with the artist’s name, the name of the painting, and the year it was painted.

    -ILLUSTRATION – Create a drawing, painting, or other artwork that carries specific information and meaning.

    • Illustrate some information from an interesting book or article you have read.
    • Illustrate a specific interesting fact from one of your textbooks or classes at NJHS.
    • Illustrate a song, myth, story, or poem. Label should include the name and writer for the original piece, and your caption (probably the line or sentence you are illustrating).
    • Illustrate an interesting word. Think of a fairly difficult word, and create an illustration that will help everyone in our Art classes remember the meaning of that word. The caption can be the definition of the word.

    -MAP – Create a map from your house to school. Include road names and landmarks.This should be accurate enough for someone to follow to your house, but should also be interesting and fun as a piece of artwork.

    -ABSTRACTION – Start with a photograph of something. Use the colors, shapes, textures, etc from the photo as the building blocks for a completely abstract color drawing or painting. Save the photo  with your work. 

    -ART CAREERS – Investigate two interesting art careers. Take notes of useful information – type of work and job responsibilities, skills needed, training required, salary levels, demand in the present market, working conditions, etc.

    ART SCHOOLS – Investigate 2 options for training in Art after high school. Create a 2 page Presentation that includes the name and location of the schools, basic information about their programs, and basic cost information (you can use small type). Include links to the school’s website and other useful information.  Feel free to email to

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