Students began these bold paintings by planning the composition of their plant on their paper. In their 4 planning sketches students drew the plant so that it crossed the edge of their paper in 2 or more places, this helped to turn negative space into interesting shapes and create ‘window’ through which to view the wall paper. After students determined their composition they began to develop their wall paper, students looked at the designs in my last post to gain inspiration. Students were encouraged to create unique patterns that would challenge their skill level in drawing and painting. To apply the final pattern on their paper students used transfer technique using tracing paper and graphite. The final painting took about 7 days to create, they are made with tempera paint applied with a variety of brushes.
Requirements 1. Controlled paint application
2. Use value to show volume in pot
3. Mix a range of colors
Materials Tempera Paint
90lb watercolor paper
In the next lesson we are going to focus on shape and pattern, to inspire our patterns we will look at examples of textiles and wallpapers. Wallpaper is an aspect of interior decoration that has been around for hundreds of years, historical techniques include hand-painting, woodblock printing, stenciling, and various types of machine-printing.
While color theory is a vast subject, in this unit I introduce color theory as a practical guide to color mixing and an opportunity to explore harmonious color combinations, or ‘palettes’.
This PowerPoint Presentation on Color Theory allows students to visualize color relationships before they begin mixing color themselves.
This accompanying Word Doc. worksheet on Color Theory helps students remember key terms and serves a reference for later discussions. It also includes my standard grade form for the evaluation of student work.
Mix colors thoroughly .
Colors are opaque.
Colors are balanced, appropriate for their place on the wheel.
Over the course of four classes students used black and white tempera paint to create studies of cow and goat skulls. Because this assignment was an introduction to the medium students were not allowed to draw the skull before they began, or rinse their brushes while they worked; these limitations forced students to embrace the medium and adapt the it’s strengths and weaknesses.
Range of values
Brush strokes describe planes on skull
Skull fits on and fills page
Materials: Tempera Paint, 90lb watercolor paper
Time: 4 x 55 min class periods
In this assignment students used a variety of graphite pencils to create an original self portrait based on a photograph. Students began this project by gridding their photographs and their papers to help scale and translate the image. When the papers were gridded sufficiently, students the drew contour lines of the figure and then began to fill them in with value and texture.
Show a range of values from black to white.
Show three distinct textures: hair, clothing, & skin.
Use H, 2B, 4B, & 6B pencils to achieve a range of values.
Materials: photograph, ruler, drawing paper, pencils, plastic erasers, drawing stump.
Time: 10x 55min classes
Scale or grid without a ruler:
Welcome to our classroom Blog for the spring semester of Drawing and Painting! I look forward to using this site to promote student creativity and communication, share resources, and keep students and parents informed about classroom activities.
Students will use this blog to
Share original artwork with friends and family.
Give thoughtful and constructive feedback on peer work.
Post comments, critiques and artist statements.
Participate in polls and discussions.
Parents may use this blog to
Read our course schedule, syllabus, and discipline policy.
Stay updated on classroom needs and activities.
Look at and comment on student work.
Access resources for local art news and events.
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