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This week, behind the blue door in room #5 we experimented with watercolor techniques.
We learned to wet the paints with clear water before working.
Taking care of our paints
We looked at how to clean out watercolor trays when they get soiled with other colors.
The pallet part of our watercolor tray was used to create our own colors.
We learned four techniques this week:
1. using a wet brush to make lines.
2. using a dry brush to make lines.
3. wet-on-wet: wetting the paper with water and then adding paint to the damp surface.
4. crayon resist: drawing lines with crayon and going over the lines with watercolor paints.
Next week, we will use our art to create a sculpture
Make you own Fun at Home!
For fun at home you can download the file below and use it to create masks at home to display or to wear. The steps in the file are helpful for young hands to learn how to make simple shapes with folded paper for symmetrical, easy to do masks.. (we will be doing this in the following class).
In the next class we will be looking at the work of Piet Mondrian, Wood with Beech Trees. We will, again be perfecting our skills with oil pastels. We will be working from back to front.
To begin we will create a horizon line and know it as the place where the sky and the earth meet in a picture.
Using the side of our pastels we will make vertical lines from the horizon line to the bottom of the page.
Filling Space easily and quickly
Horizontal lines with the side of the pastel will begin to even out the filled space and lines will begin to disappear. Using the side of the oil pastel is a great way to fill in a lot of space in a short amount of time. Pressing hard is not required when working in layers from back to front.
Foreground, Middleground, Background
Our trees in the front or foreground will be drawn thick to make them look larger and closer to us. They will be placed at the bottom of the paper where the foreground is. Middleground trees are slightly thinner and placed higher up on the paper. Background trees are very thin and placed near the horizon to look very far away..
We will be working in this lesson on taking great care in how we outline and fill in. Many students don't know how to fill in without just scribbling. We learn that every mark we make can be made thoughtfully, carefully, and tenderly and every inch of our art can be given our full attention and devotion.
Using pastels on the side to fill in large areas helps to make large art without getting tired. Layering helps to build texture and interesting color. Outlining helps us to define where the edges are.
In art this past week students used oil pastels for the second time. We looked at the work of Piet Mondrian Trees Along the River.
In this work Mondrian used a limited pallet of colors. His painting is mostly red and various shades of red.
Skills and Techniques
We practiced working from the back to the front. We began by peeling paper from our yellow, orange and red oil pastels. We used the yellow pastel on the side to cover the entire paper. With orange or red we added another layer of color.
Our trees were created by making an outline and filling in. The reflection in the water was made by adding a few ripples to the tree trunks.
In order to get the red to look like a darker red, we used it's complementary color, green. We then blended the green and red together to get a dark red.
Students were encouraged to add as many layers of oil pastel as they wanted to the sky and water to make a rich color of layered oil pastels..
We are learning Routines
In Art this week we're working on our routine. Routines make children feel safe and it empowers them to be responsible and self-directed.
What we did in art this week:
Pictures coming soon!
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.