Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
|We started with two portraits on manilla paper, and moved on to final drafts on newspaper.|
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
After working for several days, each team finished the assignment. We hung the paintings on the large bulletin board in the back of the room and discussed the work during a group critique. The students enjoyed looking closely at their peers' paintings to see if they had met the criteria for the lesson. Each picture was very different in the way that the criteria was met; however, they all shared similarities with the art we had studied by Grandma Moses. Take a moment to look at the finished work I have included here. What parts are similar? What did each team do that is different from the other paintings? Which painting is your favorite?
I love the sense of depth in this painting. Did you notice how the two fences and the gray road lead your eyes to the back of the picture? We discussed the possibility of adding more people and animals in the gray area near the red barn. The students agreed that this would be a good idea, but due to time constraints this never got to happen. It is still a very well-composed and interesting painting!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
|Nicole. Avery and Dylan divide the background into areas of land, sky and water.|
The students moved on to very large sheets of tan craft paper that I cut from a big roll. They used tempera paints and large brushes to mix tints and shades of white and blue. I limited their color choices to help them learn how to establish different "regions" in the landscape without relying on a variety of different colors. The students enjoyed mixing paints to create a range of gray tones to represent shadows, roads, pathways, ice and clean and dirty snow. I recommend that you use paper plates for palettes because of the large amount of paint that the students will need to mix. Clean up is a breeze; just throw away the plates!
Thanks to Social Studies teacher Mr. Hovey for his donation of the hospital scrubs that we use as "messy shirts." Everyone enjoys being an "Art Doctor" and looking cool while our clothes stay clean!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Here is an example of a typical Grandma Moses landscape painting. There are many people shown participating in various activities in a winter setting. The architecture is just like what we would see here in rural Rhode Island because she lived in a small town in New York state.
Notice the bright, cheery colors that many of the people are wearing and how this creates contrast with the snow. There are also a variety of different trees in different sizes. The viewer's eye travels through the paintings because of the use of diagonal lines shown as paths tracked in the snow.
Look closely: Can you spot her signature?