High School Independent Art students challenged themselves to paint their first self-portraits using acrylic paints on oval canvas boards. Nice work....Helen, Jordyn, and Hunter!
Vivian decided to turn a photo into a flat contour line image. She then transferred it to her canvas board and painted with acrylics. Why not add a floral collage next to it? #mix it up
Students started out with a study on Chromatic Value Scales. Using white tempera paint and one other color, they created a value scale with 12 changes. The art of Cubism was then introduced focusing on Picasso's work in analytical cubism.
While helping students understand and define color themes, the terms "warm" and cool" are often used to describe a color. In general different blues, greens and violets are considered cool colors while yellows, oranges and reds are considered warm. We associate certain feelings rather than actual temperatures. A warm yellow-orange might feel cozy like by a fire or cool blues feels calming as water by a beach. Warm colors optically tend to advance while cool colors recede. Whatever the color theory process we teach our students, they always seem to choose the one they love the most to be able to create these wonderful paintings.
Simple watercolor postcards were used as students practiced using Nasco's chart of watercolor techniques.
Eight by ten canvas panels were covered with old book pages using gloss medium to create a collage effect for the background. Students then had to choose a living thing as a subject to watercolor. Unlike watercolor paper the paper tended to resist the color due to the gloss medium. Several layers were added to get the stronger colors. The rule of thirds compositional technique was emphasized.
The art of silhouettes was incorporated using a watercolor wash with salt resist technique on watercolor paper to create these beautiful images.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.