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.
Connecting students with the natural environment around them will help them learn the importance of taking care of their world around them as well as the appreciation for the beauty that exists in something as simple as a prairie flower.
Students could choose three wildflowers to draw from a list of very strange sounding wildflowers, focusing on Nebraska Wildflowers. Foxglove, Houndstongue, Thorm Apple, Old Man's Beard, Sweet Pea, Tarweed, Jewelweed, Bitter Sneezeweed, crowpoison, and a favorite Jack-in-the-Pulpit are a few of the odd names given to these beautiful flowers on the prairie. Wildflower Brochure by NDOR.
A great website to use in the classroom is simply www.wildflower.org
B.S.;Education, Art Ed.