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I roll my kids into nonobjective with a lesson on Richard Diebencorn and how
he used the streets and buildings of San Francisco to create non objective
designs. We then look at interior and exterior architecture. By using a
finder we look for compositions and stress that we are going to stretch these
edges and lines to very basic shapes like Diebencorn.
They make a few sketches and then we remove the finder images and they refine
them by looking at their work and seeing if they can see the principles of
design. Value patterns are discussed and they plan the dark middle and light
areas. A color scheme is worked out (whole other lesson) and 10 colors are
chosen to complete a value scale.
They learn hard edge painting with removable tape and textured areas with
sponges, and gradations with a brush. These have come out pretty good and
the kids start to realize how much it takes to create nonobjective work and
appreciate a good one when they see it.
San Jose CA
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