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<< But I am afraid that the students
are going to feel tired of watercolor and won't be responsive to this
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Montclair, NJ >>
Try this one. Student create a quick, wet on wet background...any sky them
they like, such as stormy, cloudy, lots of rainbows with some girls! Set it
aside while a simple geometric skyline is cut from black contruction paper
equal in width, but around half the height of the watercolor. (I don't
insist on buildings, they are just easier to demonstrate, but suggest them or
rolling hills with the silhouette of a farmhouse, cliffs, etc.) By the time
the sky is dry, the cutting ends for most, and if time allows they can glue
the black on, or just staple for a quickie. Foreground, background, horizon
line, geometric buildings (oh, fast workers can pastel on the constr. paper
with windows, little details that pick up the colors used in the
skyline...reflection), and tons of other principle and elements can be your
focus. This is one of my tried and true! HOpe it helps. They leave class
with something beautiful, too.
mp in NY