I just added a gorgeous collection of paintings by my second
graders. I showed them a Power Point of still life paintings by a wide
variety of artists. While we looked at the wide variety of subject
matter, we focused on the line and pattern of Matisse still life
paintings, and I introduced them to the word "painterly" and taught them
to double load their brushes to create textures and blend colors.
Day one and two were spent drawing several black ink brush line
drawings of flowers and containers made up from their imagination. We
looked at different flowers and discussed the elipse of vases and other
containers. We used Sax Ultra Plus Tempera to paint them. Pattern and
texture were again emphasized, as well as color theory of complementary
colors and contrast.
I think they turned out so beautifully. Our development office is going
to make thank you cards for donors from them. Our LS principal is going
to color xerox a number of them to hang in her office. The entire
exhibit is creating a major wow effect.
TO see them, the easiest way is to go to our www.sjs.org website, click
on the student button. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on
the media gallery. They are titled "Class Two Still Life Paintings from
Imagination" There are some amazing paintings here, in my most humble