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Set up some cut oranges, lemons, bananas, apples, pears, and bell peppers.
Cut them so that the peel is curled and the sections are radial for the citrus
fruit, cut the others in half and peel back the banana. Have the students
draw quick contour sketches of the different fruit/veg on newsprint with a
quick shading of the areas that are darker and lighter giving it form.
make a composite of drawings or just one good one and transfer this to a board
for painting. Include a horizon line and one vertical line in the background
to break up the space. When looking at say an orange, have them paint the
sections a medium blue, the space around the sections a light blue and the
outside the pure blue. Since blue is the opposite of orange when they apply
dots to the surface some of the blue will show thru and create contrast and
intensity to the painting.
Have them start with the high lighted area with dots and use orange with a
little yellow orange and white and make dots with the brush going up and down
leaving a small glob or dot of color. The paint must be wet enough and should
drop off the brush. From here they progress to pure orange, then orange with
some blue, more blue, more blue and so on. Adding some black to it at the end
will make the shade even darker.
This process is repeated for every area of the painting, being sure that you
are using the complementary pair of the color of each object. The background
and for ground can be tiles, flat, wood grain etc. This takes awhile, but the
results are great and you can look at Seraut's paintings to see the use of
complementary colors being used to create shades and shadows. Keep the
paintings small or they willl get bogged down with to much of a good thing.
Just a thought!
San Jose CA