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Re: [teacherartexchange] Hans Hofmann . Special Features . Push & Pull Puzzle...


Date: Tue Jun 20 2006 - 07:10:16 PDT

In a message dated 6/20/2006 8:22:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Hi Christine,

Went to Hoffman site and it is great! I can use this simple but powerful
activity to really show how colors advance and recede. I can also use it to
have my students play with this concept to see how it works. I was struck
one thing. Although the concept of push and pull is relatively easy to
understand, it is challenging to achieve...a point that is made in the
interactive, online game. So doing abstract art is not that easy after all

This was fun! I use a similar idea  in high school, to work with Cubism. We 
do it in a 9 value drawing (black to  white) with graphite pencil. Students 
draw a still life set-up from observation.  We then take the drawing and 
"fracture" it by drawlng about 5-6 oblique,  horizonal and vertical lines through it 
from edge to edge. We cut the drawing  apart on these lines and shift the 
pieces slightly, or turning them upside down  or sideways and then adhere them to a 
ground sheet with a glue stick.   Their next step is to recreate the primary 
altered drawing onto another drawing  paper by using the light table. They now 
need to create a push-pull of the  shapes using graphite shading in different 
values. The darker values recede and  lighter ones advance. They need to be 
sure to alternate the values to achieve  this effect.
Marsh in Orlando  
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