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Re: Sky Line/Horizon lesson idea

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 22:02:31 GMT

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Hi Mark and others who have not yet become sick to their stomacs or had
their intellect insulted by this ongoing discussion about "blue sky line".
I just wanted to tell you Mark how I like the lesson you describe; doing
wet on wet watercolours after going outside for a walk looking at the sky
and then tearing green paper and making the horizon and then finally doing
an illustration. I think I will try this sometime. Anyway at the chance of
making more people keep their fingers on the delete button I would like to
share a lesson on winterlight I do with my students and it certainly does
include SKY, but the wintersky in Iceland is a wonderful natural light
show. I start this lesson by having my students keep a colour diary of the
sky. Their instruction, after making a small sketchbook, is to keep a diary
about the colour of the sky; they are to look at the sky in the morning, at
noon and in the evening, and record it in their diary in colours (they
can write some sentiments if they need to). This they do for a week at
least. Then before the lesson we look at works that deal with light and
sky by different artists, icelandic ones and for example Starry night by
Van Gogh. The children discuss what they experienced and we start a
painting of landscape where the sky and the light has a major role. The
outcome is always wonderful, but then I think that it is a priviledge to
teach children art. If you let them experience the enchantment that art can
be they give it back to you multiple. By the way you can look at some works
by my students at: and also at Craig Rolands @rt gallery:
Regards from the land of fantastic winter light, Rosa

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