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New member / and Picasso project

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Tue, 16 Mar 99 11:23:36 -0700

HELLO, art people!

I just subscribed to this list today, and look forward to sharing and solving with everyone.

My name is MaryAnn Kohl, and I am the author of TEN (wow, can it be already?) art idea books for children ages 3-12. Perhaps you are familiar with Scribble Art, Mudworks, or my favorite, Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters ? Former teacher, now a consultant and author, owner of Bright RIng Publishing, Inc.

I will share ideas periodically as they apply to discussions.

To get the ball rolling, here is an idea you may enjoy from D. Great Artists. Hope you can use it. I have lots more!!!
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1881-1973
*** One Color Painting
Pablo Picasso was the most famous painter of the 1900's, working with sculpture, graphics, ceramics, drawing, and painting. He is most remembered as a Cubist. Before Picasso became a famous Cubist, he had a personal style of painting and expression called his Blue Period (1901-1904) focusing on paintings with themes of loneliness and despair, using primarily blue paint to communicate these themes. He later moved to a style stressing warmer colors and moods called the Rose Period (1904-1906).
Young artists can experiment with using only one color of paint mixed in different shades just like Picasso did in his Blue Period, perhaps painting with blue like Picasso, or possibly choosing shades of red, yellow or other shades instead.

tempera paint, choose one main color
tempera paint, small amounts of other colors to mix into the main color
Note: "Let the kids do the mixing!"
several jars for mixing paints (baby food jars work well)
large jar of clear water for rinsing
large white paper

1. Select a color as the main color and theme of the painting. For this project, blue will be used as the example but any color can be chosen instead of blue.
2. Pour a little blue paint in several jars. Add just a touch of a different color to each jar to slightly change the blue paint to a new shade. For example, add a little white to the first jar of blue and it becomes powder blue. Add a tiny bit of green to the next jar and it becomes aqua. Add just a smidge of black to the third jar of blue and it becomes a gray-blue. The main idea is to keep the color blue, but in new shades.
3. When a nice selection of blues has been mixed (remember to keep one jar pure blue), it is time to paint. Paint a picture using shades of blue as the only color.
4. Dry the painting.

Think of a theme, an emotion, or a feeling. Think of what colors would express that theme or feeling. Paint in tones and shades of one color that are most expressive for that feeling. For example, a sad painting might be in blue. A happy painting might be in shades of yellow. A painting of anger might be in shades of red. Green might express peace and tranquility.
This excerpt is from the book: Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters 1997, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

MaryAnn F. Kohl

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