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Re: First-time Painters
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]The Austin's
Tue, 23 Nov 1999 22:13:25 -0600
My first two painting lessons for my Art 1 students both give students
painting experience while still ending up as respectable artworks. The first
one I have them do is on a cardboard design circle (pizza board). We divide
the circle into 6 equal sections (I don't know how to do the degrees symbol
on my computer, but each section is 30 degrees). Then I give them a piece of
paper with a 30 degree wedge drawn on. They must create an interesting
design with 12 seperate sections. They paint the circle in a color wheel,
with each section being painted with matching values - one pure color, 5
different tints, 5 different shades, and a neutral gray mixed from that
color's complement. We paint this with liquid tempera.
The second lesson is done with acrylics. I give them a piece of black
paper with a 1" window cut out. They use this viewer to scan magazines to
find a non-objective design with interesting colors and shapes. Then they
blow this picture up onto a 16" sheet of gessoed paper. This lesson allows
them to concentrate on color mixing and painting shapes without being
threatened by trying to recreate a recognizable object.
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