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lessons on texture
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]David Zimmerman
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 19:48:20 -1000
Stacy inquired about lessons on texture for first and second grades. I
just finished a unit on Picasso with second graders. We studied the many
styles of portraiture used by Picasso in our unit so basically they
understood that "anything goes" in modern art. The most successful project
was a cubist portrait assembledge at the end of the unit. I had a 2 x 4
cut up into small, flat pieces by a friend with a chop saw. The students
arranged the pieces on a piece of 9 x 12" poster board and glued them down.
Then they began to add more pieces on top. Some had as many as four layers
of pieces. The eyes, nose and mouth usually stuck up the highest (but that
was up to the students). I helped them trim the poster board around the
wood so the faces didn't have to conform to the 9 x 12 shape. When the
glue was dry, we added spackling paste to the wood to give it a lot of
texture. Finally the faces were painted with a layering technique of dark
colors first, on up to drybrushing the lightest values. The entire
project took several days but each step did not take up an entire period.
These came out really well and wood certainly work for a lesson on texture.
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