On the bleached line drawings:
I show a powerpoint with different line artists...Matisse, Durer,
Calder, Picasso, and more. We talk about variety in line and do a sheet
of linear variety...squiggles, zigzags, scallops, crinolated, dotted,
dashes, patterned lines, etc. Like we ALL do when we do line variety.
I put a TINY amount of bleach mixed 50/50 with water, in the bottom of a
shallow square plastic tub (like Glad disposable types) and put the tub
on a tray (9x12) on their table. Kids are told they may NOT move the
tray and may not move the bleach. They hold onto one end of a qtip with
their fingers and dip the other end in bleach to paint with it. They
draw on construction paper with the bleach. I have fans on, but it
honestly doesn't smell much, and I have never had any kid get any on
their clothes. They wear aprons. I tell them to use linear variety to
create imaginary animals, people, etc. They do about 3 or 4 of them and
put them to dry overnight. Be sure not to stack them on the first day,
as the bleached line patterns from one drawing can put a ghost image on
the ones above or below before it is fully dry. On day two we use
black pens to add embellishment. I tell them that they have to outline
or pattern closely around every line on each
side of the bleach line. Tons of fun!
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.