For this unit students learned about Pop Art along with a few artists of the movements time Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Students received different pictures of food item containers where they had to replicate them, centered and of large scale on a thick piece of paper. Students focused on the shape of the jar and the labeling due to Pop Art's interest in popular culture. After outlining their drawings students used artists tape to create sections for the three complementary pairs of the color wheel. Students learned how to blend and shade with the opposite pairs, in the end the tape was peeled off to reveal the crisp white lines beneath.
Vocabulary Learned: Pop Art, complementary colors, opposite pairs, blending, vibrant colors, flat colors, warm colors, cool colors, solid color, replication, centering.
Materials Used: Artists tape, oil pastels, black marker, print out food item images.
For this unit students learned about Contour art with a twist; creating an image using one line without looking. This "blind art" created a free flow sketch that didn't rely on sight but on concentration of observing an image of bugs/crustaceans/insects. Students at this age are very particular and have a difficult time letting go of that control...having no control forced a new skill of observation. After their sketch students painted in their creatures using a layering technique. The final step was to recreate their creature using wire. Students learned how to manipulate wire by twisting, pinching and bending to try to match their line drawing.
Vocabulary Learned: Contour art, movement, volume, subject matter, "blind art", wash, layering technique, loop-twist, thread-wrap, wavy bend, manipulation, wire sculpture.
Materials Used: Watercolor paper, pencil, creature images, black colored pencil, watercolor paint, scissors, color coated electrical wire.
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