SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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the differences between realistic ren- derings and simplified or abstracted designs. Knowing how starfish really look allows students to make edu- cated choices when abstracting or stylizing starfish in their artwork. Drawing in Pencil After students decide if they want their designs to be realistic or abstracted, have them draw on heavy tag board to create a scene filled with overlapping starfish. Encourage them to use open composition, a variety of sizes, show both the outer and undersides of the starfish, and emphasize line and tex - ture. Once the designs are drawn, ask s tudents to alter the widths and values of their lines. These pencil lines will show through the watercolor paints, emphasizing the textural qualities. Painting with Watercolors Using watercolor paints, students next begin with the background or negative space, using color blending and the wet- on-wet method. The colors can be natu - ral and realistic or bold and creative. When the background is dry, stu- dents can paint the starfish. They may want to combine wet-on-wet and dry- brush techniques to create even more interesting textures. This lesson is always a favorite of my middle-school students and produces brilliantly col- orful and bold textural designs. Marisa J. Main taught this lesson at Milton Middle School in Milton, West Virginia. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K S www.ocean-life.info/Ocean_Life_-_ Starfish.html www.buzzle.com/articles/interesting- facts-about-starfish.html Knowing how starfish reall ook allows students to make educated choices when abstracting or st lizing starfish in their artwork. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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