SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2014

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Objectives Students will: 1. Explore the relationship between two objects. 2. Create sketches, sample paintings, an underpainting, and a final painting. 3. Begin to understand how complementar colors work together in a composition. Materials • journals or sketchbooks • acr lic paints in a variet f colors • plain or gessoed Bristol paper • small and large canvases • brushes • water • pairs of related objects in different states of matter Have students mix two complemen- tary colors to obtain a neutral gray/ brown and make an initial line sketch with paint thinned with water. Encour - age students to avoid thick applications of paint at this initial step. Direct students to underpaint the white of the canvas, lightly applying the complementary color mixture as a base. Students can then add greater por - tions of the complements to accentuate different areas. For example, if using blue and orange, add a greater amount of blue to some areas and a greater amount of orange to others. Students should build their paintings using the opposition of these colors. Once stu - dents have developed the tension of this opposition in the painting, they can come back in with other colors to add subtlety to the work. Assessment Ask students to consider if the visual relationships between objects are clear in the paintings. Have they created visual tension using complementary colors? Where can they see contrast and emphasis? Do the paintings indi- cate an ability to experiment with relationships that are both robust and abstract? John Howell White is chair and professor of art in the department of art education at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Experience Paint- ing (Davis Publications, available winter 2015). N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Commerce/CommerceDefault. aspx?curPage =Painting-high-school- studio-art-textbook-program Journal with thumbnail sketches. Final colors added. 35

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