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DEC 2014

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38 December 2014 SchoolArts Elementary Studio Lesson W hen I introduce famous artists and styles to students, some are an immediate hit. Wayne Thiebaud is a great example of an artist whose subjects and style gets students moti- vated from the start. Through his art, Thie- baud directs our attention to and draws meaning from everyday objects around him. Thiebaud paints portraits and landscapes, but he is best known for his paintings of desserts—cupcakes, pies, cakes, candied apples, gumball machines, and other goodies. His paintings—which often resemble bak - ery windows—look good enough to eat. Video Inspiration I found an entertaining video about Thiebaud that aired on CBS Sunday Morning, so I began my lesson and discussion with this seven-minute video. By the time our discussion was complete, students were excited to get their hands on some delicious paint colors to begin their own dessert cre- ations. "If we don't have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective." —Wayne Thiebaud Leslie Sullivan Good to Eat Enough Introducing 3-D Drawing We prepared for painting with a les- son about drawing cubes, cylinders, cones, and wedges. Learning how to draw flat shapes and turn them into three-dimensional forms was the first step in making students' des- serts look real. Students had the choice to draw one large dessert, or a row of two or three desserts. Once they got the hang of things, they drew their desserts on large paper and started painting. Mixing Tasty Colors I mixed some paint colors before class so students could get right down to painting, but you could also have them mix their own. Strawberry cream, dark chocolate, mint green, and raspberry red are some of the colors that we used. (Some students claimed they could smell the yummy flavors!) I encouraged students to paint large areas of color first, then add details later. When the paintings were complete, students had the option to add in some Objectives Students will learn how to draw three-dimensional forms, such as c linders, cubes, and wedges, then use these forms to paint a dessert inspired Wa ne Thiebaud. Materials • paper • pencil • tempera paint • paintbrushes • Wa ne Thiebaud prints and video clip extra details using tissue paper or glit- ter. The final results were fantastic and looked good enough to eat! Leslie Sullivan is the art teacher at Maple Street School in Manchester, Vermont. lsullivan@ maplestreetschool.com 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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI_ QJ5D9Qm8 Wayne Thiebaud is a great example of an artist whose subjects and style gets students motivated from the start.

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