SchoolArts Magazine

February 2016

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media (acrylic on mat board), the content (a statement about a per - sonal or social issue or the human condition), and a sketchbook journal prompt pertaining to the inspiration artist, Wayne Thiebaud. A Simple, Yet Meaningful Process The process could not have been simpler. Students masked their bor- ders with 1" (2.5 cm) masking tape; arranged their candy and photo- graphed it so they had both a real-life and a digital reference; sketched their compositions; and painted the hearts, lettering, and negative space. As stu- dents painted, I urged them to pay special attention to the highlights, shadows, and perspective of both the solid candy forms and the lettering, exaggerating as appropriate. I instructed students to paint any remaining negative space white, cream, or a pale tint, allowing some of their colored mat board to show through, as well as leaving hints of it showing in irregular broken lines around each heart. Everyone accomplished this within his or her own style. Extensions More divergent results could be obtained by varying the size or for- mat of the support (i.e., huge pieces of underpainted cardboard could take the place of mat board). You could even have students use an unusual color palette, prepare a completely different ground with collage ele- ments, or use different media. When the tape came off to reveal the colored borders so beautifully harmonized with the paintings, the visual effect was, if you'll pardon the pun, mouthwatering. Everyone found both this process and the results extremely satisfying. Sweet success! Betsy DiJulio is a National Board Certi- fied art teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is also the author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and works with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K QJ5D9Qm8 SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35 Camden Dechert Romantra Spence SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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