The Art Problem Students will work with the concept of nature vs. culture as they create a unified painted and drawn composition based on a combination of man-made and natural objects found on a walk.
Materials (Note: this challenge could be approached with any number of media, so use whatever you have.) 3 to 5 man-made or natural objects found on a walk(s) Pencils Watercolor Paper Watercolor (limit palette to 3 related and neutralized colors) Brushes Sharpie marker
Procedures 1. Take students, each one armed with a resealable plastic bag, on short walks or "treasure hunts" over the course of several days. Or, assign the walks as "homework." On the walk, ask students to pick up both man-made and natural objects avoiding anything dangerous or excessively dirty. 2. Ask students to choose a combination of 3-5 of the objects, most of which are unified by shape, but 1 or 2 that contrast. (For the artwork accompanying this post, Grace used a cup with a lid and straw, a tape dispenser, a ziplock bag and acorns.) 3. Once students have chosen their objects, ask them to create one or more thumbnail sketches of their objects, emphasizing unity and movement through shape and weighted line, as well as emphasis through a contrasting shape. Encourage them to "zoom in" and crop. 4. Help each student select the best composition to enlarge. Once they have transferred the drawing, ask them to further emphasize the elements and principles mentioned above in three related and neutralized color washes and Sharpie marker.
Student Extension Photograph and print out in black and white each students drawing and ask them to emphasize a different set of elements and principles, e.g. positive and negative space.
Student Artwork Credit: Grace G. (Watercolor and black Sharpie marker)
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Welcome to The Blooming Palette, a blog especially for high school visual art educators in search of seeds of inspiration.
This blog is a companion to my vegan recipe blog, The Blooming Platter, which I began in March of 2009 as a way of "giving back" to all of the wonderful vegan bloggers and other cooks/chefs out there who have inspired me, taught me so much, and continue to be incredibly generous.
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Header Art Credit: "He Who Dares to Teach Must Never Cease to Learn," Betsy DiJulio, 2005, oil pastel and mixed-media, Collection of Trish and Ken Pfeifer
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Betsy DiJulio, M.A., Ed.S., is a full-time National Board Certified art teacher at Princess Anne High School where she was chosen as the 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year before going on to be chosen as the 2009-2010 citywide Teacher of the Year for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools district. This "official artist" for the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach teaches beginning through advanced placement courses to both general education and International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Program students. A part-time freelance writer and photo stylist--who has won some national recipe contests--she focuses on topics of food, art, home and garden design, "green" initiatives and small businesses. Her work in the field of art education is published at the national level in SchoolArts Magazine. This longtime vegetarian turned vegan is an animal lover, animal rights supporter and SPCA volunteer. DiJulio and her husband, Joe, have been married since 1990 and share their home with a pack of beloved canines.
"ish" colors--colors that cannot be named, e.g. pinkish-goldish-bronzish; colors that are layered or mixed for greater complexity and sophistication (credit: teaching artist, Nicole Brisco)
Compositional Strategies--specific pictorial devices artists use to enhance compositions (see below for specifics)
Dirty Water Wash--a wash created by mixing tiny amounts of warm and cool pigments (e.g. acrylic or tempera) to create a "dirty" neutral color/value
Extended Lines--extending lines from edges of objects to link positive space with negative and to imbue artwork with the subtle look and feel of an architectural drawing (credit: teaching artist, Nicole Brisco)
Prepared Ground--painting, collaging or otherwise altering the ground or surface on which you plan to draw or paint; lends a sense of "history and mystery"
Two Glows and a Grow--a mini critique in which students trade artwork and comment constructively on at least two strengths and one area of improvement (credit: teaching artist, Nicole Brisco)
Weighted Lines--contour lines that widen and taper to create volume, depth and general dynamism in a drawing or painting