This Creative Challenge invites students to explore mark-making, texture, shape, space, color, abstraction and mood through pastel landscapes inspired by the work of American master, Wolf Kahn. Creating the images on a black ground causes the colors to really "sing" on the paper.
Reproductions of Wolf Kahn pastel landscapes
Black construction paper, black drawing paper or black pastel paper
White charcoal pencils if needed for sketches to show up on black paper
Basic drawing and composition experience
An understanding of and sketchbook practice with mark-making techniques (hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, etc., including students' own inventive marks)
Basic familiarity with color "mixing" and layering with chalk or soft pastels (or just build in a mini-lesson)
Basic understanding of composition and Elements and Principles of Design
Basic familiarity with color "mixing" and layering using chalk or soft pastels
1. Introduce the work of Wolf Kahn. You might do this by giving small groups of students a Wolf Kahn reproduction plus a reproduction of a more realistic landscape and asking them to compare/contrast and then share answers with whole class. The point is to help students recognize basic characteristics of Kahn's pastel landscapes: simplified and often geometric shapes, vivid and sometimes non-local color, color registers or bands of color, a general flattening out of form, etc.
IB-MYP Area of Interaction: Environment