Submitted by: Barbara Rhodes, retired art teacher
Title: From Your Imagination
Total Sessions: 3
Total Project Points: 50
Media: Tempera Paint; India ink; String; Drawing Paper (approximately 23" X 9" / 58.4 X 22.9 cm); Sharpie Fine Point Markers
Vocabulary: Back ground, contrast, mud, complementary colors, outline, enhance, organic.
Looking at clouds and finding objects is a game that many of us have played. You will just take it up a notch by creating your “clouds" on paper with the use of colored paint and some “happening" lines created with inked string. There is a need for all of us to exercise the creative side of your brain so relax, don’t talk so your left side of your brain does not get in the way and find that image that is totally from your imagination. Once you have found the image share it with the rest of us by adding lines and flattening the background with one color.
You will need to know your Color Wheels so you do not get ‘MUD’. Try to keep the complementary colors such as yellow and purple, blue and orange, red and green from mixing on your paper so you do not get muddy colors.
To see what each student's level of creativity is at this time. This project will help indicate imagination level as well as ability to handle chosen media, ability to follow directions and level of drawing and painting ability.
You are to produce a finished piece of art that reflects the same or higher quality than the examples on this page. You are to enjoy the making of art and be aware of the time restrictions we have to work within. You are to be careful and not get the media on your clothes or anyone else’s clothes. Wear a smock or old shirt.
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The Steps are as follows:
Apply tempera paint to your paper in an expressive, free-flowing, organic manner. Place newspaper under your paper for easy clean up. Be careful not to over manipulate your paint so you can avoid the dreaded ‘MUD’
Carefully apply an ink covered string to the surface of your painting. You want a variety of shapes and spaces created when the ink connects with the surface. Remove the string and let it dry.
Using the black lines and color changes to inspire you, find an object that will occupy approximately 2/3rds of the surface of your painting. Bring out the object by outlining it with a black sharpie
Help ‘pop’ your object by flattening your background with one color of paint. Mix enough to cover the amount of surface you have (it is very hard to get the same color if you run out) and only apply it with one stroke. Two strokes with cause the underlying paint to start bleeding through and mixing with your top coat. You can try a light coat of mat clear spray on your original paint to keep it from bleeding through so easily.
1st Day Apply paint and inked string
2nd Day Outline found object and start on background. Be sure to save your paint so you can have it to complete your background the next class period
3rd Day Finalize by the end of class – Bring your art up to be graded along with your assessment.