Grade 1 students explored the work of Van Gogh so that they could describe and replicate repeated patterns in nature, in the environment, and in works of art. We identified and described the characteristics of a landscape and noticed how Van Gogh created texture and mood. Using short strokes with oil pastels and a watercolor resist students had a lot of success creating the texture and mood they observed.
I just love these "big head" portraits middle school artists created of each other; they all show so much character on the part of the artist and of the sitter. We were inspired by the gorgeous sketchbook portraits of French illustrator Lapin who infuses ordinary people and everyday things with great character by drawing with direct observation and an exquisite line quality.These portraits were done in 20 minute sessions while students posed for each other, after we had practiced some blind contour drawing exercises and studied facial proportions. Students were challenged to draw directly on to the paper with a permanent marker pen while closely observing the contour lines of their model. The figure was permitted to be included after the portraits were complete allowing for some quirky proportion in the figure and the "big heads."
Grade 1 has finished their vibrant studies of the colorful world of Henri Matisse. Students focused on creating organic shapes in the style of the modern art master to create an interior scene with an active composition and intense colors. Emphasis was placed on applying colors with good technique and striving for good craftsmanship.