The inspiration for these wonderful paintings is all around the classroom. The students picked a part of their environment to observe, draw, and finally paint. The results are these colorful abstract compositions filled with shapes, patterns, colors, and movement.
Patterns, Letters, and Numbers
“Things the mind already knows,” Jasper Johns.
This quote and work of Johns is the inspiration for these drawings. Pattern, movement, color, contrast, and repetition are all important in these wonderful oil pastels.
The student’s used their observational skills to create a realistic pencil drawing. This drawing was traced onto velum and color was added to create an expressive selfie. Wonderful patterns and colors, plus a sense of fun make these drawing special.
In the first lesson, see below, the students became aware of the edges of the paper and their importance in a composition. Keeping this in mind, the kids used leaves as their models and made these wonderful mixed media drawings. Using both oil pastel and watercolor crayons they created different textures and colors and some of the children worked with compliments (opposite colors on the color wheel) to add excitement to their drawings. These playful compositions have a sense of movement and rhythm.