Inspired by Keith Haring the students created these amazing paintings. Full of color, movement and pattern, these images show creativity and a growing mastery of watercolor.
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.
Using white paint the students divided their papers into symmetrical masks. The shapes and spaces created by the white lines are filled with colors made from white, and the complimentary colors orange and blue. Compliments are opposite each other on the color wheel and add excitement to a painting but they also combine to create a wide range of values, browns and grays. I encouraged the kids to blend the paints on the paper. Creating these abstract paintings taught the students how to configure a composition that uses the entire paper. These wonderful paintings are formally balanced and the spaces made by the white lines are interesting and unusual. The results of all this creativity is artwork filled with lines, shapes, spaces, values, colors, rhythm, movement, balance, and texture all organized into a strong composition that’s fun to view.