The following instructable will walk you through an art project you can do with your students to help them learn or reaffirm a variety of visual art related theories and techniques. The instructable will walk you through the project itself; for information on how to present the lesson view the lesson plan file attached.
• Learn about abstract art, the differences between abstract and representational art, terms such as geometric and organic shapes, and a selection of art history on the artist Kandinsky.
• Learn and apply a variety of watercolor painting techniques.
• Apply their knowledge of colour to a new independent assignment while learning about abstract art.
Step 1: What you will need...
- Watercolor paints
- Containers for painting water
- Paper towel
- Newsprint to cover tables
- Blank paper
- Saran wrap
- Black yarn
- White glue
- Glue sticks
- Lesson plan
- Power point file on Kandinsky
- Assignment handout
Step 2: Paint the 5 techniques
Once you are all set up and ready to paint get 5 pieces of paper (I use 8.5x11 paper cut in half width wise), each piece of paper is to be painted in one of the colour schemes as follows (view lesson plan for instructions on teaching each technique and what each color term means):
a) Monochromatic scheme in a graduated wash
b) Analogous scheme in wet on wet technique
c) Warm colours using dry brush cross hatching
d) Cool colours using saran wrap technique
e) And two complementary colours in a linear pattern
You should have one piece of paper for each theme.
(For younger grades you may simplify by having students paint each of the 5 papers however they like to simply get across the concept of abstract art)