Monday, September 22, 2014
4th Grade Still Life Paintings
We started our lesson distinguishing between three subjects in art: portraits, landscapes, and still lives. We discussed the differences between these subjects, and then students each got a photo of a Vincent Van Gogh painting. Students had to decide which subject category their particular painting belonged in. A few were tricky!
I searched for a real pumpkin, but alas, in early September none were to be found in Central Texas. I did find a rather realistic one from Michael's as a substitute. Students drew the pumpkin carefully, paying attention to the sections and how many they could see on one side of the pumpkin, as well as the free form shape of the stem. Then we divided the background into different shapes with lines.
On day three we talked about mixing white with a color to make a tint. Each student picked one color, and then we carefully mixed the color with white to get different tints. Students then added the tints to the lightest side of the pumpkin. Here are students mixing their tints. The next day we also mixed colors with black to make different shades. When the paintings are finished I will post a few photos, and post the link to the Artsonia exhibit page. Happy painting until then!