Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2nd grade abstract landscapes

In our heads, the second graders and I traveled north to Canada.  We discovered the British-born buy Canadian resident Ted Harrison.  He seems like a jovial character, perhaps a wonderful grand-father figure.   Ted loves to paint the cold landscapes of Canada in bright, and sometimes unrealistic, colors.   He relies heavily on the contrast between warm and cool colors.

We started this art lesson by discussing the different parts of a landscape.  Next, we lightly drew a landscape (with the three parts for the ground and the sky) and traced the lines with glue.  This year I experimented by having 1/2 the classes use black glue on white paper and the other 1/2 using regular glue on black paper. After the glue dried, we talked about the special properties of chalk pastels and how we can use related colors in one area to blend to create new and unique colors.  The students had the choice to use their finger or a Q-tip for blending.  Remember to start at the top!  That way your sleeve (or arm) does not accidentally keep smearing your artwork!

Here's a link additional information about Mr. Harrison: click here

I think these look like masterpieces.  I love how the students emulated Mr. Harrison's trick of accomplishing contrast by alternating the use of warm and cool colors in their landscapes.

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