Monday, April 25, 2011

Poems & Painting with Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly is an American artist who is know for his big, graffiti style paintings.
He often quoted poets and myths in his paintings too.
I personally love his style and wanted to replicate his "Rose" series.

First we constructed a poem together as a group.  I did it "mad lib style" where the kids filled in the blanks to create a more personalized poem.

Materials needed:
-Black construction paper, cut into long rectangles
-White pencils
-Colored construction paper for flowers
-Red paint

1.  Start by having the students write the poem on one side of the black paper in white pencil.
2.  Next have them cut out 3 flower shapes out of a colored construction paper.  You may choose to create a template that they trace for a more uniform flowers
3.  Glue the flowers in a row on the black paper
4.  Apply red paint over the flowers.  I demonstrated how to do this to create the illusion of flower petals.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Warm/Cool Color Study...con't


First, we started with 2 ABSTRACT paintings.
One using only warm colors, the second using only cool colors.

Next, we ripped, cut and glued the two paintings, creating one awesome abstract!

Look at these!  2 very different results, both super interesting!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Warm/Cool Color Study

Teaching your students about warm vs. cool colors is a great way to expand their art vocabulary.
Warm colors...think summer, sun, campfire...reds, yellows, oranges, pinks....
Cool colors...think winter, icicles, water...blues, greens, purples...


First, we began by painting two ABSTRACT paintings.
One in only warm colors.  The second in only cool colors.

Next we wove the two painting together!

Here are some examples...