It’s our last lesson and we have grown a lot since our first lesson in color.
Students now understand the concept of making color, of layering, and composing a painting before laying down the image/ color.
We began by painting no a small 5×7 canvas. I wanted students to work on a smaller canvas and to see it as a study. I had hopes the students would have enough time to work on both a small canvas and a larger canvas.
Students had an opportunity to walk outside and sketch part of the canvas. They were to have a horizon line, trees and a sky and ground. I had asked them to remember the three parts of a landscape, the foreground, middle ground and background. Below are what their sketches looked like from our walk.
Some students worked really hard on the sketch, and some made guidelines for how they were going to paint. I made it clear to them that we would not be drawing with pencil on the canvas and that our sketch was simply an inspiration for their painting. We can alter anything about the landscape so we can allow our viewer to see what the artist wants them to see. I also mentioned to them that if there was a bench or tree that was in their sketch that they didn’t want in their composition, to simply take it out.
We spent about 20 minutes outside before I bought them back in and we began working on the canvas. We first prepped our canvas and began with the sky and ground colors. When we got this far our first day had to end. Only a few of my students got far enough to paint the sky and ground. The rest caught up the following week. Here is some of their canvases after the first day.
The following week we met to finish up our painting. I showed them a few techniques on the canvas and how to paint the various objects on the canvas. When it came to the color of the trees, the students would mix the paints colors like I had explained in the lesson plan. The students had to mix the color, split it in half, add some white to it, then split the new tint in half and add more white to one of those halves. The darker color could be added first in objects, followed by the next step up, making the objects larger to give an appearance of looking closer. The lightest of the colors was painted on last giving the illusion of it being the closest.
By showing my students these few techniques they took off on their own and made some beautiful paintings.
Here are the Final Results