Sunday, January 8, 2017

1st and 2nd Grade Art

We are starting a longer term painting project based on the expressive landscapes of Vincent Van Gogh. I showed the students a short video about the life and work of Van Gogh and we had a group discussion about his work. I pointed out the technique of paint application and the rhythms that were created in his landscapes. The students then had the choice of one of 8 landscapes Van Gogh had painted to study and be inspired by. After the students had made their choice, we took time to study the painting and had a discussion about what they had observed. Each student shared one element they had not noticed on the initial viewing. They found several details and showed a stronger understanding of the landscape. We then identified the horizon line and began with the transfer of information on the large poster board surface. I am looking forward to introducing new color theory and painting techniques to the students.

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