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STEP 4 – WORKSHOP 1 “FISH IN THE SEA”.
GOAL: Learn how to use wet on wet, build up tone and apply cling wrap for a watery effect (1 class)
The students chose a photo of a fish, or a watercolour painting of a fish, they lightly sketched it and applied the lightest colours first wet in wet. They then dried their work and built up the details as desired with less water.
Since it was only one lesson not all students finished, but the deadlines kept their paintings fresh and loose. As you can see their results are very impressive. The following class, I gave them time to add the background. They had the choice to either test it out separately onto a small piece of paper or to add it to their fish. The sea was applied wet in wet and then salt and cling wrap were put on top, gently scrunched and left to dry.
STEP 5 – WORKSHOP 2 “Landscape”
GOAL: Review aeriel perspective, how to apply washes, create clouds and add some detail (1 class only). Another class was needed to complete these properly.
TIME FOR THE FINAL TASK
You’ll notice the final theme changed as I was inspired by the variety of topics the students were choosing to paint during their free exploratory time, and was aware of our tight deadline, so I opened it up even more to:
“SIMPLICITY – MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY WITH WATERCOLOURS”
Before the students could begin their final painting they had 4 classes to brainstorm, research, sketch, PLAY and document their learning.
It was amazing to see the development in such a short space of time. The pressure is on because not only is our Christmas break approaching but many of these students will not continue with art after, so the work has to be complete. You can see in the photos above how small some of the papers were. I told them to have multiple paintings on the go at once so that they can test out a variety of techniques.
Just before they began their final they did a quick check against the assessment sheet.
THE FINAL 2-LESSON WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS
A Message to the Students:
Well done grade 8, these are absolutely brilliant. You should be so proud with your learning. I loved how you pushed your ideas, learnt from others and never gave up. Everyone came in with different knowledge and skills, so don’t ever compare yourself to others, look at your first ever practise painting, and this final one……
…now, you know why art teachers say document everything! Isn’t it incredible to see how far each one of you has come, in such a SHORT space of time?
SOMETHING FOR ART EDUCATORS:
A BRIEF UNIT PLAN & RESOURCE LINKS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, THANKS SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ALONG OUR CREATIVE JOURNEY. WE ALL APPRECIATE YOUR FOLLOWS, LIKES AND COMMENTS.