Wednesday, September 8, 2010

and we're off!

Good start to the year. Introduced the 2nd graders to line with the illustrations of Anne Smith. She does a lot of work for a variety of clients in the U.S. and in Europe. Her work is funky, and I mean that in a good way.

Not slick and polished. I'm attracted to the hand drawn quality of her work.

Anne has done a series of cup illustrations that I thought would be a good way to have students work with the functions of line.
We discussed how Anne used line in a variety of ways. She uses line to make natural and geometric shapes and to make some shapes look 3d while others appear flat. Some of her lines are outlines and some are implied by having one color meet a different one along an edge.

1. use contour lines to create a cup shape on a small sheet of colored paper
2. draw a few natural shapes on the side of the cup with pencil and then add color to the design
3. add color to the oval at the top oval of the cup and press hard on one side to lightly on the other to make it look like an opening and not a lid
4. cut out the cup shape
5. using crayons, create a background pattern or scene that relates to the shapes drawn on the cup. emphasize the need to make a connection between the two
6. glue cup onto setting


  1. I love these beautiful cups made by your students! Its wonderful to see the different uses of line and how the images on the backgrounds relate to the cups, each in a special way. They are imaginative and charming- congratulations to each of your budding artists.

    All the best,
    Anne Smith

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