Geninne makes many paintings and other craft works that feature birds. She has a wonderful sense of color and decorative and spatial line. In this image I saw springtime meeting up with the winter season personified in the two chosen animals.
I decided that the kids would render the bird only in warm colors to contrast against the cool colors used on the polar bear and the background.
Before starting the hands on lesson we watched a few minutes of Geninne working on one of her paintings. She posts short videos of her work in progress on her blog, so viewers can get a glimpse into her creative process. Well, the kids LOVED that. They oohed and ahhed at every stroke of color she applied.
We drew out our compositions together. We then added value with the cool colors to the polar bear. I emphasized changing the amount of pressure to create light and dark color values. Students added warm colors of their choice to their birds.
The final step was to add white paint to the various parts to add texture, pattern, and detail.
The kids did a great job and they really enjoyed seeing their winter/spring friends come to life with color.
Thanks for the continued inspiration Geninne!