One of the many reasons I enjoy this season is that I get my yearly fix of of this high fructose treat:)
The artist Margaret Morrison creates photorealistic paintings of many sweet treats. One of the paintings just happened to be a 4' tall candy corn still life. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.
I shared a number of her paintings with my first graders today. We talked about what a still life is and how Margaret's paintings are examples of the still life subject. Students agreed that these paintings looked real and I pointed out her use of light and dark to create shadows and cast shadows.
I reminded students that that when they made their Wayne Thiebaud landscapes they pressed hard to soft to create 3d space. Today they had to press hard and soft again in order to make shapes look 3d.
We drew out our images together, talking about overlapping of shapes while we worked. When it came to coloring the drawings, we used crayola colorsticks. We pressed hard for all the yellow parts. We mixed our yellow and red for the orange parts. When we didi that I modeled pressing softly with the red , so that it did not overpower the yellow in the mix.
We then softly added pencil shadows to one side of each of the treats. When we added the cast shadows we pressed harder to make them darker.