Time to move on.
We are spoiled in SoCal with our weather. That said, it has been cold the past week... and rainy. Sigh.
The cold snap we have been experiencing reminded me of an image by Lisa Congdon. She has a whole Nordic series that I quite enjoy, but there were two iceberg paintings that spoke to me due to their simplicity and calm. I thought these would lend themselves nicely to a lesson on 3d space and warm and cool colors.
When I introduced Lisa and her work to the classes via her website, I mentioned that she did not become an artist until she was 31. I did this to reinforce the idea that you can become an artist at any point. You don't have to be a certain age, or have a certain amount of schooling. Lisa is primarily self taught, so I told the kids if you love art, work hard at your art, you can become an artist at any point. You can't say this about all careers.
I then showed the students a sample I had made, and with that we identified cool colors in the icebergs and water and warm colors in the sky and sun. I also pointed out how things get higher up as they go back and they also get lighter in color value.
We drew out our icebergs together. Main shape followed by adding the shadow lines. We repeated this for the other 2 icebergs, moving up the bottoms of each one as we went.
When students colored their shadows, they could use any cool color to do so. They followed an ABAB pattern. The main change I wanted them to make with each iceberg was to press more softly on each one to make hte far away ones look lighter.
They added cool colors to the water and warm colors to the sky. With each of these areas I demonstrated how to hold the colorstick on its side to fill in a large area. If they held it on its side and pressed harder on the end they could get detail parts colored as well as filling larger areas. Handling the colors this way also created a different type of texture that was rough compared to the smooth areas of the icebergs.
This is not the first time that Lisa's work has inspired a lesson I have done my students. Last year I did a popsicle project that was inspired by an abstract collage she created. These pieces were on display at a local store, Viva Pops, for an extended period:)