We focused on his paintings of birds and I had students pick out elements that were the same in all his work. Here is what they noticed.
* He used concentric circles for the eyes.
* He uses lots of bright colors.
* His birds are painted using simple shapes.
* He uses black outlines around the birds for contrast.
So, we began with a sketch on colored construction paper in pencil, then outlined the sketch with black glue. When I made my black glue at the beginning of the year and I used several things. I mixed some with black tempera, some with india ink and some with black acrylic. The acrylic gets a bit thick, so I would stick with the other two mediums. Mixing 1/2 glue with 1/2 paint works best.
Once dry, we used oil pastels to add the color. What I wanted my students to experiment with was layering and blending colors. We talked about the colors on the wheel and decided the ones closest to each other would blend the best. Analogous Colors! We also decided that using white will work with any color to lighten it. I got some amazing results! Check them out.
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