Saturday, August 15, 2015

3rd Grade Mixed Media Movement Studies

Artwork by Amber

Third graders have been exploring the art principle of implied movement in 2D artworks.  We begin by studying how artists use certain types of lines (swirling or diagonal, for example) to lend a sense of movement or energy to their works.  Van Gogh's The Starry Night and many of the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton are great examples of achieving this sense of movement through lines.

Thomas Hart Benton, The Wreck of the Old 97, 1943

We also look specifically at the work of Impressionist Edgar Degas, who often repeated the same essential form in his paintings to accomplish this feeling of movement.  Students begin their own work by drawing a subject that moves several times across the page, then coloring these subjects with oil pastels. (Because the subject is less important than capturing a feeling of movement, I provide tracers of moving subjects for them to use if desired.) Then they add "movement" types of lines using more oil pastels before finishing off their paintings with tempura block paints, ideally using brushstrokes that also emphasize movement.  All in all, the abstract nature of this principle is challenging for young students to grasp, much less portray in an artwork, but this year I think the students did a particularly great job!

Artwork by Macie

Artwork by Shannon

Artwork by Xavier

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