Mission Statement: I will develop the higher level thinking skills of all students. I will create an environment for my students that encourages creative thinking, problem solving, and risk-taking. My students will gain knowledge of art and culture throughout history and the modern world. My students will use the elements and principles of art and design to create a portfolio of original works of art. My students will evaluate their work and the work of others.
Middle School: The Element of Space-Warm Foreground/Cool Background
I did this assignment with my 6-8th grade elective class after they practiced basic watercolor techniques. We talked about ways to add Space and Depth to their artwork and this project let them practice the law of "warm colors advance, cool colors recede."
First, students had to choose a subject. I had handouts for chameleons/iguanas and fish because these subjects work well with this idea but I think insects, butterflys, flowers or abstract shapes would work well too. Students sketched in pencil, inked in sharpie and added color with their choice of watercolor techniques. When students finished early, I had them paint the same subject but with cool colors in the foreground and warm colors in the background--this helped them really see the effect of color on space.
For the iguanas and chameleons, I let my students use a yellow-green and explained that this is a "warm green."
Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for the handouts--my students LOVE these!