Thursday, November 17, 2011

Landscapes and Expressionism

Third Graders at Birch Meadow School are working on landscape paintings in Expressionist style.  Expressionist artists used bright and unusual colors to paint with, brush stroke texture was visible, and many times emotions or feelings were conveyed throughout their artwork. 
Students learned the parts of a landscape: horizon line, foreground middle ground and background. Then they drew using landscape photographs.  We outlined using thin brushes and black paint because many of expressionist style paintings have bold outlines and large shapes.  Once we were finished outlining, we learned about mixing color and adding white to a color which is called a tint.  Here is what we have come up with so far:

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