Musings about the importance and impact of art and art education in the 21st century.

Musings about the importance of art and art education

1st grade chalk pastel pumpkins in perspective

♠ Posted by ArtMuse in at 2:48 PM
No matter how much I try I'm always a month behind on seasonal art projects. Case in point, my first graders fantastic pastel pumpkins, which they just finished a week and a half ago. It's a good thing they're so good that nobody cared it wasn't pumpkin season any more!

Here's what we did:

To start I had students observe pumpkins, we then discussed the common misconceptions of draw pumpkins perfectly round and how to really make them look realistic and 3-dimensionall we needed to understand that pumpkins have all sorts of dips and curves to them. We discussed how artists make shapes smaller to show distance in their art and I then showed them how to shade the pumpkins in a 3-dimensional manner as well. By using red, gold, yellow, and orange we colored the chalk very heavily and then blended them together. After all blending is the most fun part of using chalk pastels anyway! Lastly we colored our background, using cool colors and gave everything a nice thick outline of white oil pastel, which provided a nice finishing touch.