Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Funky Line Designs with Shading

So for another "Art Class from Mom"....We saw this super cool site from an elementary school art teacher... Art with Mr. E

It had this fun idea for line drawings.  The kids and I decided to try it out.  It was really really fun.

*Colored Pencils

Start by drawing a mild curvy line across your paper

Then draw eight dots on the curvy line at various distances from one another.  Make sure the dots on each edge of the paper are fairly close to the actual edge. 
 Starting with a small index card might be less intimidating for smaller children.
 You will then start connecting the dots.  The dots close to the edge will go off the edge of the paper to an imaginary dot.  You can not cross over any lines.  However, you can share a line as you begin going up and out.

  The lines should be taken off the edge of the paper as you extend outwords.  Some sections may be pinched off as other sections grow larger...and that is totally ok.

 The art was really cool and interesting even before we started coloring them.

 Then using colored pencils start coloring.  Have kids pick a group of colors they feel work well together
  Press harder in the corners...and as they near the center get lighter and lighter.  This is a great way to get them practice with pressure control!!! 

They did take a few days to complete - but I love the way they turned out - each had a different feeling.  I would like to try some variations of this again with them.

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