For the first time this year, I am teaching painting. I absolutely love painting. It is one of my favorite mediums to work in! I had a lot of apprehensive students coming in to start the 6 weeks because they were worried about their drawing skills but I assured them they would be fine. So far, everyone is VERY successful in their work!
The first project we are doing is a Pop Art Portrait. They learned about artist Andy Warhol and pop art. They then looked for their own photo of a person they though was "popular". My own example is Bob Ross, although most of them have no idea who he is...how sad!
Using free online photo editing software, Pixlr.com, students changed their photo to black and white and then used the posterize option to break their photo up into areas of different values. They had to have at least 5 values so that they could the original color plus 2 tints and 2 shades (or more).
Students then created a 1/2" grid on the photo and traced around all of their value areas with sharpie (this makes it easier to transfer to the larger paper.
Next, students created a 1" grid on large white paper and enlarged the areas of value, box by box.
When they started to paint, they had to find their middle value and that would be their original, unmixed color. From there, they would paint 2+ tints and then finally 2+ shades.
I will add more photos as they continue to make progress!
We have a few finished with more students close to finishing!