Monday, March 21, 2011

Coming Full Circle

This week we learned about Sonia Delaunay, a Ukranian artist born in 1885. We focused, as you’ll see, on her pictures using circles. She was obsessed with color, and her paintings explored the power, versatility and vibrancy of colors.

Before we started, we talked a bit about composition; where things are placed on the page. I wanted to focus more on composition than on medium, so I told them they could use colored pencils, markers, crayons, or a combination of any of those.

They started by tracing circles on the page—varying sizes in different locations, some inside others. I brought some objects to trace from home, and I also suggested they find different circle objects around the classroom. It was a good excuse for them to get up and walk around (something they’re happy to do after a full day of school).

Once their circles were done, they used rulers to divide them into different sections, and they colored each of those sections however they wanted.

Each week I just love how the same directions result in such a variety of styles and interpretations.

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