Saturday, April 9, 2011

Some Sweet Art

Wayne Thiebaud is the artist we learned about in Under the Influence this week. He's an American artist who is associated with the Pop art movement, repeating everyday objects, such as cakes, lipsticks and gumball machines. I showed the students some samples and had them point out some themes. They came up with "bright colors, repetition and food."

Then I showed them how to make a replica of an image by drawing it first and then turning the paper over onto a new sheet and drawing on the back so the pencil gets transferred to the new sheet. This was difficult for some of them, but when it worked, they were thrilled. I also gave them the option of cutting out a stencil and tracing it or cutting out a few of the repeated shapes and pasting them down. Most of them wanted to try the transfer technique.

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