Lesson: Overlapping Glassware
July is Printmaking + Color Theory Month at Arts For Life! Teachers have been concentrating on a variety of lessons designed to impress upon students the very important role color has in artistic composition. In this lesson, students explore the brilliant effects of layering color.
- Use paint to encourage discovery of color mixing.
- Explore color theory while learning basic drawing techniques.
- Watercolor paper
- Black Sharpie, ultrafine
- Primary watercolors
- Color wheel
- Discuss primary and secondary colors, explaining color mixing by showing the color wheel.
- Choose a collection of glass items to draw: light bulbs, vases on a shelf, marbles, beads, etc.
- Draw the items overlapping each other. Cover the page with the items.
- Outline the items in black Sharpie.
- Begin with red watercolor paint. Paint one third of the glass items red. Let dry.
- Paint one third of the items blue. If it overlaps red, it will turn purple. Let dry.
- Paint the remainder of the items yellow. If it overlaps red, it will turn orange, and if it overlaps blue it will turn green.
- For young artists, trace simple shape templates and designate a shape to a color. For example: red = triangle, blue = circle, yellow = square.
Photo: Colored Bulbs by Betsey
Lesson inspired by: arteascuola.com/2013/02/murano-glassware-shelf
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