Friday, October 2, 2015

Line Challenge Resist Paintings

PK and Kindergarten artists started off the year by exploring line! Lines are a traveling mark, created when a dot goes for a walk. They help define the edges of shapes and space, and we can see them all around us!

We learned about the names of different lines, including straight, wavy, zig zag, curly, dotted and spiral. We also created some of our own, including a "shape line," "column line" and "castle line"! Using oil pastels, students drew a variety of different lines in their "line challenge" drawings, making them go all the way across their paper. They drew lines that we had learned about, and invented new lines from their imagination.

Next class, we explored what happens when we add paint on top of our oil pastel lines. We thought about what might happen and some students predicted that our lines might disappear, be covered by the paint, or change color, while others thought the lines might still show. We watched a demonstration of paint on top of oil pastel and noticed that we could still see the oil pastel lines through the paint! We learned that this is because the oil pastel and paint resist each other, or move away from each other, instead of mixing together. 
Students painted on top of their oil pastel lines, working on washing out their brush between colors and trying to cover the entire paper with paint. It was fun to see resist in action, and watch our lines magically show through the paint! 
Below are examples of our artwork, some of which are on display on the bulletin board in the connector hallway!
Griffin, Kindergarten (Bolton)
Isabella, Kindergarten (Tan)
Logan, Kindergarten (Martignetti)
Willow, Kindergarten (Tan)
We will continue our exploration of line this term, so stay tuned for more!

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