Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Romero Britto Inspired Embossed Metal Artworks

Continuing our exploration of Brazil, as part of our Arts Around the World curriculum this year for 2nd grade, we learned about contemporary Brazilian artist, Romero Britto. Britto was born and raised in Brazil and now lives and works in Miami, Florida. He still makes artwork today and is well known for his art, which is on display in many museums around the world and also in public spaces, such as airports, parks, and shopping areas.
Romero Britto, Children of the World (2006)
We looked at some examples of his artwork and students noticed the bold lines, colorful patterns, shapes, and fun, playful nature. We brainstormed our own ideas for artwork, inspired by Britto's style. 
Romero Britto, A Brand New Day (2006)
Students came up with four different sketches for ideas, focusing on one object -- such as a shape, symbol, food, animal, or alphabet letter -- and adding different lines, shapes and patterns to that design. Students then selected their favorite sketch and drew it on a square piece of paper, using a Sharpie to outline their shapes and lines and make those lines thicker.
The following class, students learned about embossing, which is a technique where you carve, mold or stamp a design on a surface, like paper or metal, so that it stands out in relief. The two materials typically used for embossing are paper and metal. Metal embossing is used to put a design on metal sheets. The metal is pushed with an embossing tool or stylus to create a raised effect on the opposite side. 
Students taped their design on top of an aluminum sheet, so it would not move around. Then they placed this on top of a piece of felt, which provided a softer surface to work on. Using a wooden stylus, students pressed down on all their drawn lines. Students were amazed to see their lines coming through, creating a bumpy raised design on the opposite side of the metal sheet
After they went over all their lines once, they removed the paper on top and went over all their lines again with a blunt pencil. This creates a bumpy texture that you can see on both sides of the metal, but we used the side where the lines were raised. After students were done embossing, they used colored Sharpie markers to color in the areas in between the raised lines of their design. The lines created borders for their shapes, and we discussed color choice and how to use complementary colors to help their designs and patterns stand out.
The final step involved getting the metal hot glued to a background color, creating a frame for their work. Below are some examples of our finished embossed metal artworks, inspired by Romero Britto: 
Priya, 2nd grade (O'Leary)
Gavin, 2nd grade (O'Leary)

Mia, 2nd grade (O'Leary)
Lory, 2nd grade (O'Leary)
Ethan, 2nd grade (O'Leary)
Yulissa, 2nd grade (McIsaac)
Pedro, 2nd grade (McIsaac)
Karolena, 2nd grade (McIsaac)
Maria Clara, 2nd grade (Pearse)
Lily L., 2nd grade (Pearse)
Deakin, 2nd grade (O'Connor)
Destanie, 2nd grade (McCarthy)
Raffi, 2nd grade (O'Connor)
Aliah, 2nd grade (McCarthy)
Brixton, 2nd grade (O'Connor)
Connor H., 2nd grade (O'Connor)
Ella, 2nd grade (McCarthy)

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