Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Out of This World Outer Space Resist

Recently, 4th grade artists thought about how to use color to make shapes appear less flat and more three dimensional. We noticed that adding shading to a shape, as well as a highlight, helps transform the flat shape into a three dimensional looking form. 
We applied this concept to our outer space drawings, using oil pastels. To begin, students brainstormed a list of things you might see in outer space, including the Earth, sun, planets, stars, asteroids, space stations and of course, the Millennium Falcon and Death Star from Star Wars! After sketching out their compositions, students drew their outer space scenes on larger paper and used oil pastel to add color and depth.  
Students were encouraged to use several colors on each object, considering the light source and where there might be shade to help give objects and three dimensional appearance. Students got very creative and imaginative with their details, including flying unicorns, food items, and space junk!
When they finished drawing with oil pastel, students painted their entire artwork with black watercolor paint. This is called resist, because the oil pastel resists the watercolor paint, and allows the oil pastel outer space objects to stand out. Here are some examples of our out of this world outer space resist paintings!
Nolan, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Alani, 4th Grade (Graves)
Andrew A., 4th Grade (Mattson)
Anna, 4th Grade (Cikacz)
Ava, 4th Grade (Mattson)
Bella, 4th Grade (Cikacz)
Emilio, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Hammad, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Jaylyn, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Jessica, 4th Grade (Cikacz)
Kiran, 4th Grade (Mattson)
Oliver, 4th Grade (Doherty)

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