Below are examples of our 6th grade paintings. Emphasis is placed on color theory along with painting skills. Students are asked to go outside the classroom within a 5 minute period and select two leaves which have "personality"... leaves with holes, missing edges, etc. Students draw these and then pick their favorite one. They perform an abstraction of this design.
Next we paint a color wheel of primaries, secondaries, and tertiary colors; another wheel of gray values; another of one color showing tints and shades. They keep these wheels for reference.
Each student has a choice of using one of these options.... Option #1 - use only the 3 primaries plus white (must mix to get secondaries, tertiaries) with cool colors outside the leaf and warm inside... or Option #2 - use only one color plus black and white using gray values only on the outside, color plus white on inside making tints/shades.
Hidden Pictures Painting
Seventh grade has a rotational wheel called Exploratory 7. Classes meet for an approximately period of seven weeks in each of these subjects... art, computers, drama, foods, and woodshop. In art rotation, we focus on art history, aesthetics, more skill development, elements and principles.
This project Hidden Pictures is begun by studying the works of Bev Doolittle who is a well-known, living California artist. Students enjoy viewing her work because each work has an underlying hidden work inside. Very unique. We try to accomplish something somewhat similar by trying to hide our subject matter as well.
As you view these following pieces, look for the main subject matter "hidden" within. (If a painting here "stumps" you than you'll find the answer scrolling down.)