A New Day, A New Artist, A New Art Medium
This week in Art Club at Lowman Hill the third graders were introduced to the finer art of watercolor. This art medium takes a lighter approach and finer motor skills which the students have been working up to all year.
The Master Artist we looked at was Georgia O’Keefe. Specifically, we looked at her Southwest landscapes in watercolor.We talked about the visual differences in the mountain peaks of that part of the United States contrasted with our own flat-topped Flint Hills in Kansas created long ago by the inland sea.
Group discussion included how to create a unified composition using a color scheme, patterning and visual space. We talked about how different colors make us feel and how this relates to warm and cool colors. One student pointed out that summer is red…red hot!
Patterning and visual space was related to photographs of the Flint Hills as well as landscapes by O’Keefe. They examined the use of overlapping lines to develop a foreground, middleground and background giving the illusion of receding space. Repeated colors and shapes provide a sense of movement and unity.
Working with Art Club throughout this year has been amazing. The students are so eager and willing to learn and experience the world through art. They have developed confidence, problem-solving skills and creativity. They now love to talk about their artworks in front of the group. I am grateful to be part of this outreach program and excited to make a difference in the lives of young people.