We began by looking at a presentation of artists with very different styles- Frank Stella, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, and Jackson Pollock, among others- and considered their craft. How did they get the paint on the canvas? What emotions are revealed? What do you see?
Artists began their own work with an underpainting, creating a tint and a shade of a single color, roughly dividing the page in half. This is the layer upon which the rest of the painting is built.
|Tint and shade of purple|
|Adding the masking tape|
Artists added paint with a brush,
and added texture with texture combs.
Before the end of class, we remove the tape to reveal the colors or designs underneath.
|Before the tape is taken off...|
The third class is all about experimentation- we spray the paint with toothbrushes,
texture and blend it with sponges,
drizzle it with spoons,
and sprayed it with water to make the colors runny.
The results speak to the styles they observed.
It would be fair to tell you how my classroom looks after. Which is, to say, colorful. Fortunately, mess does not especially faze me, but if your home/classroom is not ready for this level of mess, splattering could also be done outside on a nice day or over a drop cloth.
|The floor under the splattering table|
That's why it's an art room.
Where else can in life can you make a mess, and end up with something so gorgeous, like these?