Watercolours and Salt

Watercolour is a very popular medium for artists to use. There are so many techniques that you can use with watercolours to create different effects. Such as these shown below:

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There are different types of water colour, tube paint that you mix with water and dried powder that you mix with water. This week 5/6J are creating an abstract water colour painting using different water colours and table salt. 

This artist – Gary Buhler is a watercolour artist. Here is one of his artworks titled ‘Salt Lake Oasis’. It looks like he has used salt on the roof, walls and sky!

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After we have created our watercolour abstract works we are going to trace some of the shapes and patterns with black sharpies.

Check out this gallery of artworks created by other students in the USA for inspiration!

 

Hot Air Balloon Portrait

Our hot air balloon self portraits are coming along nicely. We have drawn and painted our balloons with acrylic paint, along with the baskets. We took photos of ourselves ready to position ourselves in the baskets. The canvases have arrived and are awaiting our painting of the sky.

Outlining the painted designs with black marker of our balloons really helps the design stand out! And as for the scented markers, if it is too much, put a peg on your nose!

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Hot Air Balloon Self Portrait

For our 50th Anniversary Art show next term, each class is presenting one artwork for each student. 5/6J are making hot air balloon self portraits!

We will be using photographs of ourselves for the portrait and are going to paint colourful hot air balloons and a sky.

Miss B went up in a hot air balloon in Turkey, here are some of her photos. Notice the patterns and colours used on the canvas of the balloons. 

Lesley Olver is a watercolour artist from the United Kingdom. She has created these colourful paintings of hot air balloons.

 

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Print of watercolour painting of hot air balloons by artist Lesley OlverOriginal watercolour painting of hot air balloons by artist Lesley OlverOriginal watercolour painting of hot air balloons by artist Lesley Olver

Print of watercolour painting of hot air balloons by artist Lesley Olver

I can’t wait to see what sorts of hot air balloons 5/6J create!  Click here to see some other students’ examples.

Wassily Kandinksy

This term we are creating artworks in the style of Wassily Kandinsky (VAH-see-lee    Kahn-DEEN-skee).

Kandinsky LOVED  colour. He was an excellent  musician as  well as an artist.  He thought that  colour and music had a lot in common. He said:

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul”.

He was also one of the first abstract artists.

 

Our first Kandinksy artwork is an abstract, colourful piece, like this one below!

 

Use some of these Kandinsky artworks for inspiration!

 

 

 

 

The artwork below is called “Heavy Red”. We will be completing a class mural on this later this term!

Cacti and Monument Valley

We created a pastel artwork based on the Saguaro Cactus and the rock buttes found in Monument Valley, Utah/Colorado, USA. We thought it would make a great setting for a narrative.

We looked at lots of photos for inspiration first, practising our drawing skills.

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

 Photo courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

 After sketching our desert landscapes we used chalk pastels to colour them, blending, shading and smudging to create different techniques!

Check them out in the slideshow below.