Sunday, August 14, 2011

Camouflage Impressionist Style

This lesson was adapted from the Incredible Art Department.  The students at Port Huron Northern High School studied the characteristics of Impressionism as well as color mixing theories as they attempted to create a landscape prompted by a strip of a painting.  The students were asked to find an Impressionist painting they like the most from the Internet and print in color.  From there, we cut the picture into two inch wide strips.  They glued one strip of paper onto a 12 x 18 piece of paper and then were challenged to create a totally original, balanced landscape that perfectly matched the colors presented in the strip.  Using the color mixing theories as their guides, they tried to camouflage the original strip by using color match and brush stroke matches.  As any artist will tell you, color matching is addictive.  Once they found they could recreate any color from a basic palette of primary colors, white, and black; they were sold.  The results speak volumes.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a great lesson! I tried it once a long time ago during my student teaching. I am bringing it back to my Drawing and painting 200 class this year. We will use old calendar photos of master paintings. I will keep you posted with the results. Thanks for sharing your images.