|Ceiling Tiles with Phillip Martin|
|Color:||Understand that colors can be transparent and opaque|
|Understand that color schemes can be analogous, monochromatic and complementary|
|Line:||Appreciate that line is used to represent the world around us|
|Space:||Appreciate that positive and negative space is used to enhance aesthetics|
|Texture:||Appreciate that texture is used to enhance realism|
|Appreciate that texture is used to enhance aesthetics|
|Form:||Appreciate that art encompasses a variety of 3-D forms using various media|
|Design:||Realize that the contrast of value (tone) causes eye movement|
|Appreciate the difference between unity and monotony in art|
|Materials:||25 ceiling tiles, or whatever surface is available|
|25 6B pencils|
|an assortment of different beans|
|Vocabulary:||Transparent, Opaque, Analogous, Monochromatic and Complementary Colors, Line, Positive and Negative Space, Texture, Media, Unity, Monotony|
is so much potential for this activity. I've had students paint famous
paintings, Native America patterns
and African Designs. For this particular
lesson, the subject is Aboriginal art from
Australia. This style frequently depicts animals, often using earth
colors. In this activity, students may work alone or in groups of no
more than three to create an aboriginal-style painting. They may choose
any animal or color scheme they wish.
First have the students research the animal of choice and get a photocopy or printout. Then, they need to graph the animal onto the ceiling tile. (If you have not taught students to work with a grid, that lesson may be a good starting point. It is such a valuable tool.) Soft 6B pencils work well for drawing on ceiling tiles. It is important to have a bold and simple design.
Stress how important it is that the students do not to erase on the surface of the ceiling tile. (If they make a mistake, it will be painted over anyway.) They must not lean on the surface of the tiles with their elbows or knees because it will create permanent craters, ruining the surface of the painting. And, students need to be careful not to touch the fiberglass any more than absolutely necessary. I strongly suggest gloves to move the tiles.
Aboriginal paintings frequently have some kind of dots. In this activity students will use beans to create a three-dimensional effect.
Helpful hint: One little trick I learned through experience -- it would be good to freeze all the beans a week to kill any insects that might later want to bore their way out of the beans. At least, that was a problem in Africa.
Another Helpful hint: I suggest the students paint the seeds first on Styrofoam trays (two coats). When the seeds are painted, they must be separated so that no bean touches another. After the paint has dried, apply a second coat. When it is time to glue the seeds, some of the Styrofoam will come up with the bean. That isn't a problem because that flat side can be glued to the surface of the ceiling tile.
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