This lesson was made for one of my mixed classes. It is my advanced art class which is made up of Art 2 and Art 3 students. Instead of separating all the lessons I chose to combine them so we learn the same concepts and challenges at the same time but then do different projects at the end to reflect what they have learned or put into practice. This class is all about understanding and using the elements of art and principles of design to make better decisions and judgements when creating and viewing art.
In this powerpoint I talk about how to use color and unity to strengthen your artwork. We start off by discussing the 3 qualities of color; hue, value, and intensity. I put an example or two in for each discussion point. This leads into talking about how using these 3 qualities can make your optical illusions much stronger and also your color palette choices. I show two very different paintings and talk about the color psychology behind them. If they switched color schemes the whole mood and message of each painting would dramatically change. This leads into the psychological effect that colors play in our meaningful art.
In talking about color unity I show several good examples for discussion that use an overall texture, color mixing, etc. in order to create a strong sense of unity throughout the artworks. I show a few more examples and explain that anything can create unity from limiting your color palette to using the same texture throughout.
Next I have the class use my critique paper to list some strengths and weaknesses of three artworks (while citing elements and principles). This checks understanding and gives them practice spotting the mistakes and good choices of other artists while learning how to talk about art.
In the art 2 section I give them 3 options for their final watercolor project: Abstract-ish, realistic, or illustrative. We always do some warmups before going into a final project so I have them start by practicing a list of techniques (wet-on-wet, blotting, etc.). Then once they know what the techniques are they can use them to create an original abstract composition using a handful of the watercolor techniques. I show examples of these. and a group of example watercolors that some of my students have done in the past.
In my art 3 section they will go through the human figure and free-hand some preliminary assignments before starting their final. I show the process of how I would like them to break the body down into simple shapes to get proportions correct and then slowly refine them step-by-step to the final product. I have them start off drawing my wooden mannequins; then draw people from magazines or off of the internet; then they take turns drawing each other in real life (posing for each other); and then they may choose their final project.
At the end of the powerpoint I have included a simple art 2 game to check understanding. I show a list of pictures and quiz students to see if they can name what watercolor methods have been used and in what order should they be completed? Obviously they will need to go through a practice assignment to first learn the methods before they play this game. We always play it a few days after the lesson but well before their final projects to be sure they have a good understanding of the techniques and layering of watercolor effects.