Monday, February 28, 2011

Oil Pastel Landscapes

     In first grade, we already knew that landscapes are artworks of outside scenes, but we did not know that landscapes have three different parts.  We talked about some of the tricks artists use to make their artwork look super realistic.  One of those tricks is the use of scale.  We learned that the parts of a landscape that look the closest to us, and appear the largest are in the foreground.  We learned about the medium sized objects in the middle ground, and the smaller objects that look like they're far away from us in the background. 

    The students drew landscapes with all three parts in whatever season and whatever weather and time of day they wanted.  We then experimented with oil pastel color mixing to create these vibrant artworks.

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