Ocean Sunset

In this mixed media painting studio, Little Artists painted an ocean sunset on a large canvas with painted newspaper fish like the one here to learn about important design concepts such as color, rhythm, repetition, texture and shape. Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 8.51.03 PM

To start we talked about colors the artists used.  Have we seen an ocean sunset like this?  Which of these colors would you paint first on your canvas? Why? Why make the ocean so green? Why not more blue? Would the fish stand out if it was blue? Why should we paint the ocean so much bigger than the sky?  Does it make you feel small? Does the ocean in real life make you feel small?

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Using acrylic paint and texture mediums, artists experimented with brush strokes, blending and splattering the paint.   Mixing in various amounts of blues, yellows and greens to get their oceans just they way they wanted them.

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We also took a look at how the fish repeat and create a parallel pattern moving in opposite directions and different levels. The patterns and sizes of the fish make the viewer feel movement of the fish in the water.

We did the same in our paintings, cutting and attaching painted newspaper fish of different sizes.

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The end result, deep green beauty!

See You at the Next Studio!