artist inspired watercolor exploration
Fourth graders learned about a new artist names Emma Larson, who paints abstract watercolor paintings that express her emotions through color, shape, line and technique. We looked at a bunch of her paintings and discussed what we saw, how they thought she was feeling and why, the conversation was so invigorating, they were truly being deep and thoughtful thinkers. They then learned some new watercolor techniques and were advised to try them out. They then choose a piece of watercolor paper, out of many different sizes and the only directions they had were to paint their emotion(s) using color, line, shapes and technique and to work abstractly. They really got so into this, and the beauty is obvious! The next class I hung up everyone's paintings anonymously and as a class we picked out a few and had the same in depth conversations about classmates work as we did with Emma Larson's. Then they added another layer of paint with the emotion they were feeling that day, whether is was the same of different. They then could add a third layer or fine details if they wanted, such as giving a shape that looks like a leaf lines to define it,etc. Lastly they came up with a creative name for their work!