Wednesday, November 23, 2011

4th Grade Oil Pastel Explorations

4th Graders have been working on an oil pastel unit. We started by exploring oil pastels and learning about the various ways we can manipulate them (i.e., smoosh, layer, blend, scratch, etc.). Students looked at abstract art and thought about how they might make an abstract composition using color, line and shape. 
Sonia Delaunay, "Electric Prisms" (from
Students started by drawing a variety of intersecting lines in black and white oil pastel on colored pieces of paper. These intersecting lines created shapes. After a discussion of value, students manipulated black and white oil pastels in a variety of ways (i.e., blending, layering, etc.) to create value inside their shapes.
Elijah, 4-331

The following week, students learned to blend color into their black and white shapes.
Braulio, 4-301

Emily, 4-301

Richard, 4-301

Students will use the knowledge they gained during the exploration lessons (i.e., how to manipulate the oil pastels, how to create value and texture, etc.) to help inform their decisions when they create their final drawings. Be on the look out for a future post showcasing their final projects...

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