I thought students might like to see how professional, adult artists approach the subject, so I recently showed a very old, quite dated film of four Disney Artists out painting from observation ("a busman's holiday"!) The film starts with Walt himself introducing idea about creativity and originality and then shows the four artists at work in their day-job as background artists in the Disney animation studio (circa my childhood).
Then it gets to the good part - the 4 artists head out to paint the same tree in their own original styles, with their favorite mediums.
|Grade 6 artists at easels in the painting center|
We are fortunate that we can see trees from each window of our art studio, but many students pulled tree images from the internet as references. If it wasn't raining today, some kids would no doubt have been back outside.
The results of this new tool was surprising and interesting for students, and was nothing I have shown before.
I guess I'm writing all this to say that I never really know what ideas will be "grabby" for students and I am pretty surprised by all the interest they have had in painting tree-portraits, in our last week of classes, mere days before the painting center (and everything else!) closes down.