1.) The students will be able to accurately describe Theibaud’s unique style in their artist statement.
2.)The students will express their own personal opinions on Thiebaud’s work, answering the questions: What is the purpose of art? What is the purpose of Theibaud’s art?
3.)The students will effectively re-create Thiebaud’s unique style (utilizing texture with the oil pastels and prominent shadows)
4.) The students will use complementary colors, tints and shades to create depth, shadows and highlights.
Day 1 (40 minute periods)
What: We are learning about the artist Wayne Thiebaud
How: We will watch a powerpoint presentation on his life and work and watch a brief video about him.
Why: We will see what WE can learn as artists from Thiebaud. What can we take away from his style?
1.) Introduce students to Thiebaud. A powerpoint presentation will include background on his life and work. A short 10 minute youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI_QJ5D9Qm8
will also give them a sense of his life and work
Why do you think Thiebaud picked pastries/cakes/food as his subject matter? Why do you like or dislike his art? Does art have to have meaning to be good? What is the purpose of art?
What: We are drawing a composition that uses food as the subject matter in the style of Wayne Thiebaud
How: We will use visuals to help us get as much accuracy as possible
Students begin their thumbnail sketches (using a visual.) I will have several photographs of food printed off for the students to use.
Students draw their final copy onto black paper in pencil.
Demonstration: Oil pastels
What: We are creating highlights and shadows in our work inspired by Thiebaud’s approach.
How: By layering warm colors to create highlights and cool colors to create shadows
Why: To create visual interest in our work.
Introduction---Light and the prism. White light is all colors. Link to Science and their experience with the Spectroscope/Prism. When held up to white light, what did they see? (The rainbow) That is why when you are creating highlights on your objects, they can be yellow, pink, orange, etc. Shadows can appear blue or violet. We don’t need to think purely in terms of black and white when applying shadows and highlights. Notice how Thiebaud approached the color white in his paintings: Shadows appear as cool colors like blue and violet (rather than simply black) and highlights are represented with warm colors like pinks, peaches, and yellows (not simply white.)
Show them how to mix colors, start with a base coat, choose a side for your light source and add cool colors as shadows, warm colors as highlights.
Be sure to layer the oil pastels, and apply them thick so that your piece is highly textured much in the way Thiebaud painted with his oil paint.
Students continue with the oil pastels for about the next 4 class periods concentrating on layering colors to create shadows and highlights.