Oil pastels are made to be very blendable---they are soft, oily and designed to be mixed and spread together on the paper. For this project there should be evidence of blending and your designs must fill the entire paper. Blending can be done by using your finger or paper towel however it gets fuzzy. The best blending is just by layering colors on top of one another.
You can also create textures by first applying bold color to the paper and then going over it with another color until it is completely covered. Next, use a paper clip to scratch off the second color, revealing the color underneath. It creates a result similar to a scratchboard.
• Oil pastels are messy - if the tip of your oil pastel is dirty, use a paper towel to wipe the tip off.
• Oil pastels smudge – put a paper towel or scrap paper underneath you hand as you color to protect your art and help keep you hands clean.
• Always blend with the lighter color.
• White can be added at the end as a highlight. Simply blend over the top of a light area using white oil pastel.
1. Get a black paper and pick a print-out that you want to work from for reference. Put your name on it, you will need this to draw from and hand in with your finished project, so don’t lose it!
2. Find the middle of your reference photo and black paper using a ruler. Lightly draw a + sign all the way to the edge on each so you can reference placement and proportion. This will simple grid technique will help you know where to draw the main details.
3. LIGHTLY draw with pencil to layout the main areas of your composition. Do not draw all of the tiny details like fur and feathers.
4. Once everything is laid out, start coloring your lightest areas using short strokes. Don’t worry too much about the tiny details, yet. You’ll be doing a lot of layering.
5. After the light areas, color your middle tone areas.
6. Once the middle tones are done, color your darkest areas.
7. After your colors are laid down, now you can go back and add texture and details by layering the pastels on top of one another. Try to avoid smudging, let the oil pastels blend by coloring on top of one another.
8. Hand in your artwork with your name on the back along with this rubric.
Rubric is attached.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
Visual Arts Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect analytically on various interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating works of visual art
[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works
Visual Arts Standard 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis