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Emily
Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts
Flowers, Up Close
and Personal
 

or
Bird Watchin'


artwork by Emily Yellow Bird

"Thank you for all your efforts in creating a fantastic art experience!  You were so well prepared, inspiring and patient. I really appreciated how you drew each student out with their personal stories of their flower choice".  - Parent, Ovando School, MT

Watercolor Workshop
 

2nd grade student

5th grade student shares her story about roses and why they are special to her.
Age Appropriate
Project Time
Grades K-12
* grade appropriate lessons for K -1, 2-7 & 8-12

Short Version: 4- 5 hours

Long Version: 5-7 hours

Introduction

Many of our experiences, positive and negative, involve flowers.  In May, as the Lilly of the Valley are at their peak of deliciousness, my mother would pick a vase full of these white drops of beauty and set them in my bedroom.  In the summer when I spent a week at grandma & grandpa's, grandma taught me how to draw "no-fail" roses.  My grandmother and I visit my grandpa and place roses on his grave; roses were a gift he would give her every Wedding Anniversary.  I grew up smelling, studying and picking flowers so it was just natural to begin painting them.  During the workshop I will provide my understanding of flowers, watercolor techniques and tips for a good composition as we share the ways these complex gifts of creation can make us smile, cry, laugh and heal.  An offshoot to this workshop is “Bird Watching” in which I supplement birds for flowers.

3rd graders find success through flowers
Objectives

Using watercolors and 140 lb. paper, students will design/ compose a cropped image and paint a well composed picture of a flower while incorporating at least three techniques demonstrated by the artist; the elements of design(most specifically line, shape and form), masking, mixing and layering colors while utilizing the techniques of wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry brush. 

Unit Goals

Students will be able to define and perform the following watercolor techniques; wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush and lifting.
Students will be able to layer colors and explain transparency
Students will be able to compose an image, utilizing the specific elements of design; line, form and space
Students will be able to complete a blind contour drawing within 2 minutes
Students will be able to mask an area while utilizing the wet-on-wet technique to wash the background.
Students will be able to define their flowers, adding detail, while utilizing the dry brush technique


2nd grade student


8th grade student

 
Evaluation

They will demonstrate their understanding by using watercolors to paint a well composed picture of flowers utilizing the elements of design(most specifically line, shape and form), masking, mixing and layering colors while utilizing the techniques of wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry brush.  Students will complete a self evaluation rubric as well as discuss and critique each other’s work.

To receive a packet of information or schedule your fine art program with Emily Yellow Bird, please email Emily @ blackpintohorse@hotmail.com


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