As we move through the history of art in Art 1 we have to stop and take note of the styles of Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. We note how they were post-impressionism artists with some expressionism in their work. We look at how color can affect the mood of a painting. So we started by making a simple tree, dividing it in half and then chalk painting one side with bright colors and the other side with depressing dark colors.
This is also great way for students to get the hang of chalk painting. I don't know where I came up with this a few years ago, but we do is take colored chalk and we mix it with colorful paint. The rules are simple.
1. You have to have the paint and chalk combine, so you can't just cover the paper with chalk. This means you have to do the short choppy brush-like strokes of van Gogh and Munch because the paint doesn't spread very far off of the chalk.
2. You also can't use the same color paint as chalk. So you can't use a blue chalk with a blue paint, their is no color change when you do that. The more you mix it up the more beautiful and interesting that the painting will get.
3. And lastly, make sure that you wipe off the chalk when you are done painting with it. The paint will ruin the chalk and you can't wash chalk. You can let the paint dry and then clean it with an xacto knife though.
Here are some of my favorites this year. I tried to get them to create a mood with their final project.