So as I rewrite my Art 1 curriculum I am trying to incorporate new artists and projects that I have never tried with Art 1 students. One artist that I have been in love with is Leonid Afremov. I will bet you have never heard his name, but you have probably seen his work. If you google the word "color" his work is the first to appear.
Well I was very interested to know that he paints all of his work with palette knives. I have done palette knife paintings with my advanced students, but I have never considered it as an Art 1 project. I'm not sure why I didn't think they could handle it, knives are easier to clean than brushes, and everybody knows teenagers struggle with washing a brush.
Anyways, we gave it a try. And I am thrilled with the results. This is a project where they have to pretty much test the knife techniques on their own and find a rhythm that works for each student. But if they get the hang of it, they can create incredible art.
The only requirements I set for this project were; it had to be a landscape, they had to put at least 3 colors in any area, and they couldn't use black until the very end and even then I tried to prevent it as much as possible.