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The basis for our first painting is going to be abstract. Abstract desig
ns are shapes and forms created by the artist, usually obtained from actual obje
cts. This usually involves a simplification or rearrangement of the natural obje
cts. Sometimes there is very little resemblance to the original object or shapes
Georgia OKeeffe is an artist that became famous for painting very large f
lowers. She also was very adept at abstracting shapes worked together within the
framework of her painting. She strove for an overall composition, balanced in e
very direction. Color was also an important aspect of her work, using very stron
g and many times well blended colors.
Design Problem:
Use your observational Friday drawings. Pull portions of each drawing. O
verlap and make into an abstract piece. You will paint with watercolor.The paper
you will use, with require more tooth and thickness than the typical sketchbook s
o make sure to get that from me. Cut a small piece for your experimentation and
larger piece for your final painting.
Before creating your final piece. Show me some research and experimentation with
the following.
1. Define the following terms:
1. bleeding: a dark color bleeds into a lighter color
2. blocking out: The first stage and flat colors are put down.
3. cold pressed: produces rougher surface on paper
4. direct method/dry brush: The brush is relatively dry but still contains pa
5. hot pressed: Produces smooth surface on paper
6. tooth:The tooth of a paper is the surface finish or feel of a paper
7. transparency: made visible by light shining through it
8. wash: A wash of diluted ink or watercolor paint applied in combination wit
h drawing
9. wet in wet: layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered lay
ers of wet paint.
10. warm colors: Red, Orange and yellow
11. cool colors: Blue, Green, Purple
12. triadic: A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around
the color wheel.
13. analogous: groups of three colors that are next to each other on the colo
r wheel
14. monochromatic: Using or containing only one color
15. complimentary: combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qua
lities of each other or another.
1. Experiment with flat wash, graded wash, dry brush, and wet on wet before pain
ting your design.
1. Create a color wheel (if you did this earlier, when you did the elements and
principles packet, you dont have to do it again). Pick one color and create a val
ue scale with at least 5 values (if working with watercolor, use water to change
the density). I should see a range of 5 tonal values. Pick a color scheme from
this to do your final painting with. Think about complimentary colors, monochrom
atic, etc?
2. Pick one painter from the list of famous painters and fill out the Artist Res
earch sheet on them. Share it in Google Docs. Each student will have to select a
different painter so make sure that you pick yours early, if you have one you r
eally want to do.

Painter list:
Shared in Google Drive

1. Create painting based on directions above.

Critique for Final Painting:

Elements of Design- Have you
shown effective use ofline (1-5)
color scheme (1-5)
shades/values (1-5)
Principles of Design- Have you
shown effective use ofcontrast (1-5)
repetition (1-5)
pattern (1-5)
Technical qualityHow is your craftsmanship
No bleeding? Nice blending?
Well executed techniques.


Where is the viewer drawn to look first? What is this called?

Did you have any areas that you used the white crayon in? If so, what happene
What kind of paper did you use for this assignment?
Can you tell what your painting is? Why or why not?
Did you have areas where bleeding occurred? Was it planned?
How would you rate your craftsmanship? Explain.
How would you rate your design? Explain.