We were inspired by this little find on the interwebs... but as I had already planned on the Bad Hair Day project, I didn't want to do something too similar. We decided to use this as Unit 1: Media! We explored various types of media, compositional techniques, positive and negative space, and contrast.
We devised this media exploration by making 2"x 2" mini samples of each technique that we discussed (markmaking, text, collage, watercolor- wash, graded wash, color bleed, ink blow, stamp/stipple, spatter), and then larger 12" x 9" for students to use to for their project (what I like to call the Media Pages).
|This is my finished example...|
Some challenges: Contrast... even though we talked about contrast a TON (warm/cool colors, light/dark values, color/no color, texture, size, etc.), you will notice that not all students really applied that.
Border: not all students put in a border, but others adapted the idea of a border, which I also accepted.
In general this was a great project and I would definitely do it again. Students seemed really engaged in creating these.
Here are some student examples!