Sunday, February 14, 2010

Focal Point

On Friday, we did an art project that helped us to understand the art concept of focal points. We learned that artists use three things to make a focal point in their work; color, contrast and structure. We looked at three paintings by famous artists-Fruit and Jug on a Table by Cezanne, The Last Supper by DaVinci, and Self Portrait by Van Gogh-to illustrate each of these ways of making a focal point. Then the kids had a chance to try this concept themselves by tracing and coloring heart shapes to make their own composition with a focal point. This was a fun, quick project from, and filled the end of class while the heart box paint was drying. A very effective mini-project.

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