"Light in August" 1947
STEP ONE: Make your own gray scale tool!
You will need a paint stick, gray paint chips and glue.
I like the paint chips with the little window. It is just like a real
gray scale artist's tool!
Glue the paint chips on to the stick going from light to dark.
Ta da! You have a gray scale tool.
I gave the children black sharpies to draw a picture.
We used gray watercolor (watered down black).
STEP THREE: Play "Musical Values."
Play upbeat music!
Using construction paper in the different gray scale values - the children
shuffled the paper to create a large swirl of values.
When I stopped the music - they had to stand on a value and name it.
Lightest, lighter, light, dark, darker, or darkest.
STEP FOUR: Create your own de Kooning style painting.
I cut an old phone book and black construction paper into random shapes.
The children picked what they wanted and glued them down on white paper.
(watered down glue and a foam brush work well)
Next, they painted black abstract lines and shapes.
Here is a peek at some of the work of the class: