Serendipity Art Unit


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For Ms. Fuentes 2-D Art 2/3 Class - examples and instructions for the art unit on Serendipity. There will still be surprises or happy accidents in class... :)

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Serendipity Art Unit

  1. 1. Finding inspiration with an open mind
  2. 2.  “Happy accident" or “Pleasant surprise” Finding something good while not specifically looking.
  3. 3. Our first try for serendipity… loosely themed Nature vs. Culture Idea adapted from The Blooming Palette/Davis School Art magazine, Feb 2010
  4. 4.  Nature walks and/or dumpster dives in class Find some small, interesting objects both natural and man-made. Put them in your Zip Loc Bag Not too dirty or dangerous please!
  5. 5.  Sketch your objects using weighted line. Zoom in, crop, try different angles. Optional: “treasure hunt” at home for more things – sketch them and /or bring next class Try sharpies to simplify Sample sketches
  6. 6.  Research “nature vs. culture” theme in art Print/sketch an example you like; journal about artist Links online to help Angkor Vat, 9th Century temple from Optional-more items Khmer Empire, (Cambodia)
  7. 7.  Combine & draw your objects in a still life (do several thumbnails) OR combine your sketches in visually interesting ways (thumbnails) Feel free to repeat, edit, or abstract shapes & forms
  8. 8.  Tape edges of your paper Complete final sketch LIMITED color palette – triadic or analogous work well Watercolors and sharpies (happy accidents) Class demo on watercolor Add accent lines at end if needed
  9. 9. Example from Issmay UentesfayExample from The Blooming Palette, student artist Grace G.
  10. 10.  Were you successful? Did you use the Rule of Thirds? Does your piece use rhythm or contrast? HOMEWORK: bring oil pastels or crayons if you can for Magical Mystery project Bring any liquid drink (juice box, soda can, coffee, tea) (extra credit) …. Or piece of fruit real or fake….
  11. 11. No further information available (or it wouldn’t be a mystery)
  12. 12. SPILL your liquid on the canvas or watercolor paper. Put in drying rack.
  13. 13. Student Example• Notice how she uses organic shape combined with the spillage• India ink & brush• Details added with oil pastel• Credit: The Blooming Palette (via Pinterest)
  14. 14. MAGICAL MYSTERYDIRECTIONS, PART 2Take spilled paper/canvasFind an organic object from thestill life objects.Sketch it with diluted india inkon your spillage.Select 3 oil pastels to furtherdevelop your compositionFollow teacherinstructions….SURPRISE!!!(another example from TheBlooming Palette)
  15. 15.  Were you successful? Why or why not? Did you use the Rule of Thirds? Does your piece use rhythm or contrast? What did you learn?
  16. 16.  Figure drawing… we will be abstracting figure sketches that you do in class. Need volunteers to sit on the tables as models (clothed) MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW… STAY TUNED…