Teaching Painting: BrushWork 2

The Genesis Approach to Art

Teaching brush strokes to middle school students Teaching brush strokes to middle school students

In my last post I shared how I taught my 7th and 8th grade art students the many different effects they could achieve by simply varying the way they applied the paint. Some of the techniques produce loose, textured results, others produce highly controlled, smooth results.

Exercise Five: After mastering those techniques I have them use the three values of blue to paint a ball. When I first started using this exercise I would have the students use a filbert brush, but I did’t find that it made a great deal of difference so in time we simply continued using the 1/2 to 3/4 inch bristle.

The goal of the exercise was to create a crisp edge on the outer rim of the ball where the color is the darkest and then gradually blend it into a lighter and lighter value toward…

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