Dancing Skyscrapers Active lines elementary art lesson teaches students about line and the artist Janet Karam.
There are 5 types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zig-zag and curved.
- Horizontal & vertical lines give off feelings calmness.
- Active lines are zig-zag, curved and diagonal lines.
- How to make a building look 3D.
We studied the artist Janet Karam & her “Funkytown” Series of abstracted cityscapes. Some of her art can be found at the Mary Karam Gallery.
Supplies: 12×18″ Construction Paper, Crayola 28ct Colored Oil Pastel Sticks, plastic forks, tempera paint
- Draw buildings in PENCIL using the 3 kinds of active lines. Use 3D techniques to make the buildings look 3D.
- Outline all lines with oil pastels-each building a different color.
- Using 2 values of each color (a light & a darker value), color the front of the building the light value & the side of the building the darker value.
- Use broken forks (2 prongs together) & tempera paints to paint in fire works.
Oil Pastel Outline on colored paper
Color with 2 values
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