Lines, Shapes & Abstraction Laurel Burch Mythical Horses Watercolor Resist Painting
Laurel Burch is truly an inspiration of perseverance and determination. She had a zest for life and unquenchable courage to pursue her passion of creating art despite debilitating circumstances that would eventually bring an end to her life. WOW!
- Review types of lines, geometric and free-form shapes.
- Recognize that artists use repeated lines and shapes to create pattern in their artwork.
- Learn simple abstraction techniques. Identify the differences between realistic and abstract works of art.
- Learn about the artist Laurel Burch and her art career in the fashion world.
Supplies: 12×18″ white 90lb paper, crayons, watercolors, Laurel Burch Horse Paintings reference pictures
- Ask: Do you think you could have a career doing art? What types of careers can you think of that are art related? Brainstorm as a class what types of careers use art. (Artists, graphic designers, digital artists, cartoonists, animators, architects, fashion designers, etc.)
- Review types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, zig-zag
- Review types of shapes: geometric, free-form (organic)
- How can we use these lines and shapes to create pattern? Optional Pattern Worksheet
- Learn about Laurel Burch Laurel Burch Biography
- Watch Video: Laurel Burch Art Appreciation (starts at 38 seconds)
- What challenges has she had to overcome?
- How did her challenges impact her life and determination to create art?
- Look at artwork by Laurel Burch (Cats & **Mythical Horses Gallery). She often used cats and horses as her main subject matter.
- Ask: Is her artwork realistic or abstract? Abstracted because of non-realistic color and added patterns. *Show example of realism versus abstract.
- Simple Abstraction Techniques: Color distortion (change from realistic colors), simplified line and details, image distortion (stretch, shrink, twist, chop up & re-assemble), add patterns
Activity: Laurel Burch Mythical Horses Watercolor Resist Painting
- Draw a border around the paper that is about the width of 2 fingers together (don’t use a ruler-keep it free-hand).
- In the center draw an abstracted horse or 2 horses together (provide examples of Burch’s Horse paintings).
- Outline with Crayons (encourage LIGHT colors).
- Use Crayons to draw patterns in the borders, on the horses and in the background (encourage LIGHT colors).
- Paint with watercolors & watch the resist happen! (My FAVORITE part!!)
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