Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Watercolor Flowers from Observation 



Art Start May 2018

For this project, students painted flowers from observation just like artists have done for hundreds of years. For the first class, students sketched in pencil, using “view finders” to frame their compositions. They were careful to draw what they really saw, not just what they imagined a flower to look like. They paid attention to the different types of blooms, how many petals, shapes of leaves, what parts overlapped what, etc.. They had the option of combining different flowers with each other even if they weren’t really in the same pot, but they had to try to draw the flowers as they really looked. Then they painted with watercolors, noticing and mixing all of the various tints, shades and colors they could find.