Showing form on a flat surface is the focus in 9th Grade Painting. For their first extended project, students were asked to draw a gently curved line from one edge of their painting board to the other. Next, they made eight small dots along that line at varying intervals. Once the dots were in place, connecting lines were drawn from one dot to the next, with the rule being that each line must begin and end on a dot, no matter how far away from the dot the line goes. As each line is traced over and over, something magical happens: the flat shapes begin to take on form.
After the drawing was finished and all lines were traced in black pen, students used an analogous color palette to add color and shading, creating the illusion of depth. I hope you enjoy the results!
Tags: analogous colors, Curved line, form, high school art, painting board, watercolor