When I began to think about a new and innovative way for the Drawing and Painting I students to review the color wheel, I decided that a larger-than-life version would be an interesting way to approach the assignment.
On the day that I introduced the new project, each student picked a single color out of a hat which was the color that they were responsible for representing on the color wheel.
Once each student had selected their color, they had to decide what personal object they wanted to paint for their section of the color wheel. Each student had the freedom to paint whatever object they wished so as to put a personal spin on the large instructional tool. Some students selected their favorite childhood toy, another student selected the Minneapolis skyline, while another chose to look at her own hand as her unique object of choice.
The students first drew out their objects, then used a monochromatic color scheme (one color plus its tints and shades...which is also...one color plus white and black).
Once the images were painted, students then had the option to turn their creations into 3 dimensional stuctures. The students did this by first cutting the paintings into basic shapes and forms. Once the shapes were cut, the students used foam core to seperate one shape from another and place the shapes at different levels in space. Once the sculptures were finished, the pieces were hot-glued together and the finished objects were placed in the student gallery.
Not only were the students thrilled with how stunning each individual piece was, but they were ecstatic about the strength of the entire class. The students realized how powerful it is to work together on a class project and to see the amazing results of unified efforts.
The color wheel turned out to be a beautiful teaching tool! I hope that you enjoy this amazing work of the Drawing and Painting I students.