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Art head: early morning shadows.

Art project

Early morning shadows

Materials

1 sheet white art paper

pencil & eraser

pastel shades of chalk

black pencil crayon

black fine-line marker (optional)

colour paper to frame picture (optional)

Method

Step 1:

Decide where to divide up your picture. You should allow about 2/3 of the page for sky and 1/3 for the landscape. Pencil in a line for the horizon. Draw the line uneven with bumps that will add texture and interest to your picture.

Step 2:

Now it is time to create a breathtaking (beautiful) morning sky. You will need "dawn" colours like blue, purple, pink, red, orange and yellow. The sky will be darkest at the top of the picture and lightest or brightest near the horizon line. Start with streaks of blue and purple blending with pink, red and orange and ending with a little bit of yellow. With your fingers or a piece of paper towel blend the colours together. Try using a paint brush (dry) for a different texture.

ART fact

Leonardo DaVinci

1452-1519

Did you know Leonardo da Vinci was born in the small town of Vinci in Italy. He kept the name of this town for his own last name. Leonardo made the backgrounds in his paintings a special part of the whole picture. He always tried to paint pictures as perfect and close to nature as possible.

The brush strokes blend the chalk colours adding a dreamy effect. Aim to create a vibrant blue at the top of the picture. The sunlight hasn't reached that part of the sky yet.

Thank you to Amanda Smith, John Regina and Reg Smith for helping with this project.

Step 3:

Once you have finished the sky, begin work on details for your landscape. Trees, bushes, broken fence posts, buildings and birds in the sky make excellent silhouettes. Draw these objects first in pencil and then colour them in with black pencil crayon. With a fine-line black marker you may wish to add fine details like wires on fence posts or birds in the sky.

You may also decide to include a coloured-paper frame to complement your picture.

Bright Ideas!

1. Instead of black to fill in your shadows, try others like violet, havy blue or blue-green. They offer a different version of the original one.

2. Try different sky-lines. Examples could be a big city sky-line, a mountain horizon, a tropical horizon or a form horizon.

3. Place dark-coloured paper strips across the finished picture to imitate the frame of a window (four panes). It will appear as though you are looking outside.

Drawing Tip

Drawing Hair

Begin by outlining the basic shape of the hair.

Take your time. Concentrate on details and style.

Use fine lines to show fair hair.

Try chunks of dark colour to show dark hair.

Hair drawn well can make the face in your picture, very real and lifelike.
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Author:McLeod, Darlene
Publication:Kidsworld Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 1997
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