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I went back to junior high this winter… and high school.   I am having a blast teaching art again.  I think anytime you get a eight year break off your job, there is a honeymoon stage again.  The highschoolers are doing a series of POP Artists, so we started with Wayne Thiebaud, he is most famous for his paintings of bakery cupcakes, pastries, and pies.

I started the unit off by bringing in giant donuts, for them to sketch.  There is a shop by us that sells awesome 7-8 inch donuts for $2 each.    The students drew contour and gestural sketches.  And of course we ate the evidence.  They were a big hit!

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After viewing some of his works, we picked images of sweets to draw from.  Students were encouraged to pick a color scheme and clearly display a design principle; pattern, shape, repetition…  Thiebaud used layers of oil paint, exaggerating colors and shadows.  We used black paper and oil pastels to make our treats come to life.  I couldn’t keep from drawing one myself, that is mine up at the top.  The kids (below) did a great job, appetizing don’t you think!

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I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, swimmer, traveler, cook, adventurer and follower of Christ. This is where I share the best moments in my day – the kind you know would be a crime to keep to yourself. I write like I talk, not too fancy but from the heart. View all posts by Kate

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