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!
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!