Over the past few weeks 3rd grade artists have been preparing for a still life project by learning about shapes vs. forms. They learned that shapes are 2D (i.e. squares, triangles and circles) while forms are 3D (i.e. cubes, pyramids and cylinders). We viewed examples of forms and still lives in famous works of art. 3rd grade artists identified the light source in each painting and then observed the different values it created on the forms.
For example, in the Cezanne painting above, 3rd grade artists were able to tell that the light was coming from the top right corner because the lightest values on the lemons are on the top right, and the darkest shadows are cast by the plate in the bottom left.
Next, they were ready to practice creating values of their own by creating a 5-step value scale (see Chane’s beautiful example below).
Then, they created the illusion of forms on their papers by drawing simple lines and then chose a light source. Lastly, they applied value to their forms according to the placement of the light source.
(Artists below L to R, top to bottom: Zion, Gregory, Olivia, Joel, Justin, Aedan)
Now that they have learned so much about forms and value, they are ready to draw a still life from observation. In our last classes, 3rd grade artists got together in groups to create their own forms in a still life using Magna-Tiles.
Stay tuned to see how their still life drawings turn out!