Thursday, January 9, 2014

Letter Paintings

1st Grade Letter Paintings

During the Month of November 1st grade students at Mill Brook School learned about line. In the process of learning about line, students discovered that lines can be used to create things like shapes and letters. After exploring many different ways to make lines, students then looked at 1950's American artist Jasper Johns.

Portrait of Jasper Johns                                     Alphabet, Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is an American artist (pictured above) who created a series of "Letter Paintings" (pictured above). In these paintings Jasper Johns painted letters and created layers of paint over these letters. First grade students spend time looking at these images and gathering inspiration for their own letter paintings. Students started by painting the alaphabet. Then students used oil pastel over their letters before finally painting the surrounding white spaces with watercolors. The finished art works are what you see below.

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