LESSON PLANS: SUMMER TERM 2021, LESSON 5. Fragmented images completed.

In this lesson I shall ask my students to choose a magazine image and cut it into strips. You'll see from the example here that they will stick the strips to watercolour paper with gaps between and then work in watercolour to 'complete' the gaps.

Summer Term 2021: Fragmenting and re-creating magazine images…

Lesson 5: …in watercolour.

· Find a lovely image, a flower or a landscape or garden. Cut it out and then cut it into three or four same-size vertical strips.

· Stick the strips down onto your watercolour paper with gaps between the strips of the same width as the strips. If you’re left-handed, work right to left of the page. If you’re right-handed, work left to right of the page.

· Study the colours, work out the colours you’ll need on your palette. Work loosely into each gap section looking for the shapes and areas of colour and not worrying about colours melting together.

· You will be matching your painting to the receiving edge (the next magazine strip along) not the edge from which you are painting.

· When you’ve worked in the last gap, go back to the first gap and work the next layer, remembering the watercolour process but using it more loosely, allowing colours to run where it happens but searching out the lighter shapes to reveal. This means looking for the dark areas which ‘reveal’ light shapes.

· Your aim is not to make a photographic representation of the magazine strips but to allow your work to look ‘painterly’ and ‘expressive’.

· As your paint dries, work your way across the gaps refining shapes and details.

Next lesson: If this piece isn’t finished you can work more on it. For those who have finished, you’ll choose a new magazine image which you’ll cut into shapes, extracting some of the shapes. This time you’ll complete the ‘missing’ parts of the image in order to make the image ‘whole’. Bring magazine, glue stick, watercolours and watercolour paper.

About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service, the University of Bath and some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classess and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
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I teach four weekly art classess in Bandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school and a two-day workshop in the days leading up to Christmas. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.