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.