Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cezanne's Apples in Chalk

Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

I have been wanting to do some pastel chalk with Mrs. H's class and I thought Cezanne and a still life might be the ticket.

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I worked up a few samples above on different colored construction paper to see what they looked like. I decided to offer the kids brown, red, lavender and blue as their paper color choice. I showed them the difference the paper color can make on depth and shading with the chalks. I also thought it gave their still lifes a bit of an antique look. We had a little powerpoint about Cezanne and away we went.

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We looked at many different examples of his still lifes but we studied his "Still Life with Seven Apples", 1878

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

Since we had not done chalks before I did a little tutorial on how to use them AND how NOT to use them. You never know how younger kids will take to the pastel chalks. I don't usually set my expectations for a first time chalk lesson really high because there is so much experimentation on their part as they get used to the medium. But this class surprised the heck out of me! They were amazing.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

We went in steps together. First we chose a red, orange or yellow pastel to draw our apples. We went over each apple in Cezanne's work and noticed that some were overlapping and we noticed how much you could see of each apple.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

 Then we talked about the color in each apple and how we might combine that and blend our colors.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

 Then we created a shadow where the stem was and drew our stem and outlined our apples in black or dark gray.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

We then decided what color we would use for the background. How would it create contrast? They could not use any of the same colors they used in the apples. We talked about blending with our fingertips up to our apples instead of running right over them with sloppy coloring marks. And finally talked about where the light was coming from and where that would put the shadow. A backwards "C" was demonstrated for the shadows. We also went over any lines that we needed to make stand out more.

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These might just be one of my favorite projects to date. I was so impressed with this group of second graders (many of whom had never tried actual pastel chalks before)!!

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