Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Art Room Diaries - Crushed Can Watercolors

I did this project while student teaching and loved doing it just as much, if not more, than the kids did. I recently taught this to my middle school class along with a lesson in Pop Art.  
It's a great way to practice observational drawing in a safe setting. If you don't get it just right, it doesn't look too bad, since it's a drawing of something that is crushed already! It is also a good observational drawing exercise, since in order to draw the can, you can't easily draw a pre-concieved idea of what a can looks like; you are forced to look carefully at each line, shape and plane in order for it to work together as a whole.  Even though we were essentially drawing a piece of "trash", they ended up being such beautiful works of art! 

Materials: pencil, ink and watercolors

1 comment:

  1. Ha - Pop Art! Did you intend the pun? Where I grew up (Missouri in the 60's) the stuff we now call "soda" was called "pop".