Monday, August 13, 2018

Realistic Pineapple

It's that time of the year again... I'm getting ready for the Art To Remember fundraiser! I love this lesson to start off the year. This year I'm going to be creating some old, and some new projects for our first projects.  Some of my older students will be creating Pineapples to learn how to create a form.  I'm very excited about this! They are going to be awesome!

In the Southern States, in the United States, the pineapple is a symbol for hospitality and welcoming. When pineapples first came to America, they were purchased to share with friends and family at special events. Later the image of a pineapple became a way to say welcome to guests and visitors.
Pineapples are fun to look at because there are so many colors and texture involved. In this lesson, we will learn how to create the complex looking design on the outside as well as the overlapping leaves coming from the top.  We will use watercolor and markers to create an interesting blend of colors. Finally, we will make the pineapple look three-dimensional using shadow. This is called creating a form. Here is how.
1. Create the background using watercolors. Divide the background paper provided by Art to Remember in half. Paint the top half one color and the bottom half another. This will act as the surface for the pineapple to set on. Allow this page to dry.

2. Create the pineapple on the watercolor paper with a pencil.

3. Outline the pineapple with the washable markers.

4. Use water to brush across the marker. Then use watercolors to add additional colors to the pineapple. Allow the artwork to dry completely.

5. Using charcoal, add the shadow to both the pineapple and the background.

6. Cut out the pineapple and glue it onto the background.

I would like to see these pineapples on some Art to Remember cutting boards... I think they would be adorable! I know the kids are going to think it's magic to create the shadow. This is going to be a fun project!

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