Saturday, October 20, 2012

Primary Horses

First Grade Art Lesson
3 Class Periods

Primary Horses, First Grade Art Lesson

About the Artist Studied:

Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a German painter and printmaker who loved to paint animals and landscapes in bright, bold primary colors.  He is part of the Expressionist art movement.  Expressionist painters tend to use bold colors and large brush strokes.  Pieces tend to have the feeling of movement.

Franz Marc

Blue Horse by Franz Marc.

The Large Blue Horses by Franz Marc.
This piece can be viewed at the Walker Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN.

The Red Horses by Franz Marc.

Day 1

1.  Students will learn about the life and artwork of Franz Marc.
2.  Through follow along demonstration have students draw a horse.
3.  Have students outline drawing with a black sharpie marker.

Student outling their horse drawing with a marker.

Day 2

1.  Discuss oil pastel techniques with students.
2.  Have students color their horses using only primary colors, white and black.  Encourage students to blend primary colors to create secondary colors for accent pieces on the horses.
3.  If horses need to be re-outlined, have students do so with a black oil pastel.

Students coloring horses with oil pastels.

Day 3

1.  Have students add a background into their compositions using a black oil pastel.
2.  Have students paint background with tempera paint.

Students painting backgrounds in their horse compositions.

Student Examples:

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