Saturday, June 16, 2018
Grade One: Understanding Contrast: Colors At Night
First graders learned that contrast is when a strong opposite of elements is seen in a work of art, such as light and dark, prickly and smooth, long and short, etc. To help demonstrate this point, students were shown examples of how pictures with dark backgrounds make light colors within the picture seem brighter, because the contrast of light and dark is much stronger.
When students looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, they noticed how Van Gogh used different techniques to show the darkness of night, while also making the moon and stars appear to be glowing. They were then instructed to create their own dark picture in oil pastel, which had to include at least one light source. When washing over their pictures with black watercolor paint, the resist technique made their pictures seem to have a brighter contrast.