|"The Eclipse," by Alma Woodsey Thomas|
I left the project somewhat open-ended for my after school Modern Art class: they could create a radial, linear, or all-over, random composition based on Thomas' work BUT they had to use ripped paper pieces to create it. I showed the students how to create ripped pieces of construction paper (tear the sheet lengthwise into a strip and then into little squares/rectangles). I then passed out white card stock for them to use as a base.
Some of the students went with a radial composition and started with a circle. Others decided to do straight columns of paper pieces and many chose to just have random patches of color all over. It was all good. I didn't want to have a bunch of cookie cutter pieces of artwork all looking the same, so I'm glad I left it open-ended. Each piece has elements of different styles of Thomas' paintings.
The supplies for this project were few: card stock, construction paper and glue sticks. When they were done, they could work on a group piece that was larger: 20" x 30." The finished piece was a collaborative effort of the entire class and the title, "Rainbow Valley," was voted on by all. Enjoy these lovely, colorful pieces of Abstract Expressionist art!
|"Rainbow Valley" made by my Modern Art class|
|This student was inspired by Thomas' paintings that had|
multicolored backgrounds. This background was done
with crayon and then she glued the pieces over it.
|This student also wanted a colored background, but chose|
to use a solid piece of construction paper. This piece uses
a more radial composition, but it goes off the page.
|And here are some pieces that have more of a scattered composition.|