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LESSON PLANS WINTER TERM 2023 (2nd half) Lesson 3. Experimenting with the Matisse drawings.

In this lesson my students have several options linked to the drawings they've made in the previous two lessons (they can choose either from which to work). One of the options is to experiment with some mixing of their media. You can see I've experimented (from the Matisse drawing) with collage, acrylic paint, watercolour pencil and watercolour paint to recreate the image.

Below is Lubaina Himid's giant stand-up mixed media version of Hogarth's 'Marriage a la Mode'.

'A Fashionable Marriage' by Lubaina Himid.

Winter Term 2nd half 2023 – lesson 3: Using either of the previous two pieces of work to experiment with media and the chosen image.

· Choose your image and your media (it can be a right old mix!).

· If you don’t want to mix your media, you have the option to work with your Matisse drawing (from last week) and paint it using the same technique as we used for the still-life with patterned cloth (from lesson 1). The key for that process was to make sure your wash was wet enough for the paint to move about.

· You also have the option to finish your Matisse drawing if you weren’t able to complete it in the last lesson.

· If using collage, you don’t need to cut pieces to shape because you can paint onto the collage with acrylic paint (I’ll have some in class).

· If you use magazines (I’ll have some in class) you can find ways to be ironic with the images you cut out. Use them to indicate an element of your work rather than try to be an exact replication.

· If using collage from magazines you’ll need acrylic paint in order to re-negotiate. Watercolour is unlikely to work on magazine images.

· You can leave sone of your paper bare so that you can bring colour pencil and watercolour into those areas.

Next lesson: Horses and/or dogs – bring pencils, sketch book, erasers and some photos, pictures, books with pictures of horses and/or dogs. Search online for famous painters who have painted horses and dogs. See what you make of their work.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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