Color theory and color schemes are a big part of our unit 2 curriculum, and each year 5th graders embark on a nonobjective painting project. This year we decided to turn our nonobjective color studies into camouflage designs, created for a particular setting. We began with a planning worksheet, on which we made notes about some technical parts of this painting - how to change values and intensity, how to create unity and contrast - and we also planned the shapes and colors found in a particular setting, like an urban street (geometric shapes) or a tropical rainforest (organic shapes), or maybe even a fantasy location!
We looked at examples of real military camo, then at some of Andy Warhol's pop camo designs, and finally were inspired by a different type of camo art perfected by Chinese artist Liu Bolin - amazing!
|If you don't see him, look for his feet! (Liu Bolin)|
|Andy Warhol's camo designs|
|Almost every hue here is a blend of red and green with neutrals... so beautiful!|
Thanks to Center for Pictures of Abstract Art for sparking my idea (found on Pinterest), and check out another school's take on the same subject over at Art with Mr. Hall (6th graders from Australia).
A few "behind the scenes" shots....