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Blue Atmosphere 1963, acrylic on canvas, 23 in. x 29 in. Collection of the Artist
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze Frankenthaler’s Blue Atmosphere and learn about Color Field painting;
- Identify how colors create mood;
- Describe the balance and flow of the painting;
- Experiment with different techniques for adding paint to wet paper;
- Create non-objective watercolor compositions by bleeding colors on wet surfaces.
Lesson Teaching Notes
A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Vocabulary, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
Map and Location
- Find examples of mood created by color.
- Look for a balance of organic shapes, colors, and negative space.
- Find and identify examples of different watercolor techniques.
- Assess your artwork, using the criteria of this lesson, such as using watercolor techniques on wet paper, balancing non-objective forms, and moving paint without a brush. Describe what changes would improve your artwork.
- Describe characteristics of representational, abstract, and non-representational artwork.
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