After introducing Helen Frankenthaler and color field painting, students will make their very own color field or “stain painting". Before you begin the project, introduce or review warm and cool colors. Teach students how certain colors of the color wheel evoke certain emotions such as happy, sad, clam, energetic, etc. Artists often use certain colors to express certain emotions. Warm and cool colors have certain characteristics and are chosen carefully by artists to create certain desired effect. Warm colors tend to pop out of the canvas whereas cool colors tend to recede and fade into the painting. For this project, you may also tie in teaching a little bit about gravity to your students.

For this project each student will paint their own color field painting with water color. Students will not use brushes to paint a color field but drop small amounts of paint onto their paper, and will tilt their paper in whatever directions they want their paint to go.

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