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Students will make fruit and vegetable-themed mixed media paintings with an emphasis on pattern and color.
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- Thick paper or cardstock
- Acrylic or tempera paint
- Textured paper towels with a visible pattern
- Thick paper
- Oil or chalk pastel
- Fruits and vegetables to use as reference if needed
- Paint boards and tape
- Glue or matte medium
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Step One: Students will collect fruits and vegetables and arrange them into a still life composition or select a piece or two as inspiration for a graphic design. Students will decide on a basic color scheme for their paintings, focusing on bright, contrasting colors (if needed, students can use a color wheel to choose complementary colors).
Step Two: Students will choose a background color for their paintings and apply a thick, even coat of paint to their papers. Immediately after applying paint, students will lay the textured paper towels flat onto the painted surface, evenly smoothing them out with a gentle touch. Students will then carefully lift the paper towels from the paint, which will leave a textured pattern behind on the paper. Paintings need to be set aside and allowed to dry completely.
Step Three: While the background paint is drying, students can paint and cut out their fruits and vegetables. For added visual interest, students can use a paper towel with different texture and repeat the paper towel and paint process on a separate piece of thick paper for the fruit and vegetable cutouts.
Step Four: Students will arrange and glue their fruits and vegetables onto the patterned backgrounds, allowing them to dry before adding any desired highlights or details to the paintings.
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Frame and hang the painting in the kitchen!