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The colors and textures in nature inspire artists in so many ways. Explore the artwork of Alma Thomas, and use the elements of nature to create your own abstract drawing!
Do you see the leaves dance when the wind blows? Or the flowers come alive when the sun shines? Nature is constantly moving and changing around us. The colors, shapes, and movements in nature can be a great inspiration for interesting artwork!
Alma Thomas, an African American Expressionist painter, used the colors and patterns in nature to create a new abstract style of painting. She titled her paintings to let us know what they reminded her of in nature. What colors, shapes and patterns in nature can you think of? How many different textures can you recognize? Make a list with your class. How would these make interesting works of art?
Using Crayola Slick Stix™, create an abstract drawing on a piece of canvas painter’s tarp. Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. Use the class list and Alma Thomas’ paintings to inspire your drawing!
Notice the texture that is created when the Slick Stix cover the canvas tarp! How can you use this texture to make your drawing more interesting? Be creative! Blend, swirl, and smudge colors together for exciting effects.
Give your drawing a title to let everyone know what the colors, shapes, textures, and patterns remind you of in nature!
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