Impasto artwork captures attention with its texture as the implication of movement pairs with colors to create emotion on the canvas. Heavy-bodied acrylic paints work with brushes or a palette knife to give the art texture and a three-dimensional aspect. See how to bring this technique into your art room with the Expressionistic Impasto Landscape art lesson plan.
Expressionistic Impasto Landscape Art Project
Famous Expressionist painters have used the Impasto technique for generations to add texture and feelings to art pieces. Impasto is an Italian word meaning “dough” or “mixture.” It’s created by using heavy-bodied paint on a canvas in thick layers, often leaving visible brush or painting-knife strokes.
Well-known artists who have used the Impasto technique in paintings include:
- Vincent van Gogh
- Pia Fries
- Erin Hanson
- Conrad Jon Godly
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint offers vibrant colors and the perfect texture for students experimenting with Impasto techniques for their landscape painting. Combine the paint with the Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to give the paint more body and to increase the “open time” for students to work with the paint on the canvas before it dries.
Tips for Using the Impasto Technique
- Encourage students to take a step back from their work whenever they feel frustrated by the unstructured feel of Impasto painting. They may appreciate Expressionism more from a short distance away.
- Have students highlight the features they like most about other artists’ use of Impasto before beginning to paint on their canvas.
- Remind students that the paint application’s thickness will take longer to dry. This allows them to mix colors or adjust how something looks before the paint solidifies.
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