Students use colored pencils to create a semi-traditional landscape with layers of color to border on abstraction without losing the details of the realistic landscape. The Color Field Representational Lesson Plan incorporates colored pencils with the playful, yet intentional, use of color layering and blending.
Color Field Abstract Expressionism
Color field painting began in the 1940’s as a truly abstract way to bring together the emotions and feelings of ancient myths. Straying from the suggestion of traditional symbols and illustrations, this style made the figure and ground share space and priority.
The color field method meets a more traditional landscape in the Color Field Representational Landscape Lesson Plan. Emphasize the use of landscapes as a record of history and art, along with the mindset behind the emotions in famous color field paintings. The result will be students practicing the Principles of Art and Design to create a detailed and colorful landscape.
Color Field Representational Landscapes Project
Artists known for Color Field Work are Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clifford Still, Robert Motherwell, and Hans Hoffman. Students should be intentional with the use of colored pencils to create an image with depth, perspective, dimension, and vibration.
Colored Pencil Techniques:
- Cross Hatching
- Tonal Layering
- Graduated Tonal Layering
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More Colored Pencil Lesson Plans
The General’s Woodless Coloring Pencils and General’s Drawing Essential Tools Kit can be used to create a wide range of beautiful and detailed pieces of art. Quality colored pencils are a great fit traditional and abstract projects alike.