Thursday, March 14, 2013

Matisse-Inspired Tempera Resist

mix of neon and regular colors

 I've been dying to try tempera resist in my classroom ever since a colleague showed me a few (amazing) works by her students wherein they utilized the method. Unfortunately, my colleague and I are both super busy, and I didn't have time to talk with her about tempera resist. Instead, I viewed a few online tutorials and underwent the process myself. I loved it.

My students used tempera resist to create artworks inspired by Matisse. Below, you can view two videos I made to model for my students. The first one is rather long, and I showed it in halves over the course of two class periods.





I'm really proud of their results! And, they were really sweet and wonderful about being my "little guinea pigs." We used regular tempera colors and neon tempera colors. We used the neon colors more as an afterthought. . . But, the students who used neon made my favorite works.

neon colors

neon colors

regular colors

regular colors

mix of neon and regular colors


7 comments:

  1. I <3 India ink and tempera! I've never attempted this with an entire class though, only ever in small after school groups. I also enjoy how you use technology in your classroom. I've been using more video in my room this year and theres been a great response.

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  2. what kind of chalk did you use? the last time I tried this the chalk blocked the india ink from sticking!

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  3. Mrs. Art Teacher. . .We just used the colored pastel chalk I inherited with my department. I'm embarrassed to say, I have no idea of the brand etc. I don't use pastels for too many projects, and I'm guessing the teacher before me used it for every project. . .Because I have piles upon piles upon piles of chalk pastels!

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  4. sara k. Yup. Video is awesome! I'm going to do a post (hopefully this weekend) about how to upload videos safely etc.

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  5. SO cool!! I've never seen this done. After watching your video, can't wait to get to school Monday to give it a try. Thanks!!

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  6. Love this idea! What grade did this and were they able to create any type of composition?

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  7. Awesome! Can we use non-washable tempera paint instead of India ink? I'm going to try it.

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